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What I will say at graduation next Wednesday…   Life is not a Zoom meeting.   Congratulations class of 2021, not just for completing your high school requirements but for living through the most challenging academic year ever.   The values you have shown-perseverance, empathy, hard work will take you [...]

By | May 24th, 2021|0 Comments


Dear Superintendent  Palazuelos,   Welcome to Sonoma! Congratulations on your (4-1) schoolboard confirmation last night, please learn from the vote that the district is rarely in universal agreement about, well, almost anything (sometimes this is good, sometimes not so good). Since you are the new kid in town, I thought [...]

By | May 19th, 2021|0 Comments

More authentic self

White Seth Rogan knocked on my door. “Hey Walt, I’d like to produce your three-story ideas (Fieldtrippin, Skiing Austria, Whinetours) into movies, give you an office in LA where you can polish the scripts and work on future projects plus you can move into my spare house on the beach [...]

By | May 12th, 2021|1 Comment

Be the bear

Slow down.   Sure, the next 700 words are important but if you only remember one thing, it’s the two words above. And I mean it in a literal sense as in, when you are driving or biking or skating or even walking-slow down. But also in a big picture [...]

By | May 4th, 2021|0 Comments

Every day is Earth Day

Happy Earth Day party people! Now, let me tell you why I don’t like Earth Day.   One would think that with my philosophy of radical environmentalism and love of mother earth that this would be a big holiday for me. All the biking, cleaning of Nathanson creek, teaching environmental [...]

By | April 22nd, 2021|0 Comments

Men behaving badly

A good man   Takes responsibility for his actions. Protects loved ones. Is healthy in mind and body. Plays the long game. Plays by the rules. Recognizes and corrects his failures. Is loyal, virtuous and moral. Is a man of his word. Treats everyone with respect. Expresses emotions. Doesn’t believe [...]

By | April 16th, 2021|0 Comments

An Emerging Mantra

  It’s Easter Sunday and I’m missing pastor Rich, who passed away two years ago, as I drive past St Andrews. Rich was about as close as I get to capital G God. I’m more of a small g god person, believing that faith is good and whoever you pray [...]

By | April 9th, 2021|0 Comments

Waiting For Robin Hood

Do you love democracy? Of course, you do, otherwise you would live in Saudi Arabia or North Korea or China. It makes sense that the people make the rules, that we elect our leaders, that we prioritize things by which things people feel strongest about.   Are there frustrations? Of [...]

By | April 2nd, 2021|0 Comments

Day 365 The end.

A year later.   Well, that was something, and what a neat way to end the countdown, exactly one year ago it was Spring Break and I was planning a ski trip, midway through the boys tennis season, sad that SIFF 2020 was postponed and preparing for the final spring [...]

By | March 22nd, 2021|0 Comments

Day 356 COVID Report Card

    I’m not a huge fan of data or report cards. When UC Santa Cruz bagged traditional grades and went with teacher evaluations, I applauded. When they went back to grades in 2001, I understood the reasons but it’s kind of like America adopting the metric system. A better [...]

By | March 12th, 2021|0 Comments