Friday, November 03, 2023

Land Back

Eureka's change of heart toward the Wiyot Indian Tribe--hundreds of whom were ax-murdered by white settlers during colonization--was precipitated by tribal members and local volunteers cleaning up the industrial waste left behind on the Wiyot sacred ceremonial island in the middle of Humboldt Bay.

Monday, October 23, 2023

What?

Alaska Airlines-owned Horizon Air had a flight from Everett WA to SFO diverted to Portland OR where it was met by FBI agents sent to arrest an off-duty pilot riding in the cockpit jump seat who attempted to shut off the engines midflight. 

Saturday, October 21, 2023

MAD

 

MAD magazine and I were born the same year, 1952. As a children’s magazine, MAD instilled in us a healthy disrespect for authority, laying the philosophical groundwork for the hippie revolution which was based on opposition to militarism, racism, and sexism.

MAD’s editor Al Feldstein, along with American poet laureate Robert Frost, deserves credit for inspiring the Woodstock generation to heed John F. Kennedy’s admonition to “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

Ps--A little known fact is that Robert Frost and Jay Ward, creator of Rocky & Bullwinkle, were both born in San Francisco, home to the Summer of Love in 1967.

Sunday, October 08, 2023

Revitalizing Downtown

Pop-up commerce, even for a while, is better than nothing.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

State of Hate

California is investing in groups that help prevent hate crimes.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Brain Development

Kindergarten ready kids who can read, count, and use logic likely had access to preschool where these skills are taught. For parents having difficulty accessing preschool, these resources can help.

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Indigenous Cuisine

Wahpepah's Kitchen in Oakland serves Indigenous food. On opening day, 1,200 customers showed up to drum and dance in celebration of Native American cuisine. In the mid 1800s, the U.S. Army slaughtered the American bison to near extinction in order to subjugate the Plains Indians. In 1956, tens of thousands of Native Americans were forcibly relocated from reservations to urban areas, severing ties to their foodways. The vision of Wahpepah's Kitchen is to heal Native American people by reconnecting them with their Native foods.