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600 Writers Say NO TRUMP; Bernie Sanders Visits Ventura, Santa Barbara

May 25, 2016

 

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More than 600 American writers, including Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Cheryl Strayed and Dave Eggers, signed an “open letter to the American people” pledging to oppose Donald Trump’s candidacy saying, in part:

  • because Trump “deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society”
  • because he “denigrates women and minorities.”
  • “because the history of dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies”
  • “because neither wealth nor celebrity qualifies anyone to speak for the United States,to lead its military, to maintain its alliances, or to represent its people.”
  • “for all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the presidency of the United States.”

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Nearly 15,000 have signed the petition; see and sign the petition here.

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What’s the alternative?

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Please join me on Thursday, May 26, at Ventura College Read more…

Post 500 and 90,000 page views on the eve of the Judgement of Paris!

May 24, 2016

Please celebrate with me the worldwide recognition of the excellence of California Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay and post #500 on Wine Predator!

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Time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Judgement of Paris!

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And post #500 on Wine Predator! My first posts were in 2008 where I talked about the first Wine Bloggers Conference held in Santa Rosa, CA. Any day now, I will reach 90,000 page views.

And it’s been quite a climb to write 500 posts which average close to 1,000 words (we’re talking 500,000 words, yes?) hence the choice of Tercero’s 2010 “The Climb” to mark the occasion! (Read about other Tercero reds here and Tercero whites here).

I started blogging about wine not long after I started blogging in November 2007 with Art Predator. Like the Ojai/Ventura area newspaper column that proceeded it, Art Predator is an eclectic…

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Gwendolyn Alley, Students Read in Ventura

May 5, 2016

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At the end of each semester, after writing endless academic papers and book reviews too, my students and I create a class anthology of our recent creative work, and then many of us read from it at an open mic following the featured reader.

And this semester I am the featured reader!

Read more…

Newtown’s Dance STOP May 1 and City Speaks Episode 3 On Now with CD soon!

April 25, 2016

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Just in time for National Poetry Month, CITY SPEAKS 3 is up and ready for your listening pleasure at a park in Pasadena located at 1199 S. Fair Oaks Avenue (S.W. corner of W. State St. and Fair Oaks Ave.)

The newest Episode brings the voices of E. Amato, Conrad Romo, and Terry Wolverton to this sculptural poetry/sonic installation daily, through Dec, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM for a sonic experience. Read more…

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here…

April 23, 2016

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Four hundred years ago, at the age of 52, William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon, died on the same day that he was born: April 23.

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Two days ago, on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57, Prince Rogers Nelson died; he was born June 7, 1958.

Both were masters of the written word. But more importantly, both showed the world a way of being in the world. Read more…

Earth Day: a whale of a tale

April 22, 2016

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Happy Earth Day!

Depicted is a group project by some of my students. I challenged my classes to form a group and take an action during a three week period related to an environmental issues, environmental or social justice. Read more…

Poetry for Poem In Your Pocket Day

April 21, 2016

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Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die,
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams.
For if dreams go,
Life is a barren field
frozen with snow.

~Langston Hughes

Happy “Poem in Your Pocket Day”!

This poem by Langston Hughes is perfect for today’s “Poem in Your Pocket Day“: it’s eloquent, timely, and it’s short enough to fit easily in your pocket! Read more…

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