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Donald Trump Plays the Short Game

The Long Game By Walt Williams   Poolside at the Fairmont and I’m thinking about the long game. The morning papers are filled with tales of conflicted leadership and bad political craziness. Obama trying to complete a last minute hail Mary of environmentalism and rational decisions (Really, there are no [...]

By | January 10th, 2017|1 Comment

Smart phones are creating stupid people – the art of being present

"Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present." Bill Keene   Hunter Franks is right. He is the one who came up with 1000 reminders, secretly placed around San Francisco last Christmas, to “Be Present” in our lives especially during the [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|1 Comment

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|1 Comment

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|1 Comment

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|1 Comment

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|1 Comment

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|1 Comment