Redwood City Public Library Author Series, Fall 2018

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Fireplace Room, Downtown Library, Redwood City

The first reading of the series was Holocaust Survivor, Public Speaker and Memoirist Sylvia Ruth Gutmann, reading from her book A Life Rebuilt: The Remarkable Transformation of a War Orphan. It was held two nights ago, in the Fireplace Room of the Main Library, and self is most happy to report the reading was a resounding success: a sizeable audience packed the room. High Fives to Sylvia Ruth Gutman for kicking off the series on such an auspicious note!

The second reading is a Women Authors Panel featuring self, Lillian Howan and Veronica Montes. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2:30 p.m., at the Fireplace Room of the Downtown Library. Self is a long-time Redwood City resident, and she’s so pleased to be reading with two of her favorite writers!

Veronica Montes’s first book, Benedicta Takes Wing and Other Stories (Philippine American Literary House, 2018), is a sparkling collection of stories about Filipino Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lillian Howan’s first novel, The Charm Buyers (University of Hawai’i Press, 2017) is an extraordinary and powerful love story, set in Tahiti during the last years of French nuclear testing in the Pacific, in the 1990s.

About self: She’s published three collections of short stories (Ginseng and Other Tales From Manila, Mayor of the Roses, and The Lost Language) and a novella, Jenalyn (Vagabondage Press), that was a finalist for the 2014 Saboteur Award. She has stories published or forthcoming in Quarterly West, Bellingham Review, Crab Orchard Review, Juked, and Prairie Schooner.

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Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The last event in the series is a reading by Vanessa Garcia, reading from See You at the 7: Stories from the Bay Area’s Last Original Mile House. The 7 Mile House in Brisbane is the only Bay Area mile house operating at its original location. Garcia will read on Sept. 26, 7 p.m., in the Downtown Library Community Room.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

Poetry Saturday: Irene Suico Soriano

Met her at the reading put together by Linda Nietes of Philippine Expressions (San Pedro, CA) in March.

Been reading her collection, Primates From an Archipelago: Poems (Rabbit Fool Press), off and on ever since. The back has blurbs from Melissa Roxas and Jennifer Tseng (both of whom self has never read; adding to the “To Read” pile!)

The book is divided into four sections: Scattered Islands, Reclamation, Scattered Cities, and Smog.

From the poem Months, for Napoleon Lustre:

I.

Essex said it perfect:
It is easier to be furious than yearning.
You belong to tribes of warriors and outlaws.
Many who are now dying or just waiting like you.
As I sit here by your bed looking at your sleeping body,
I wonder how long your fury can sustain you.

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Published 2017 by Rabbit Fool Press: http://www.rabbitfoolpress.com

Enthralling, powerful collection.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Saturday, Weekend After Fourth of July 2018

The goalkeeper Pickford just made a grrreat save.

England up 2 – 0.

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According to this theory self saw on Twitter (lol), England will win because it has seven letters in its name, and the game’s being played on the seventh.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Courthouse Square, Redwood City, Families Belong Together March

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Rep. Anna Eshoo spoke to a crowd of about 3,000: “I just came from McAllen, Texas, and I can tell you that the children I saw there were NOT a threat to national security.”

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The crowd chanted, “Shame! Shame! Shame!”

See you at the next rally.

Stay tuned.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Horizontal Line(s)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is: Horizontal Line(s). Self browsed through her photos and found these from Saturday, 16 June.

Went to the City to see the Rube Goldberg exhibit.

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Lobby, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Afterwards, self chilled in the backyard. It was a beautiful day!

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Backyard, Redwood City

First Day of San Francisco Refugee Food Festival

In honor of World Refugee Day, June 20, San Francisco this week is hosting the Refugee Food Festival.

The festival kicks off today in one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite San Francisco restaurants, the Hog Island Oyster Company in the Ferry Building.

The chef, Pa Wah, from Burma, “spent the majority of her life in the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand.”

The other participating chefs are from Bhutan, Iraq, Myanmar, Senegal, and Syria.

More information on the festival, here.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Refugee Food Festival, San Francisco Starts Tomorrow, June 19

In honor of World Refugee Day on 20 June (Ironically, the same day a judge will hear the case of the U.S. Dept of Justice against the State of California), this week (Tuesday, 19 June through Saturday, 23 June) San Francisco hosts the Refugee Food Festival.

Selected San Francisco restaurants will open their kitchens to refugee chefs.

  • Tuesday, 19 June: Cuisine from Myanmar prepared by Pa Wah at the Hog Island Oyster Company in the Ferry Building
  • Wednesday, 20 June: Cuisine from Iraq prepared by Muna Anaee at Tawla
  • Thursday, 21 June: Cuisine from Bhutan prepared by Anu Mapchan at DOSA
  • Friday, 22 June: Cuisine from Iraq (Part 2) prepared by Muna Anaee at Son’s Addition
  • Saturday, 23 June: Cuisine from Senegal prepared by Vito at Jardiniere

For more information: refugeefoodfestival.com

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

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.

 

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