Category: My Life

A Month in Ecuador — A Travel Blog

A Month in Ecuador – Our Travel Blog Introduction:  Our first pick for a South American vacation was Costa Rica, because it has a lot of ecological diversity and is well known.  Then we heard in the news that the President of Ecuador had granted asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, in the …

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Singing at Walmart on Black Friday

My favorite singing group Occupella was at it again on Black Friday, singing up a storm in support of Walmart workers at the retail giant’s store at the Hilltop Mall in Richmond. We had a healthy turnout of about 30 at the lower level side entrance.  I took a side trip up to the main …

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Celebrating 20 Years Clean & Sober

It gives me great pleasure to celebrate today, Oct. 2 2012,  my 20th anniversary clean and sober.  This milepost, which once seemed so dim and remote, is now a present reality, and I feel an inner glow of happiness and empowerment.  Truly, getting sober is among the very best decisions I have made in my …

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My article on LifeRing published in Treatment Groups journal

An article I wrote late last year about the LifeRing recovery group has now been published in the Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, Vol. 7, 2012.  This is a special double issue on the theme “Broadening the Base of Addiction Mutual Support Groups: Bringing Theory and Science to Contemporary Trends.” This is the …

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Education as a constitutional right?

Bob Moses, the civil rights leader of the 1960s, is in town and I had the privilege of participating in an informal evening with him and about 30 others at the home of a friend in North Oakland.  The event was billed as a fundraiser for Ron Bridgeforth — more about that later — but …

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A Courageous Voice for Peace

Miko Peled, the son of an Israeli general, spoke at Berkeley Community College yesterday evening, and I listened.  Peled, born and raised in Jerusalem, a European Jew from a long line of Zionist militarists, dissents strongly from the official line about Israel.  In a 45-minute presentation, he punctured the myth of the Israeli state as …

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Organizing amid chaos

These are my class notes from the CERT class on Organization, Sunday morning Sept. 16. Thanks to Emily Kenyon for reviewing and adding good stuff. Disaster brings chaos. Survival and recovery spring from organization. The CERT class this past Sunday morning at the Berkeley Fire Department taught a full room of participants the elements of …

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