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A short walk leads to the base of Yosemite Falls, requiring no snow gear except in heavy winter conditions. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Snowy destinations abound in Yosemite winter

Those who journey to the mountains discover grand scenery, solitude .

A short walk leads to the base of Yosemite Falls, requiring no snow gear except in heavy winter conditions. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas famously used the filibuster, for 21 hours, trying to block the passage of a national health care law in 2013. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

It’s time to eliminate the filibuster

U.S. legislature should be liberated from the will of the minority

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas famously used the filibuster, for 21 hours, trying to block the passage of a national health care law in 2013. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
There were times when English Sagittarian poet William Blake was preoccupied with lofty notions to the neglect of his wife Catherine. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of Feb. 25, 2021

Sagittarius, please consider the possibility of spending more time on earth, and less in paradise

There were times when English Sagittarian poet William Blake was preoccupied with lofty notions to the neglect of his wife Catherine. (Shutterstock)
Physical distancing is among the many issues San Francisco Unified School District is taking into account during planning to return to in-person learning. (Shutterstock)

Getting elementary students back in classrooms

Health, safety, scheduling guidelines must be considered

Physical distancing is among the many issues San Francisco Unified School District is taking into account during planning to return to in-person learning. (Shutterstock)
Descended from an Italian immigrant, the Battuello family has been growing wine grapes in the Napa Valley for more than a century.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>

Family farmed since 1909, Battuello Vineyards is creating new Napa Valley wines

Historic estate supports boutique St. Helena winery

Descended from an Italian immigrant, the Battuello family has been growing wine grapes in the Napa Valley for more than a century.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>
Writer Margaret Atwood makes expressive requests in her short story “Homelanding.” (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for Feb. 18, 2021

Leo, look into the mysteries of people you care about, as writer Margaret Atwood did in ‘Homelanding’

Writer Margaret Atwood makes expressive requests in her short story “Homelanding.” (Shutterstock)
The San Francisco Unified School District is offering plentiful programming for Black History Month. (SFUSD screenshot)

Excellence celebrated during Black History Month

SFUSD hosts lessons, events, performances and more

The San Francisco Unified School District is offering plentiful programming for Black History Month. (SFUSD screenshot)
A run near vineyards in Temecula offered a perfect snowcapped-mountain view. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Happily horsing around in Temecula

It’s great to enjoy equines in the great outdoors safely, with social distancing

A run near vineyards in Temecula offered a perfect snowcapped-mountain view. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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)