School may be back in session for many and summer may be almost over for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, but unless you live in the Arctic circle, now is as good a time as any to plant a container garden. Sunset magazine recently featured not 10, not 25, not 40 or 50 but 53 container gardens! A few of my favorites a pictured above. And since on Sundays I post an interesting fact about the number 53, this Sunday I’m featuring these 53 container gardens. Read more…
Three award-winning Latino poets read tomorrow Sunday August 23 at 2pm at the Ojai Art Center 113 So. Montgomery, downtown Ojai. Angel Garcia, Melinda Palacio, and Emma Trelles will perform poetry and Claudia Simone will sing with classical guitarist Don Cardinali. Food trucks will be on site and while the event is free, donations are appreciated.
The Ojai Art Center has several branches; the literary branch is hosting this event: “The Literary Branch shines a spotlight on writers – especially local talent – to provide the community events that acclaim all types of literary works. It invites participants to use their leisure time to venture to the Center to share with others the sensations of good writings. Lean in. Listen. Learn.”
Are you still disturbed by the horrific oil spill a few months ago on the Santa Barbara coast? I am!
Did you know that last week, Plains All American, the operator of the ruptured pipeline increased its estimate of gallons spilled by 40% – now saying over 140,000 gallons total?
Did you know that while additional clean up off-shore isn’t possible, clean up on-shore continues, focusing on the tens of thousands of gallons that soaked into the soil and rocks of the bluffs and beach?
Did you know hundreds of birds and marine mammals have died as a direct result of oil exposure?
Did you know tar balls from the spill made their way hundreds of miles south– as far south as Redondo Beach?
Did you know YOU CAN DO SOMETHING? How close have you ever paddled to those enormous oil production platforms dotting our coastal horizon? How about a couple hundred feet away – in the name of oil spill prevention and response and stopping future offshore oil drilling? Or take action about current legislation?
Tonight the Ventura Patagonia Store will open its courtyard at 7pm to host a free after hours gathering for 200 or so. Chef Tim Kilcoyne’s food truck “Scratch” will be there, Surf Brewery will be pouring, plus there will be popcorn, music, and conversation among like -minded folks before the 8pm film “The Fisherman’s Son” followed by discussion. Read more…
The most important understanding for a lay Buddhist is the immediate availability of awakening.
Awakening need not arrive after a long, protracted practice history unless we believe that this is necessary…
We practice until we are tired preparing for what has always existed here and now, then we become quiet and surrender.
–Rodney Smith Stepping Out of Self-Deception: The Buddha’s Liberating Teaching of No-Self
Today is the first day of the fall semester at Ventura County Community College District, and since I teach Mondays and Wednesdays, today’s the first day of school for my students and me. Read more…