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Christine Deakers graduated from UC Berkeley, lives and works in San Francisco and writes as much as she can. She’s been published in Fast Company, Thought Catalog, SFBG, Patch.com, and various literary magazines. Read her blog at www.deakhaus.com or follow her on Twitter @deakhaus.

Entries by Christine Deakers

Things to Regret in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 3:11 PM

I've regretted many things in 2014. I've been rash and careless with my own heart, distracted and jumbled in my thinking and expression. I was a "first time toll violator" on the Golden Gate Bridge, and, on two separate occasions, ran red lights in empty neighborhoods, all by mistake. I...

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What Martin Scorsese's 'The 50 Year Argument' Tells Us About Today

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 5:36 PM

The 50 Year Argument, a literary documentary on The New York Review of Books directed by Martin Scorsese, available through HBO, is not necessarily the tour de force that only pats the intellectual echelon on its cashmere-and-tweed backs, which some may expect. Amongst the many things glossed about...

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A Richer Inner Life

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 1:57 PM

There are periods where you become unaware of what brings you the most joy, or what makes you feel most filled up because there are the trivial and not-so-trivial responsibilities and the pressing ways of making a living that run dominantly parallel to what you've identified as a primary interest...

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Haters Need to 'STFU' About Ice Buckets: 3 Social Media Tactics that Perpetuate Social Good

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 2:37 PM

I need to clarify. Yesterday on my Facebook wall I posted a status: "Can everyone STFU about the ice buckets? Just be a good person and support good causes with or without cold water."

I didn't mean this as an attack on the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, which some read into due to...

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A Letter to AirBnB's CEO, With Love, From Georgia O'Keeffe

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:47 PM

Dear Brian,

I don't very much enjoy looking at logos in general. I know too much about them. I take them apart and see the curves and shapes, the essence for what they are, not the emblems that are imbued with their sexualized similarities. I like your use of...

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On Honesty and Beer and Things I Wish I Heard at Graduation

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 5:01 PM

I was drinking Yuengling for the first time in the nook of a San Francisco bar exactly two years after I graduated from Berkeley. It's that type of beer with a cult following I wasn't privy to until a lovely person, with eyes Charles Bukowski could comment on,...

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Horrible Things I Never Wanted to Admit About Dating Until Now

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 6:13 PM

I was melodramatic after watching episodes of Dawson's Creek and being dumped by a guy who beat me to the punch. He was a nice person with many lovely qualities that now seem impossible to remember out of vagueness, but one resounding truth was that neither one of us was...

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Are You a SINK? The Manifesto for The-Single-Income-No-Kids Female

(3) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 6:40 PM

Even while still in my early twenties, I've felt my comrades -- fellow Internet consumers -- dipping into the tail end of the "twenty-something trend," estranging themselves from publications like Thought Catalog and BuzzFeed that coined the term. Much of the language is self-aggrandizing, pieces filled with blanket notions that...

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Schöneberg‐Mitte‐Kreuzberg: Hoods of Berlin, 2011

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 2:18 PM

This is an excerpt from the longer essay, "Schöneberg‐Mitte‐Kreuzberg," the travel nonfiction on Berlin, its cool kids and the lines, labels and parenthesis that come with them.

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Amador's directions read to get on the U‐bahn to Alexanderplatz then switch to the...

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The Anatomy of a Cover Letter

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 12:19 PM

To Whom It May Concern:

Opening sentence that introduces yourself but also states your esteemed degree from four-year university where you received high honors in both your Double Major Degree and Minor concentration. Thoughtful reason why in particular you are attracted to this entry-level position you found on a job...

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25 Things I Realized In College

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 7:39 PM

I'm no longer able to describe myself as "just" graduating from college. The interim between being an undergraduate and person contributing to the world has a steep learning curve, and it might be one of the more strange transitions in someone's life. These are 25 things I never read from...

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How to Write for an Hour

(4) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 11:15 AM

Always follow the rules, whether it's a prompt, iambic pentameter or waiting 30 minutes after you eat. Then, suddenly, don't follow them at all. Break rules as many times without creating a trend.

Keep readers suspicious. Imagination is found in the form and the story is in the laws...

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How to Be Young and Alive in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2014 | 8:33 AM

Being a nebulous 20-something means freedom, but it's also frightening. You're halfway between being an idiot baby and a fully-formed human with hobbies and a spice rack. No matter if it's the start of a new year or not, there's always a fresh beginning that's yours for the taking if...

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Best Business Partner? Your Dog.

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 12:24 PM

The evolving "new way to work" accommodates employee lifestyles to attract and retain talent. While Gen-Xers expect their careers to be more flexible with mobile and virtual teams, some in-office "disruptions" heighten and optimize creativity and workflow. One of the best additions to add to your company's HR program, science...

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Minds Matter San Francisco Students Don't Know How Impressive They Are

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 10:16 AM

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She said it like it was the Coachella set list being released: Zhi Yang, 16, high school junior at Thurgood Marshall in San Francisco's Bay View district said the most exciting moment in class this year was when she found out what books...

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Second Guessing San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 12:32 PM

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San Francisco is saved for the particular hearts looking to have it all: a sunny Saturday at Dolores Park, perched on a hill, Instagram-ing your besweatered Frenchie named Monty, as you watch the motivational yogis through your socially-conscious-and-cost-effective-plastic eyewear. You're eating...

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The UN, Syria and Peanuts

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 3:29 PM

Lucy van Pelt, one of America's greatest "fussbudgets" and Machiavellian 8-year-olds from the syndicated comic strip, "Peanuts" by Charles Schulz, is a solid figure to recall when thinking of the current state of the international community: "If you think peace is a common goal," she told Charlie Brown,...

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I'm Nervous, Sweating and Wearing Western Business Attire

(10) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 4:19 PM

In my younger and more vulnerable years, caught in the drama of high school Model United Nations club, bespectacled, and sweating in hounds tooth "western business attire," forming a fervent opinion on a political crisis was easy as pie. It was much easier, then, to see things idealistically: that problems...

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