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Breathe and push: Valarie Kaur in advance of Martin Luther King Day 2018

January 10, 2018



As we head toward Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday and holiday on Monday, I offer his words below as well as “Breathe and push,” Sikh-American civil rights advocate Valarie Kaur’s shares her plea against racism in the video above. Read more…


The Good, The Bad, The Funny, The Serious: 2017 in Review

December 27, 2017

photo by Alan Sailer

Well Christmas has come and gone… and 2017 is following close behind.

Good riddance, if you ask me. Here’s why:

Locally, we’ve been dealing with the Thomas Fire, the biggest fire in California’s history which burned a block away from my home, burned the homes to the ground of many friends and acquaintances, disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people,  and that has superseded the shenanigans in the White House for the past few weeks.

And speaking of the White House, here’s more reasons why I’m ready to say good riddance to 2017:

and more reasons…
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Dear Satan, Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2017


Lots of heavy news here on Art Predator, and more heavy news to come as I post some of the writing that my students did about their Thomas Fire experiences.

Demonstrators at the FCC building Dec. 14 protest the end of net neutrality rules. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

And it really feels like the Grinch not only stole the hillsides and Christmas but the internet as well.

But today is Christmas so here’s something that will hopefully lighten the mood a bit.

Or not.

Seriously, though, cheers!

And may your day be merry and bright or calm and bright and have a joyful night. Seriously — Cheers!

(More about Flora Springs Joyful Angel on Wine Predator.)



Merry Christmas Eve from #ThomasFireVentura!

December 24, 2017


All I want for Christmas is for the Thomas Fire to be contained, for the oil seeps to stop burning, for the rain to come to wash away the ash and smoke that is making us sick, and for the people who had their homes destroyed by the fire to find new ones. Read more…

Happy Winter Solstice! And news from the #ThomasFire in Ventura CA

December 21, 2017



Today is the Solstice, and here in the northern hemisphere, it is the first day of Winter — and the shortest day and the longest night. It’s a time to reflect and be grateful for the return of the Sun.

“The sun shines along the passage floor into the inner chamber at newgrange during the 2013 Winter Solstice.” Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s a magical time at many places around the world because people have marked this transition from darkness to light in many special ways like New Grange above where the light shines through this portal.

I’ve been missing in action here on Art Predator because #ThomasFire erupted in Ventura county on Monday December 4, 2017 and spread to Santa Barbara County and before it is through, it is predicted to be the largest fire in California’s history possibly reaching 275,000 acres and not fully contained until early January.  Read more…

What are words worth?

November 16, 2017

For a writer, words are everything: they are the medium with which a writer builds a world. According to the Tom Tom Club Read more…

Dolores Huerta Documentary Film Screens at VC, plus pottery and poetry!

November 16, 2017

This Friday, Ventura College screens the documentary, Dolores  11/17/17 at 6:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center located on Loma Vista Road in a free event open to the public.

According the the synopsis on the Dolores website,  “Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt. ”

Also today Thursday Nov. 16 until 5pm is the final day of the student pottery exhibit and sale! Some great deals for yourself, for your holiday table, for hostess gifts, and more! Support student art!

And tonight at 730pm is former VC adjunct faculty Tree Bernstein’s poetry reading at EP Foster Library in downtown Ventura. Details here. 

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