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How to Breathe at the Beach

  1. Get in your car.
  2. Load it up with gas for the drive.
  3. Arrive at Twin Lakes State Beach.
  4. Find a spot on the beach close to the waves, but not so close that you are swallowed up by high tide.
  5. Take deep breaths to the rhythm of the waves. *Note: You don’t have to get it exactly but slow your breathing down.
  6. Feel yourself getting smaller and smaller as you look out towards the ocean.
  7. Tune out all of the noise except for the waves crashing.
  8. Sit there.
  9. After a while, come back to Earth and realize what you just witnessed.
  10. Grab a drink over at Crow’s Nest.

—Jordan Dawkins

How to Be a San Franciscan

Be friendly.
Respect differences in race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, age.
Support social justice.
Like bikes.
Have fun.
Enjoy the arts.
Tell people, “Thank you.”
Introduce yourself.
Don’t trip on stupid shit.
Experiment wildly.
Celebrate Life.
Disagree with any of the above and add your own.

—Elizabeth Travelslight

How to Brew One Cup of Coffee, Filled with Lots of Love

  • First ask (yourself, or) guest if they would like: dark/medium/light roast coffee blend.
  • Then ask if they would like any cream or sugar w/their coffee. (There are alternatives, but let’s not get complicated!)
    • *Don’t forget to ask, “How much!?”
    • Light, medium, or sweet (sugar) [Use brown sugar!]
    • Light, medium, or creamy (cream) [Sweet and creamy is the way to go!] [Shake the cream for froth!]
  • Ask about large or small and hot or iced.
    • If iced, then throw in some ice.
  • Make sure presentation looks fabulous!
  • Lastly ask your guest “Try it!” to make sure it’s the perfect cup of love. “One cup at a time.”

—Lee Oscar Gomez

Lee feels belonging at South First Fridays in San José. He works nearby as a barista and knows some local gallery owners’ drinks of choice.

Color Potluck

Everyone picks a color and brings an ingredient of that color. Together you all figure out what to make. Somehow, it all works out and is so much better than anything you ever could have planned.

—Anonymous

A Tour Through Time

I'd like to take you on a tour of the downtown Berkeley I knew when I was growing up, but much of it is gone or changed. You can still go get a slice at Arinell's Pizza, and the great-great-grandchildren of the original cockroaches are probably still there. Grove Street is now Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and all the bus numbers have changed. You may be able to find traces, mosaics outside doors, names engraved in handles, signs emblazoned on buildings where Kress and Hink's and Magnin's used to be. The clock that is never right still hangs outside Wells Fargo, and there's still a grand, gilded bank inside. The library and the high school are still there, and you can see the older parts within the remodels, renovations, and expansions. You have to look sideways at things, to see what's been adapted, covered up, layered over. Squinting this way, you can imagine how the town has changed over time, and how it might change in the future.

—Michele Rabkin

The St. Agnes Way

Show your values clearly, and work to enact them.
Say “Thank you.”
Offer food and drink and spaces for people to gather.
Let people sing, clap, and dance.
Encourage people's contributions and find spaces for people to bring their gifts.

—Andrea Wise

Prayer and Art

Angela seeks belonging in spiritual places in Berkeley while recovering from long-term illness.

Many days I cannot get out of bed. When I am stuck in bed, I practice contemplative prayer (meditation from the heart) to savor the drops of belonging I have fullness experienced in nuggets here and there on better days. When I can sit up or even stand, I create collage and paintings that help me integrate the spiritual and emotional nutrition of belonging, and metabolize and release what does not serve me. I work on a piece for months, even all year.

—Angela Jernigan

Ride a Bike to the Beach

Ride bike through Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach, try to take the middle road where cars are not allowed. Find a sand dune overlooking the beach and ocean where you can be alone. Find a comfortable place to sit. Stare out at the horizon, at the light changing at the space where the water meets sand, focus on a wave, feel the wind, let your mind wander. Watch the sun dip beneath the horizon, how has the light changed, the temperature, the sand, etc. Bike home in the dark.

—Niko

How to Get Boba Drinks

the first in a series of anime-style drawings, apparently colored pencil on paper. step one: Drive to TP Tea while listening to K-pop with a drawing of 5 asians in a car. One in the back seat is playing something from their phone, with a label that says Black Pink

step two: order boba

step three: drink it. Arrow pointing towards girl's protruding belly, with a label that reads boba belly

a polariod labeled: 12/18/2018, TP Tea, a Bobalicious post-finals celebration! step four: feel happy. (smiley face) Step 5: repeat.

—Felicia Kuan