April 29, 2016:

Speaking to students at Drew School in San Francisco about reproductive justice.

January 28, 2016:

Mechanics Library, San Francisco: Pro-Choice to the End 

End-of-Life Issues, End-of-Life Options – A long-running debate, and now a new California law. Three perspectives on where we’ve been, what it’s been like and how we finally got to legal aid-in-dying in California.

Physician/activist Robert Liner, ethicist/editor Steve Heilig, and author/blogger Fran Moreland Johns held a lively discussion of a no-longer-morbid subject.

March 25, 2015:

CELEBRATING THE POSSIBLE:  An Evening of Words and Music

AUTHOR ANNE LAMOTT, reading from her new book, SMALL VICTORIES, and in conversation with Calvary Author Fran Moreland Johns.

MUSIC FROM THE CHOIRS, MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF ST. ANDREW AND CALVARY PRESBYTERIAN, under the direction of Sandra Iglehart, accompanied by Michael Hill.

Appearance by DAVE SCOTT of the Dave Scott Quartet, with Charles Worth on the organ.

August 14, 2014:  A conversation on the future of reproductive rights. 

June 4, 2014: Fran spoke at SFSU’s Osher Lifelong Living Institute.

April 26, 2014: 

January 16, 2014: AUTHOR SERIES with Fran Moreland Johns: SF Village proudly welcomed her to read from and discuss her new book, Perilous Times: An Inside Look at Abortion Before – and after- Roe V. Wade.

January 7, 2014: 4Choice Panel Discussion

November 21, 2013: Fran’s Evening with Anne Lamott

October 17, 2013: Fran & Perilous Times were keynotes for the panel “Women at Risk: What’s Ahead for Reproductive Rights”, held at The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco.

October 16, 2013: Fran signed books at the NARAL Pro-Choice America 13th annual Peninsula Power of Choice Luncheon in Palo Alto.

October 14, 2013: Fran’s first East Bay book signing was held in the Montclair Village neighborhood, at A Great Good Place for Books.

August 29, 2013: This book signing took place in Corte Madera at Book Passage, known as “The Bay Area’s Liveliest Bookstore.”

August 14, 2013: This book signing was held at San Francisco’s Books Inc. in Laurel Village, dubbed “The West’s Oldest Independent Bookseller.”

June 24, 2013: Sponsored by Atlanta’s truly fine bookstore A Cappella Books, Fran’s book signing event was held at historic Manuel’s Tavern.

October 17, 2013

Bill Grant of the Commonwealth Club of CA introducing the “Women at Risk” panel (from left): Shanelle Matthews, Communications Strategist for ACLU, NCA; Scotty McLennan, Dean for Religious Life, Stanford University; Lisa Lindelef, board member, NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation; event organizer Fran Johns.


October 16, 2013

Fran with NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation board member Lisa Lindelef. Remarks by Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America and Keynote speech by R. Alta Charo, Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin Law School. An inspiring time among some of the leaders of the pro-choice movement in the California Bay Area Peninsula community — some 650 of them were in attendance.


June 24, 2013

Sponsored by Atlanta’s truly fine bookstore A Cappella Books (“Smartest bookstore in town,” Creative Loafing newspaper dubs them), this event was held at historic Manuel’s Tavern, where yours truly used to hang out in the 1960s with the newspaper folks and progressive pols of the day. The latter included founder Manuel Maloof, who eventually ran for DeKalb County Commission and wound up chairman of that illustrious group– so I got to cover him for the local papers. Being back at Manuel’s was like coming full circle for this writer (here kneeling not exactly prayerfully — it was just a good way to rest and read.)

At the Commonwealth Club's “Women at Risk” panel
With legendary abortion rights activist Pat Maginnis
With actor/comic Geoff Hoyle
Bookstore window sign
October 14, 2013
Mill Valley Gathering
Mill Valley Gathering

Some favorite photos…

Spire is a favorite sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy which is, happily, quite nearby inside the Presidio. It was created from felled trees during restoration work in that great national park in San Francisco. As with many other works of the gifted artist, it will eventually disappear back into nature, when the newly planted trees around it grow above and beyond. If you haven’t seen the documentary film about Goldsworthy’s work, Rivers and Tides, do yourself a favor and rent the DVD. (We love it so much we bought it.)




  1. Hi, Fran, I enjoyed reading your blog tonight for the first time. I am an admirer. Also a Frantz/Faison fan.
    Your writing is refreshing. The observations grab my attention. I am right there with your writing and comments.

  2. Love your blog posts, Fran! And your books. You are amazing in your peaceful, quiet, but intelligent and informed way. Thank you for all you do.

  3. Hi Fran,

    I am really enjoying your blog, your focus and service to women, your willingness.

    An admirer

    Christy Frantz, fellow Calvary friend
    Alison Faison’s sister

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