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Connie Madden wishes you wit, compassion, mindfulness

Pat’s Birthday Bash at 90…She must have done something good!

So we honored Wayne’s Mom, Pat, a life-long artist, her house graced by her paintings, at a Birthday Bash at her place recently. It was an obvious step – she’s always a gracious host – and we wanted to re-do the 80th B-Day where about 80 people came to send good wishes and eat fine foods where she had lived for about 50 years in the house she and husband, Fred, built, in LA. Then, she had said “your gift… Read More »

Can’t get to NYC Climate Rally? Go Sun. 9/21, to Lake Merritt, Oakland, 2-5pm

You may be one of the dedicated few with time and money who makes it to NYC for The Largest Climate March in History this Sunday, Sept. 21st. RSVP to https://secure2.edf.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2351&search=ad&s_src=s_google09102014_paid&utm_source=s_google09102014_paid&s_subsrc=climate_march_rsvp&utm_campaign=climate_march_rsvp&utm_medium=ad&gclid=CjwKEAjwqO-gBRCEyp2Fufm0lBASJAAZrX-5rIANr1m54lVXzxQcPJqNfuTXB49It5k00IQj1a2VoBoCIzfw_wcB 350.org founder and long-time environmental activist, Bill McKibben is predicting the largest climate rally in possibly, history – and its about time – or way overdue. Still ways for mankind to make it, but it gets weirder and worse the longer we wait to take care of the mess… Read More »

Josey’s Garden, Sebastopol Village Building Convergence comes to Petaluma

So viewing all the hoopla generated by Sebastopol Grange (our sister/brother Grange; we’re Petaluma Grange), I noticed a day of the 10-day all-over-town event(s) called Sebastopol Village Building Convergence – that actually is staged in Petaluma – Josey’s Garden, 422 I Street going on right now since yesterday (Tues./Wed. 9/16-17). Went to read event copy at sebastopolvbc.weebly.com/ and found a phone for Raleigh Campbell, a Weaving Earth (Penngrove permaculture group) coordinator for the Josey’s Garden installation. Raleigh came to our… Read More »

Why we need Sonoma Clean Power

So I attended the Sonoma Clean Power/Climate Protection Campaign Forum at our Luchessi Community Center this week – low attendance but saw lots of friends among us. Seems the prime purpose of the forum was to gather strength for a yes vote at Petaluma City Council after discussion in Novemeber. We were asked to reach out to our Council members – and I will! I was more or less convinced Sonoma Clean Power is: A. The only sensible program available… Read More »

New Yorker writer disses Vandanva Shiva? Wrong way, Jose!

So a long-time writer for the New Yorker (admit I’ve subscribed many a year!), Michael Specter, just dissed a heroine of mine – and I’m MAD! I work to be mellow in the face of stupidity – but this article does the dirty to basic principles of journalism: posing as a friendly, open-minded and highly literate guy, Mr. Snyder rips apart Shiva’s game plan and slops his own brand of muck on it so most people reading about India’s (and… Read More »

Hassled by Animals

Oh, the Joys of Living in the Country! Hassled by Animals So the Redtailed Hawk sat atop our cinnabar barn, Taunting us with his intent to catch and eat a chicken; He’s still around (maybe a she?) with others of his tribe. I spot scat from the bobcat-chicken killer, run off but never really gone. Then the runt chicken I call Suzi, Began her new habit of jumping on my back To get me to feed her extra as she’s… Read More »

Great Letters; Great Friends: Distant Neighbors, Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder

Seems it’s a rare bird who writes actual letters these days, and rarer still two friends so thoughtful and thorough when sorting out what we all need our relationship to the land – and each other- to be. I am thankful these favorite writers and humans, farmers and marvelous poets, Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder, just published their conversation of the last 40 years+ in the book Distant Neighbors. The two were at Copperfields Montgomery Village last month! “A few… Read More »

Where Are We Now, Mother Superior? (Circular thoughts after Farmers Bill of Rights meeting)

While I’m not Catholic as in a member of the Church, the practice: “to be catholic — and here the lowercase is intentional — is to be open, tolerant, and universal in one’s interests and sympathies,” appeals, so I have had this title, Where Are We Now, Mother Superior, in mind for years. It is a poem and also a puzzle for my mind to capture the whole world in words so I can pull it apart again. Well, this… Read More »

When I heard Maya Angelou talking with Studs Terkel on WFMT FM, Chicago

I know I love Maya Angelou, a presence to be felt for a lifetime. Met her once at a United Nations gathering, was it in the Fairmont? Got to talk to her just a bit on a quiet line where she was an ambassador of some kind. Really fuzzy on those details but not on her and her influence on me. Maya Angelou was a huge kind heart tempored by the pain of being a beautiful woman, abused, knocked about… Read More »

Celebrating Hemp History Week w. Petaluma Grange at Lydia’s June 7th

So have to admit I got hornswaggled by all the hoopla into thinking industrial hemp was already legalized. It ISN’T legal to plant hemp in California – yet! YES, there is a bill crafted by Mark Leno (thank you!) with a nudge from California State Grange (this nudge beginning in the year 2000 and continued through three Governorships) and the bill passed our CA State Senate, but NO, industrial hemp is not legalized in California – yet. So why is… Read More »