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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

EVENT!

Sunday
4/26/15
Poetry Reading
with Jenny Factor
Claremont Library
208 N. Harvard Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
2pm
Free!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Leonard Cohen

"We're so privileged to be able to gather in moments like this, when so much of the world is plunged in darkness, and chaos."

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

:-(

'Besides El NiƱo, a more worrying, longer-term trend is also taking shape. The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is a decades-long periodic warming of the Pacific Ocean that tends to favor bursts of accelerated global warming. As I wrote last October, the Pacific appears to be in the midst of a shift into a new warm phase that could last 20 years or so.

'The PDO—or, “the blob” as it’s been referred to recently—is starting to freak out some scientists. There are emerging signs of a major shift in the Pacific Ocean’s food chain, including a dearth of plankton, tropical fish sightings near Alaska, and thousands of starving sea lion pups stranded on the California coast. As Earth’s largest ocean, what happens in the Pacific affects the weather virtually planet-wide, and that means an “imminent” jump in global warming may have already begun—spurred on by the PDO.

'The PDO has skyrocketed to record-high monthly levels over the past four months. In fact, there have only been four other similarly warm four-month bursts of the PDO in the last 115 years (in 1940, 1941, 1993, and 1997). A quick look at the historical record (for both 15 years prior to and 15 years after the bursts) shows that global temperatures rose at twice the rate of the 20th century average immediately after these bursts.

'Combined with the overall long-term warming trend from climate change, the emergence of the PDO warm phase means the current state of the world’s oceans has little precedent.'

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

John Cage

"Begin anywhere."

Essential Read

"Living in a white dominant context, we receive constant messages that we are better and more important than people of color. For example: our centrality in history textbooks, historical representations and perspectives; our centrality in media and advertising; our teachers, role-models, heroes and heroines; everyday discourse on “good” neighborhoods and schools and who is in them; popular TV shows centered around friendship circles that are all white; religious iconography that depicts God, Adam and Eve, and other key figures as white. While one may explicitly reject the notion that one is inherently better than another, one cannot avoid internalizing the message of white superiority, as it is ubiquitous in mainstream culture."

More here.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TWO EVENTS: Come to one or both!

First, our next Salon--the first in two years--is happening Saturday, April 18th, starting at 7:30pm, in a tiny house in Seal Beach. It features poet Victoria Chang, visual artist Jordan Christian, and music collective Goon. Plus a special guest or two. Can't wait.

Next, I'm reading poetry the afternoon of Sunday, April 26th at the Claremont Library. The other reader is Jenny Factor. The poem on her home page, "Mind Loves," is terrific, as is this one, over at the Poetry Foundation. I'm excited!