What an amazing day!!! Over my morning coffee, I scrolled through social media feeds that were drenched in rainbows and happy words. Sometimes I end up closing out of FB after glancing at a few posts because it’s depressing or just feels like a time vortex, but today it felt amazing to read through all of the complete joy, elation, relief, celebration… LOVE WINS!!! I may have cried. Okay, I totally cried. Incredibly moving…

On my walk to Doctor G’s office, I passed by many rainbow flags, including two hung up outside of churches—granted, each church was of the historically more all-inclusive variety, but it still felt so hugely significant to me that even CHURCHES made sure to go out first thing in the morning and hang up flags to show their support. (I swear, if someone doesn’t stop chopping onions in here…)

Pride flag on church

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It’s just before the Pride parade, too, which is a HUGE deal in San Francisco… As to be expected, the sunny day felt especially bright.

I wanted to go see the book exhibit I’d seen posted in the Jewish Museum’s windows on a walk earlier in the month, so I headed through Chinatown to Yerba Buena. Mural on an apartment building, happy day, and acupuncturist’s model in a shop window…mural in Chinatown

Chinatown

acupuncture dummy in Chinatown

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The giant rainbow flags flying down most of Market Street in June have always raised my spirits. Today, they felt even more celebratory…

Pride flag on Market Street

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I felt a bit peckish, and realized I’d walked four miles on a cup of coffee and a few almonds, so I stopped into a corner store in search of a snack… I found an actual salad (not iceberg lettuce) for $2 and when the clerk asked if I wanted the ranch dressing that came with it, I laughed (politely) and waved it off. I walked down the street eating my raw veggies like they were CANDY for a few blocks before I had to take a moment to stop and laugh at myself—I have officially gone FULL RABBIT.

salad for lunch

Rabbit Food: there were cherry tomatoes, but they are now in my belly.

(Notes inspired by recent conversations with other folks in which they’ve talked about a wish to clean up their eating habits, but felt it was nearly impossible, etc.: I’m already vegetarian and don’t digest gluten, so I’m used to getting creative when eating out, or otherwise being careful with my food and reading labels, etc. Living in San Francisco makes it A LOT easier, but when Doctor G told me I had to lose carbs as well to get my blood sugar under control, I wondered if I might starve to death. Not really, but it’s frustrating to try to go out to eat, and have there be literally nothing on most menus that I can eat without getting sick. Also, bread and ice cream are delicious!

However, people have eaten mostly raw (unprocessed) food for the majority of our time on the planet, so it does come naturally—if you just stick to eating clean for a week or two, you start to become super excited by $2 salads and simple things. Your body will crave good things. I still really want to eat the hell out of a box of donuts every now and then if my blood sugar dips, but I eat a yellow bell pepper instead and end up just as happy. Just give yourself a couple of weeks and it’ll become easy. You too can become part rabbit!)


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I had arrived at the Jewish Museum, but I heard crowds and music, and decided to investigate…

Oh you know, just San Francisco being awesome and having a random circus in Yerba Buena Gardens…

Circus Bella

Will the fireman save the cat?? Circus Bella.

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And now over to the Contemporary Jewish Museum for the Bound to be Held exhibit:

Bound to Be Held exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

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I love books! So excited…Bound to Be Held exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

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This one seemed appropriate today—title card reads: “…Very early in his first term (as mayor of San Francisco), Newsom granted marriage licenses to same-sex couples in violation of state law. This action allowed more than 4,000 couples to marry before the courts intervened.”Bound to Be Held exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

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How fun! This is published by the press I worked for over the last decade. This is the first edition, but I designed the cover for the new edition of Valencia, and also The Chelsea Whistle, when Seal re-issued them…

Bound to Be Held exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum


Bound to Be Held exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Bound to Be Held exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

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The books along the walls with the enlarged images of the interior pages were all personal volumes donated to the project by their celebrity owners. Definitely interesting to see what makes public figures tick, but I admit I was completely taken with the Library part of the exhibit, which featured books donated and inscribed by “regular” people. The filing system sorted books by year of birth, astrological sign, and religion; which I thought was both fun and also added some context to each book. You are encouraged to handle the books—so you can read what people wrote about why they contributed them. You can even check them out if you wish, and donate books yourself… I enjoy the quiet reverence happening in most museums, but involving people in the artwork like this and having them share all of these meaningful things was super touching to experience, and participate in… Bound to Be Held exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Bound to Be Held exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Neil Gaiman's Coraline

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They had a copy of The Prophet, so I added my own note inside (love letter to my mummy!):Kahlil Gabrhan's The Prophet

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Jewish Museum lobby from the upper level…Contemporary Jewish Museum

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The “Night Begins the Day” exhibit is also happening currently…
Contemporary Jewish Museum

There are some days I’m just really happy to be a part of. 🙂

Where should I go tomorrow?


  • MILES WALKED: 9.5
  • NEIGHBORHOODS: Russian Hill, Chinatown, Yerba Buena, SoMa, Mission District

June 26 2015 route map