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Porta-Art

One of the things I noticed when driving around San Francisco for the first time were the little houses encasing the portable toilets outside of the homes being renovated in neighborhoods like Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights.  I was already blown away by the fact that, unlike in NYC, many SF city dwellers lived in houses [...]

The Secret Stairways of Belvedere

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I have what may be viewed by some as an irrational, exuberant, over the top love of stairs. It began when a friend introduced me to the stairs on Magnolia Street in Larkspur.  I climbed them each morning for months then moved on to the six hundred plus stairs at the foot of the Dipsea [...]

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

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From May 22, 2013 through May 26, 2014 visitors to Crissy Field can enjoy a public art installation by artist Mark di Suvero courtesy of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.   The installation is composed of eight impressive sculptures spanning up to fifty feet high and forty feet wide.  Crissy Field, with its spectacular [...]

Cupid’s Span

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“Cupid’s Span”, the sixty foot high sculpture made of painted fiberglass and stainless steel by Claus Oldenburg and his wife Coosje van Bruggen is a cool piece of public art located in Rincon Park on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Inspired by the city’s reputation as the home of the port of Eros, “Cupid’s Span” [...]

A Fun Day in NYC With Your Kids (Really)

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I absolutely loved raising my kids in New York. It's an amazing place to live and has so much to offer.  Though we are now firmly planted in the Bay Area we return to NYC several times a year (you can take the girl out of the city...).  People often ask me for suggestions when [...]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Even turkeys know that lingerie is important today.  Kiss your sweetheart!  

Warsplat

  We found a juvenile black-crowned night heron hanging out in our magnolia tree. The kids named him Warsplat as an homage to my son's recent interest in war and for the tremendous showers of crap that the bird rains down on the lawn from time to time.