Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


09 Sep 2015, 15:57 p.m.

What I've Been Up To

Over the last few weeks: I bought a bike and started riding it. I spent a bunch of time with my blood family. I saw movies and read books, including a bunch of rereading. I …

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04 Aug 2015, 1:14 a.m.

My Eulogy for Nóirín Plunkett

A few hours ago, I spoke at Nóirín's memorial service. This is what I said (I am sure I varied the words a bit when I read it). My name is Sumana Harihareswara, and I …

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21 Jul 2015, 11:59 a.m.

HIV Prevention News, and Grief

I miss my mother-in-law. Most of you never got to know Frances Whitney. Here's her obituary, which, like all obituaries, is incomplete. She was so sharp and no-guff, so constitutionally opposed to quitting. Work is …

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10 Jul 2015, 13:41 p.m.

"Inside Out" and Maturity

I saw Inside Out last night on a date with my spouse.* I recommend that you see this film, and that you see it with someone you care about. I stay through the credits when …

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04 May 2015, 12:54 p.m.

A Hiking Trip

In February I got an email from my pal Jane: Subject: Long shot: Hiking in TN at end of April? This led to a fun hiking trip last week in the Great Smoky Mountains National …

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21 Feb 2015, 11:37 a.m.

New Loves And New Joys

Over the last several years I've started getting into hobbies, skills, or activities that I had assumed I would not like or wouldn't get, or that I had dismissed due to initial impressions, such as …

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16 Nov 2014, 17:36 p.m.

Shelter and Memory

Mary Schmich wrote in that 1997 "wear sunscreen" advicedump, which has stuck with me and overall proven a good guide for adult Sumana: Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you …

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16 Aug 2014, 22:24 p.m.

Choosing to Leave, Stay, or Listen

I've recently been thinking about the power not to care -- the power to dismiss, to decide that someone else's opinion doesn't matter to you, and act accordingly, to act entitled. I've been thinking about …

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16 Feb 2014, 19:44 p.m.

A Berkeley Memory

Something like 13 years ago, I agreed to go on a day hike with my then-boyfriend and his group of friends. They all played a lot of games together -- tabletop campaigns, video games I …

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05 Feb 2014, 12:38 p.m.


I've been sick for something like the last six weeks, so Leonard booked an appointment for me and I finally saw a doctor. It's such a nasty trick that illness leeches away the energy one …

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