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Spiritual Holistic Medicine

Spiritual Holistic Medicine

Story and photos by Andrea Williams

May 12, 2020

“Nature is alive and talking to us. This is not a metaphor.”- Terence McKenna  Humans have had a sacred relationship with nature for thousands of years. Nutritious plants, fruits and roots kept our bodies strong.  Few things feel as sweet and grounding as relaxing with sunshine on your skin. Pr...

Art doesn’t stop because of shelter in place

Art doesn't stop because of shelter in place

Ryce Stoughtenborough

April 28, 2020

The current state of our world is turbulent, to put it lightly. Amid the panic of COVID-19, every country, city and the people within it are faced with the uncertainty of the future. Although America has allowed occupations deemed essential to progress — putting millions of other Americans out of work ...

What does it mean to be productive in a global pandemic?

What does it mean to be productive in a global pandemic?

Story by Fernando Martinez

April 21, 2020

The coronavirus is the most trendy topic in the world right now, and rightfully so. Thousands of people have died, millions are without jobs and the ways in which we have been viewing the world are being challenged. Questions of what and who is “essential” in our economy, and thus in our society, are ma...

Tips on how to work from home and shelter-in-place with kids

photo by Clara Applegarth

Clara Applegarth

April 20, 2020

While cities across the globe continue to shelter in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, parents and childcare workers are essentially working overtime and, if attending school or working from home, their duties have doubled (Life During Quarantine podcast). For over a year, I have been working as a childcare professional for a single m...

Remaining body positive in isolation

Remaining body positive in isolation

Story by Clara Applegarth

April 13, 2020

I was struck by an eating disorder at a young age without fully being aware. Being a ballet dancer for several years of my childhood, the way your body formed certain lines when you moved was all but secondary. This fate was also brought on by genetics, with family members suffering from the same disorde...

The importance of maintaining routines while under quarantine

Breakfast bagel

Shelley Wang

April 10, 2020

Since the outbreak of the virus that causes COVID-19, maintaining a daily routine has become more difficult for many people in the United States, mainly since the mandatory stay-at-home order is now in effect. The impact of the virus is widespread — while people are encouraged to hunker down at ho...

Self-Care during Stress Awareness Month

Photo by Natalie from Pexels

Story by Anne Lima

April 9, 2020

Being thrown for a loop during this pandemic has shown to come with various emotions and reactions toward what to make of all of this for ourselves. School campuses aren’t open and non-essential businesses are closed until further notice. This has shown to result in a lack of structure for our dai...

Safety Nets on the Golden Gate

Safety Nets on the Golden Gate

by Diani Ellis

March 24, 2020

Since its opening day in 1937, the bridge has had on average about 30 people each year take their lives by climbing over the edge and leaping off. Recently, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has decided to go further with building a barrier to prevent suicidal jumpers. With figuring out the best way ...

People of the Bay: Cloud & Billie

Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum lays on her living room floor next to her service dog Billie in San Francisco, Calif. March 1, 2020. (Emily Curiel / Xpress Magazine)

Video by Ryce Stoughtenborough

March 24, 2020

Lifelong San Francisco resident Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum speaks fondly of her service dog, Billie. The two can be seen throughout the Castro District stopping for pets from friends or getting treats from dog-loving shop owners. Billie, a sensory processing service dog for Autism Spectrum Disorder, helps...

Processing Life’s Problems One Laugh At A Time

Comedian Wonder Dave at the

by Fernando Martinez

March 24, 2020

The stage setup for the comedy show at Oakland’s All Out Comedy Theater consists of a lone, black microphone perched on top of its stand, sitting in between an elongated black-cushioned armchair. “The jokes you’re gonna hear tonight will be about mental illness. We’re not OK, and that’s OK,...

Service Dogs 101: Intro to the good boys and girls of the Bay Area

Daisy Soto cuddles her service dog, Miles in San Francisco, Calif. Feb. 26, 2020. (Emily Curiel / Xpress Magazine)

by Ryce Stoughtenborough

March 18, 2020

The first time Billie, a sensory processing service dog, saved the life of Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum, 33, was during the 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade. Galanes-Rosenbaum, a Castro District native who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), experiences severe panic attacks when she experiences too much s...

Hey Toxicity! Let’s break up.

Hey Toxicity! Let's break up.

Story and Illustration by Sam Joson

February 25, 2020

I was 16 the first time someone I was dating didn’t take no for an answer.  But I stayed because — at the risk of sounding like I’m defending them — I generally didn’t feel unsafe. Underappreciated and neglected? Yes, but not really unsafe. Somehow, I’d convinced myself that the absenc...

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