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Put down your phone and listen to Bob

  “I think music is the greatest art form that exists, and I think people listen to music for different reasons, and it serves different purposes. Some of it is background music, and some of it is a thing that might affect a person's day, if not their life, or [...]

By | December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Flaming sh#t bags

CC is mad that I didn’t go further. My mantra is, “Educate don’t irritate” which makes sense to me but sometimes doesn’t have the impact I hope for. Putting up giant signs installing new garbage cans, filling the creek with garbage bags, placing a large present of trash on the [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks By Walt Williams   Rich people problems have got me thinking about my UMWELT. Yesterday, I woke up to this series of horrors: the spa was too cold, the ball machine was broken, I had to make my own breakfast and could someone please do something about these [...]

By | November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

You are not Donald Trump: Put on our big boy pants and move forward.

We can learn a lot from my son Tuck. Wednesday was not only the darkest day in American politics for many of us but also the final day of tryouts for Sonoma Valley High’s basketball team. My 16 year-old sophomore had been pushing hard to make the Junior Varsity team, [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Elections 2016 – wish life was as easy as an SNL skit

Us vs. Them Trump vs. Clinton Republicans vs. Democrats Blacks vs. Whites Mexico vs. America Capitalism vs. Socialism Koch vs. Gates Teachers vs. Students Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables I could go on, but you get the point. Hopefully. Great final presidential skit on SNL this week. Both candidates break the [...]

By | November 7th, 2016|0 Comments

CA Elections 2016: A Liberal California High School Teacher’s View of the CA Propositions

Remember to vote my friends.   Heavy stuff this election. Literally, the information guide is 223 pages, not quite Restoration Hardware Catalog level but close. Better get started: I go right to the “Quick Reference Guide” only to discover that of the 17 propositions I am familiar with [...]

By | October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Why my local students pick trash every week

By Walt Williams and the students of Creekside High School Social Responsibility Class. What do seven plastic bottles, a pair of underwear, a plastic ring, an empty bottle of Stoli vodka, many empty chip bags, lunch trays and ketchup packets, a candy blood bag (yes, this is a thing), two [...]

By | October 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Just Because

  There might be a point on the evening of October 29 at the yoga retreat facility Pachamama in Todos Santos Mexico when Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” will scream into the warm night and your new Patagonia board shorts will drop to the floor as you strip naked and [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|0 Comments

One Thing We (Maybe) Can Learn From Trump: “Own It”

“Once you have arrived, act as though it’s your winery.” This is one of the many pseudo-gems of wine wisdom I begin my tours with, “You own this place, you are the most important person at the facility and you are going to act and be treated like you own [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|0 Comments

When your teacher dresses up as Benjamin Franklin

  When your teacher dresses up as Benjamin Franklin As we established previously, I like to dress up. Whether it’s as Derek Zoolander for a friend’s fashion show  or Nacho Libre for the opening weekend of Sunset magazine’s move to Cornerstone I have no shame, plus the more [...]

By | October 1st, 2016|0 Comments