A Bay Area Action Alert to Preserve BART Accessibility

For those of us with disabilities, BART is often the best option we have to get around. And although the service isn’t perfect, the BART cars have generally been accessible to people with disabilities. However, with the new BART cars that have been designed and scheduled for release in a few years, that will not be the case. Read More

An Interview with Award-Winning Poet Meg Day

Today on Nearsighted, we welcome award-winning poet, activist, and arts educator Meg Day, who has a new collection of poetry that just hit the shelves called Last Psalm at Sea Level (Barrow Street Press, 2014)She is also the Poetry Editor for Quarterly West and is currently a PhD fellow in Poetry & Disability Poetics at the University of Utah. Read More

How the Jason Collins Coming Out Story Will Change Corporate Leadership

The most macho of high-profile industries has been changed for the better. The world of major league sports has long been a final frontier for social movements, slowly accepting what other industries have welcomed. Thanks to Jason Collins, the testosterone-fueled sports community is starting to shed its homophobic image. Read More

Blake Harrison: Brain Injury Survivor to Hottest Trainer in SF

Nearsighted is stoked to chat with Blake Harrison, who was recently voted San Francisco’s hottest male trainer in a poll by Racked. But Blake isn’t just another striking face in the world of fitness, he is also a brain injury survivor. During his senior year in high school, he was kicked in the head by a drunk guy who crashed his homecoming party. Left blind and in a wheelchair, he used fitness as a way to build himself back up. Blake recovered his eyesight and slowly gained mobility and his fitness abilities back. He is now a highly sought out trainer in San Francisco. Read More

An Interview with The Blind Cook, Christine Ha

Today on Nearsighted we welcome chef and writer Christine Ha, who was the first blind contestant on Fox’s reality cooking show MasterChef, and the winner of its third season in 2012. She is also the author of the cookbook Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food (Rodale Books, 2013). Read More

Writing Inspiration: Discovering the Muse in Your City

Most of my recent writing has happened in the city due to travel, teaching, and other time constraints. When I told my students, they struggled to believe that I got the ideas for my essays and fiction from a metropolitan area. They assumed that I — like many writers they had met or read about — spent months at a cabin or retreat typing away in isolation. Read More

Reinventing Yourself: How to Plan for a Reset

As a child, one of my most frustrating moments came when Mario froze mid-jump. Just as I was about to avoid the last fiery ball in the concrete castle to save Princess Peach, the game suspended, and no amount of punishing to the red and black buttons made the action begin again. I shrieked and pleaded with my mother and father that I couldn’t start over. I couldn’t redo the brilliance of my last attempt to defeat the level. After pouting and stomping for a few minutes, I finally pushed the reset button and led Mario to bounce past the next set of obstacles. Read More

On Positive Gay Role Models: An Interview with David-Elijah Nahmod

Nearsighted is pleased to bring you an interview with film critic and writer, David-Elijah Nahmod.

Belo Cipriani: Who was the first gay person you looked up to and why?

David-Elijah Nahmod: Quentin Crisp. Born in England in 1908, Crisp coined the phrase “coming out of the closet” in 1931. His exact words were,”I wish to live in the world and not in a closet,” and he proceeded to be open about his identity as an effeminate gay man. Read More