Friday, June 15, 2018: Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, San Francisco

A Benefit for the Inday Dolls:

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A Week in the Life

Watched the RBG movie.

Only a week later, RBG would make the news again for a dissenting opinion: She and Sotomayor were the two dissenting votes when the Supreme Court of the United States voted that the baker in Colorado could refuse to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Afterwards, people asked:

Why couldn’t they have gotten someone else to order the cake? The baker would never have known . . .

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Self would like to point out that on the basis of the cakes in the bakery (from TV clips), that baker is not particularly good at cake design. So, not much of a loss there (at least, not in her humble opinion). Self wants to offer to pay for a REALLY REALLY fabulous cake and send it to the couple. Even though, of course, the occasion now belongs to a distant past.

Then Kate Spade died.

Then she watched the testimony of the former President of Michigan State to a committee, and heard that Dr. Larry Nasser “volunteered” his services, therefore he never presented a medical bill, therefore there was no accountability either for what he was doing to the female athletes he examined.

One commenter on The Daily Beast pointed out that Dr. Nasser was doing pelvic examinations for ankle injuries. Self thinks that one of the reasons he operated so freely for so long was that Michigan State didn’t want it revealed he was providing all his services for free. And mebbe something about that struck them as mildly un-ethical? The tragedy was that Michigan State was so easily manipulated, when all they had to do was find a competent doctor who was not providing free services. Were they experiencing a budget crisis or what, for 20 years? Definitely the Michigan State president and the US Olympic Committee are culpable. For not just failing to provide oversight, but also for being so stunningly cheap that they thought of Dr. Nasser as a real find! (Well, he was a real find all right: a stalker in sheep’s clothing)

Then she watched Rose McGowan on Dr. Oz.

Then there was an election.

In San Francisco, the mayoral race was (and remains) tight: between a woman and a gay man.

Judge Persky was recalled, with votes in favor at 60%.

The day of the election, self was on the Stanford campus, attending a Feminist, Sexuality & Gender Studies event at Stanford. She learned a lot. Especially from that young woman who did a study of the number of abortion clinics in Texas, and showed that year by year the numbers declined, so rapidly that from a high of almost 300 in 2013, there are only a few abortion clinics operating today in Texas.

The night of the elections, self was so elated over the Persky recall that she stayed up all night, following tweets. In fact, it feels like she hasn’t slept since Tuesday.

Then she had to look up the term “carceral feminism.”

Then she read on Twitter that the recall will have a negative effect on “black and brown people.” (Count self in on one of those categories. Self is definitely not white) So nice to know self is part of that undefined sea of black and brown!

Then she heard Bernie Sanders was weighing in and self thought: No, go away Bernie Sanders.

Then a lot of judges weighed in and said the recall was a threat to judicial independence. Which Persky brought up himself. Which makes no sense because if there really was such a need for judicial independence, why are all county judges elected? Shouldn’t they be appointed?

Also, it’s interesting that most of the people who clamor the loudest against the recall result only spoke up after the fact, when the recall became successful. Which means there is nothing at all wrong with the process. Only, self guesses, the result.

Regarding “concerning blow to judicial independence” and how the recall effect is that now judges will feel “pressure.”

Since Persky was up for re-election in 2022, there was always that pressure. But what the recall did was save many victims who might have come before him between now and 2022. Because self has no doubt that had he remained in office four more years, Persky would have continued to sentence criminals with maximum leniency (especially if they were white Stanford males, like Brock Turner). Digression: Self read somewhere that Turner’s dad questioned why his son should be punished for “20 minutes of action.” Right? The apple does not fall far from the tree.

Then Bourdain died. Self was very, very sad. While he lived, she knew the world could not be a totally bad place, even under 45. Now another iconoclastic voice has been snuffed out, and self is really afraid for what will happen in 2020.

Then self learned from the news that Bourdain was dating Asia Argento, who was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. And Bourdain, bless his heart, spoke passionately on behalf of the #metoo movement.

What a loss. Mr. Sardonic, Bourdain, was 100% behind #metoo, we could have used more of him.

Then self discovered that Persky is a Stanford grad, so he and self have something in common. She loves the school because she studied Chinese there, and afterwards spent two years as a Creative Writing fellow. That Stanford Law School professor who led the recall movement made her feel truly, truly grateful and proud to be a graduate.

There was a tweeter who said that the Stanford law school professor had no credentials, and was not even a real lawyer. Good thing self checked and saw the tweeter had only 50 followers, she would have responded.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

Today, All Sorts of Things

Went to Stanford to listen in on Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies’ Honors Thesis Presentations. Half of the news buildings are called ‘Munger.’

The first presenter read her poetry.

The second presenter talked of her work with a Redwood City organization, teaching Sex Education.

The third talked about breasts and their significance and about a genre called verbatim theater which pulls together excerpts from interviews (Like Anna Deavere Smith; I believe she pioneered the genre)

The fourth talked about the stunning decline in the number of abortion clinics in her home state of Texas.

Went home to listen for election results and found that the measure to raise San Francisco Bay Area bridge tolls (except for the Golden Gate Bridge) had passed. And that Judge Aaron Persky, who in 2016 sentenced rapist Brock Turner to six months in prison was likely to be recalled, the first judge to be recalled since 1932.

Kudos to the two Swedish grad students who stopped Turner and chased him down so that he could face charges. It happened here, right here, on campus. History.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Flags or Banners

Happy to be reminded (by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Flags and Banners) that Redwood City, CA had an amazing event on March 24, 2018.

The weather was gorgeous and everyone was smiling and happy.

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Redwood City, Courthouse Square, 24 March 2018

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Busy/People Working

It’s been weeks since self has been able to participate in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

This week is: Show people BUSY or WORKING.

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The Octopus Literary Salon is held in — where else? — the Octopus, a coffee bar in downtown Oakland. This particular reading was in February 2018. The organizer of the series is the fabulous Raina Leon (standing at the mic).

And here’s a picture from the most recent AWP Bookfair, which was held early March in Tampa, FL. It is a huge event, probably one of the biggest Bookfairs in the country.  Self has to try so hard to rein in her bookbuying instincts. It’s easy to return from there with a whole suitcase of books!

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Annual AWP Bookfair, Tampa, FL: 9 March 2018

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

Prolific 3: Today’s Walk

It was another beautiful day in Mendocino. One thing about being here, there is always something self can take a picture of.

Right now, it is spring. So there’s an unbelievable amount of action going on, even in the vacant lots, and even if it’s just grass.

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Hodder Field, One Block from the Mendocino Art Center

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Self’s attention was caught by the swaying grass in Hodder Field.

And there are many, many spring concerts abounding, such as this one advertised on a poster tacked up to a fence on Ukiah Street:

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Spring is a great time to be outdoors and just soaking up the sights in Mendocino.

Her friends are telling her to come back for the Mendocino Music Festival (July) but all accommodations are booked solid.

Never mind. She’s just happy to be here in April.

Other PROLIFIC:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Awakenings: Second Saturday in Mendocino

Second Saturdays of the month, the galleries in Mendocino have wine and snacks, artists come in to talk to people who wander in from the street. It’s fun.

There aren’t any street lights near the Mendocino Art Center, but self remembered to take along a flashlight.

She stopped by the water tower to take a picture:

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Water Tower, Ukiah Street, Mendocino

Galleries put little welcome balloons by the entrance:

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Self went from gallery to gallery. She had sushi and crackers and cheese and a glass of Chardonnay.

She decided to walk back to the Center before it got dark because she wasn’t wearing a jacket and it was starting to get chilly.

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A few other Awakenings:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: HAPPY

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is HAPPY. Self started looking through her archives and decided on a set of pictures she took during the most recent AWP conference, a month ago, in Tampa.

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2018 AWP Bookfair, Tampa, FL

She mostly hung out at the Bookfair. One of the highlights of her trip was getting to meet the editors of the Bellingham Review! They published her (dystopian fantasy) story “Ice” in their annual on-line issue, up now. It stays up till November.

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SO HAPPY to meet the Editors of the Bellingham Review at the AWP 2018 Bookfair!

Thank you for making self so HAPPY, Bellingham Review!

Stay tuned.

 

 

Favorite Place 5: Courthouse Square, Redwood City, California

Saturday, 24 March 2018

During the March For Our Lives

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The Blue Wave is coming.

Vote this November.

Stay tuned.

Favorite Place 4: Backyard

Cares do not exist in a garden.

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Euphorbia, 23 March 2018

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Viburnum, early March 2018

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Japanese anemone, early March 2018

Home for the weekend.

Redwood City March For Our Lives will be a big one. Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Stay tuned.

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