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Faces of the East Bay
Experts say that when caring for an elderly parent who lives far away, the most important thing is to join a support group with people experiencing the same challenges.
Rockridge residents John Bliss and Kim Thompson may live far removed the gritty flats of East and West Oakland. But this philanthropic couple see themselves as one with the citizens of Oakland, particularly those who are struggling financially, and they’re leading a campaign to get their “financially blessed” peers to invest in the community like they have by funding city programs to teach kids how to swim.
Oakland author Meredith Maran accused her father of the ultimate betrayal. Then she un-accused him. In this first-person essay, adapted from her new book, My Lie, she reveals how it all went down.