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A Letter to the First Poet of the Presidio

Do not paddle or swim out when the ship arrives. Do not track or try to engage with the people who emerge from the smaller boats they bring to land. It will take them forever to find you, if you are careful. These are men of the sea, not men of the land. And they … Continue reading

Three Case Studies for Your Inspection

Case 1: The City of San Francisco: Here there are so few dead. Headstones exist only in our national recreation area. Land left for the active and the living. And yet. the Presidio lined with so many dead bodies. Lost under heaped soil and then a surprise:  Woven over it all, rows of white tombstones, so many wax … Continue reading

On Earth Day(s)

I pause as I write this. As a child I attended a brick, one-storey school with yellow and black fall-out shelter signs prominently displayed; we skipped by these signs en route to Mrs. Whetzel’s class where we learned about a brand-new, world-wide celebration that was going to change everything: Earth Day. I now find myself … Continue reading

In Conversation with Leslie Carol Roberts

Leslie Carol Roberts was recently interviewed for a French television program, Avec L’Auteur…she will soon post the interview on YouTube. Why did you want to write a book about the Presidio? After I moved in here, I was added to some sort of email and mailing list for residents. I started receiving slick newsletters about … Continue reading

Sometimes I Agree with Kant

Kant says, Hardly anyone apart from the botanist knows what sort of a thing a flower is.  I agree with Kant, and add, Hardly anyone apart from a forester knows what sort of thing a tree is. In order to write a book about the Presidio and what it means to live and walk in … Continue reading