Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

Taking Our Own Good Time to Die

In three days from now, two years ago, my dad would die. He needed to die, nine months after contracting the West Nile Virus that put him in a state … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

What Spring Brings

Two years ago today, I moved my dad to the intimate, caring community where, eight days later, his breath would gently wind down to stillness on May 16: his own … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Waking Up on the Wrong Side of Capitalism

I woke up this morning feeling disgruntled, out of sorts, and down for no apparent reason. Then I walked out of my home at 16th and Mission streets in San … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Body Count / Bodies Count

I’ve been back in the Bay for 4 days, after a 2-short trip to see family, including to mingle with the ghosts of dead family, and have already gone to … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Art of Remembering, Which Is Also the Art of Seeing This World of Pain and Love

Too many people avert their eyes to the pain of this world. As a friend of mine pointed out the other day, it’s a “natural” response; pain hurts, so people … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

“My Neighbors . . . “

Just as I was about to snap this photo, two guys walking by stopped to read the pavement, too, and said, “Another arson. They keep happening here in the Mission.” … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

“It’s a War Zone”

“It’s a war zone,” said the man, a neighbor across from this murder site, now a makeshift shrine, on Folsom Street near 24th. Amilcar Perez-Lopez, 21 and a Guatemalan immigrant … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

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