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Science Fiction and Fantasy writer

I’m Making an Author Appearance: Creekside Arts Celebration at Clayton Library

I’ll be there Sunday afternoon.

March 27, 28, 29  Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Creekside Arts Celebration
(with Creekside Artists Guild and The City of Clayton)

Friday, March 27th, Opening Reception (6-8:30pm), Saturday, March 28th (10-6pm), Sunday, March 29th (12-5pm, library opens at 1:00) CREEKSIDE ARTS 2015! “The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe in the Beauty of Their Dreams” Come join us at this FREE fundraising event while we celebrate The Clayton Library’s 20th anniversary! Highlights include: Friday- sampling of art for sale, plus a “live” Eurasian Eagle Owl, painted by artists, professional juried art awards, music by Vintage, Saturday & Sunday – art, crafts, jewelry, plants for sale, storytelling, crafts, face painting, California Writers Guild 12 local authors, Eco groups, plus (Sat.only)”live” dog & pony show, Plein aire outdoor painting, Hypertufa Pot workshop, Miwok & nature talk & tour, plus (Sun.only)-Nature walk & Journaling workshop, Ukulele jam & hula, Taiko drumming, “Last Minute” classic soul R&B band, and People”s Choice awards.

California Is Turning Back Into A Desert And There Are No Contingency Plans


Serious stuff, here. Doom-n-gloom prophecies are often exaggerated, but there’s a lot of careful research behind this. We really need to face the fact that our way of life is not sustainable.

I do disagree with one statement made here: that the world eats more food than we produce each year. Nope – we throw away enough food to feed all the hungry people. And most of what we grow goes to feed an overabundance of animals that we then slaughter for food. This is highly inefficient and is wasteful use of water in its own right.

Seriously folks. What are we going to do about this?

Originally posted on Seven Spheres:

Once upon a time, much of the state of California was a barren desert. And now, thanks to the worst drought in modern American history, much of the state is turning back into one. Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century that the state of California had seen in 1000 years. But now weather patterns are reverting back to historical norms, and California is rapidly running out of water. It is being reported that the state only has approximately a one year supply of water left in the reservoirs, and when the water is all gone there are no contingency plans. Back in early 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the entire state, but since that time water usage has only dropped by 9 percent. That is not nearly enough. The state of California has been losing more than 12…

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We Are (Not) Special: Anthropocentrism and the Evolving Universe (Part 2), by John Halstead


There are interesting thoughts, here. Opinions? What do any of you think of evolution and our part in it?

Originally posted on Humanistic Paganism:

Cosmic Evolution

As mentioned in Part 1, if we were to go back in time and reset the course of evolution, it is highly unlikely that we would be here the second time around. On the other hand, according to some theorists, it is highly likely — perhaps inevitable — that some form of tool-using, self-conscious species would evolve. (For example, self-consciousness might be a form of convergent evolution.) While many biologists emphasize the directionlessness of evolutionary history, many physicists are now identifying a developmental trend in cosmic history, one moving toward localizations of increasing order and complexity which operate against the general entropic trend of the universe. If this is true on the cosmic scale, it is arguably true on a biological scale as well.

Philosopher Ken Wilbur argues that, by portraying humankind as merely one strand in the web of life, deep ecology assumes a one-dimensional or…

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Welcome to the Summerlands, or Everyone Talks About the Weather

I know some of you are dealing with horrendous winter weather at the moment. I wish you good luck and warmth as you deal with it. That said, it’s too bad you don’t live here. We are having a heat wave of sorts, with temps in the high 70s.  Blue, blue skies, occasional wispy clouds, and very happy birds and squirrels. We’re opening windows and kicking off covers around here. It’s gorgeous.

We tend to have warmer weather east of the Berkeley hills, than the rest of the Bay Area experiences (except for South Bay). But we were in Oakland last night and didn’t even need sweaters.  This morning, after our weekly ramble to buy the Sunday papers, I came home sweating.


While I do appreciate the nice days, we really could use a lot more rain. Perhaps a little frost to reduce the bug population. I like warm days but I really like cool weather and rain. Someone’s always complaining, right?

How are you dealing with the weather in your parts?

Three Muslim Students Were Killed in a Tragic Attack Carried Out by an Atheist

My heart actually hurt for the three people who were killed. They were good people, kind, generous,  compassionate… and they were senselessly killed by a deranged idiot. Did he do it “because” they were Muslim? I don’t know – although I’m sure his insane mind latched onto the current issues regarding Islam and terrorism, and used that as justification.

Atheism had nothing to do with this. This man is insane.

Three Muslim Students Were Killed in a Tragic Attack Carried Out by an Atheist.

Middle Earth Living

I like round houses. Don’t know why, but when I see  a picture of one, I get happy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a round house in person but a tour of round houses would be an awesome vacation.

I’m going to make a confession.

Sometimes I look at round-house porn.

I’ll go to sites like this or this and lick my lips at the possibilities.

What is it that attracts me to such oddities? I do have a contrary streak that leans toward the unusual. It’s pretty mild, which is why there are no pictures of me with big purple hair and glittering eyebrows, sitting naked on the back of a Harley in the desert somewhere, and a pair of Rottweilers standing guard.

Sorry. Hope you can get that image out of your minds.

So yes, my extremes are near-normal, but I’m not exactly suburban material. Yes, I know I live in the suburbs, but that’s because it’s where Himself lives and I really like living with him. More than I like round houses, in fact. I just reserve the right to indulge in ogling once in a while.

I like the hobbitesqueness of round houses. They seem to encourage a lifestyle closer to nature, as if living in a tree house. Of course, any house can be built with eco-friendly materials and be designed to deliver an energy-neutral environment. Any house can be equipped with  walls of windows and a wrap-around porch. And any house can be built to be interesting, with its own personality, although you won’t find them in the suburbs. But if a house is all of that and round… my fantasy-loving spirit really groks that!

What about you? What’s your favorite kind of architecture? What kind of house would you love to live in?