Opposites 2: Fourth of July Parade!

  • Heavy and light, hard and soft, smooth and textured, inanimate and organic . . .

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post Photo Challenge: OPPOSITES

Saw many great opportunities for pictures today, at the annual Redwood City Fourth of July parade!

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Redwood City Cop taking a picture of the Leland Stanford, Jr. University Marching Band: 4th of July, 2016

And, in the picture below, the people on the truck are waving in opposite directions:

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Redwood City Cop taking a picture of the Leland Stanford, Jr. University Marching Band: 4th of July, 2016

Finally, the attire of the two people in the photo below are complete opposites:

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The Fourth of July: Anything Goes!

HAPPY HAPPY FOURTH, EVERYONE!

Stay tuned.

Anjelica Huston: Venice Beach

Well, self will be sad to finish this book. She started reading it in Cork, continued reading it in Wexford, continued reading it in Dublin, and now has been reading it in London. She didn’t start with high hopes, especially since there’s a cringe-inducing love/hate thing going on with Jack Nicholson. But Huston shines when she describes a place. And she’s been to some pretty fabulous ones.

Here she describes the view from her house in Venice Beach:

On the top story was a little parapet from which one could see the whole of Venice Beach — from the flags of the many nations on the roof of the youth hostel next door, above a faded sepia mural, to the Townhouse bar across the street, the tattoo parlor, Animal House, the hippies and the homeless, the vendors, the performance artists, the swami with his turban and electric guitar on Rollerblades, the runaways, the snake-charmer, the rappers, the chalk and sand artists, the weight lifters, the addicts, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the tourists and the surfers, the skateboard kids, the guy who played “Eye of the Tiger” relentlessly and did crazy stuff with a chainsaw for eight years.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Faces 3: Annual Redwood City, CA Fourth of July Parade

One of the biggest on the Peninsula. This was from the Parade a few years ago:

One of self’s favorite holidays. Seriously.

Mariachis, Beauty Queens, and the Always Inimitable Leland Stanford, Jr. University Marching Band.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Earth 4: Elk, California

Self-explanatory, really.

Elk is about 17 miles south of Mendocino, CA, along twist-y Highway 1.

Advice to neophytes on 1: Prepare to pull over at every turn-out. The locals speed, and you’ll be so nervous you won’t be able to take in the view.

Stay tuned.

Stonehenge Appears Off California Highway 1 Near Pacifica

From self’s short short “Stonehenge/Pacifica” (published in Wigleaf):

The whole rose, majestically, from the waves. I had seen this stone monument before, in a photograph in some book. Water sluiced over the massive grey stones, which had a greenish tinge, as though layered with many centuries of moss. The mighty pillars were pitted with hollows.

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Sylvain Landry Week 42 Challenge: CARS

Sylvain Landry’s new photo challenge is

CARS!

How great is that?

Self is from California! Course she only finds 10 million photos of cars in her archive!

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Venice Beach, California, November 2014

Stay tuned.

Landscapes 3: Two Actual, One Metaphorical

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is LANDSCAPE.

Self loves landscapes in general. So here are pictures of three:

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Evening, Mendocino, March 2016

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Evan Hobart’s Landscape of Clay: Mendocino Art Center, March 2016

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Presbyterian Church, Mendocino, February 2016

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Half-Light # 1: Cat Stevens, “Morning Has Broken”

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Early Morning, Lansing Street, Mendocino

The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week is HALF-LIGHT:

  • “See if you can capture the beauty of morning or evening half-light in your corner of the globe.”

To complicate things even more, we’re supposed to include “a favorite poem, verse, story, or song lyric.”

When self thinks of morning, she always thinks of the Cat Stevens song:

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word

She found the lyrics on metrolyrics.com

Here’s morning just outside the Mendocino Art Center on Little Lake Street, in February:

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Morning, Little Lake Street, Just Outside the Mendocino Art Center

And here’s another verse of the same song:

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day

And finally, a shot of the morning sun through the window of her unit in the Mendocino Art Center:

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Morning Has Broken! Through the Blinds of Self’s Unit in the Mendocino Art Center, January 2016

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Dance 3: Summer Concert, Stafford Park, Redwood City

One of the joys of owning a home only two blocks from Stafford Park: Wednesday nights throughout the summer, there are free musical concerts. And every available space on the grass is taken by picnicking families. FUN!

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Joy is to be a child again.

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To dance in circles on the grass!

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Conga Line?

Mendocino Art Center, Winter 2016 Writing Classes

Self taught one workshop last winter at the Mendocino Art Center. This winter, she’s teaching two. Thanks to Karen Bowers, who invited her back:

Jan. 22 – 24 (Friday to Sunday): JOURNEYS — Exploring Inward While Traveling Outward

Grounding in the World — it’s what the best travel writers have. The journey to another place is never just personal. It grounds the travel writer in a culture, a world that speaks to a sense of discovery, the urge to explore, and test boundaries. It brings the traveler out of private headspace and into the people around them.

Travel writing has experienced a kind of renaissance in the book publishing world. While the world shrinks and previously exotic landscapes become more and more accessible, the field of travel writing is splintering into sub-genres: Women’s Travel Writing; Extreme Adventure Travel Writing; the Naturalist as Travel Writer.

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Winter: Elk, California

Feb. 6 – 7 (Saturday & Sunday): ONE STORY, SIX WAYS (All prose writing; no distinction between fiction and memoir)

Just what it says, folks. Bring in one piece (There will be in-class writing as well, so don’t stress if you have nothing). The piece that has you all tied up in knots because you’ve been trying and trying to tell this story forever. And now it’s dead in the water and you don’t know what to do.

We’ll do that piece six different ways. Some of the ways:

flash fiction * conversation/dramatic monologue * split point of view * setting and landscape/mood * episodic * splintered consciousness

Interested? Sign up at the Mendocino Art Center:

MendocinoArtCenter.org/classes
(707) 937 – 5818, xt. 10 or (800) 653 – 3328, xt. 10

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