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About this blog: I was born and raised in Palo Alto, and graduated from Palo Alto High in 2013. For the lion's share of that time, I had a starry-eyed adoration for my hometown, and all its perks: top-notch schools, safe neighborhoods, and a boomi...  (More)

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Twenty Years in the Sixties: How an Alcoholic Hippie Became a Self-Giving Servant
Nov 20, 2017 10:16 am
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Left: Andy Burnham in 1978. Right: Burnham today.

Looking out toward a sunny Autumn morning in Palo Alto, Andy Burnham described his moment... More
In the Uncertainty of Chronic Illness, A Young Woman Finds Reasons to Live
Nov 6, 2017 10:26 am
Comments: 9 | Views: 10,190

When Jennifer Thompson’s ribs began to crack, people started taking her seriously.

By that time, Thompson – now twenty-two – was eighteen years... More
Difficult Words and Simple Truths
Oct 23, 2017 10:22 am
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==I CONTENT WARNING: This piece contains discussion of topics pertaining to sexual assault. Names and identifying details have been altered to protect individual... More
Are We Really Up To This?
Oct 16, 2017 9:54 am
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“Are you really up to this?”

That was Liliko Ngata, 41, on a recent Saturday afternoon in East Palo Alto. Liliko and I were at Project WeHOPE (a local homeless... More
Pain, Poverty, and Personhood in Silicon Valley
Sep 28, 2017 1:39 pm
Comments: 1 | Views: 7,008

I am the wrong person to write this blog.

Welcome to Stories of Hope, my new series on the Palo Alto Online. This blog has a very specific purpose, which... More
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