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Kilo Charles Six VHU: I received my first Amateur Radio licenses in January of 1991 at the age of 49. As a kid in the mid-west I had a radio shack in the wash house, an outbuilding where the women folk did laundry; it was filled with old Atwater-Kents, Philcos, Crosleys and whatever else I found in the junk yards. I'd go there at night and sneak cigarettes. I could bring in WSN in Nashville, Tennessee, XERF Del Rio, Texas and other far off stations. I could bring in some DX (foreign stations) on 41 meters and some hams on 40. The aerial was a run of wire I thumbtacked to the peak of the house roof ... May 18, 2008, 6460 reads


 

Conversation with Jane Baker: Working Assets San Francisco 12/08/08 My first acquaintance with Jane Baker came at a dinner party at a friend's house. I left with a strong impression that stayed with me, but a year was to pass before we met again. That happened thanks to Leigh Hyams who was in town for an exhibit of her own work at Meridian Gallery. A couple of days after Leigh's opening, the three of us got together for breakfast at Jane's house. It was one of those memorable occasions when conversation flows almost magically from one wonderful story into another. "You should visit her at her studio," Leigh ... Feb 19, 2009, 11012 reads


 

Interview with Peter Kingsley: Remembering What We Have Forgotten  Discovering the writings of Peter Kingsley (In the Dark Places of Wisdom, Reality and now A Story Waiting to Pierce You) reminded me of what a mystery it is to be alive. One is always forgetting this, especially in this era of science's stupendous discoveries and the seemingly daily advance of techonology. True, things are changing so fast today it's hard not to feel baffled. But it's progress, right? Isn't the double helix of DNA known, the human genome mapped out? Aren't quantum physicists now "talking with the mind of God"? And isn't it just a ... May 21, 2011, 61561 reads


 

Mike Mansfield and the Power of Integrity: Mike Mansfield worked with some of the world's most powerful people as the longest serving majority leader of the United States Senate. Under tremendous pressure he maintained an open and inquiring intelligence, an ability to listen, an uncompromising integrity and a quiet humor. Working for Senator Mansfield I was inspired by his example. I began to realize that it was essential to listen to what people said and not only to what I wanted to hear. I saw that help was available if I had the capacity to be open to it. --Kathleen Branagan I had lunch last week with the man I think ... Dec 11, 2014, 4880 reads


 

James Hajicek: To Fall in Darkness: Gifts of Suffering/Gifts of Rejoicing Contributing editor Jane Rosen brought the photography of James Hajicek to my attention. The work made a strong impression with its mysterious quality, evocative of an intersection in the world of night where elements of the solid world meet spirit, a place of the unconscious where one can imagine transformation.      In a note to me, Hajicek wrote that this work came at a time "in the middle of my life when one has to face everything that one has previously engaged in (and believed in) and realizes one has essentially been lost, wandering aimlessly, or at best just ... Jun 4, 2001, 12466 reads


 

A Conversation with Eliza Ramos: Into the Real I met Eliza Ramos at a ServiceSpace circle of sharing for individuals involved in healthcare. I sat in on the circle because I knew that each person I’d meet that afternoon would be doing inspiring work. I was already aware of two of the people who would be there: Dr. William Stewart, co-founder of San Francisco’s Institute for Health and Healing and author of Deep Medicine, and Dr. Grace Dammann who had been so involved working with AIDs patients before anything was known about the disease. Years later, against all odds, Dammann survived a horrific auto accident and has ... Apr 4, 2018, 9003 reads


 

Upward Mobility: Timothy grew up on the wrong side of the railroad tracks; he lived on the West side, which was the wrong side of town because it was where the prevailing winds dumped the black sooty smoke of passing locomotives. The way the wind blew also determined certain prevailing socio-economic attitudes: there were the clean, country-clubbing, martini-sipping High Caucasians on the East side, and the dirty lot of beer-guzzling fist-fighting mongrels breaking chairs over heads at the Blue Goose Tavern on the West side.   On the West side, the railroads directly affected daily life. On Monday, ... Jul 7, 2012, 2804 reads


 

Interview with SaÏd Nuseibeh: The Bond of Mystical Beauty One afternoon I got a call from DeWitt Cheng - there was some interesting work at the Scott Nichols Gallery—photography by Saïd Nuseibeh. A few days later I went over to see for myself. DeWitt was right. Nichols was there and I asked him how to contact the photographer. He picked up a phone, dialed a number and handed me the receiver. Nuseibeh was on the other end. A week later I found myself standing outside Nuseibeh’s front door high in the inner Sunset District of San Francisco. It was foggy and there was a chill in the air. We'd already met a couple of days ... Aug 1, 2005, 40667 reads


 

East and West: The Work of Jane Rosen Two years ago, Jane Rosen resigned her teaching position as a member of the art faculty at the Univer-sity of California at Berkeley. Her decision surprised me. She was a popular teacher and her drawing classes were always packed full. For a couple of years, Jane had mused about the possibility of giving drawing workshops, but it hadn’t seemed very concrete, and surely that was only a piece of the puzzle. I wondered what she would do.      Rosen grew up in New York City where, early on, she established important connections in the artworld. As her career began ... Dec 1, 2007, 4445 reads


 

Janine Brown: An Excerpt From An Artist's Journal: I These paintings are a road.  No, it is a road these paintings are on: the buying of the paper, the place to work, the drawing, the hanging up and the putting down, into the portfolio and out of the portfolio, a little more work, another trip to the art store; thinking: the painting or the road? The thing and the process: the gallery, the showing, the slides, the mats, the portfolio, the viewers, the comments.  Where, what is this road? The shapes, the forms, the colors, composition.  It is not a picture of the road. It is the road. Like life. It is not the breakfast, the ... Feb 10, 2009, 4652 reads


 
 

A Man Impossible to Classify One of my first experiences in San Francisco was of being flagged down by a ... Read More 721525 views


The Dumpster      “We can’t use these. They look like ... Read More 141234 views


Cotton and Silk Vorbeck quilt, detail I’m working on the last panel of a pair of ... Read More 8389 views


Say Grace I am deeply delighted to live on a planet that is so big and varied that I can ... Read More 5569 views


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Interview with Bill Douglass—Jimbo's Bop City and Other Tales At the time I'd first gotten to know the widely respected jazz musician Bill ... Read More 363680 views


Greeting the Light It was thanks to artist Walter Gabrielson that I was able to get in touch with ... Read More 294026 views


Interview: Gail Needleman Gail Needleman teaches music at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. ... Read More 189020 views


Interview: Stephen De Staebler John Toki encouraged me to interview his old friend and mentor, sculptor Stephen ... Read More 150429 views


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