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Three Classes I Proposed for our Local Adult School Were Given the Green Light Today.

I proposed Home Canning and Preserving: Fruits and Vegetables, Jams and Jellies and Tomatoes and Tomato-Based Recipes and all three were Ok'd.

I've been wanting to teach these for years and kept meaning to propose them for our local Adult School. I finally did in March and all three are now a go. It's been a long time since I've been in the classroom and it will be good to teach again. I've missed it. The administrator even suggested some other cooking classes for me to think about but I think I'll tackle these three first.

Anyway, just wanted to share the good news in my little corner of the sandbox. Here's hoping that there will be an interest and that I'll have full classes. *fingers crossed*

So, Mexico v. Brazil ended 0-0

As one who knows absolutely NOTHING about soccer/football -- what happens now? No sudden-death? No extra innings (or whatever they're called). How do they advance to the next level? I'm cornfused. HEP!

99Rise Marchers Rally in Sacramento Sunday, June 22


Total Daily Mileage: 6.2 miles
Estimated Walk Time: 3 hours
Starting Point: Fruitridge Park, 3960 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento, CA 95820
End Point: CA State Capitol, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814


Load up vehicles & drive to St Hope Public School, 5201 Strawberry Ln, Sacramento


St Hope Public School, 5201 Strawberry Ln, Sacramento, CA, 95820

10:00 AM: RALLY

Rally at Fruitridge Park, 3960 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento, CA 95820

11:00 AM: DEPART

Begin walking

2:00 - 4:00 PM: ARRIVE/RALLY

Arrive at CA State Capitol, 1315 10th St, Sacramento

If you care, see you there!

One of the Bills calling for a Constitutional Convention

to overturn Citizen's United and McCutcheon passed the State Senate Judiciary committee on Tuesday, June 10th, by a vote of 5 to 2.


California may very well be the 2nd state (after Vermont), to call for a Constitutional Convention.

Here's video of the hearing on Tuesday. The 99Rise Marchers are still on the road to Sacramento but 3 of them broke away and went ahead to attend the hearing. TYT's Wolf Pac came in in DROVES to support the measure.


New Video from the 99Rise Marchers

This is on Twitter but you don't have to have a Twitter account to watch it (I don't). The gentleman in the middle is Kai Newkirk, one of the organizers, the person on the right is Danielle and the person on the left is Henry.

Please watch if you will (you have to scroll down a bit for the video). They have an important message and they are doing important work. It was 110 degrees in the Valley yesterday and they marched 20 miles. Please consider supporting them I you can.


Pictures of the 99Rise Marchers visit

For those wondering what this is all about:


They arrive at one of our local parks, hot and tired:

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Picture of one of their support vehicles:

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About to take off for the day, marching 20 miles in what would be 110 degree heat! I found out later the gal in the yellow tank top is a journalist for Al Jazeera and is on her way to Dubai this coming Saturday.

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Same picture but with some ugly old fat broad that snuck in there:

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In praise of the younger generation.

I watched the Occupy Movement and it made my heart proud. Looked at all those young faces, listened to all those young voices. Vibrant. Alive. Enthusiastic. And smart as hell. They've educated themselves. Hell, they had to! The mainstream media sure hasn't done it. They cared enough to inform themselves. They're paying attention, they don't like what they see and they're doing something about it. They are much like we were when we were that age yet very much their own generation with their own unique perspectives, their own unique ideas and their own approaches.

I've got 15 of the 99Rise Marchers here at the house this weekend. Almost all of them under 40. Most of them WELL under 40. Good goddess are they organized! MUCH better than we were. So much of what we did was chaotic and the organization did not include minorities or women. Not so these guys. They grew up in a world that saw much more equality between the sexes and between ethnic groups (most of them are from L.A. -- a very cosmopolitan area). Exclusion would never occur to them. They are educating ME on what it takes to amend the Constitution. They've read the requirements. They know the history. And they're not limited to one or two topics. They've studied environmental issues, they're discussing urban gardening, aquaponics, so many issues I can't even remember them all. And you know what? I LOVE sitting here listening to them. *I* get excited all over again. And it gives me GREAT hope for the future.

To my fellow Boomers out there: We're in good hands.

99Rise Leads California March, South to North, To End Corruption Of Money In Politics

The last time I had been to Los Angeles City Hall was at night. Chalk dust rose off of asphalt and cops in military combat gear stood opposite tents surrounded by handmade signs. Occupy LA fizzled but the conversation it changed gave rise to countless grassroots initiatives and shifted the focus of many political non-profits and organizations. The new aim: End corruption. Get money out of politics.

One such organization is 99rise, co-founded by Kai Newkirk in 2012, which touts an impressive and continuing campaign of civil disobedience. The group's goal is to “build the nationwide movement waging nonviolent struggle to get big money out of American politics.”


The march, due to arrive in the capital on June 22, has posed three tangible, legislative demands to California lawmakers:

1. Issue a formal call for a Federal Constitutional Convention to propose an Amendment that outlaws the corrupting influence of big money on electoral politics, by passing Assembly Joint Resolution 1 (AJR1).
2. Give California voters the chance to formally instruct U.S. Congress to propose such an Amendment, and the California legislature to ratify it, by passing Senate Bill 1272 (SB1272).
3. Start reigning in the unlimited, anonymous money pouring into elections by passing the DISCLOSE Act, requiring that top political donors be prominently revealed in every campaign ad they fund.

Much more here:


So, apparently my newest cat, Alaska, loves vodka.

This happened a couple of weeks ago. I had a leftover Salty Dog (vodka and ruby red grapefruit juice) that I had left on the table in the family room. I went back into the studio for a few hours and when I came out, found my newest cat, Alaska, lapping up my leftover drink like there was no tomorrow. The next morning I noticed Alaska, laying on her back, hind legs spread eagle and sound asleep. She even let me pet her which she RARELY does. She remained that way most of the rest of the day. I checked her for fever, for vomiting, diarrhea, etc. and nothing. She was OK the day after that so I can only surmise she had a hangover.

The March for Democracy continues on through Central California

The March for Democracy, (99Rise) is a group of mostly young people who are walking from Los Angeles to Sacramento via the Central San Joaquin Valley to call for a Constitutional Amendment reversing the Citizen's United and McCutcheon decisions. I want to continue to call attention to this group as I think what they are trying to do is extremely important. This isn't the only group fighting to reverse Citizen's United and McCutcheon decisions but it's one whose activities I've been monitoring. I'll be hosting them June 6-9 in my small but full-of-laughter-and-love house. Here are some links for those who are interested in following them, joining them, donating to them or just offering your support and encouragement.

Their website:


Their FaceBook Page:


Their Twitter Page:


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