Thursday, August 27, 2015

30 years later

Pauline's Pizza is celebrating their 30th Anniversary and we have been
customers for all those years. Not often enough, we decided, as we
enjoyed the freshest tomato salad and the two pizzas (with lots to
bring home). They are known for the pesto pizza on top - yum. The
area (Valencia and 14th) used to be "sketchy" but like most of SF it
is now bustling with young singles and families and lots of bicycles.
Our city, always changing and yet somehow always the same.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

from Paul Madonna

I'm on Paul's email list and I just received this - he is a very special local artist
who was recently evicted and he has been drawing and writing about the
whole horrible experience. But now he is settled in his new place and ready
to explore new themes. And I'm ready to go out to dinner tonight.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

bewitching bunnies

At first I thought the white one was a slipper or maybe a plush toy, but
no, he/she blinked twice while I snapped these rather bad pictures.
I have been doing this SPCA thing for three years now and when I
arrive every Monday morning about 8am, I'm greeted warmly by
staff and other volunteers before I hear the dogs barking for their
breakfasts. This has been a VERY good experience for me (and for
Ellen who ends up working at this very same animal shelter).

Monday, August 24, 2015

ten years ago

Katrina. We were in upstate New York for our's wedding and mostly
I remember watching TV in a motel room and NOT sleeping because I
was so ashamed of my government for the way they weren't helping the
citizens of our country. It was a shock to see the suffering, the ineptitude
- President Bush was at his very worst. I think there were a few family
squabbles too, but this time they took a back seat to bigger problems.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

my break spot

Traffic in GG Park is a snarl on Saturday, so I go early to park and then I
spend about an hour in front of this pond in the Botanical Gardens. I
read and reflect and appreciate the quiet. My bird friend wasn't there
yesterday and I worried, but the fish were splashing (carp?) and I felt
calm and relaxed before work, deciding that my bird was simply on a
short vacation, visiting another part of SF.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

class last night

I had submitted 10 pages for last night, wanting to get going earlier than
I did last semester. Here is some of what Karen, our teacher, wrote about
my pages:
I love Ellen so much. You do a great job with her voice - and here I
was so envious of her being in Paris. I like how determined she is to
plumb the mystery of her husband and yet how unwilling she is -
that feels right to me. The language was, as always, so fun. Keep
going. You're growing a book, and it's blossoming nicely.

Such a fine evening and of course when I came home late it wasn't
easy to sleep, despite a rewarding Giant's win.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Spain in the 70's

We both really enjoyed this film from the Flix®. A lonely school teacher
worships The Beatles and travels to meet John Lennon down on the
coast of Spain. He picks up two confused young people and helps them
sort things out because Living is Easy with Eyes Closed, according to
his hero, John. A strong, yet gentle, movie to be savored.