Put Down that Ice Bucket!
Aug21

Put Down that Ice Bucket!

Am I the Cassandra of California? Or am I just the only person who realizes we are in a drought? An epic drought. A drought that will have profound consequences for our economy (and I mean the US economy!), our food supplies, even our way of life. So excuse me if I’m recoiling in horror from this ALS ice bucket challenge. As a farmer in California, every drop of water is precious to me. And even if our state leaders and most of...

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Salmon Daze
Aug20

Salmon Daze

We’ve stepped it up in our goal to eat more locally. Last Sunday, we crossed over into the “you eat what you kill” phase. Andy went salmon fishing off the Golden Gate and bagged two 20 plus pound salmon — the limit. That meant that, within mere hours of when they’d been swimming along near the Farallons, these two fish were being hauled out of a cooler onto our back porch where we started wondering what...

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The Zen of Canning
Aug11

The Zen of Canning

I’m surprised more Buddhists don’t can. Because you have to be in that Zen mindset to survive canning. And Zen was just what I’ve been needing after a nightmarish three months of buying and selling real estate that left me, at certain points, driving around the Bay Area in a Prius with two terriers in crates not certain where I’d stay for the night. I’m not quite sure if I’m up to telling about...

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Vox Clamantis in Deserto
Apr03

Vox Clamantis in Deserto

More and more I think there should be an entrance exam for anyone visiting California, either for tourism or for permanent residence. And that exam would be all about understanding the ecology of The West — possibly with several volumes of John Muir and Wallace Stegner as texts. Because while both those great environmentalists advocated living lightly on the land, they understood, perhaps more than anyone not from a Western...

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Becoming a Runner
Mar27

Becoming a Runner

I was a runner once. In high school I was on the cross-country team. It wasn’t before Title IX, but it wasn’t too many years afterwards and nothing much had changed yet. Instead of wearing sleek uniforms, getting letter jackets and running in front of cheering crowds, we made our own uniforms, I don’t think we were even eligible for letter jackets and we had to shame the cheerleaders into coming over to rah-rah at...

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Hello Dalai!
Feb24

Hello Dalai!

So the Dalai Lama came to Silicon Valley and I don’t think it all turned out the way we expected it to. But then again, maybe we should have expected it to turn out this way. First of all, let me say the Dalai Lama is the hardest working man in the spiritual business. In a whirlwind Bay Area tour, he’d already spoken in San Francisco and Berkeley the day before, and had addressed Santa Clara University students earlier...

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The Wheels of Justice
Jan09

The Wheels of Justice

Many of you know that I’ve been serving on jury duty for a week now. And unlike every other time I’ve been called — which is just about every year or year and a half for most of the 25 years I’ve lived in San Francisco — this time I was placed on a jury. Here’s the thing: you can watch all the Law & Order you want, you don’t really get how the most fundamental piece of our democratic...

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Hip-Hopping into Five
Jan08

Hip-Hopping into Five

The World’s Most Beautiful Pre-Schooler is now five years old. It seems only yesterday that she was The World’s Most Beautiful Toddler or The World’s Most Beautiful Baby. But time marches on and my Goddaughter Amelia May is five. Luckily (at least for my spinning brain), some things remain the same. Amelia May is still a dancer, as she has been since she first got up off the floor. But now she’s into Hip Hop...

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Random African Thoughts
Dec17

Random African Thoughts

As we wend our way home through multiple airports, two 8 hour plus flights and a seven hour layover in Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport, I’ve got lots of time to sit and blog. Forthwith, here is a compendium of random thoughts and observation on Africa and the trip — in no particular order, comprised of pure opinion with very little corroborating fact, and probably influenced by Traveler’s Affective Disorder....

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Hi-Tech, Low-Tech
Nov16

Hi-Tech, Low-Tech

One of our favorite social events of the year is The Tech Awards, sponsored by San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation. The black tie event is one of the main fundraisers for the program which sources innovative social entrepreneurs, largely in Third World countries, and awards them recognition and grants to fund their on-going work for the social good. We got involved because Andy is on the advisory board for a program run by...

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