#amreading: Carlos Bulosan, AMERICA IS IN THE HEART

America is in the Heart is about a Filipino migrant worker who lives in the itinerant camps and moves up and down the west coast, following the harvests.

Chapter XXIII:

I tried hard to remain aloof from the destruction and decay around me. I wanted to remain pure within myself. But in Pismo Beach, where I found Mariano, I could not fight anymore. He and I slept on the floor of a small cottege, where two others were living.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Needs to Start Or End With the Letter ‘Y’ (2)

This bush in self’s backyard has grown to be a monster!

It’s perfect for Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenge: the Letter ‘Y’

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YELLOW! All over is YELLOW!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Tour Guide: Cloverdale, CA

On self’s way home to Redwood City today (She’s participating in a reading in Oakland tonight to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of CLEAVE, the Bay Area Women Writers collective), she decided to stop and grab coffee in the small town of Cloverdale.

Cloverdale is where self picks up Route 128 to Mendocino, so she passes through every single time she goes to and from Mendocino.

Today, she decided to look around. Right on N. Cloverdale Blvd. was a line of wash (lol).

It turned out to be an art installation by Allegra Burke and Beth Hartmann. The name of the work is “Hung Up.” It’s right next to Plank Coffee.

Self doubts she would have decided to shoot the picture if she hadn’t specifically been looking for pictures that fit this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: TOUR GUIDE.

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N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, CA: Friday, 9 February 2018

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Tour Guide: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 7 February 2018

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge asks us to show “what we love” about where we live. Self lives in Redwood City, California but is spending the next few months in Mendocino, as the 2018 Writer in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center.

Her unit faces a forge/woodsmithing shop, and a local high school. At the end of the day, she can walk to the street and always manage to catch a spectacular sunset.

Today, the sunset was so alluring that self got into her car and chased it down as far as the Mendocino Headlands. She kept her car headlights on while taking this shot.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Beloved 4: So Woke

Redwood City, California is where self has her house. She’s lived there for almost 30 years.

But she’s been doing so much traveling, especially in the last four or five years, she’s barely been in Redwood City.

Today, self went to the last remaining local nursery in Redwood City, Wegman’s. And bought a bunch of plants. “Welcome back,” the staff person said.

Feels good, you know?

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Monday after Superbowl LII: February 5, 2018

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Beloved 3: The Garden in Redwood City

Which is to say, the garden at home.

Self has spent much time in it, the past few days. Here are pictures of two of her ‘most-grown.’

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Superbowl Sunday 2018: Her First at Home in Three Years

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Side Yard: This Viburnum was barely two feet high in 2015. Now, it’s almost as tall as the eaves.

Going to see Hostiles (Christian Bale! Rosamund Pike!) in a few.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

X Needs To Be Anywhere in the Word 2

This week’s Cee Neuner Fun Foto Challenge is: The Letter ‘X’

This is self’s second word using an ‘X.’

Her previous word was: Juxtaposition.

The word today is: Excellence.

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Celebrating Something in Redwood City, California

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Variations on a Theme 3: Mendocino

Self has arrived. She even managed to secure rock star parking right in front of the Mendocino Art Center! She’s teaching a weekend workshop on Landscapes of the Mind.

Just south of Mendocino are the giant redwoods. Self pulled over to take a couple of shots for this year’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: VARIATIONS ON A THEME.

And there was this vine-draped house, just south of the Village of Mendocino. Greenery and redwoods, that’s what Mendocino is all about.

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Private residence, just south of Mendocino, CA

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Mid-Afternoon in the Redwood Forest near Mendocino, CA

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It’s been a while since self has experienced the majesty of a redwood forest. Thankful these made it through the Northern California Wildfires, last October.

There was hardly any traffic, until the last 10 miles or so. That’s where you get the heartstopping views, but the narrow twists and turns demand maximum concentration (plus she is annoyed by the tailgaters, SUVs and jeeps mostly).

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Variations on a Theme 2: The Garden in Redwood City

Been so long since self took pictures of her garden.

Since this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is VARIATIONS ON A THEME, self wandered her backyard looking for appropriate subjects.

Here, her helleborus, having survived years of neglect (approx. three years) is nevertheless getting ready to bloom:

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Helleborus, Last Week of January 2018

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More Helleborus!

Just throwing this in: The deck is very weathered and obviously needs a lot of work. But — variations on a theme!

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Leslie Van Houten, 68, Denied Parole

Governor Jerry Brown denied parole to “Leslie Van Houten, one of the youngest followers of murderous cult leader Charles Madison and who participated in two murders in 1969.” (San Francisco Chronicle, 21 January 2018)

“. . .  after the murders, Van Houten changed into La-Bianca’s clothes and drank chocolate milk from the refrigerator before leaving.”

That is all.

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