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Montes Alpha: Sustainably Dry Farmed Wine for Earth Month (every month!)

April 16, 2015

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Three great affordable wines that are sustainably produced and dry farmed–just what you need for Earth Month!

Originally posted on wine predator:

Looking for an Earth friendly and budget friendly red wine? Recently Que Syrah Sue and I tasted the 2012 Syrah, Carmenere, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Montes Winery which dry farmed (note the cobwebs on the water spigots?) and is certified under the Wines of Chile Sustainable Code. These wines retail for under $20 making them perfect candidates for Earth Month festivities. Look for the distinctive angel iconography on the Montes Winery label which began when owner Douglas Murray survived two near-fatal automobile accidents;
the angel symbolizes the winery’s philosophy to be a positive force and influence.

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Know + reduce your carbon footprint! Earth Month 2015 Actions: It’s Our Turn To Lead

April 15, 2015


Throughout the world, communities everywhere are celebrating April’s Earth Month, Global Citizen Day April 18, Climate Education Week April 20-25, and the 45th Earth Day (Weds April 22) with thousands of activities.

Today being TAX DAY in the US, perhaps it’s time to pay a tax to the environment? It doesn’t have to be cash: it can be an action as simple as picking up someone else’s litter or making a change in your lifestyle. Can you bring your own cup next time you buy coffee? Can you use a glass or stainless steel bottle for your water or other beverage? Can you bring your own bags to the store? Can you cut back on how much meat or processed foods you eat?

One focus of Earth Month this year is ACTION and CLIMATE; Read more…

Interesting Facts About the Number 53 #13: 53 is the phone country code for Cuba

April 12, 2015


Want to call Cuba? And maybe make plans to visit now that the US and Cuba are talking again? Read more…

Rick Lupert On Poetry Super HWY 101

April 7, 2015
It’s National Poetry Month!
Which means it’s time to get YOUR POETRY ON! And no better time than this Thurs. April 9, 2015 at 7:30pm, when Los Angeleno poet and long time Cobalt Cafe host Rick Lupert features at  the EP Foster Library in the Topping Room located at 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001 (across from Winchesters; free parking behind the library.) Regular host Phil Taggart has stepped away from the podium leaving it in the capable hands of poet Dane Baylis. Open mic follows the featured reading; get there at 7:15pm to sign-up.
Rick Lupert is a performance spoken word poet who is often hilarious; other times he’s just plain funny. I’ve invited him to read in Ventura and  and he’s invited me to read at the Cobalt so I’ve heard him a few times. The author of many (16!?!)  poetry collections, he’s also active with posting video poems on his youtube channel. Rick’s five free e-books are To Hell With Rick Lupert (Ain’t Got No Press, May, 2006), The Rick Lupert Fun Club (Ain’t Got No Press, May, 2007), On My Eventual Death (Ain’t Got No Press, May 2009) , Today We Bombed the Moon (Ain’t Got No Press, May 2010) and Rules for Poetry (Ain’t Got No Press, May 2011. (Click on the titles to download them for free.) Rick created and maintains the Poetry Super Highway, an online resource and publication for poets. Read on for more examples of Rick’s poetry.
    RULES FOR POETRY by Rick Lupert

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53 Interesting Facts About the Number 53 #13: 53 Faces from 53 Miles on the PCT

April 5, 2015
PCT Class of 2015 shadow self

PCT Class of 2015 shadow self

In 2015 each week on Sunday I strive to publish an interesting fact about the number 53.

2015 is also the 3oth anniversary of my hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Last week I hiked the first 53 miles from Mexico to Pioneer Mail Picnic Area.

For this week’s interesting fact about the number 53, here are 53 faces I met during those 53 miles–starting with the first person I met, El Rocko.

PCT Class of 2015 Art Predator and El Rocko

PCT Class of 2015 Art Predator and El Rocko

Because I was walking south, I also met these 27 faces on the first day:

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53 Interesting Facts About The Number 53 #12: First 53 Miles of the Pacific Crest Trail

March 29, 2015


The first 53 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada start just a mile or so south of the small, spread out town of Campo and end at the windy Pioneer Mail Picnic area in the Laguna Mountains.

I am hiking these 53 miles from Saturday March 28 to Tuesday March 31.  Thirty years ago, in 1985 I hiked all of California, so this is an anniversary hike of sorts.

Saturday March 28 I hiked 20 dry hot miles south through the desert from Lake Morena to the border. Details to come here.

Sunday March 29 I Read more…

2600+ Selfies: Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail From The Mexican Border North

March 26, 2015

“Hold still, there’s a tick on your cheek!”

That was my greeting the first morning backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada: April 22, 1985.

Getting water from the gutter of the interstate, climbing Mt Whitney a few weeks later, hiking 12 miles on a cough drop and half a bar, wrestling food from a bear in Yosemite, crossing blue-white glacial streams in Oregon, hiding from rain in pit toilets in Oregon and rest areas in Washington: these memories from completing all 2800 miles of the PCT are etched permanently into my synapses to make it an adventure that informs every day of my life.

Can you imagine what it is like to backpack over 2600 miles from one end of the United States to the other?

No, honestly –you can’t. Even if you’ve been backpacking, unless you’ve done the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail or the AT or similar long distance hike you really can’t imagine what it’s like–it’s not really backpacking.


Many have tried. I tried. I did it. What we can offer you is a tantalizing hint.

Some of us can offer more.. I hope so. In the coming weeks, I will do a 30th anniversary trip on as much of the California section of the PCT.

To get a glimpse of the transformation that occurs, watch Andy’s video. He says “The end of the trail is just the beginning of the story.” Visit to learn more about a new short film, Lost or Found: Life after hiking 2600 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Andy’s personal website is at

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