Saturday, June 03, 2017

Reading Challenge 2017 Pt. 2

goodreads 6/2017
20 books read.. 4 books ahead of schedule.

So far so good with the reading.. My last semester at BCC pursuing my History AA-T had me reading a LOT for my various courses. So now that summer is here I am hoping to read more things for pleasure if I am able. I plan to be taking an intro drawing class as a present to myself for getting my Associates for transfer..

For now I am relaxing my brain with some beautifully descriptive scenes of Southeast Alaska (Sitka into Wrangell Island) by John Muir.. "Travels in Alaska" seems like just the thing I need after pouring over Machiavelli and Nietzsche!

John Muir

I haven't figured out what is on my Summer Read TBR list yet but I think besides a mix of some of the many Heyday titles I've had waiting for me, I'll get to a couple books I purchased at the Cal Day Book Sale, and random books I've found or picked up on my walks:


We'll see, right?

Friday, June 02, 2017

Little Tomato 3 & 4

a couple weekly checks on my special German Heirloom..

Tomato 4
May 26th

Tomato 4
May 26.. some sprouting happening!

and.. today:
Tomato 5
June 2nd

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sacred Lands

Sacred Lands

as seen from the Shellmound / 40th Street Bridge..

These lands belong(ed) to the Ohlone people... now there's warehouses, railways, and a mall..

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Arbor Cafe


I pass Arbor on my walk back from the many visits to Kaiser over the last few months (getting blood work mainly) but on what was hopefully my last visit for a while, I treated myself to a nice meal of yogurt & tea in between appointments..

I had some of my last finals work to finish for school so Arbor is a good place to sit quietly in work. People are usually respectfully hushed when enjoying their coffee or lunch there.. and they have some large tables to sit and eat and have room to work.

Yogurt & hot tea

Strawberries were huge!
Yogurt Close
the granola was so good.. I didn't think to ask if they made it themselves or where it came from.. If I thought I could get granola like this from a package I would, but I definitely would order the yogurt and gronola from Arbor again.. so good. I was happy and the serving was plenty as an early lunch/late breakfast.. (which is what this was for me.)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nigel Sussman


One of Nigel Sussman's many grafart pieces around Berkeley. This one seen from the #6 Bus as we make the turn onto Telegraph. This is on the Dwight Way side of Han's Bistro, (formerly Bleeker Bistro.) at 2498 Telegraph Ave.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

San Leandro Marina

Another lunchtime walk, this time in San Leandro..
coming in for a landing at OAK
..a beautiful, breezy day at the Marina, watching aircraft coming in for a landing at OAK

Friday, March 24, 2017

Reading Challenge 2017 Pt. 1

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the results of my goodreads challenges from the last 3 years..

Another year, another reading challenge! I barely made my goal of 40 books last year. It was pretty difficult getting to my goal, despite all the reading I seemed to have been assigned. This year may be no different. I'm taking 4 classes this semester, of which half require 4 different books. I tried to get a head start during the holiday break in the early part of January and that seemed to have helped. I find it hard to find time to read for pleasure when I have several assignments converging, so many of the things I seem to be reading are related to the things I'm studying, and then of course, there's poetry. Thank goodness for poetry!

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My 2017 GoodReads Reading Challenge

I'm 1 book ahead according to the challenge. The above include the 2 books from for my Political Theory class (The Republic, and The Prince), The Hero Twins book is a fun graphic telling of the Popol Vuh (which I'm studying in my Native Amerian Culture & Lit. (HIST33) class. The rest are things I kept myself busy with in early January while I was waiting for classes to start up again. The Hafiz and Rumi I came across at the Oakland Public Library, and were very nice decompression from classes.

I'll need to do papers on The Prince, and on Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (not included in the count because I already read the book some time ago..) but I'll be reading Nietzsche and Foucault for the Political Theory class. I have a Political Thought of Hannah Arendt I'll take a look at on my own, and I'm currently reading Leonard Peltier's Prison Writings for my HIST33 class,(as well Tribes, Treaties, and Constitutional Tribulations by Vine DeLoria, Jr. for myself.) Along with my other history texts, I'll definitely have almost 20 books by the end of May, so totally possible, yes?

I guess we'll see!