Oakland, CA -- Hope abounds for healthy, just, and sustainable communities through education—the mission of Earth House, spearheaded by Harvard grad Dr. Margaret Paloma Pavel and resident Zeus Carl Anthony. My friend Steve Blackwell who just received his Master’s degree from Holy Names University invited me to a celebration of his internship completion at Earth House. I was delighted to be part of this special event heavy on ceremony and accolades including a certificate of completion and a medal with a green and white ribbon. This reverence for the whole person—both private and public renewed my faith in building a healthy community, one person at a time. Congratulations Steve, you’re officially an Earth House Earth Angel.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Mill Valley, CA -- What if the Buddha were a woman and she was alive today? How would the world view her life and teachings differently? The Fourth Messenger is a new musical that asks these questions. Playwright Tanya Shaffer held a fundraiser to promote her upcoming production on a spring afternoon at Hillside Gardens, a sweet spot in über-hip Mill Valley. I joined about 80 people, most of whom were wearing wide-brim hats for this joyful outdoor event celebrating music, great food catered by Savory Thymes and the life of Buddha—who was both enlightened and flawed. Tanya’s a pillar of dedication—she’s been working on this production for almost 13 years. When I asked what kept her inspired she said, “It’s like raising your children, you don’t have a choice.” Awe shucks Tanya, we all have a choice...right? Still, I salute your unwavering dedication to following your dream. We are the lucky ones. Namaste.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
New California Writing 2012 event at the California Historical Society headquarters. It was a true gift to hear California writers read from their published stories that appear in the 2012 anthology. But, I was there on a mission: to shake the hand of Malcolm Margolin, founder and owner of Heyday Books who wrote my favorite book on the California Indian The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco–Monterey Bay Area published over 25 years ago and still relevant today. There were plenty of people in line to say hello to Malcolm and when I got my turn, I babbled on about how much the book meant to me and that the view from my apartment at Basecamp overlooks the Emeryville Shell Mound and before I got a chance to tell him that sometimes I pretend that I am an Ohlone Indian wearing a deer skin coat, and grind acorns with the other women while singing songs someone else swooped Malcolm away, which was probably a good thing for him. I raise my glass to a man who’s made a huge difference in California literature. Here's to you Malcolm!
Kevin Toqe. He plays a lush, melodic guitar and his songs lifted my already high spirits with words of encouragement and hope. The combination of live music and chocolate was the perfect recipe for a great afternoon. Thank you Kevin.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Whole Earth Festival, there's a bunch of hippies there, you'll love it." He was right, I did love it...what's not to like? Live music, great food, interesting vendors, all in one cool place. The highlight of the event was when Haley said, "let's give mom a kiss," and they each went on one side of me and held the kiss while someone snapped the picture. Sigh. Why can't everyday be Mother's Day?
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Arcata, CA -- If you're looking to deepen your relationship with nature and are open to using both your left and right brain hemisphere, I recommend you attend the Cosmic Vision Workshop at Humboldt State University. Not only is this the best deal in town at $15 for 15 hours of lecture by ridiculously energetic and uber-intelligent Professor Stone Brusca, it's downright entertaining. The photographic images of galaxies, atoms and Gaia he shows cosmicians are worth the price of admission, alone. Be prepared to have your mind blown open. Me and my twin, who lives in a parallel universe, both loved the class. It's a cosmic journey.
Holly Yashi. Their signature metal is a lightweight material called niobium like titanium but much rarer. When niobium is dipped in an electrically-charged bath, the refractory metal turns into a rich rainbow color, resulting in one-of-a-kind necklaces and earrings.
The story of how owners Holly Hosterman and Paul “Yashi” Lubitz began their company goes back to 1981, when they were searching for creative ways to use their degrees. Holly, who majored in studio art with an emphasis in jewelry-making, and Paul, who graduated with a double degree in industrial technology and music, knew they wanted to work together. Combining their talents to lay the foundation for what would quickly become a successful jewelry business they transformed their one-car garage into a design studio and started their lifelong career with Holly Yashi. They just celebrated 30 years in business.
If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift that will wow your mom, I recommend Holly Yashi. Tell them the Humboldt Honey sent you.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions. Tell them Operation Goldfish sent you.