A Sense of Place

The full post of this article is an excerpt from my forthcoming BIO project, an autobiography.

I’m blessed to have explored John Muir’s Range of Light, but wilderness depends on where you find it. It is all beautiful when we learn how to see. I believe we’re all partly self-defined by direct experience of the richness of nature, and obtain our sense of place and belonging from that experience. Just as we can peer into the heavens with a telescope and bear testimony to the miraculous complexity of our universe, so too can we step into our back yard and revel in the layered density of life on Earth. And the odd thing is, for this experience it really doesn’t matter whether we live on the edge of Central Park or the sands of the Sahara. — Read the article in Outdoors.

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Stonewall and the 1960 Decade

The full post of this article is an excerpt from my forthcoming BIO project, an autobiography. It was prompted by the PBS June 8 airing of their “American Experience” special “Stonewall Uprising.” A video and transcript is available on the PBS website.

“When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.” — PBS special Stonewall Uprising. Read the full article in La Parola.

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“Silent Cal” Coolidge

Although Coolidge was known to be a skilled and effective public speaker, in private he was a man of few words and was therefore commonly referred to as “Silent Cal.” A possibly apocryphal story has it that Dorothy Parker, seated next to him at a dinner, said to him, “Mr. Coolidge, I’ve made a bet against a fellow who said it was impossible to get more than two words out of you.” His famous reply: “You lose.” It was also Parker who, upon learning that Coolidge had died, reportedly remarked, “How can they tell?” — Wikipediaread article in My Notes

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Age Meets Youth

Today’s youth are literally wired into social networks on a scale totally inconceivable to even the young princes and princesses of my 1950’s world. Today’s youth read much more on the average than youth of my time, yet the average length of a document today is about four sentences … read the excerpt from the BIO project, in Writing.

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New Photos and Story

New in PHOTOS and WRITING:

  • From Swan (“Sunset at the State Fair“) and Dave Norton (“Colorado“), we have great new photos in Photo Notes.
  • In WRITING I’ve put together a photo narrative of my early growing up as a “California transplant”, in Lafayette, California. The memories cover the years 1950 to 1952 in a much simpler time. It’s a longer read. Check it out in the story Pine Lane, 1950
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    Bob Sibley 1945-2005

    I have lost my lifetime partner, and all of us who knew him have lost a wonderful friend. In his honor we have posted a brief memorial page, Bob Sibley in memoriam 1945-2005.

    Bob Sibley passed away peacefully in his sleep, in the early hours of the morning, Sunday, November 6, 2005, at Valley Pointe rest home in Castro Valley. Bob was a wonderful, wonderful person and dear to our hearts. All those of us who knew him will keep that memory alive, as a part of him lives on in us forever. During his long struggle with cancer and its complications he continued to bring sunshine into our lives.

    (This notice is also posted in My Notes).

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