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Steven J. Moss

Steven J. Moss has 60 articles published.

Publisher’s View: Cyber-Stranger Danger

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No parent would willingly allow a stranger to enter their home, slip down the hallway unseen, enter their child’s bedroom, closing the door softly behind them.  Yet that’s exactly what’s happening through the portals of mobile devices, all too often leading to actual physical encounters arranged through such applications as Tinder, Snapchat, and texting. Nine…

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Publisher’s View: Statues

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The following three dialogues imagine the conversations sparked when newlyweds arrive for the first time at one of the spouses’ ancestral homes, to which the couple will be moving, with a fourth centering on an exchange amongst nannies.  Readers are encouraged to create their own scenes, mixing and matching the various scenarios and characters into…

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Publisher’s View – Driving Rules

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Anyone who has spent anytime walking, bicycling, or driving in San Francisco lately knows that it’s a chaotic mess out there.  Vehicles – Ubers; Lyfts – pullover abruptly to disgorge passengers, eyes leashed to their Smart Phones, in oblivious selfy-ness, appearing to believe that the zombie-apocalypse has left them alone in the world, except for…

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Noah’s Ark

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One of the most famous stories in the Bible occurs in Genesis, in a passage commonly known as “Noah’s Ark.”  In it, God, enraged over human behavior, decides to wipe out everything, in an extinction-by-flood event.  Somehow, in the midst of the deity’s hairy-eyed examination of all things wicked, Noah gets the Lord’s attention, and…

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Gold, Chapter Twenty-One

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“Thank you, officer,” said Chester.  “Grab a houseplant for the station on your way out.” “That won’t be necessary,” said the cop.  “We’d just kill it, triggered the need for a murder investigation.” He winced in recognition of his faux pas.  “Sorry for your troubles; let us know if you determine anything has been stolen.” …

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Education Scholarships Available to Potrero Hill Residents

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In the 2003 movie, Calendar Girls, starring Helen Mirren, a group of well-aged women turned themselves into “pin-up girls.”  When Potrero Hill Neighborhood House staffer, Jean Crosby, discovered that Senior Lunch program participant Lorys Crisafulli had experience creating similar calendars, she suggested a reprise of the effort.  With her 90th birthday looming, Crisafulli agreed to…

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Gold, Chapter Twenty

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“So,” said Nash.  “Now what?” They’d gone to Nash and Justin’s flat to outfit themselves for the dig, everyone except Stephanie bolstering their resolve by sucking on a bong shaped like a lizard.  Justin had rifled through his collection of Burning Man cum camping gear, assigning costumes and equipment.  He was wearing a full length…

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Homeless: Live With It

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San Franciscans tend to approach social problems with a mix of expansive generosity, quasi-selfishness, and hubris.  We’ve lavished billions of public dollars on Laguna Honda Hospital and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, facilities dedicated to serving the most vulnerable among us.  We loudly proclaim our desire to maintain housing for a mix of incomes, but…

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Gold, Chapter Nineteen

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Outside the Yankee Pete zipped up his jacket against the cold.  The bar’s smoky haze seemed to have leaked outside. Grey wisps of fog swirled slowly around, like ghosts searching for their grave.  He stood in front of the saloon, hands in pockets, waiting, hoping that the electronic voice that’d summoned him would appear, preferably…

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Loser

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I’m a loser. Over the years, I’ve repeatedly lost my wallet, keys, and precious childhood mementos.  When I was a teenager, I lost jobs.  As I young adult, I lost self-respect due to a lack of dating integrity.  I lost an election.  I lost my innocence, painfully scrapped away, year by year, by life’s grater. …

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Gold, Chapter Eighteen

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“So, gene-team, what’ve you all decided,” asked Justin, as he sat down at the table. “Well, sir,” said Jordan, “We seem to be in a bit of a coo-numb-drum.  Which is to say, Stephanie here is numb to the drumbeat of Operation Do-Dig.” “More like Operation Doo-Doo,” replied Stephanie, sipping her vodka.  “I’m not interested…

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Reality

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We humans have been trying to understand our reality, while working hard to mask it, since our first spark of awareness, perhaps seven million years ago.  Our quest has been dominated by a biological imperative to, initially, survive, over time, thrive; and a deep desire to find an alternative truth to shield ourselves from the…

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Gold: Chapter Seventeen

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It was twilight as Pete strode towards The Yankee.  He hurried past a decades-old mural that featured “Potrero Hill” in once vibrant colors, its bubble-shaped letters set at a slant, a style reminiscent of Mr. Natural’s Keep on Truckin’…The fresco’s jauntiness seemed to mock Pete’s scrawny forward tilt, though both were equally faded.  A mass…

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1 + 1 = -1

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Sara arrived like a beautifully wrapped present.  The package was smaller than we expected – four pounds, eleven ounces – but we were delighted to receive her; she was perfect, just what we wanted!  As the weeks, months and years went by, the wrapping was steadily shed, revealing new wonders:  an openness to the world;…

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Gold, Chapter Sixteen

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Pete sat on his aging sofa in his cluttered apartment, wondering where he’d gone wrong.  Twenty years ago he’d been in the thick of things, breaking important stories, appearing on local news programs to explain the complicated power struggles that made up City politics.  He knew who hated who, and which of these haters slept…

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