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Delta Road Trip

Last week-end, my friend Liz and I went on a Delta road trip. This was our loose itinerary: 11 a.m. Ride the Scenic Limited through the wildflowers at the Western Railway Museum. Next, drive to Rio Vista and find an acceptable lunch spot. The rest of the afternoon, explore the hauntingly interesting Delta towns of […]

Flea Markets of Washington, DC

The flea markets of Washington, DC deserve another look.  Here’s one from the archives in honor of our national holiday! Greg and I just got back from a too-quick visit to our nation’s Capitol to visit our cousins and their newborn baby, JP, over the 4th of July holiday, and I wanted to share a […]

Creative Reuse Abounds at Art at The Source

A recent trip to Sonoma County for the annual Art at the Source Open Studios turned up a never-ending list of delights.  First, there was a yummy breakfast of french-folded eggs with toast and blackberry jam at Willow Wood Market in Graton.  Then, the art-filled day began with a visit to the lovely studio & gallery […]

Garbage Bag Designer Dresses As Haute Couture

Designer dresses can come in a surprising form.  Probably one of the most interesting things about the current Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the De Young is his use of unorthodox materials in his design.  There’s the hat made from hair, the latex wedding dress, and then there’s my personal favorite – the garbage bag […]

Ta Da Dump Ta Da Dump Ta Da Dump Dump Dump

Yes, I know it sounds strange, but a visit to the SF dump can actually be – inspiring.  That’s because the company managing the City’s waste stream, Recology, is a progressive, company-owned organization that sponsors artists and that leads public tours of the facility that will leave you wanting more.  Sure, it can be a […]

Trash Can Be Beautiful

In anticipation of an upcoming trip to the dump in the City with my Litquake buddies (I know – I really know how to have some fun, don’t I?), and after a nice visit with my writing teacher and friend, Cecile Moochnek at her gorgeous art gallery in Berkeley http://www.cecilemoochnek.com , I’ve had trash on my mind.  […]

A Beautiful Day at Mountain Play

In 1913, a group of thespians and their supporters started producing plays high atop Mount Tamalpais in Marin County with their first performance Abraham and Isaac. Little did they know that nearly 100 years later, groups of people would still be carting their wicker baskets filled with gourmet lunches and their favorite beverages to the […]

A Chilly Saturday Morning at West Coast Live

For those of you who don’t already know about it – West Coast Live is a wonderfully- entertaining live radio show that broadcasts from different venues around the Bay Area.  The show’s host, Sedge Thompson sports red bowling shoes as he interviews authors, artists, musicians and other interesting people in the news.  There are audience […]

Influential Elements

Last week-end we flew in the middle of a rainstorm and amidst tornado warnings to Long Beach to attend a birthday party.  There seems to be something in the collective unconscious about water.  Coming off the heels of the tsunami in Japan, not only was it raining and storming with gale force winds – an unusual occurence in Southern California -but […]

From Trash {Literally} to Treasures

I wore my grubbiest thrift store boots to attend the Art at the Dump exhibit sponsored by Recology yesterday thinking I’d be dodging old beer cans and sludge, only to find out that it was not being held literally at the dump, but in an art studio adjacent to it.  They were even serving wine.  […]

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