Sunday Treasures

KNOWING that I was meant to “be here now” as I sauntered down the street with the goal of obtaining quarters for my laundry; I walked past a newspaper kiosk to see the SF Weekly with Rebecca Solnit on the cover page. I opened the door to find an empty kiosk save the one copy they put in the front holder.

Take a moment to check out Rebecca Solnita prolific author and brilliant mind whose oeuvre covers history, feminism, wandering, social change, and so much more. The SF Weekly article by Zack Ruskin titled:  Quantum of Solnit – Charting the landscape behind Rebecca Solnit, one of San Francisco’s singularly literary voices, reveals the depth of her integrity in words covering some of her books, essays, and articles.

Some (weakly) pull-quotes:

“I love that, that sense that the stone was thrown into the water a while ago but the ripples are still spreading out and we don’t know for sure.”  and

“I was snatching the teddy bear of despair from the loving arms of the left.”

A couple that I find more intriguing with regard to her latest collection of essays, The Mother of All Questions: (from the introduction) “There is no good answer to how to be a woman; the art may instead lie in how we refuse the question.”

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“…but, at its best, social media is what its users make of it, from the Arab Spring to this feminist insurgency, activists have created a sort of Greek chorus to the dramas and of our lives and world.”

Solnit in Infinite City: “Every map is a guide to finding the desirable and navigating the dangerous. California was imagined as the island at the end of the world, because that’s how the stories went and because they needed an island. Every map is a treasure map, every island a Treasure Island.”

I was introduced to her writing by my dear friend, colleague and composer Lenny Carlson who gave me her book: A Field Guide to Getting Lost as I was about to embark on a solo, 30-day trip to Europe in 2015. I was swept away by the traveling bliss accompanied by her thoughtful prose. I carried it from cafe to resting place opening several new pages a day to digest little bits.

As for my pal Lenny, check out the testimonials of those who find him as fabulous as I do!  You must take one of his music classes at City College of San Francisco. Everyone I know who basks in his tutelage has become a better person for it.

One last treasure that I implore you to include in your daily routine (still life with  computer):  Chrome Momentum Dash. It’s free. It’s a joy to wake up every day to see what new high-res picture of some part of our beautiful planet lay before me all day as I work. Each new tab you open in Chrome reveals this lovely productivity extension. Today’s is below:

 

Momentum today

It’s 12:47p and I have a day of writing before me…

Mixed Bag

American Collapse

Ignorance is bliss until you die from it.

Then you discover that you could have done something different. You could have learned from history. You could have made more intelligent choices as to where to source your information. You could have gathered every scrap of evidence you need to make the case that those in power have no regard for you nor your future nor the future of your children.

GREED runs amok in Washington and America will crash and burn shortly if we do not take steps to educate those who turn their noses to learning.  45 said that he loves uneducated people: “I LOVE the poorly educated!” and they love him.

While he and his family grab all of the riches that the position as the leader of the free world will give him and his brand for his remaining time before impeachment (which is becoming more clear every day), the uneducated will have toxic air to breathe and polluted water to drink and kill any growth in their fields as the one thing truly protecting them becomes gutted:  The Environmental Protection Agency.

Check out the conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation’s plan to gut both the EPA and the Energy department.  THIS is terrorism. This type of mindset will be the undoing of America and if that isn’t terrorism in the name of corporate greed, I don’t know what is.

American Collapse

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