Some of you may have received this information earlier in a personal email. If so, you can skip this one. Otherwise, read on.
After long consideration I decided to support Delaine Easton for governor. I have known her personally for some time and feel that she is what we need in the next administration. She has a wonderful background, knows her way around the government block, and has no “women” issues to boot. She won her second debate last night.
If you have yet to make a decision on a candidate, I sincerely you will take a look at the debate.
|Dear Penelope —
Last night, during NBC’s statewide debate, Delaine once again showed Californians why she is the best person to lead our state. Watch it here, and share with friends. Instant reactions:
@BullGooseParty Wow, literally every tweet about #CAGovdebate is praising @DelaineEastin! Could be a moment!
This from the Associated Press’s Juliet Williams – @APJWilliams @DelaineEastin has been a valuable voice in tonight’s #CAGovDebate — a more aggressive counterpoint to the Reps than the top 3 Dems.
As @Katiefward said ‘She was by far the most inspiring candidate’
Or this from @perryanthonyj Incredibly articulate, no mud slinging, and a clear vision
Twitter followers jumped by over 10% and new volunteers and donors came on board.
It’s time to translate this new support and enthusiasm into votes. Now. Because ballots are arriving.
It’s here again!
It has been a few months since I have posted. The message from the Stoics offers me an opportunity to ease back in to blogging, and to share some intriguing thoughts on of all things, taxes!
Hope the day bodes well for you!
I am back from China.
To get here, I caught a non-stop flight out of Wuhan to San Francisco. China Southern was comfortable, the food acceptable and I had great company. Yuan returning to her home in Palo Alto after visiting family in Wuhan sat next to me. Never chatted so much on a long flight!
Currently, I am working on a post about the trip.
Since I have been back the schedule has been wall to wall with this and that.
Over the past few weeks I have taken a vacation from blogging.
The time has been filled with restoring the back garden and testing my new Silk Road cookbooks. One of my granddaughters came to Davis for a long visit. We baked cookies, made art, and drummed among some other activities.
Oh must not forget that due to my friend Anne, I also had a chance to see Lady Gaga in Sacramento! All I can say about the concert is Wow!
The vacation continues tomorrow with a trip to China. This will be the first time I do not take my computer and blog from along the way. The computer has become such a friend, it feels strange to be leaving without it. However, my partner and I are touring the ancient Silk Road (explains the new cookbooks) and I want to focus on what is along the pilgrimage. I will take copious notes and share all of it when I return.
For those who live in Texas, my thoughts and light-filled intentions are with you.
I will be back in October!
As I was sitting on the deck of our home in Davis and about to open the notes in my China journal I was distracted by a play of light on the wall behind the pond. The sun peaking through disciplined spaces along the overhang created an ephemeral piece of art that rivaled much of what I had seen during my years as an art critic. Abstract expressionism at its best! A fleeting frame of light walling off transient flickers led my mind into unbounded space. It felt so good to be back.
After slowly working my way through my journal notes from the last trip to China, I realized that I had better conclude soon as the next trip is beginning to rise on the horizon. So, back to the journey through Hangzhou with Jing, our guide.
The problem with having an itinerary with reserved guides and hotels is just that. An itinerary has to be honored. Just when I had begun to feel at home in Xi’an and wanted to hang a bit longer, a plan to visit Hangzhou another ancient capitol, city of silk and hand fans, lay waiting. Sadly, I paid my goodbyes to Lily and our guide Liu Li. I felt like I was leaving close friends.
As a young graduate student of religious studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, I remember reading about how the ancient Silk Road created a way for several countries to exchange not only silk, but other goods, culture, mythologies, philosophies and spiritual traditions. One of those traditions Buddhism, brought to China by monks from India traveling the Silk Road established a strong center in the city of Luoyang. Considered to be one of the cradles of Chinese civilization, today Luoyang thrives as an industrial town. Nearby, the ancient Buddhist caves known as the Longmen Grottoes line the cliffs at the gate of the Yi River.
I have not posted on my trip to Zhongguo for awhile, but I think of it almost daily. When I do not, I am reminded by the news articles and reports on China that seem to make their way across my desktop with remarkable regularity.
Today, our day trip from Xi’an to the Jade Valley Wine Resort in Lantian County came to mind.
Back from a wonderful trip to Japan I am finally able to resume sharing the wonderful pilgrimage I had to China last month.