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Chris Campbell

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From My Corner To Cairo

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2011 | 10:14 PM

I happened upon this neighborhood by chance. In late 2006, an e-mail arrived from my then- landlord notifying me that the building was being sold. Still fairly new to San Francisco, I had a few weeks to find a new home. I roamed the neighborhoods looking for the right fit....

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Thank You, Class of 2008

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 4:35 AM

When Barack Obama won the presidency and Democrats took firm holds of both Houses for the first time in a decade, my obsessive interest in politics began to ebb. The endless hours of MSNBC, New York Times editorials, Huffington Post refreshes, C-Span and article upon article and blog upon blog...

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The Second Message

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 3:33 PM

It's only been 24 hours. And for most of the time, things have sort of seemed the same. I took my dog Bennett on a few walks, read in the park, went to the local cafe, watched a movie, went to the pet store. The same stuff I'd do on...

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Today I Left the Democratic Party

(95) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 5:54 PM

With any relationship, when the bad far outweighs the good, perhaps it's time to move on. Many of us, myself included, hold onto relationships in hopes that things change, and even if they do for a time, in most cases, things revert back to the way they were. And then...

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My Favorite Records of the Decade

(26) Comments | Posted January 1, 2010 | 3:16 PM

Disclaimer: The list is subject to change the very second that it's posted.

Yes, this is what I'm doing on New Years Eve. And I guess it makes sense. Nothing has given me more pleasure this year and this decade than music. It's my therapist, joy, shoulder, understanding and just...

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The World Series and Barry Sanders

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2009 | 11:57 AM

I've always admired athletes who can call it quits while still in their prime. When Barry Sanders stepped away from the NFL at the height of his talent and within striking distance of one of the games most esteemed records, the sporting world was completely perplexed. How could he leave?...

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Congratulations, President Obama

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2009 | 7:10 PM

Once again, positive news on the domestic front has awakened the crazies. Oh, I'm not suggesting that there shouldn't be debate regarding Obama's worthiness for the Nobel Peace Prize. I, like many, was stunned to learn that he'd been given the honor. He's certainly a well-intentioned man but the Nobel...

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An Open Letter To Our Leaders

(11) Comments | Posted September 18, 2009 | 7:18 PM

Dear President Obama, Senator Reid and Representative Pelosi,

In 1991, I clearly recall standing in my hometown library, filling out my voter registration card and mulling my party affiliation. I can't say I followed politics all that much at the time, but my early heroes were John F. Kennedy and...

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Dreams From My Grandfather

(5) Comments | Posted September 10, 2009 | 7:40 PM

This morning, before putting on the coffee or getting started with the day, I found myself furiously searching for my grandfather's watch. About five years ago, my aunt, knowing how much I looked up to and respected my grandfather, sent me the watch that he wore for many years, leading...

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Wilco (The Album)

(3) Comments | Posted June 29, 2009 | 4:57 PM

From 1967-1972, The Rolling Stones released Between the Buttons, Flowers, Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main St. Such a run can only be matched by The Beatles, who released their entire catalog in only seven years, and Bob Dylan, whose output from 1963-1969, represents the...

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A Job Lost, An Identity Reshaped

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2009 | 7:29 PM

Turn on any of the three major cable news networks, and you're sure to be greeted by somewhat hysterical anchors frenzied over AIG, Bernie Madoff and Tim Geithner, among many other soundbites to wrack our collective nerves. And what follows is usually the maniacal calls from the right, especially Eric...

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Benefits of Unemployment

(4) Comments | Posted February 24, 2009 | 4:15 PM

Just over four months ago, for the first time since wrapping up college in 1996, I found myself as part of the now ever-growing millions of Americans who find themselves unemployed. Unlike many of my jobless brethren, I was fortunate enough to have saved a little bit; a safety net...

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Alex Rodriguez's Admission

(7) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 10:24 AM

If pressed to cite my longest-running passion, it would have to be the New York Yankees. I began visiting the Stadium before I could walk. I was there for Charlies Hayes' catch as the Yankees secured the World Series in 1996. By pure luck, I sat far up the right...

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Days of our Lives

(4) Comments | Posted February 1, 2009 | 9:04 PM

The moments we never forget: they can run from the mundane, to the personal, to the hallmarks that we share with many. I will certainly never forget the utter exhilaration I shared with thousands while standing in the right field bleachers as Tino Martinez's long fly cleared the wall with...

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Obama and the Arts

(14) Comments | Posted January 27, 2009 | 1:09 PM

Lost in the inaugural hoopla, and those little problems that Obama's now responsible for fixing, is the fact that we now have a president who cites Dylan, Coltrane, Springsteen and Wilco as some of his favorite musicians. With this kind of taste, you'd think that our president is crafting policy...

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