Shake the funk

Halloween 2017   I was going to go with Carl Spackler, Bill Murray’s gardener character from Caddyshack, but then realized that a dirty T-shirt, rolled up khakis, work boots, a hose wrapped around my shoulder and my son’s camo bucket hat might be a little cold for a day in [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Sonoma County wildfires: You just want to put your favorite pair of socks on

Sonoma Valley High School, Tuesday October 10, day 2 of the fires. (Walt Williams) Perspectives 2 8:11 am Monday morning 10/16. You can’t waste time in the morning. No power, no internet, no hour pouring over the New York Times and SF Gate and your two email accounts [...]

By | October 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Stay Safe Sonoma

Perspective 1   Everyone has a story, some way more tragic than others but the story that keeps repeating itself is how amazing the community response has been to the fires.   Our humanness always wins. We are more similar than different and when tragedy strikes, labels go away.   [...]

By | October 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Love what you do, do what you love

“You want two SONOMAWOOD signs this year? Sure, no problem”   I’m sitting in the pre-pre Sonoma International Film Festival 2018 project meeting when Chey Woerz explains that they would like a second sign in the grass behind SIFF Village, “As a backdrop and photo opportunity.” He explains.   I [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Free-Range Chickens in a Micromanaged world

  The Zuck had to retire his Facebook motto of, “move fast and break things” in 2014 but the ethic is still alive and well and encouraged in the tech world. Thinking independently works well unless you develop “moral disengagement” (rationalizing behavior at odds with your own principles, often resulting [...]

By | September 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Creating Equilibrium in an unbalanced world

We’re Not Gonna Take It! We need more Dee Snider moments if the revolution is going to happen. Record temperatures, 500-year storms happening twice a year, Koyaanisqatsi is here, life is out of balance. The super group Secret Stash had been well, not exceptionally super, aside from some blistering guitar [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Golfing down the neuropathways

  “I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.” –Ty Webb My golfing pedigree is 30% interest in the sport, [...]

By | August 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Fire and Fury and the Big End

Dear President Trump,   I am supposed to be preparing for another year of teaching my high school classes but I can’t shake the fear of the end of times long enough to concentrate on, well, anything. I blame you for this Mr. Trump, for this constant anxiety that sits [...]

By | August 10th, 2017|8 Comments

The greatest camp you’ve never heard of

Julian might have upset the really nice elderly docent in the gift shop. And it just might have been my fault. These things happen, we are teaching much more than art skills here this week, camp is life, and life is camp.   It’s day four at the greatest camp [...]

By | July 28th, 2017|2 Comments


Bikrim heaven   Somewhere in the first Sabastna, I find South America in the ceiling. Sabastna is my favorite pose in the hour and a half Birkrim experience. It signals the transition from standing poses to floor poses but to me it means I just might not die. Not to [...]

By | July 22nd, 2017|3 Comments