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What does February, Football, Federalists, Fizz, and Far East Have in Common? Fun!

February 6, 2016



The next 10 days are full of February fun! Tomorrow is the Super Bowl, Monday Feb 8 is Chinese and Tibetan New Year’s, next Sunday Feb 14 is Valentine’s Day and Monday Feb 15 is President’s Day!

Read my wine picks and other suggestions for these February events here. 


“A Line Across The Sky”

February 3, 2016


This Thursday, Feb. 4, GPIW aka Great Pacific Iron Works aka Patagonia Ventura hosts an inspiring presentation by Patagonia climbing ambassador, Tommy Caldwell.  The presentation will be followed by one of last year’s most impressive and entertaining climbing films A Line Across the Sky starring Tommy and Alex Honnold. Read more…

Art With An Environmental Impact

February 2, 2016


Los Angeles-based artist Cynthia Minet deploys post-consumer plastics to build illuminated sculptures of animals. Read more…

Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera UCSB 2/1

January 31, 2016


The 2015-2016 U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera heads to UC Santa Barbara Mon. Feb 1 for a FREE reading at Campbell Hall at 7:30pm. A performance poet and a children’s book author as well as a poet of the page, this will be a remarkable evening for those who love and appreciate poetry. For those who have their doubts, it will be eye-opening: this is likely NOT the poetry you were taught in school.

Let Me Tell You What a Poem Brings


for Charles Fishman

Before you go further,
let me tell you what a poem brings,
first, you must know the secret, there is no poem
to speak of, it is a way to attain a life without boundaries,
yes, it is that easy, a poem, imagine me telling you this,
instead of going day by day against the razors, well,
the judgments, all the tick-tock bronze, a leather jacket
sizing you up, the fashion mall, for example, from
the outside you think you are being entertained,
when you enter, things change, you get caught by surprise,
your mouth goes sour, you get thirsty, your legs grow cold
standing still in the middle of a storm, a poem, of course,
is always open for business too, except, as you can see,
it isn’t exactly business that pulls your spirit into
the alarming waters, there you can bathe, you can play,
you can even join in on the gossip—the mist, that is,
the mist becomes central to your existence.

Read more…

Roshi Egyoku: Trust your awakening.

January 19, 2016



On the one hand, we desire comfort which leads to complacency, compliance, consumerism. On the other hand, we desire excitement, to heed David Bowie’s suggestion to try the deeper waters. Will we be spectators in life? or pARTicipants? Read more…

RIP Alan Rickman 2/21/46 – 1/14/16

January 15, 2016




As if it wasn’t enough to have David Bowie pass on at 69 from cancer this week, so we also lost Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016). Guest blogger Ron Wells writes:

Such a remarkable actor with an enormous body of work. He first came to my attention in Anthony Minghella’s Truly, Madly, Deeply, a film which really grew on me because of his work with Juliet Stevenson.

Read more…

RIP David Bowie, 1/8/47-1/10/16: Go a little bit out of your depth…Do something exciting

January 14, 2016
David Robert Jones aka David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016) said that “If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”
This is great advice for artists, musicians, actors, and writers, but also for everyone on this planet as we head into the New Year– to stretch, reach, explore –and climb out of the box we’ve been put in and that we feel stuck in.
Each day we have the opportunity to do something exciting!
Guest blogger Ron Wells writes that:
David Bowie, like his character in the film, The Man Who Fell to Earth, really did seem to come from someplace outside this world. His records and films allowed him to shape shift into anything he wanted to become. As such I never completely understood him, but I bought many of his records because they were very, very good, no matter what persona he was in at the time.

Read more…

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