Monday, November 17, 2008

Fall Color

Some day I'll visit the East Coast to see the fall colors there, but in the meantime, I'll enjoy what California's coastal forests have to offer.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

And one last Palin joke...

This is from the San Francisco Chronicle, Letters to the Editor:

Editor - Just wanted to give credit where credit is due...

Today is truly historic.
I'm feeling euphoric.
Thanks, Katie Couric.

Dan Kaufman

The Amazing Obama Machine

Here is Obama campaign headquarters in Palo Alto. It looked like this all weekend before the election -- packed with busy volunteers inside,

overflowing with busy volunteers outside (this is the front, but there were people in the alley out back too),

and Obama HQ's "satellite offices" were full too. The satellite offices included upstairs at Celia's Mexican Restaurant down the street, a neighbor's house around the corner, and Happy Donuts next door. This is the busy scene at Happy Donuts (how can you not be happy with a donut like that suspended overhead?)
Yes we can, and we did!

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cute Bird in British Colombia

Reminding myself that I didn't really set out to blog about's something from a Beautiful Day last summer in British Columbia.

Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama

Colin Powell not only endorses Obama, he also speaks out for religious liberty. I am so grateful for that, I got tears in my eyes. Worth listening to the whole 7 minutes, because the tears came during the last two.

Got hope? Oh yes.

Friday, October 17, 2008

This is how bad it would be if Prop 4 passes

For background on Prop 4, please see my previous post here.

I found this set of diagrams here. Even without reading the text, they show the mind-boggling hurdles Prop 4 would put in place of California minor teens seeking an abortion...and their doctors.

To start with, simply compare what happens today with what would happen if Prop 4 passes, even for a teen who is able to tell her parents:

Today: If Prop 4 passes:
Even the minor teen who can involve her parents would have to be very careful to document and verify that she and her doctor are following the law, or the doctor could be sued decades later. And that's the easy case!

Here's what it looks like if a minor teen seeks a judicial by-pass:

Here's what it looks like if she chooses to notify an alternate adult relative (this one takes THREE pages):

We need to make sure people understand how this law would really work (or not work)! To find out how you can help, go to

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mystic Forest

This mystic forest is along the hike to The Chief in Squamish, B.C. It's a strenuous hike -- I can't even imagine the climb up the face, which is what Stawamus Chief is famous for! But after either one, dinner and a beer at the Howe Sound Inn can't be beat!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Vote NO on California's Prop 4

No matter how you feel about abortion, if you care about teen safety, you should Vote NO on Prop 4.

This election marks the third time a handful of anti-choice men have paid millions of dollars to signature gatherers to put a Parental Notification Constitutional Amendment on the ballot. Like Propositions 73 (2005) and 85 (2006) before it, Proposition 4 would prohibit young women from obtaining an abortion without government-mandated parental notification -- unless they go to court or document charges of parental abuse.

California voters defeated the previous two attempts because we understand that although parental notification laws may sound good, in the real world they put teenagers in danger. While we hope our teens will tell us if they are facing an unintended pregnancy, more than anything, we want them to be safe.

Most pregnant teens do involve their parents. But sadly, of the teens who don’t, most have very good reasons not to. Some fear being kicked out of the house, beaten, or worse. Others are faced with a difficult family situation, like parental substance abuse or serious health or financial problems, and simply cannot go to their parents.

Laws cannot force family communication! But they can cause desperate teens to do desperate things. We know from experiences in other states with parental notification laws in place that rather than tell a parent, teens:
  • Delay care until their 18th birthday, greatly increasing the risk of complications
  • Travel to other states where parental notification is not required
  • Take matters into their own hands, or seek illegal providers – putting their lives at risk.
Proposition 4 threatens the safety and well being of California’s teens, especially those who need our help the most. I have four children, ages 9 through 16. I certainly hope that my daughter will come to me if she is faced with an unintended pregnancy, but if for whatever reason she chooses not to, more than anything, I want her to be safe. And I realize that some teens cannot safely involve a parent. Those teens need to access to counseling, support, and responsible medical care. That’s why I’m voting NO on Prop 4.

The more people learn about Proposition 4 (and Propositions 73 and 85 before it), the more they oppose these dangerous laws. But in this presidential election, we need to reach millions of new voters. Find out how you can help at

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Unbelievably Horrifyingly Funny (or scary, if they win)

Please forgive the poor presentation (I never did figure out how to insert video clips reliably). This pair of video clips is worth the awkward step of clicking on each link.

First, watch this
Saturday Night Live skit of the Palin-Couric interview.

Now watch this segment of the
real interview.

I had read that SNL used Palin's words verbatim...but I n
ever imagined how many!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

"Windex" Lakes

These are the Joffrey Lakes, just north of Whistler, British Columbia, where we were recently hiking. Their color is so beautiful, but can it be natural? We kept hesitating to totally enjoy the "windex blue" color of Joffrey Lakes, just in case we came home and discovered that the blue color is caused by acid rain or something equally awful. But phew, the lovely color is caused by glacial silt, which is high in quartz.
Lower Joffrey Lake

Middle Joffrey Lake

Upper Joffrey Lake

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Ha ha ha ... and I thought I had an original thought!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Tulip Magnolias

I've been wanting to do this for years, and today was the day. I went for a bike ride to photograph these trees in bloom. As nice as they look here, they are even better in person.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Mystery burrow

OK. Here's a challenge. Does anyone know who might have made this hole?
I found a bunch of them on a recent hike in Rancho San Antonio park, in Cupertino, California in early February. They were all over the hiking path. They must have been made earlier that morning, because the dirt was still moist. The hole is about half inch in diameter. Tarantulas, maybe?
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Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas

I took this photo the same day as my previous post. Piedras Blancas is a popular breeding zone for elephant seals, as you can see. I wish I remembered half of what the docent told us about them.

One thing I remember well, is the docent's grim prediction of how these new mammas and babies would fare if the big storm came in as expected. Not well. The next day, while the storm raged even stronger than expected, I thought of the elephant seals often. Tough life!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Road Trip

Just when even I thought I might have given up the blog,... I've been working on a community project to fight climate change, and I've been so busy with it, I haven't spent enough time enjoying the very planet I'm helping to save. Except for this recent road trip down Highway 1, through Big Sur. So big; so powerful; what a planet!