Monday, January 15, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

We attended an event at a local church in which various dignitaries and community members read excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches.  It was very worthwhile, but also went nearly an hour long, which is a long time to sit and listen to people reading speeches (nearly three hours total).  We knew quite a few of the readers, which kept us there even when we got antsy, and it was a lovely tribute to the living legacy of Dr. King.  I loved seeing graduates of our program up there, and current colleagues; listening and seeing them participate made me appreciate yet again how much I value working at a place where social justice is a core part of the identity and mission.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

History Through Innovation and Touring the UCB campus

G starts a new class - 20th century history through innovation and art. Lots to do and learn - just her style. In the meantime, K and I toured the UC Berkeley campus with Puck, which was impressive and interesting. I'd been there before, but not for many years. Was she inspired to attend? Well, I got her to pose and that's about as much as I could get out of her....

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Morning Mist

This view, in the Oakland hills, always makes me think of Nepal, morning hikes looking across mountains, punctuated by low fog and inspiring beauty.  I need to go somewhere, need an adventure in the mountains.  On this day, though, much joy in a lovely hike with my Mom and G.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Science Experiments

What's more fun than a couple bottles of diet soda, two packs of mentos, and a nifty mento holder (Christmas present) that screws onto the top of the soda bottle?  Geyser time!

Run, G, run!

The photographer got a little too nervous about the explosion to frame the picture perfectly.  But check out those faces!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year Hike

A cozy celebration with Abuela and Grandpa talking about best memories of 2017, hopes for 2018, and resolution plans; followed by a beautiful hike through the redwoods to see the ladybugs congregate on the first day of 2018.  I am forever impressed by these little ones; thicker and in more numbers, even, than I've seen in year's past.