Friday, March 20, 2015


I have nothing to blog about lately.. I don't go anywhere, and when I do, it's not that amazing or interesting.. or not anything that I can post pix of.. hmmm. That makes it sound much more fascinating than it is. *evil grin* Ah,well..

If I ever get around to getting out there on my bike I may find something postable but I'm up to my knees in Math homework and history.. and I got a horrible headache from hitting my head on the windowsill in the house yesterday.. I'm keeping track, as if I suddenly black out we'll know why, right? The point is, I feel awful & not in the mood.

I've been volunteering when I can.. I purposely have been trying to cut back because I'm torn between being a pest, a permanent fixture, or running out of happiness credit. No, I don't know what that means either. But I do know I don't want people to be sick of seeing my ugly mug every morning. I keep thinking I'll do a post about the stuff I come across in my project(s) but then I think.. I don't work there, so it wouldn't be anything legitimate. Best to leave it alone for now. ;)

I find lately I miss my long walks more and more.. I miss the annual "Great LA Walk" our friend Mike puts on every year. I was thinking when the Spring session is over I'll have more time to go 'hiking' and maybe head up into the hills, or bus to Tilden Park or west to the Berkeley Marina and walk back.

The weather has gotten so lovely, the bike is desperate to be utilized. One of the things Berkeley is fortunate to have is the Bike Station- sort of a bike valet.. I was advised by a clerk there that BART pays for the space, probably to encourage commuting.. Since my U-Lock got busted last Fall I haven't bothered replacing it. If you leave your bike parked in the Bike Station, you don't need your U-Lock. Pretty neat huh?

I find I also miss the LA bike meander.. A friend of mine would have downtown LA neighbor/friends gather outside his loft in the Arts District on Sundays and the half dozen or so of us (whoever showed up) would ride around, meandering through the streets of LA/Boyle Heights and beyond. I was always at the back of the pack but I always had fun. It was definitely not one of those intense rides you see around the city. Just mellow.. If you can't pay attention to traffic & chat at the same time, you're going too fast.. "It's not a race.. it's a meander.." I'm so freaking out of shape at this point I don't know if I could handle a meander.. but it'd be worth it to find out. =)

Berkeley doesn't have an art walk.. Oakland has something called "First Fridays" but I've not gone. I remember when we first moved back to the Bay Area there were some issues with it, and I stayed away. I'm honestly not crazy about crowds anymore.

If I can get my act together (caught up with life) I'd like to start attending the Poetry Unbound events at Art House again. It's the first Sunday of the month I want to say.. The first 15 minutes is like an open mic and then they have some scheduled poets reading their works. It's pretty laid-back, comfortable and there's a good mix of funny, moving, romantic, emotional stuff being read. I never read my own bad poetry.. (because it's BAD poetry!) ;)

Then there's the whole history thing. I'm taking an online class right now, which makes me think it'll be the last online class I take for a while. As cranky as other people's bad habits make me (showing up late, eating, wandering in & out to use the bathroom) I miss the lecture aspect.

So here was a post about nothing. I guess it doesn't matter as I have no idea how many people actually show up & read this stuff anymore; probably not anyone I know these days! ;). (I realize I'm not writing about the Historic Core of LA. Oh, do I knew that!) I wish I had something to say, to share.. to enlighten, but I don't.. It's not a good time for me right now.. Maybe I should call this "Overwhelmed Pt 2" ..things aren't hard or difficult, just busy: I don't get out much and I miss friendly, familiar faces. Oh, and my head hurts.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Seasons of Berkeley: Hot!

Holy cow it's hot out here.. Hotter than my phone says, I'm sure of it!

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Mirror of the World will be my best friend today.. We will have many adventures! #books #art4 #iamstudying
Mirror of the World.. it will be my best friend today.. We will have many adventures.. and then I will move on to something else hopefully.. a bit of reading for US History.

Wedging relationships with various books between other things on-going, and going on. I feel I am abusing the books and not giving them the attention they deserve, but what can you do? I think that often is the way with education. So much to go into the process, everything gets granulated into the mix to form tasteless biscuts of facts. This is where the love for learning is lost. This is where I wish I had 30hrs in a day to tell you how much everything is truely connected to each other.

The age of reason and art. Truth no matter how ugly. Passion and storytelling. Love with no illusions. Justice.

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Kindest Heart

on what would have been your birthday.. Honorary Uncle
I *heart* this tree ;)

the kindest heart
i have known
beyond measure
has walked the earth
and then has gone..
father/ uncle/ mentor..
word scribe..
answering doubt with hope
and love
and kind.
the kindest heart
fostered minds
fathering generations
beyond what
you may know..
readers/ writers/ adventurers
endowed us all with
to truely live.
to give.
to become..
to trust
to know.
the kindest heart
I'll ever know.
who would have you
be kind
and know joy..

and was mine

of all the questions I should have asked was "What do I do when I have questions I can no longer ask you?"

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Zac's.. or how to bribe me. ;)

You want me to walk the extra distance somewhere, an easy way to do it is to include a favorite dining place in the adventure..
A trip to Trader Joe's on College would include lunch at Zachary's College Avenue location..

Zac's Special
Zac's Special.. Italian sausage, green peppers, onion and mushrooms

amazingly yummy.. a 10"small is 6 huge slices..

We ended up devouring the whole pizza (sharing a spinach salad, and a couple iced teas) between the two of us.. sort of an early dinner/late lunch.. (aka: "Linner") and ended up so stuffed it made not being tempted at TJ's a lot easier.. ;) Walking there & back was good excercise but you can bet it didn't make up for all the pizza.

Fortunately we live far enough away that the walk over there makes the visit a special treat rather than an over-indulgence.