Today it has been two weeks since I threw my back out… Walking to Doctor G’s office today, I thought about how only a short time ago on the second or third day’s walk home, I wept from pain the whole time, hoping my big sunglasses hid the evidence but just continuing to place one foot in front of the other—focusing on an object at the end of a block and making that my only goal; repeat until home. Knowing that I was “okay,” but so spent from being in constant physical distress and having any simple thing, like stepping off a curb too quickly, make me feel like I would break in half.

I’ve also been thinking so much about how lucky I’ve been to have had the support that’s been offered to me make dealing with the rough spots a million times easier than if I’d been on my own. I posted this on social media:

You guys, I’m so grateful. I’m walking home from doc and thinking about how two weeks ago I was headed in for tests, in crazy pain and scared half to death. I feel a million times better and I’ve def worked for it, but all of the well-wishes, shared stories of your own injuries, checking in on me, company on walks, etc- made such a huge difference! It all made me feel like everything was gonna be ok, and allowed me to just focus on doing what I needed to do to get healthy. I don’t know if I’ll be able to thank everyone personally, so at the very least, putting it out into this space: thanks to everyone, you helped more than you know, and I’m so very grateful for the support each of you offered. thank you!!!


Yesterday and today I have been putting the finishing touches on a book cover series design project for re-issues of E.M. Forster novels and non-fiction. Not much time for a long walking adventure, but I did take new streets to all of the places I needed to go.

This pretty church on Franklin Street reminded me of a castle…

First Unitarian Universalist

First Unitarian Universalist

First Unitarian Universalist

Something I’ve always loved best about graphic design and designing for books is getting to do research and learn about so many different things in preparation for the actual designing—reading a novel to look for symbols to visualize, for example, or for this project looking into Forster’s life and the historical significance of what he was writing about given the time in which he was writing… Today I had a mission to create the last missing photograph for Forster’s novel Maurice, written in 1913-1914 but, for fear of persecution and/or ostracism, not published until after his death in 1971. For my particular photo prop needs, I walked down Valencia Street in the Mission to visit my friend, the proprietor of RetroFit Vintage, who was gracious enough to let me come in to the shop and set up a mini-shoot. Thank you!

RetroFit Your World!

RetroFit Vintage shop

RetroFit Vintage shop

Photoshoot accomplished, back to work!!


Where should I go tomorrow?


  • MILES WALKED: 6.83
  • NEIGHBORHOODS: Civic Center, Cathedral Hill, Hayes Valley, Mission District
  • DESIGNATED LANDMARKS: First Unitarian Universalist Church (no. 40)

map of June 4, 2015 walk