Monthly Archives: December 2015

Profile Response: Kathy Schaefer, San Anselmo, CA

Many people leverage academic achievement, a college or professional degree, into a career. Kathy Schaefer is doing the opposite; using her knowledge and experience as a FEMA engineer to get a PhD. “I want to explore how to apply new … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Ed Curtis, Senior Civil Engineer, FEMA, Oakland, CA

Much of the Southern California coast is a long beach with tall cliffs. The cliffs, topped with pricey real estate, are erodible. According to Ed Curtis, we have two options. “Option one; stabilize the bluff and eventually lose the beach. … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Juliette Hayes, Risk Analysis Branch Chief, Mitigation Division, FEMA Region IX, Oakland, CA

“Disasters are 100% political.” For a federal employee, Juliette Hayes says downright radical things. Yet she gets away with it because: one, she’s right; and two, you know she’s coming from a place that wants to help, not hinder. She’s … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Peter Shalek, Joyable, San Francisco, CA

Peter Shalek wanted to be a therapist. “I read Freud and Jung at age 16. I’m interested in why people do the things we do.” As a college freshman Peter began a laundry service and enjoyed building a business. which … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Jessica, Good Vibrations, San Francisco CA

San Francisco is renowned as a place of sexual exploration, at least by American standards. I met a body artist who creates fire-breathing brassieres. She suggested I take my question to Good Vibrations, a female-owned sex shop. When I stopped … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Shannon Weber, San Francisco, CA

Shannon Weber is the mother of three teenagers. Shannon Weber is a Social Worker in a program for pregnant women with HIV. Shannon Weber is an artist (www.loveyou2.org). Shannon Weber is a subversive who mounts her art in public places … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Lisa Feldstein, San Francisco, CA

Good fortune shined on me when Lisa Feldstein invited me to stay with her family my first night in San Francisco. As a former member of the San Francisco Planning Commission and candidate for Board of Selectman who placed third … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Michael Bridge at McDonald’s, Sebastopol, CA

The United States is a nation of many rooms. On my journey, I’ve spent many good hours in two places I call ‘America’s Living Room’. One is the public library found in most every town. The second is McDonald’s, which … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Aaron Yaris, Santa Rosa, CA

“Society is full of people chasing stuff that will kill them. Each day we decide to wake up or go to sleep; to engage in life or escape it; to grow a garden or go to Vegas.” Aaron Yaris could … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Lindy Ruddiman, Napa, CA

People grow grapes and produce wine in Modesto. People grow grapes and produce wine in Napa. But the people aren’t the same; the wine isn’t the same. Modesto is a Gallo town, politically Red with sizzling summers. Napa is a … Continue reading

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