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Tequila is the main ingredient in Unrequited Lover. (Courtesy photo)

Love potions and loneliness

Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily celebratory

Tequila is the main ingredient in Unrequited Lover. (Courtesy photo)
Gold topped temples of Nyaungu are among many of Myanmar’s charms. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Myanmar on my mind

My heart breaks for democracy in general and the Burmese people in particular

Gold topped temples of Nyaungu are among many of Myanmar’s charms. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
It’s legal for places of business to require patrons to wear a mask during the pandemic. (Shutterstock)

No shoes, no shirt, no mask equals no service

Public health mandates do not violate individuals’ liberty

It’s legal for places of business to require patrons to wear a mask during the pandemic. (Shutterstock)
Cancerian novelist George Sand (1804–1876), also known as Aurore Dupin, apparently got to work writing after erotic exchanges. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for Feb. 11, 2021

For Cancer, vigorous pleasure will coordinate nicely with hard work

Cancerian novelist George Sand (1804–1876), also known as Aurore Dupin, apparently got to work writing after erotic exchanges. (Shutterstock)
Staffers from the San Francisco Unified School District’s Office of Counseling and Post-Secondary Success have adapted to virtual connections with students during the pandemic. (SFUSD Screenshot)

SFUSD counselors assist students in many ways

Staffers offer academic and social support as well as college and career planning help

Staffers from the San Francisco Unified School District’s Office of Counseling and Post-Secondary Success have adapted to virtual connections with students during the pandemic. (SFUSD Screenshot)
Erich Sattler Zweigelt 2018 and Triebaumer Blaufrankisch Rust 2018 are notable Austrian reds. <ins>(Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Look to Austria for good value in reds and whites

Four major growing regions in country with ancient winemaking tradition

Erich Sattler Zweigelt 2018 and Triebaumer Blaufrankisch Rust 2018 are notable Austrian reds. <ins>(Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Rewarding calm behavior is one way to curb a dog’s aggression.<ins> (Courtesy SF SPCA)</ins>

Use positive signals to calm an unsettled dog

Give your cat a proper place to scratch

Rewarding calm behavior is one way to curb a dog’s aggression.<ins> (Courtesy SF SPCA)</ins>
It remains to be seen whether The Weeknd will top 2020’s Super Bowl halftime performance by J.Lo, left, and Shakira. (Courtesy Pepsi)

Don’t go to a Super Bowl watch party

Some local sports bars offer socially-distanced events

It remains to be seen whether The Weeknd will top 2020’s Super Bowl halftime performance by J.Lo, left, and Shakira. (Courtesy Pepsi)
Valentine’s Day is good time for indulgences both simple and extravagant. (Courtesy photo)

Valentine’s Day gifts with international flair

A roundup of items to delight your friends and loved ones

Valentine’s Day is good time for indulgences both simple and extravagant. (Courtesy photo)
Starting in July, penalties in California will increase for people cited for texting while driving. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

A look at some of California’s new laws

Changes affect wages, criminal justice, workplace protections and more

Starting in July, penalties in California will increase for people cited for texting while driving. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
If one tries look a star directly, it fades into invisibility. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of Feb. 4, 2021

Gemini, proceed with the notion that if you want to envision the future, don’t gaze directly

If one tries look a star directly, it fades into invisibility. (Shutterstock)
The San Francisco Unified School District’s African-American Achievement and Leadership Initiative is among the measures being taken to assist all Black students and staff. (Shutterstock)

Supporting success and achievement of all African American students

SFUSD committed to providing necessary conditions for positive outcomes

The San Francisco Unified School District’s African-American Achievement and Leadership Initiative is among the measures being taken to assist all Black students and staff. (Shutterstock)
The owner of Blondie’s Bar in the Mission says she won’t let COVID end her legacy. (Courtesy Blondie’s Bar)

Post-lockdown bar openings: too little, too late?

Business owners are jaded, struggling

The owner of Blondie’s Bar in the Mission says she won’t let COVID end her legacy. (Courtesy Blondie’s Bar)
Brown Sugar Kitchen restaurateur Tanya Holland has begun the second season of her podcast. (Courtesy Smeeta Mahanti)

Tanya Holland takes her kitchen table conversations online

Brown Sugar Kitchen chef chats with varied lineup of guests

  • Jan 30, 2021
Brown Sugar Kitchen restaurateur Tanya Holland has begun the second season of her podcast. (Courtesy Smeeta Mahanti)
Snow covering the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe appeals to skiers and snowshoers. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Winter Wisdom: 50 lessons in 50 years, Part 1

Series offers tips for adventurers seeking enjoyment in nature

Snow covering the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe appeals to skiers and snowshoers. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Capricorn artist Paul Cézanne was known for painstakingly working on detailed still-life paintings. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of Jan. 28, 2021

Capricorn may want to increase focus and be detail-oriented on labors of love

Capricorn artist Paul Cézanne was known for painstakingly working on detailed still-life paintings. (Shutterstock)
Mentors working with the San Francisco Unified School District help students with various tasks, including reading. (Shutterstock photo)

SFUSD recognizes great contributions of mentors

Caring adults offer invaluable one-on-one help to students

Mentors working with the San Francisco Unified School District help students with various tasks, including reading. (Shutterstock photo)
Chateau de Cosse Sauternes 2017, Blason de L’Evangile 2014 and Moulin de DuHart 2017 were served at a tasting led by Olivier Trégoat. (Courtesy Lyle Norton)

Second label French wines yield value and access

Bordeaux vintages created for drinking presently

Chateau de Cosse Sauternes 2017, Blason de L’Evangile 2014 and Moulin de DuHart 2017 were served at a tasting led by Olivier Trégoat. (Courtesy Lyle Norton)
Aquarius, take note of poet Emily Dickinson’s comment, “My business is circumference,” meaning her calling was to be in quest of awe and sublimity. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of Jan. 21, 2021

It’s time for Aquarius to expand and elevate their minds, hearts and souls

Aquarius, take note of poet Emily Dickinson’s comment, “My business is circumference,” meaning her calling was to be in quest of awe and sublimity. (Shutterstock)
Trucking companies and truck drivers must comply with extensive U.S. Department of Transportation laws pertaining to safety. (Shutterstock)

Laws ensure safety measures for cyclists, truck drivers

Regulations also address recovery in event of accident

Trucking companies and truck drivers must comply with extensive U.S. Department of Transportation laws pertaining to safety. (Shutterstock)