The desert tortoise is the state reptile, but Michael Ellis looks at California's only indigenous turtle, the western pond turtle.
I Have Cancer
Despite the horror of a cancer diagnosis, Judy Bastin finds courage in the support of family and friends.
A California judge has ruled teacher tenure unconstitutional, but David Ellison calls the decision a distraction from the real issues affecting teaching and low-income students.
Meat, Milk and Butter for Vegans
Don't tell vegans they can't eat meat and butter and drink milk. They can and do, says Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, just different kinds.
Clyde Wadsworth says an Obama executive order barring LGBT discrimination by federal contractors has historical precedent in a 1941 action taken by Franklin Roosevelt.
Her daughter's wedding has Ann Manheimer coping with the past, the present and the future.
Positive HIV Protection
He's gay, black and sexually active. And Youth Radio's Nadji Dawkins praises the controversial HIV protection drug he's taking.
How We Talk to Each Other
As a mediator, Adele Grunberg has seen how people create conflict and how they resolve it.
Always Look Up
On a ferry to Vallejo, Susan Dix Lyons encounters an acquaintance and takes the time to know him better.
This is 23
Jenny Marshall is at the age when she's out of college and in the job market, but the path to her future isn't clear.
My God, The Ants!
Allison Pretto learns that the animal kingdom isn't always warm and fuzzy. In fact, it can be horrific.
Living in the Future
Brock Winstead's robot vacuum cleaner is evidence that the future is imperfect, too.
Holding is Believing
Don McCullough's tech company rolls out a new product, and all everyone wants to do is touch it.
Mike Newland looks closely at one of his mother's paintings and finds the power of art to overcome despair.
Empowering the Powerless
Dick Meister pays tribute to Fred Ross, a pioneering labor organizer recently inducted into the California Hall of Fame.
John Storella cites two short passages in the Declaration of Independence that sum up the entire philosophy of American governance.
Bluegrass music never fails to induce feelings of melancholy and loss in Peggy Hansen.
The gay best friend has become a TV cliche, but Richard Swerdlow embraces the role.
Erin Go Bragh
Worlds collide when Kevin Fisher-Paulson's 11-year-old, adopted, African-American son sees his father's "Go Irish" license plate holder.
You Don't Have to Be Lucky
Young, invincible Emily Bernstein has been lucky to get timely health care, but the Affordable Care Act makes luck unnecessary.
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