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Because of Art City…

March 14, 2018

Paul Lindhard, center, in Art City’s new gallery which is exhibiting a show of his work and the paintings of John White through March 20.

Simply put, Art City is why I am in Ventura today — and why I am the person I am today. Read more…


Lost In The World? Seek A Sense of Place

March 13, 2018

I’ve been on a rant for a few years now about technology and it’s impact on our souls.

First I read Richard Louv’s book about nature deficit disorder, Last Child in the Woods, and more recently, Florence William’s The Nature Fix. I’ve written repeatedly about the topic, and shared significant recent research in blog posts like this one from October 2017.

In particular, I am concerned that we need to disconnect with technology in order to connect with nature, other species, and with each other, in order to care about and save our planet from climate change and pollution.

Connecting to place, I would argue, is part and parcel to being human, and is as important to us and our survival as a species as is our connection to each other.

As an avid reader, I am drawn to texts that explore our world and our connection with it. When I can, I bring a few of these texts into the classroom, for example these beautifully written essays:

What are some of your favorite essays about people and place? What do they teach or offer to you?

#ENOUGH: Nat’l School Walkouts W 3/14 and F 4/20; March for Our Lives Sa 3/24

March 12, 2018

THREE separate events have been announced to demand gun violence end in America.
March 14th: #NationalSchoolWalkout @womensmarch
March 24th: #MarchForOurLives @AMarch4OurLives
April 20th: #NationalSchoolWalkout @schoolwalkoutUS

The first one is this Wednesday, March 14. #ENOUGH – National School Walkout takes place at 10am and continues for 17 minutes across every time zone in remembrance of the 17 people who were murdered in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day. Read more…

Women’s History Month With Alice Bag’s 77

March 7, 2018

March is Women’s History Month and tomorrow, Thursday March 8, 2018 is International Women’s Day. with a theme of #PressforProgress.

According to organizers, International Women’s Day each year on March 8 “is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​March 8​ ​IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.​ Make IWD your day! – everyday!”

While women have made progress, there is still a ways to go — not just elsewhere in the world but here in the United States where women make 77 cents to every $1 that men make. For women of color that is even less. Punk icon Alice Bag (who will be featured at Ventura College’s Diversity in Culture event Weds April 11 from 330-5pm in ASC 150) has a new cd coming out with a single that addresses this very point:

Here are the lyrics: Read more…

“I’m Attempting to Use My iPhone Less”

March 5, 2018


“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been like a boy playing o the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me,” reflects physicist Sir Isaac Newton.

What are you distracted by?

For many it is the shiny pebble, the lustrous shell of our cell phones.

But it doesn’t have to be.

A few weeks ago on Valentine’s Day I suggested that we make the planet our sweetheart and that for lent, we follow the Pope’s hope that we confront our culture of indifference, and instead of giving up sugar or soda or some such,  we: Read more…

Best Picture and Best Wine Pairings

March 4, 2018

Over on Wine Predator, I write about the foreign film nominees for best picture — and pair them with wine! Check out the trailers and the pairings as well as suggestions for your Oscar Party of next film night with friends!

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The 90th Oscars are this Sunday night March 4, 2018.

So what wine goes well with winning?

Bubbles of course!

Oysters and sparkling wine are always a hit: non-fussy, a big crowd pleaser, a bit exotic and exciting!

Seriously, though, when throwing an Oscar party or just a film night with friends, it is very important to be able to relax and enjoy the show with your guests.

So go with a nice cheese plate, some simple finger foods, along with bubbles on ice, and maybe even a berry pie — so easy!– that you can make ahead and smell while it cooks and cools! (Just buy the crusts, toss the berries in a little flour and sugar, and you’re good to go!)

Cocktails are classy and fun when made with bubbles, but they can be more work than setting out wine and beer — unless there’s someone at your…

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How Do We Build Common Ground? Consider “Borderlands” by Gloria Anzaldua

February 28, 2018

With so much conflict in the world, in our country, in our communities, and even within ourselves, we must periodically ask the question:

How do we build common ground?

An important tool is to reflect on our languages choices and to consider:

  • what are our expectations,
  • what our assumptions, and
  • what are our differences?

Read more…

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