Crumbling newspapers, staggering start ups, institutions in jeopardy, corrupt officials...even when it's interesting/schadenfreude-y, bad news is still just that: bad news. And sometimes it feels overwhelming!

Look, don't get me wrong. People who sneer that they don't pay attention to the news because it's "too depressing" bore the shit out of me, because I think willful ignorance is a grossly unappealing trait. But sometimes, it feels like a lot, doesn't it? Sometimes, we all need a break.

And that's what I'm taking right now, with this lovely video of a live sand dollar Richmond SF blog reader Erika O. found on Ocean Beach this week. It's a good reminder for all of us that there's life happening beyond this screen we're both looking at right now. All we have to do is look up, push our seats back, and go get it.