How I Became 0.1% Human Being

Standing on a promontory of metamorphic rock in what is now called the Oakland Hills, I saw what the Human Beings once described as the mouth of the tortoise — today we call it the Golden Gate. I also saw the eyes of the tortoise — the right eye, Mt. Tamalpais, and the left, Mt. Diablo.

I feel my Human grandmother’s presence in these hills. And I feel it when I’m in nearby Piedmont, a wealthy city that is, like…