OAKTOWN: The Joys of Spicing in Place

by C.J. Hirschfield The experience of walking into Oaktown Spice Shop across from Oakland’s Lake Merritt was unique. You’d stop, inhale deeply, and smile. You’d immediately engage with the staff– and other customers– about what spices they’d suggest for various dishes, and just feel thankful that such a special place exists in the neighborhood.

THE AMERICAN NURSE

by C.J. Hirschfield Television icon Mr. Rogers famously quoted his mother’s advice on how to deal with scary situations. “Look for the helpers,” she said, adding that there are always helpers. Today we’re talking a lot about the helpers as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, with medical workers and others being shown heartfelt appreciation […]

OSCAR’S YEAR OF THE WOMEN—For Documentary Features

By C.J. Hirschfield Many of you are no doubt rushing to catch up with your movie viewing in advance of Feb. 8’s annual Academy Awards. While “Best Picture” always draws the most attention and conjecture, this was a particularly great year for films in the documentary feature category, and they are well worth exploring. With […]