It’s a step toward an alternative transportation network

Sections of Golden Gate Avenue, Lake Street, Sanchez Street, and Shotwell Street will remain part of the City’s Slow Streets program beyond the end of the pandemic. …


The city will fully reopen on June 15

Just over a year ago, one of San Francisco’s most iconic book stores was repurposed into a movie theater.

The arrangement was nothing more than a projector and a bedsheet, and the moviegoers were the store’s co-owner, his family, and another family in their quarantine pod. …


The importance of showing up in your community, even if it can’t be in person

A nun with a video camera on a tripod recording a priest holding the Eucharist at an altar next to a statue of Jesus.

My soul bends under the weight of each thing I took for granted about going to my church in person. My friends’ new baby was just starting to recognize me when I held him. The older women who knew I suffered from migraines would seek me out to see how…


To my surprise, I actually felt like I was part of the celebration

Incense, a candle, and a bound wedding program on a table with a blue and white floral tablecloth.

When the couple sent their save-the-date card back in March, we should have known we weren’t going to physically attend the wedding. But September seemed far away, and we couldn’t imagine that the pandemic would continue to rage. The groom is one of my husband’s closest friends; we told them…


COVID-19 creates plenty of awkward encounters. You know what I’m talking about.

Inspired by The Pillow-Book of Sei Shonagon

The invite said it’s a lunch meeting, but I’m the only one eating anything on the Zoom call. I made lo mein noodles and the sauce splatters on my keyboard as I slurp them into my mouth.

A woman walks her dog on…


If there is anything chronic migraines has taught me, it’s how to be stuck at home. On some days, even getting out of bed is an accomplishment. So though the times are unprecedented, globally, they are extremely precedent-ed to me, personally.

Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the…


The house call has returned. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, something as simple as a bad cold required an in-person visit to my doctor’s office to get a prescription cough syrup. Now, the same office urges me to stay home and schedule a video visit instead. This new way of doing…


I did my first summer internship in San Francisco after my sophomore year of college. I was hired to work at Salesforce and placed in an apartment with two other interns, neither of whom had lived in San Francisco before, just like me. On our first night together, we decided…


What don’t they tell you at the hospital? Basically everything. At least all of the confusion gave me something to write about. That’s my first consolation prize. There are lots of consolation prizes in hospitals, too. It feels like receiving a certificate of participation in elementary school in the science…


I’m back and answering the questions about tech that you’ve always been afraid to ask. Be sure to comment or otherwise reach out if you have more questions, or follow-up questions. But today, we’re finally getting to the big leagues: The Internet. The question I’ll attempt to answer today:

How…

Natalie Mead

I like communities and quiet places. www.natamead.com

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