The best gift my father gave me wasn’t a gift at all, but the lack of one. Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder with a 50 percent chance of being passed on. Two of his three brothers inherited it. But when I came screaming into the world on a mid-February morning, he knew I was different. The obstetrician palpitated my chest and measured my tiny wingspan, then sent my umbilical cord blood to the lab for testing. When the diagnosis finally came, he felt the universe explode and expand. I was Elizabeth, like the great-grandmother I would never know. I was healthy, like he never was. … [Read more...] about On Father’s Day, I learn to accept my dad on his terms
Davis said, “There’s a wonderful kind of democratic and meritocratic impulse in skateboarding, that it’s so accessible to everyone. You can do it very cheaply, you can do it anywhere. That means that, yeah, of course there are run-ins with authority — it might be with security, it might be with police.” … [Read more...] about The downhill thrill on SF’s steepest streets
(l-r) Auxillery Communication Service (ACS) volunteer Peter McElmury takes notes as a member of the public called in over the radio to describe the sound of the sirens they were hearing in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Peter McElmury and Chief of ACS Lawrence Lin (not pictured) take calls from members of the public who listen to the weekly siren alert system and call in to describe its effectiveness.Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, The Chronicle … [Read more...] about Can SF plan for surviving a North Korean nuclear strike?