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In her own Write

Connie Madden wishes you wit, compassion, mindfulness

Ferry the English Channel, say goodbye to Paris…

Images: La Vachalcade, Fernand Pelez tribute to poor ethnic children around Montmartre, MAD’S Great Moments of Advertizing, La Louvre picking up sunset colors, a Picasso Minataur (there’s a whole series), typical ceiling at Versailles, Jeff Koons showing off with his then-wife, an Italian porn star and member of parliament, in the infamous Made in Heaven series, a Marc Chagall window on a Jewish Museum, La Tour Eiffel at sunset. While in Paris, we were invited to join dear friends, Patty… Read More »

Paris, winter/spring…Charlie Hebdo, Shakespeare Books

We had ventured into Paris and our flat in Montmartre mid-February, coldest time of the year, with the least tourists! In February, we could bundle up a bit, walk through the square of working artists in Montmartre and even visit the most popular sites in central Paris without encountering huge crowds or waiting overly long in lines. Longest was about 1/2 hour to get into Cathedrale Saint-Chapelle on the ile de la Cite near pont Neuf (9th bridge across the… Read More »

Paris, City of Lovers, Musees, reflection

Wanted to get to Paris since age 11 when I watched Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face – that serious Greenwich Village bookshop girl always in black, who exclaimed “I want to see the den of thinking men like Jean Paul Satre; I must philosophize with all the guys around Montmartre and Montparnasse” and then got hired as a fashion model, dancing with Fred Astaire in Paris courtyards, mimicing Winged Victory with yards of red silk floating above her head in… Read More »

Shollenberger Shindig – Wet Your Whistle at Lagunitas Tues.; join this great tribe!

So if you love your local hiking park and bird sanctuary, Shollenberger Park, gorgeous views, peaceful walking, excellent spirit lifter – you’ll be coming to Lagunitas for Wet Your Whistle TUES. 5:30pm and give up the $25 suggested donation for the hard ongoing work of Save Shollenberger on our behalf. I’ve written about, walked in the rain, photoed a Baker’s dozen swans and dragonflies (really, one day EXACTLY thirteen of each)! And lamented the cutting down of the nesting trees… Read More »

A Grand Old Rabble Rouser: Passing of Bill Kortum

So can’t claim Bill Kortum was a close friend; we only met at meetings and a coffee house, but the life he led deserves reflection and emulation. He was brave; he was honest; he did some very fine work for us all and his beloved California coast. He was the first person to invite me to sit and talk with him about Petaluma and North Bay politics and coastal issues when I moved to town, and I was very touched,… Read More »

New Year After Many Deaths

New Year After Many Deaths Perhaps I will take up fiction again. Perhaps the life we live is stronger than the dead. Perhaps those who just now passed are sending messages. Perhaps the mourners are a little mad. How to pick up the reins? Don’t even have a horse these days. I see so many wash clothes And dust clothes and underwear That all need cleaning along with Our spirits. How to do this? Walk on a hilltop, a magnificent… Read More »

Circle of Life: Parents passed, grandson born, three birthdays…

December 3rd, day before my partner, Wayne Morgenthaler’s birthday, his Dad, Fred, died peacefully at age 97 in the company of wife, Bettie, and eldest son, Ronnie. Two days later, Terran Wulf, a new earthing, came into the world born to Wayne’s son, Arlo (the whole natural birth room was alive with love as I tried to run that high energy out of baby Bella, not quite 2!) We are blessed as Arlo, Marina, baby Annabella and baby Terran all… Read More »

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 »