Bummed by the End of SFGate’s “City Brights” Blog

What seems like a million years ago – actually just three years – I was asked to be part of a new blogging group on SFGate, the online presence for the San Francisco Chronicle. The description of this new endeavor, The City Brights Blog, was:

We live in an area that has more than its share of luminaries. We’re talking about our public figures, the recognized experts in their fields (from science to the arts), and the local notables that make the Bay Area what it is. SFGate has reached out to a number of these personalities, and we’re very excited to have so many of them contributing to our Web site. They add to the diversity of local voices and opinion on our site and will deepen the connection that we have with our community.

Photo by vanz on Flickr

Recently we were notified that City Brights was to be discontinued, so I bid a fond farewell to my dear City Brights family.

*tear* *sniffle* *tear*

I am bummed for a couple of reasons. Sure, it gave me a place where I could shill projects and causes that I support, but, more importantly, City Brights was a place for me,  One of THOSE Christians, to be a public expression of faith that is often absent from the public view and engage with local folks about issues large and small: faith, parenting, politics and life in The City. The ending of this blog removes a valuable local connection between San Franciscans of all stripes and I am disappointed that SFGate has chosen to discontinue it. I will miss the numerous electronic and face-to-face interactions with folks who found the blog of great value and a way to connect around issues that many San Franciscan’s care about.

But . . . I think I’ll survive 😉

Now that my final SFGate entry has been posted, I shall deal with change and adapt to new blogging patterns. I’ll probably post a little more on this blog with local San Francisco happenings, so a pre-emptive apology to those not from San Francisco. And for those SFGate readers who have found their way here, welcome, I hope you’ll dive in here as much as you did over on SFGate.

Bruce’s Friday Five v4.6

My Friday Five is somewhat of a mishmash of stuff I have recently seen around the interwebs, some of which I actually kept track of and others, I just remembered upon the writing of this post. Enjoy.

After a truly stunning two-week excursion to China, there is just so much to catch up in life. Here are a few things that I offer for your contemplation, information and prayer.

ONE | Last night while stumbling around a bit, I found myself on the site, www.thisiswhyimbroke.com. No website has been named so true and I am proud to say that I made it out without buying a roll of Glow-in-the-Dark Toilet Paper, the Fun Runny Nose Shower Gel Dispenser or the above pictured Pet Hoodie . . . though I would not be surprised if this coffee mug found its way into our kitchen some day.

TWO | For those of you who live in a city where finding a convenient parking space is like searching for a unicorn, you know that sometimes you know you are going to get a ticket, but you park in a space anyway. I am one of those who will park in at a one-hour meter and try my darndest to make it back in time. I usually make it back in time, but too often I am greeted by a $50 ticket courtesy of San Francisco’s Department of Parking and Traffic. Well hello Pay By Phone, the newest way to pay for your meter via your smart phone. Simply awesome and well worth the 45¢ fee.

THREE | This story of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I having a very expensive watch photoshopped out of a photo has been making the rounds. While many were outraged and found justified ranting fodderand yes, I would question wearing anything on my body worth $30K – my gut reaction . . . “What’s a watch?”

FOUR | Marion Barry is still in politics? What?!?!? For all of my friends in the Washington DC area, I’m praying for you all especially after Barry’s latest comments when he said, “We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said. “They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.” He claims that these comments were taken out of context and offered his version of the “I am sorry that you were offended” apology, but again . . . What?!?!? [h/t: Angry Asian Man]

FIVE | With my family’s history of gun violence seeing the headlines about the Oikos College murders when we returned from our trip has been particularly wrenching. Thankfully the numbers indicate that instances of these kinds of rampages are going down, the pain inflicted on the families, communities and generations to come are too great to measure. I am so grateful for my hometown paper, the San Francisco Chronicle for their handling of this story. Yes, there has been much commentary on the social and political implications, but they have also been running stories on each of the shooting victims. Well done. Please keep in prayer the Oikos community, the families of the victims, the shooter and all who die as a result of gun violence.