I’m selling my Wurlitzer spinet piano, circa 1955. It’s in good shape, and has a lovely sound. All the keys were replaced in 2006, but it needs a tuning. It was a birthday present when I was a kid; lots of memories good and bad (I wasn’t very appreciative of piano lessons and remember once threatening to run away from home if I had to practice again. On the other hand, I grew to love Bach, later, when I practiced on my own). If you are interested, contact me through comments or the contact info on this website. Now that I’m getting older, I’m letting go of some things. But I’ll hang onto my dad’s Gibson J-160E acoustic (c. 1963) and his ukulele (the latter is a handmade number with no brand, which he picked up on some south sea island).
For several months I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my completed chapbook-size prose manuscript, The Little Book of Haptic Drawing — which I want to be an e-book of some sort (it’s got color images, so too expensive to publish in print) available for free or for a small donation. At some point I think I’ll want to expand on it and either submit it or self-publish it in print. But that will be later. For now, I’ve been going through inexpensive ebook self-publishing platforms like Issuu, Scribd, Creatavist, and the People’s EBook. In most instances, it’s really a pain to format the mss. and make it uploadable. Finally decided I will probably just (as I first visualized!) make it into a downloadable pdf available on my website(s). When oh when will I learn to trust my own first instincts. Anyway, my Little Book will probably be available within a few days.
Found a 2007 review of my first poetry book, Prau, that I don’t remember having seen before. This is what happens when you start using search engines other than Google; not everything you look at on other search engines is designed to monetize your browsing habits. Anyway, this review, “Pinning Down the Escape Artist,” by Lee Kottner, was a pleasant surprise, especially since I am just completing two separate poetry manuscripts (since Prau), which I will be submitting for publication soon:
“Listen to catch with intimate hooks the drift / of King James or a coroner’s conversation / nurse learned syllables as seeded fluff to Velcro . . .” Jean Vengua tells us near the end of her new poetry collection, (italics)Prau,(/italics) winner of the Filamore Tabios, Sr. Memorial Poetry Prize. In a 2006 [interview] (http://willtoexchange.blogspot.com/2006/01/interview-with-jean-vengua.html), Vengua calls herself “an escape artist” when describing her poetics, and (italics)Prau,(/italics) named after an Indonesian* sailboat, is all about being on the move. The book is divided into four sections: Momentum, Displacements/In Place, Ghost Vessels, and Rowing/Breathing. Despite all that movement, or in some cases, longing for movement, one thing anchors Vengua firmly, and that’s her language. Though her settings range from Mindinao to Monterey to Alaska, it’s the rich images of her poetics that give us a sense of the place her poems come from…” Read more HERE.
* I was really thinking of a Philippine sailboat.
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More on the California Drought from Lolako.
An event coming up this Saturday in Salinas:
The National Steinbeck Center will host an important panel featuring members of Monterey regional Indian Communities from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the National Steinbeck Center, located at One Main Street, Salinas.
Unrecognized: California Indians and Federal Recognition will focus on three historically, federally recognized Native American groups in the region – the Esselen Nation, the Amah Mutsun, and leaders from the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. Noted San Jose State University ethno historian Alan Leventhal will serve as the panel mediator.
The program is an accompaniment event to the Center’s recently closed exhibit, The Sacred Expedition: Father Junipero Serra, the Californian Indians, and the Legacy of the Franciscan Missions. The public is invited to this Free event.
Short bios on the Monterey Bay regional Indian tribes:
The Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation is the aboriginal people of the Greater Monterey Region, with direct decendency from aboriginal villages and districts extending from Fort Ord to Big Sur and beyond, as well as from Monterey to Soledad. Today there are approximately six hundred Indians enrolled in OCEN who trace their Native lineages to Missions San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo and Nuestra Señora de la Soledad.
The present-day Muwekma Ohlone Tribe is comprised of all known surviving Native American lineages aboriginal to the San Francisco Bay region who trace their ancestry through the Missions San Jose, Santa Clara, and Dolores as well as the historic, federally recognized Verona Band of Alameda County.
The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is one of three historic Ohlone tribes. The Amah Mutsun is comprised of the documented descendants of Missions San Juan Bautista, near the town of Hollister, and Santa Cruz. The Amah Mutsun is currently working to have its Federal Recognition Status restored as its members were illegally terminated by the federal government on or around 1929. The Amah Mutsun are very active in conservation and protection efforts within its traditional tribal territory.
Short bios of Panel Participants:
Valentin Lopez is the Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Lopez is a Native American Advisor to the University of California, Office of the President on issues related to repatriation. He is also a Native American Advisor to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology.
Louise J. Miranda-Ramirez was appointed as Tribal Chairwoman in October 2006. Miranda-Ramirez received the support of Tribal Membership in 2013 with a vote of continuity by the Government of the Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation. Chairwoman Miranda-Ramirez works to build Government to Government relationships with Monterey County, the Dept. of Army, FORA, BIA, CSUMB, Board of Education and others. She and other tribal members work to educate students at schools within Monterey County.
Rosemary Cambra is the elected chairwoman of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. For the past 26 years, she has helped organize the Muwekma Tribal government and has been involved in the Reaffirmation of Muwekma as a Federally Recognized tribe. Rosemary helped coordinate statewide meetings for all of the California terminated and unrecognized tribes that culminated in the passage of HR 2144 by the U.S. Congress in 1992. HR 2144 created the Advisory Council on California Indian Policy (ACCIP) which Rosemary sat on the Unrecognized Tribal Task Force.
Alan Leventhal is a trained archaeologist/anthropologist/ethnohistorian. For the past 34 years he has worked with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Region as a tribal ethnohistorian and archaeologist. Presently, Alan works as on the administrative staff (IT) in the Office of the Dean, College of Social Sciences at SJSU. He also lectures about contemporary Native American Issues and topics on advanced methods and theory in archaeology in the Anthropology Department.
Found on the Audo[bon]Blog: A troubling report on how the drought is affecting birds in California.
* A new article, “Sea ducks by the seashore” on Bay-to-Beach Life.
This post is part of the thread: Elkhorn birds – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.
In “Samskaras,” JMayer, a priest with the Franciscan workers of Junipero Serra, writes about how he deals with his own spiritual “laziness” and occasional lack of compassion towards the people who live on the streets, including drug dealers and addicts in Salinas Chinatown. His post is on the Dorothy’s Place blog.
By comparison, I am in Chinatown only a couple times a month. But Mayer’s article is moving, because any day on Soledad St. can be challenging; you can’t help but be aware of the drug scene that’s happening all around you, and of people who are obviously troubled and in need of help. I also appreciate that he draws from many sources for inspiration, including the Buddha, and Rumi, as well as Jesus.
Being in Chinatown and actually talking with the residents has helped a lot, though; and I have been able to see moments of kindness, helpfulness, and understanding from the people who live on Soledad Street, as well as from those who do volunteer work there. I’m thinking, for example, if the homeless guy who sweeps in front of the Republic Cafe, and another man who lives in one of the tents who rushed over to help when an A.C.E. visitor stumbled and fell to the street.
I’m fortunate in that I’ve had a little bit of experience of this sort, from working at Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz, back when it had just opened in a troubled neighborhood. At the front desk, we encountered all kinds of people, including volunteers, childcare workers, the homeless, students attending classes, the elderly, and people just out of jail. As a human, it’s easy to fall into stereotyping and habitual thinking about different groups of people. At the same time, you need to maintain a certain cautiousness to stay safe. But when you’re working at a job like that, eventually the human element becomes apparent, and you begin to see past the surface and to the person inside.
So, say you have a decent photo editing program, but it doesn’t watermark photos, and you can’t afford Adobe Photoshop (and you don’t have the patience or time to try to find a workaround method). Try picmarkr.com It’s free, it’s easy, and you don’t even have to download it. You won’t get a fancy transparent watermark (although you can use your own logo); but you’ll be able to label your photo with a text label.
While looking for information on watermarking, I stumbled across this very useful website on digital photos. Because Asian Cultural Experience (A.C.E.) Salinas received a grant enabling us to scan and catalogue photo collections for our archive, it’s good to have a guide on digital photos for archivists on hand: All About Digital Photos by Ken W. Watson.
Asian Cultural Experience (A.C.E. )Pop-up Museum
Our Salinas Stories: Inside / Outside Salinas Chinatown
When: First Friday, March 7, 2014, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Where: National Steinbeck Center, 1 S. Main St., Salinas, CA
On the front terrace if weather permits; inside NSC if it’s cold or rainy.
For more information: contact Jean Vengua, email@example.com
Salinas Chinatown was founded by Chinese merchants in 1893. During the early to mid 20th century, the 12 square block area was home to many closely-knit Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Mexican, and African American families. They lived, worked, and played together within their thriving neighborhood, and ventured outside of the area mainly to go to school or to work. On the other hand, many Salinas residents who lived outside of Chinatown may have perceived it as an exotic, perhaps even dangerous place.
This Pop-up Museum (the first in a series focusing on Salinas Chinatown) sponsored by Asian Cultural Experience (A.C.E.) in collaboration with the National Steinbeck Center, explores and, more importantly, brings together those two worlds: Inside and Outside Chinatown.
• Did you live inside Chinatown? What was it like when you were a child? How did you view the larger Salinas community outside of your neighborhood? How do you perceive the area now?
• Did you live outside of Chinatown? How did you, or do you view the Chinatown community? Did you ever walk or drive through Chinatown, talk to the people, or take photographs? Did you have friends in Chinatown, or do business there?
We invite Salinas residents and visitors to come and share their experiences as insiders or outsiders to Chinatown, and find our common ground. Bring one or two objects or photographs, and especially your stories, to share with us. For the 3-hour period of the Pop-up, we will provide temporary exhibit space and labels for your items, along with snacks, music, and people who are interested in your story. If you would like us to record your story for the future Salinas Chinatown Cultural Center and Museum, we will have recording equipment.
We look forward to seeing you!
This post is part of the thread: Salinas Chinatown Museum Project – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.