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    Grammy-Nominated Violist Keith Lawrence

    Grammy-Nominated Violist Keith Lawrence

    I am extremely honored to introduce to you a powerhouse of a musician: Mr. Keith Lawrence. Keith is an accomplished violist with talent, style and presence that earn him large…

    Ditties

    Ditties

      “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold.” “Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a…

    Worry Isn’t Preparation

    Worry Isn’t Preparation

    Ron is well paid and valued at his job, but he constantly worries that he’s about to be fired and will wind up on the street. George is HIV positive,…

    Forging a New Destiny

    Forging a New Destiny

    How do we discuss marriage with people who continue to think that same sex marriage is wrong? I don’t believe that explaining the historic facts around the biblical injunction would…

    Profiles of Courage and Compassion: Jason Brock

    Profiles of Courage and Compassion: Jason Brock

    (Editor’s Note: Jason Brock is a Bay Area-based singer, performer, emcee and actor. He was a finalist on “The X-Factor” and starred in the film “Love Is Not Enough.” http://www.jasonbrockvocals.net/)…

    Nothing Sweeter Than Sweetbriar

    Nothing Sweeter Than Sweetbriar

    In this edition of “Gems of the Bay” I am proud to bring you the multifaceted and talented Bebe Sweetbriar. “I’m honored that the fans allow me to do what…

    Problems with Intimacy

    Problems with Intimacy

    Patrick hopes that therapy will rid him of his “problems with intimacy,” which he assumes must be the result of the insecurities he acquired from growing up in a dysfunctional…

    Champions for Humanity: Oakland’s Peace Monument

    Champions for Humanity: Oakland’s Peace Monument

    Published on July 25, 2013 The original impetus and inspiration for the creation of the monument Remember Them: Champions for Humanity were the tragic events of September 11, 2001. A…

    Forging a New Destiny

    Forging a New Destiny

    When I was five years old, I was disappointed when my mother’s best friend Renée announced she was going to wed Tom. I had planned on marrying Renée, a vivacious…

    Fine Tune Your Family Anthem

    Fine Tune Your Family Anthem

    When composers Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers initially pitched Sister Sledge’s “We are Family” to Atlantic Records in 1979, they were promptly rejected. Yet, despite doubtful label executives, the track’s…