Pause, rewind, fast forward: A birthday retrospective commemorating the 1867 building of the first permanent schoolhouse in San Ramon


Pause for a moment and hit rewind

photographs memories and storylines

You’ll have to go back 150 years to find

the roots of today’s celebration…


Once dreamers and schemers and pioneers

staked their claim to the future, not the past

establishing community within schoolhouse walls

with grassroots wisdom passed along

one generation to the next then the next

moment after moment in time


That’s why we gather here this day

to offer thanks to each of those

who chose to stay and build and grow

San Ramon, the place we call home

they did it with bravery faith hope and love

though they couldn’t foresee the world we now know


So while we pause to give thanks for our history

Let’s fast forward through time

to imagine our city in the next 150

the year will be twenty one sixty seven

how much will the story have changed by then?

a lifetime we can’t even fathom


Who will be our descendants,

future San Ramon city celebrants

marking time when they hit pause themselves?

they’ll give thanks and remember

how it started and grew

strengthened through time and good planning

our legacy rooted in stories unknown

past present and future entwined, ever new


History unfolds. History repeats. History endures.


History is alive.


Happy 150th Birthday, San Ramon.



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Labor Day

the heat has driven

them from their

hidden homes

this dizzying ribbon of scurrying ants

this furious swarm of circling bees

while I sit here alone, in silence,


in unmoving lethargy

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Always, For You

balloon release

Balloon Release – International Opioid Awareness Day

Sometimes the silence is too much

Settling over me like a shroud

Heavy and dark and oppressive

A loneliness that takes hold of my heart


Unspeakable loss

Unspeakable grief

Unspeakable sorrow


What might have been

     What could have been

          If only…


And yet…

There still remains


Your bright light shining in my heart

Treasured memories and moments shared

Our love, unfettered and unbound


Today we’re joined together in our pain

As we lift our voices heavenward

With one collective cry

Carried on these winds of hope


We rally here to fight for change

For you, always for you



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The Real Art Of The Deal

Listen. I was never a George Bush fan.

Probably even called him a nasty name or two.

Thought he was incompetent and way too conservative.

Oh, but that was then, this is now.


What I’ve come to see is this – perspective matters.

And no matter what I may have believed about his politics,

it was ever so apparent that he loved his country.

That was true in the heat of the then

that I can see so much more clearly now


Today I stopped by the library

found myself standing face to face with history

holding George’s portraits of courage

a commander in chief’s tribute

to America’s warriors

painstakingly rendered in oil

with eyes that capture the soul

and the still beating heart of the brave


Page by page, so clearly illuminated

in living color and contrasting hues

is a love pure and simple and honest –

true reflection of all that’s at stake,

so much truer now than it ever was then.

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This is Who We Are, This is What We Do (In honor of President Rene Matsumoto)


Rotarians are

committed to

the neighborhood,

the common good

one worldwide brotherhood

of friends

who tend to lead with heart

and selfless stewardship

one million members strong,

a community of public servants

fighting to right the social wrongs


Their shared humanity calls them

to be agents of selfless love

curing apathy with knowledge

and disease with good health care;

you’ll find behind each problem solved,

a Rotarian standing there


Dedicated difference makers  

and champions of goodwill

fill needs that need to be filled,

passionate peacemakers and action takers

respond to the same common goal

of following Rotary’s mission

to make the whole world whole

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This Flag is a Mirror

IMG_1825Beneath these spacious skies and Diablo’s majestic face

We’re called to give thanks on this day of days

For our forbearers’ fortitude, their refusal to be held hostage to tyranny

And their call to create something bold and right, new and true

Sweet land of liberty


In the beginning, they swore their allegiance to this flag

The one that waves high and proud above us all

A silent reminder of the hard-won fight

For independence and the freedom to live and love in peace

Inherited through their commitment and courage

To care for one another, our greatest hope


It is our right, it is our duty, it is our absolute honor

To stay involved and connected to the future unfolding before us

We hold these truths to be self-evident that

We are called, today and every day

To pause and remember, to see ourselves and our history reflected in the stars and stripes

To keep up the fight for equality

And the unalienable pursuit of liberty and justice for all

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Still Life

Someone is washing my feet

Clipping my nails

Head down, steady in her work


Outside, a couple sit together as one

Backs to the sun

Remembering the life they left behind


Shoulder to shoulder

In sari and ski hat

Carrying their culture together


Sunday, still life

From here to there

From there to here

All of us held

For one silent moment in time

(inspired by a story told by Cathy G.)

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