Working together to Help Florida during Hurricanes

Wells Fargo Story – How one community kept a hurricane at bay

I love volunteering in our community, this is a great example of what a community can do to increase environmental awareness and protect and expand the natural habitats in Florida dunes.

Dispatches From the Sweet Life- very Inspiring New Book

Way more than a Farm Life or ALT Life book. You’ll hear about the upside and the tough times too!

Talks about Choosing Your Good life, not always pushing for more & the struggle: “Dispatches from the Sweet Life— One family, Five acres and Community’s Quest…”

It’s  a thought provoking read, from an author that knows about the rat race and downsizing. This book has an optimistic view, struggles and resilience that leaves you hopeful!!

author William Powers. #Greeneroo

Oakland Museum Eames Exhibit

Inspired by Eames: A Conversation with Bay Area Innovators

Saturday, January 26, 2–3:30 pm James Moore Theater Join us for a special panel discussion examining how the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames has influenced Bay Area-based artists, designers, and dancers. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in a thoughtful conversation with some of the Bay Area’s most inspiring innovators in the creative community. Limited seats available — grab your tickets today! Program ticket includes gallery admission and access to special exhibition The World of Charles and Ray Eames, closing Monday, February 18.

I LOVE this museum with its futuristic, historical, evocative and fun exhibits. They truly have so much to make you want to come back many times. The EAMES exhibit is fantastic, really well laid out, with so many types of design, furniture, model office spaces, videos…. AND SPINNING TOPS that you can try out and get a new DIZZY perspective (They are actual tilting seats)!  I enjoyed every part of this exhibit – The BEST is a long lineup of great exhibits!  And it is easy to get to on BART… no need to drive!  — the editor

Oakland Museum of California |1000 Oak Street @ 10th Street–Lake Merritt BART

Year of the Pig at Oakland Museum and in SF!

Lunar New Year Sunday, February 10, 12–4 pm

OMCA will ring in the Year of the Pig with our 18th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Join us for a daylong festival celebrating the diverse Asian cultures represented in California with live music and dance performances, hands-on activities, and much more.

Easy to get to on BART, only one block away from 10th Street–Lake Merritt BART.

Lunar New Year – February 5 – marks the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar and is the biggest annual event celebrated by many Asian cultures including Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean. 

Most of the top traditions of Chinese New Year observed during the 15-day holiday serve one purpose: to usher in a year of good fortune and prosperity.

The ancient Chinese lunar calendar, on which Chinese New Year is based, functioned as a religious, dynastic and social guide. Oracle bones inscribed with astronomical records indicate that the calendar existed as early as 14th century B.C., when the Shang Dynasty was ruling.

IN SAN FRANCISCO:  The 2019 Chinese New Year Parade is on Saturday, February 23. It starts at 5:15 pm at the corner of 2nd and Market Streets in San Francisco, and is one of the largest in the world. There will be lots of fun events for the lunar new year in both February and March. There are hundreds of lively parade entries! The parade includes several floats, the largest and most popular of which is the 28-foot-long Golden Dragon. It takes a team of more than 100 people to operate and move it through the streets of San Francisco. It then weaves its way through Chinatown and ends at Jackson and Kearny Streets. The parade usually ends around 8pm.

Get there early, take BART to the Montgomery station.

Oakland Museum of California.1000 Oak Street @ 10th Street–Lake Merritt BART

Lunar New Year – The Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival, also called Yuan Xiao Festival. It honors deceased ancestors on the 15th day of the first month (Yuan) of the lunar calendar. The Lantern Festival aims to promote reconciliation, peace, and forgiveness. The holiday marks the first full moon of the new lunar year and the end of the Chinese New Year. During the festival, houses are festooned with colorful lanterns, often with riddles written on them; if the riddle is answered correctly, the solver earns a small gift.

The Lantern Festival may originate as far back as the Han dynasty (206 bce to 220 ce), when Buddhist monks would light lanterns on the 15th day of the lunar year in honor of the Buddha. The rite was later adopted by the general population and spread throughout China and other parts of Asia. A legend concerning the festival’s origin tells the tale of the Jade Emperor (You Di), who became angered at a town for killing his goose. He planned to destroy the town with fire, but he was thwarted by a fairy who advised the people to light lanterns across the town on the appointed day of destruction. The emperor, fooled by all the light, assumed the town was already engulfed in flames. The town was spared, and in gratitude the people continued to commemorate the event annually by carrying colorful lanterns throughout the town.

Festival celebrations also include lion and dragon dances, parades, and fireworks.

Each year for Lunar New Year, in SF the Chinatown area comes to life with Cherry blossoms, and preparations for the upcoming Lunar New Year parade.THIS YEAR: Chinese New Year is on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. It is so much fun to see this parade and very loud too.  I have been able to walk in the parade with my company 3 times, that is thrilling – we were surrounded by thousands of clapping spectators,  stilt walkers, Lions, dragons, high schools, martial artists and local civic groups. — the editor

 

CORC Yoga Products – Sustainable & Beautiful

Is your News Year’s resolution to get more healthy and have some fun? Yoga is a perfect addition to any exercise program.  You can relax, rest, recuperate and stretch – yoga also helps me get the healing sleep that I need.

I’ve seen so many yoga products over the years and they all are made from plastics and rubbers that are not healthy or beautiful. The wood blocks, though natural, are noisy and heavy…. but you can Get Inspired! Take a look at the beautiful yoga mats and accessories that are available at http://www.corcyoga.com

These beautiful yoga mats will get your NEW YEAR off to a happy, green start.  They are made in Portugal using cork …. a product that is earth friendly, non-slip, created from natural materials and recyclable. These beautiful mats and bags are hypoallergenic, and durable too.

You know that a regular mat is made of PVCs and chemicals — the enduring smelliness tells you that …. and they get slippery and more smelly when wet… besides all that they are hard to clean.

Start with a great material – use Cork products by CorcYoga. They make mats, blocks, bags, backpacks and accessories. Get Bendy and relaxed with an awesome mat. I love mine.

 

Marty Essen – new book

Marty has done it again, but instead of inspiring us to love our environment and protect ecosystems- this book is a fictional departure! Time is Irreverent — it combines all the things you tremble over, global warming, nuclear bombs, and travel writers! How can these go together, you ask?  Read on!

Just when we need a good laugh. So put the air-purifier ON, and enjoy! Marty has poked fun at the current state of affairs, the total disarray of a solid science-based view between our movie stars, government, the public, teachers and just about everything! It is a light-hearted book and wittily will help you draw conclusions while having a belly-life.  Just what we need.

You can return to one of his many books on the environment- I’d Recommend Cool Creatures, Hot Planet or  Endangered Edens.  OK the. are not full of laughs, but the pictures and words are so compelling.  (see the list below.)

Some of Marty’s notable achievements are:

Author of Time Is Irreverent
Amazon #1 Best Seller in Political Humor, Parodies, and LGBT Science Fiction
Amazon Canada #1 Best Seller in Comedy, Humour, Political Humour, LGBT Science Fiction, Alternative History, and Time Travel
Author of Endangered Edens
Amazon #1 Best Seller in Ecotourism, Travel, Caribbean Travel, and Puerto Rico
Winner: Readers’ Favorite Book Award—Environment
Winner: National Indie Excellence Book Award—Nature
Silver: Nautilus Award—Animals & Nature
Silver: Nautilus Award—Middle Grades Nonfiction
Author of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet
Amazon #1 Best Seller in Wildlife
Winner: Benjamin Franklin Award—Travel/Essay
Winner: Green Book Festival Award—Animals
Winner: National Indie Excellence Book Award—Travel/Essay
Winner: USA Best Books Award—Travel/Essay
Bronze: ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award—Travel/Essay
Bronze: IPPY Award—Travel/Essay
Minneapolis Star-Tribune Top-10 “Green” Book
APCA’s #1 Booked College Speaker for 50 total months

Food Allergies affect so many Infants and Kids

Researchers at Stanford are doing loads of research on desensitizing children to common allergens…. milk, peanuts, eggs to name a few. Allergies are complicated, and difficult to pinpoint. Needless to say, and if you have a infant or child with allergies, you know this to be TRUE.

First, your baby doesn’t want to eat at all… or later may not like certain foods, gagging or breaking out in rashes. It can been much worse. Doctors are now prescribing a record number of epi-pins in the USA. Ask any elementary school teacher — they can have several kids with severe allergies & epi-pins in one class.

We could have a discussion on food safety, GMOs, pesticides, natural v organic… but if your child has a life-threatening allergy, there is no other discussion but how can we keep our baby healthy and safe?

Articles from Stanford:

FABMO – a great choice for Fabric

Fabric and clothing make up a large amount of the filling in the local dumps throughout the US and this is true in the SF Bay Area. People throw out clothes, fabric and other items like yarn, buttons and thread in enormous quantities. It’s a shame because it could be diverted into useful items. I really enjoy this store, with volunteers running the show and bundles, bolts and baskets of beautiful fabric, it is a fun way to take a dream project into reality.

How did FABMO commit to making a difference in fabric dumping? Here are some commments from an article in the Mountain View Voice, Sept 24, “”Saving the Fabric of Society”: 

The idea to organize, expand and create a nonprofit around FabMo happened almost without trying, Welstein recalled. As their collections grew, someone had the idea to accept cash donations, then someone had to the idea to launch a website, and so on, she said. One regular FabMo customer asked if something similar could work in Santa Cruz, and now they hold multiple giveaways in that coastal city each year. They’ve also trucked out supplies to give away in Vallejo and the Sacramento area.

“We just grew little by little, and it just continues to be organic,” Welstein said. “That feeling of not wanting to throw away good stuff, I think more and more people are feeling that way in the world.”

The FabMo philosophy — take only what you need, don’t waste anything — might seem old fashioned, yet it was ahead of the curve for the larger do-it-yourself movement that has taken root in the Bay Area.

FabMo is open for three consecutive days each month for its free drop-in giveaway days at its main showroom at 970 Terra Bella Ave. More information can be found at its website.

Next month, FabMo will be organizing its Textile Art Boutique, the group’s largest annual event. This event exhibits dozens of different artists’ works that were designed using recycled materials. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge at 4249 El Camino Real in Palo Alto.

Need a great place to volunteer? Fabmo volunteers love what they do!