Who knew? Train through the Mission

11 11 2008


Thanks (yet again!) to Mission Mission for the heads up on this a wonderful online display showing where the Southern Pacific Railroad used to run diagonally across the grid of Mission streets. Go to the display site for an oversized version to scroll around and see some great photos (be patient while it loads – it’s worth the wait!). The tracks beyond Valencia were removed in 1942. If you’re familiar with the neighborhood, you can follow the map and you’ll understand why a lot of things are the way they are.  Incredible!


Magical Morning Window

10 11 2008

I love telling people about my chair. This is where I go every morning to listen to the birds and talk to the trees, to read, write, doodle, highlight, plan, meditate, sketch, and do anything else that will help me start the day right, connected and tuned in to what’s really important. (Do I sound California or what?)

Here’s the view from my chair during that magical moment when the sunlight has just appeared.

How do YOU start your day?  Comment below…

Signs of Change

4 11 2008

Here’s my NEW favorite street sign, courtesy of the good people over at SFist. This street USED to be called Bush:


Love the green light!


For those who missed the past post, this was my favorite street sign before today:


Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

30 10 2008

It’s coming up… my favorite San Francisco holiday: Day of the Dead. This is one of those gems that you just can’t appreciate without being there. The first time I went seven or eight years ago, I actually thought, “I bet Mardi Gras used to feel something like this before it became a tourist event.” It’s that magical and real and beautiful.

Day of the Dead – Dia de los Muertos in Spanish – comes at a time in the year when cultures all over the world consider that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is thinnest. Native peoples in various parts of the Americas, including Mexico and Central America, believe/d that life is really a dream, and that when we die we awake to real life.  Hence, death was something to celebrate – a perspective that is still alive in some areas.  In some parts people go to the cemeteries and spend the day partying with their dearly beloveds.

Here in San Francisco, we dance with death in a different way. On November 2 there is a procession through the Mission district, starting at 7:00pm at 24th and Bryant, and ending at an altar exhibit at Garfield Park. You’re welcome to bring an offering for the community altar. 

Additionally, there are altar projects around the Mission District all week.  See www.dayofthedeadsf.org for all the details.

The picture above is me (second from the right) and some of my peeps who do this every year that the weather’s not too crappy. Let’s get the rain over with quickly!

What’s your favorite San Francisco holiday and why?  Comment below!

 If you like this post, you might also want to look at these: Balmy Alley, Mission Mission, Despacho

The Man from Marin

27 10 2008

A hysterical nod to our friends in the north.


If there were a Man or Woman from San Francisco, what should they sing about?  Comment below.

Hunters Point Shipyard OPEN STUDIOS

24 10 2008

Each weekend in October, artists and craftspeople in a different area of San Francisco open their doors so that we all can visit them where they create, and see their work. A local nonprofit, ArtSpan, organizes this huge undertaking, the country’s first and largest open studios program. There are so, so many great things to see!

One of my favorite places to visit open studios is the Hunters Point Shipyard, the decommissioned naval institution whose barracks have been taken over by about 200 artists. They call themselves “America’s largest artist’s colony”!

This year (2008), there’s an open studios weekend (November 1 & 2) devoted just to this special place.

[And if you’re around this coming weekend, November 25 and 26, you can visit studios in Financial District, North Beach, Potrero Hill, Russian Hill, SOMA, Tenderloin, Bayview, Excelsior.]

There are free downloadable maps of studios on Artspan’s website. See you out there!

Helping Yogis Everywhere

14 10 2008












Some of you know that this summer marked the publication of my first book, The Little Book of Sanctuary: A Beautiful Home is Simply a Choice. While it still hasn’t been officially launched, it is available from the publisher, Our Little Books, and from a number of other outlets. 

I just got word of it being included in a “Sanctuary Gift Bag”  at the Urban Yogis website. How cool is that?