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A challenge. A choice. What will YOU do?

February 11, 2016

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“As individuals, we need to change how we live,” points out Nancy Wallace in Gyre: The Plastic Ocean.In 2010, Americans generated 250 million tons of trash– 31 million tons of which were plastics” (20).

On Monday, the day of the second new moon after the winter solstice and the first day of the Chinese New Year, we welcomed the Year of the Fire Monkey. According to Chinese Astrology, Monkey years are playful, adventurous, creative, resourceful, opportunistic, and TRANSFORMATIVE — and this year, as we change and grow, we do so by fire which is erratic, chaotic,  hard to control. Read more…

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

February 6, 2016

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

BY JUAN FELIPE HERRERA

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.

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Roshi Egyoku: Trust your awakening.

January 19, 2016

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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

 

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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…

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