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Toxic Metal Fire in Redwood City California and beyond   Leave a comment

A toxic metal fire burned all day Sunday, November 10th, 2013 in Redwood City, California, US sending visible plumes of poison to San Jose, California and places unknown. We are told that the fire is stopped, but toxins from that burnt waste must be in many unthinkable areas, our water, the soil, our gardens, farms, and even in our food.

“Just thinking… about what we don’t get told.”

There is a very real photograph by (nz)dave at http://www.EVERYDAYPOLLUTION.wordpress.com

Fukushima is Here at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, at the Pacific Ocean   Leave a comment

I wrote about a photo shoot that happened at Ocean Beach for a group art show I am curating, “WATER Currents in Contemporary Art”, opening May/2014.  I mentioned the corporate women’s run, but did not mention what I consider to be the most important thing going on at Ocean Beach in San Francisco’s (same place as my photo shoot), Outer Richmond District is a planned  massive gathering “Fukushima is Here”, tomorrow, Saturday 19, October 2013, same as the run.

BART is not running, “rightfully I believe”, so plan to take the bus or MUNI out to Ocean Beach, parking will be non existent.

I am imagining the mine blowing realization that the corporate workers will have when they realize Fukushima is Here!  What will the middle higher ups think? and the the higher higher ups? and their bosses?  Who will get blamed?

Many folks who have not thought of radiation all year will have had an unplanned for education. “Fukushima is Here”!

For more information go to http://www.Fukushimaishere.org

2 Chronicle S. Dorrance and House Sparrow Studio presents Contemporary Group Art Show   Leave a comment

The group show being put together opening the holiday weekend in San Francisco, California at the “Back to the Picture, The Latin American Gallery”, in May/2014 is about Water.  Currently artists are being invited, letters are being sent and yesterday the photographs for the postcard which always shows “me and my dog” was being shot out at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California, USA.

Nick on the wall, with Golden Gate Park at his back theatrically improvising his Love Dogs Talk.

Nick on the wall, with Golden Gate Park at his back theatrically improvising his Love Dogs Talk.

Maxine Kraemer, Assistant Curator for the Water Show was also the photographer for this shoot which included our own actor, Nick. It happens that there is a Big Corporate Woman’s Run, happening this weekend October 19th or 20th, 2013 with part of it being on The Ocean(s) Highway, with tents set up in the parking lot, next to the beach, in the outer Richmond District of San Francisco.

Pacific Ocean San Francisco, California USA living and beautiful

Pacific Ocean San Francisco, California USA living and beautiful

Pacific Ocean alive and beautifully powerful

Pacific Ocean alive and beautifully powerful

Surfers at the Pacific Ocean, Ocean Beach on a lovely day.

Surfers at the Pacific Ocean, Ocean Beach on a lovely day.

This  just happened to be the day we had chosen for our photo shoot. Nick was a great theater person and added much to the importance and humor of our artful mission, to get the perfect picture for our collaborative postcard.

Maxine Kraemer has a great eye so it took little time to get our perfect image. We hung out for a bit after the shoot, sipped our water, watched the surfers at the Pacific Ocean, Ocean Beach, breathing in the negative ions on a beautiful, sunny and breezy day.

The Postcard will be something we work on together late into this process

Nick seeing us off after our photo shoot

Nick seeing us off after our photo shoot

 

 

 

Contemporary Art in The City   Leave a comment

Local San Francisco artist Fernando Marti’s pen and ink drawings and others from his sketch book (prints, some framed) opened at the bustling Cafe La Boheme, 23rd, May 2013, in San Francisco. I particularly like his rendition of the American Mexican wall, he has printed or etched more than one. This wall that separates humans from humans and bugs from bugs is always on my mind; I like seeing it on other artists minds.

At this intimate gathering, in the largish cafe where not all were there to see Fernando Marti’s work were some of his close human friends, their kids, his lovely wife and their four year old son. I was surprised and pleased to see that people I call ‘neighbors’, were the same people that Fernando calls ‘friends’. Labeling people has been on my mind lately.

Go see and buy the reasonably priced art of Fernando Marti’s, sit and have a glass of wine at Cafe La Boheme 3318 24th Street (just across from BART), and check out the hood in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Classism, the great separator from Earth   Leave a comment

I have recently been thinking about class ism. Class is a group or groups one might belong or might not belong. Sometimes class ism can be as simple as naming a class ‘cool’ and another class ‘lame’. This labeling is happening in all types of groups, often without thought.  A young student of mine once said, “religion is the great separator.”  Class ism seems similar to me  in that it separates you from folks poorer or richer, folks less, better or differently educated than oneself, it separates you from the Earth. We as humans can experience both the positive and negative sides of class ism. Class ism can strike at any age and often strikes negatively the weak in our groups.

If one wants to believe men are equal to women, that we as individuals are not any better than anyone else, that Earth and all of  Earth’s living inhabitants, dirt, trees, animals are equal or of the ‘same’ value, one must explore class ism in ones own life.

Is class ism simply the great separator, destroying the Earth’s air, the Earth’s water, soil, food and the human social web we need?

Flowers in San Francisco   Leave a comment

These are some of the interesting flowers that have never bloomed and others that have bloomed twice this year in my backyard. The weather is changing, I can see it in my San Francisco, Mission District back yard.

 

Front Yard Garden in Spring 2012   Leave a comment

In 2011 I planted organic squash seeds and pea plants for the neighborhood in the front yard garden. I am revisiting this effort because one of the neighbors saw the lovely red leaf mustard, self seeded and left a note saying, “Great red leaf mustard plant, you guys are great,”  this is one of the many reasons I plant food on the street.

The squash seeds I planted did not come up, but the organic compost I spread on the bed offered up young sprouts that look like young squash or melon. I have always loved self seeded plants, as they are strong and perfect for the soil from where they sprout; the seeds themselves know best where to grow.

Posted April 28, 2012 by sarahdorrance in Earth's Environment, Uncategorized

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