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Backpackers trek past Split Mountain in Inyo National Forest. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The bounty, beauty of backpacking

Part 4 of ‘50 lessons in 50 years,’ a series for adventurers seeking fulfillment

Backpackers trek past Split Mountain in Inyo National Forest. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit suites all boast ocean views. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Running and a respite at Riviera Nayarit

Return to international travel: Magnífico Mother’s Day in Mexico

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit suites all boast ocean views. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
If a foxtail gets stuck in your animal’s ear, nose, throat or eye, it needs to be treated as an emergency. (Courtesy SPCA)

Foxtails and fleas are safety issues in summer

When pets are outdoors more, problems may pop up

If a foxtail gets stuck in your animal’s ear, nose, throat or eye, it needs to be treated as an emergency. (Courtesy SPCA)
Zen Buddhist practitioners warn about the strong power of illusions. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of May 20, 2021

Cancer, be on the lookout for granting undue value to something you’ve imagined

Zen Buddhist practitioners warn about the strong power of illusions. (Shutterstock)
Major League Baseball teams, including the San Francisco Giants, have safety netting and screening to protect fans in lower-level seats from errant balls.	(Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

If you’re in the stands, keep your eye on the ball

MLB fans sitting in unprotected seats assume legal risk of injury

Major League Baseball teams, including the San Francisco Giants, have safety netting and screening to protect fans in lower-level seats from errant balls.	(Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Meal servers are among the many workers whose contributions help San Francisco Unified School District students. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD salutes classified workers

Secretaries, custodians, cafeteria workers and others are essential in making schools work for kids

Meal servers are among the many workers whose contributions help San Francisco Unified School District students. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Tonya Pitts, One Market Restaurant wine director, likes to showcase promising young people in the industry. <ins>(Courtesy One Market)</ins>

Tonya Pitts leads tasting of diverse pinot noir

Young West Coast winemakers are creating distinctive blends

Tonya Pitts, One Market Restaurant wine director, likes to showcase promising young people in the industry. <ins>(Courtesy One Market)</ins>
Under California law, there are certain cases in which employers may have to accommodate workers who don’t want to be vaccinated. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Employers may require COVID-19 vaccines in the workplace

Exemptions may be granted on religious grounds, or for people with disabilities

Under California law, there are certain cases in which employers may have to accommodate workers who don’t want to be vaccinated. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Activities combining the conscious and unconscious – like playing chess with a demon or signing a contract with a ghost – can be growth experiences. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of May 13, 2021

Sagittarius, it’s a good time to make peace with challenging influences

Activities combining the conscious and unconscious – like playing chess with a demon or signing a contract with a ghost – can be growth experiences. (Shutterstock)
Kababayan (SFUSD Filipino/a/x Employees) is sponsoring the San Francisco Unified School District Pilipinx Graduation 2021 on May 28 via Zoom. (SFUSD Screenshot)

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

This year’s theme is ‘celebrate resilience, uplift voices’

Kababayan (SFUSD Filipino/a/x Employees) is sponsoring the San Francisco Unified School District Pilipinx Graduation 2021 on May 28 via Zoom. (SFUSD Screenshot)
Keith Doran, left, and the author celebrate a short but successful outing on El Capitan. (Courtesy photo)

Looking forward to many more years of rock climbing

Part 3 of ‘50 lessons in 50 years,’ a series for adventurers seeking fulfillment

Keith Doran, left, and the author celebrate a short but successful outing on El Capitan. (Courtesy photo)
Extensive safety preparations were made as San Francisco Unified School District reopened classrooms in April. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

How to safely reopen schools during the pandemic: The debate continues

Progress being made in ensuring vaccinations for teachers

Extensive safety preparations were made as San Francisco Unified School District reopened classrooms in April. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
“We may need to be cured by flowers” is sound advice from science writer Sharman Apt Russell. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of May 6, 2021

Libra, for psychospiritual healing, try communing with wildflowers

“We may need to be cured by flowers” is sound advice from science writer Sharman Apt Russell. (Shutterstock)
Spark* SF Public Schools is a San Francisco Unified School District group offering teacher development programming. (Screenshot)

SFUSD celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

Teaching is a profession that is like none other. It takes great…

Spark* SF Public Schools is a San Francisco Unified School District group offering teacher development programming. (Screenshot)
A recent tasting with international winemakers featured notable examples of sauvignon blanc. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Sauvignon blanc has appealing global presence

Varietal provides a refreshing, food-friendly alternative to chardonnay

A recent tasting with international winemakers featured notable examples of sauvignon blanc. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Another perfect day comes to an end at Lehua Lounge in Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Maui’s wonderful Wailea

South Maui’s sun-kissed coast may be the ultimate antidote to the lost year

Another perfect day comes to an end at Lehua Lounge in Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Chaney Kwak descibes a wild cruise during an epic storm in “The Passenger.” (Author photo courtesy Michael Baca)

‘The Passenger’ hilariously recounts one travel writer’s adventures

Chaney Kwak amusingly dispels myths about cruising, and much more

Chaney Kwak descibes a wild cruise during an epic storm in “The Passenger.” (Author photo courtesy Michael Baca)
A woman who didn’t wear a mask in a Starbucks claims that a photo of her posted online without her permission violated her privacy. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Can you post pictures of someone on social media without their consent?

Right to privacy comes up against First Amendment concerns in Starbucks case

A woman who didn’t wear a mask in a Starbucks claims that a photo of her posted online without her permission violated her privacy. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Poet Allen Ginsberg wanted people to focus on having powerful feelings and experiences rather than material things. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of April 29, 2021

Aries, take this week to be greedy about soulful breakthroughs and love of all kinds

Poet Allen Ginsberg wanted people to focus on having powerful feelings and experiences rather than material things. (Shutterstock)
San Francisco Unified School District established its LGBTQ Student Services program in 1991. (Screenshot)

SFUSD Pride observances include virtual events this year

Creating supportive environments for LGBTQ+ students in focus even with distance learning

San Francisco Unified School District established its LGBTQ Student Services program in 1991. (Screenshot)