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Amblin’ Alameda: I Am A Nature Lover

I am a nature lover. My children are nature lovers. My grandson, who turned six years old today, is a nature lover. He lives with his parents (my daughter and her husband) on the edge of a nature preserve in the wilds of Colorado and apparently loves growing up in that environment. Living here in Alameda is not quite the same but it does have nature close at hand. The beaches and Bay front, the tree canopies that roof the streets and the close proximity of the many state and national parks that surround us let us know that we are still in Mother Nature’s bosom. Read more >> about Amblin’ Alameda: I Am A Nature Lover

Amblin’ Alameda: Like It Or Not, We’re All In This Together

The political world seems nearly equally divided between the “Every Man For Himself” crowd and the “We’re All In This Together” group. The arguments run the short gamut from “no freeloaders need apply” to “we’re all made in the image of the Maker.” The “no freeloaders” seem to be masking strains of racism, homophobia and naked greed with patriotism of the rankest sort and the “image of our Maker” folks are seen to be extending help even to the most miserable of fakers. Not much common ground to be found. Read more >> about Amblin’ Alameda: Like It Or Not, We’re All In This Together

Amblin' Alameda: Marriage in Our Time

Last night I listened to an hour of discussion about marriage by the two co-authors of “Debating Same Sex Marriage,” John Corvino and Maggie Gallagher. These are two intelligent and articulate spokespeople for their respective positions (he’s for it and she’s not) and because they discussed the subject in moderate tones it all seemed very genteel and reasonable. And except for the fact that I disagreed with both of them, it was. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Marriage in Our Time

Amblin' Alameda: Patience

We’ve just returned from a day trip to the Cotati Accordion Festival and for the umpteenth time, we encountered the palpable difference between Alameda and the rest of the world. Or at least the rest of California. After the pace of traffic in San Francisco and Oakland, after the labor of I-580, I-880 and U.S. 101, the mad racers and the predictable traffic jams, the short trip across the Park Street Bridge immediately brings a feeling of peacefulness. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Patience

Amblin' Alameda: Fear of Forty

A colleague of mine has posted that she is nearing the Big Four Oh (Uh Oh) and seems to be somewhat troubled by the prospect. She also asks why, after a certain age, people shouldn’t be allowed to just get fat.

In an effort to calm her thoughts and relieve any fat-anxiety she might have, I offer the following:

Fear of Forty is fear of death disguised as fear of aging – death, the inevitable is to be embraced and avoided. Mental acceptance, physical avoidance. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Fear of Forty

Amblin' Alameda: VA at Alameda Point

When I think about Alameda Point, what sort of development of it would be best for Alameda and the current residents of Alameda, I think about institutions like Lawrence Berkeley Lab (never was going to happen but would have been a great fit) and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital Complex. Full disclosure, the VA is my medical caregiver and a hospital on Alameda Point, given that I’d live long enough to see it, would mean an easy 10-minute drive versus the 45-minute, hair-raising race on 880 followed by the slog through San Francisco. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: VA at Alameda Point

Amblin' Alameda: The Facts of Life

When a person lives a long time, in my case more than our allotted seventy years, he or she thinks they know the facts of life, including that it someday ends. But just let one doctor say things like, “At this stage we’re still working on a cure for your condition but if this doesn’t work…” and you discover that life has new facts for you to absorb. Not until the voice of dread echoes in your belly and the feeling of dread sloshes around in your brain can you fully learn these new, interesting and exceedingly unwelcome facts. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: The Facts of Life

Amblin' Alameda: Visitors and Smugness

We’re entertaining some very good friends for a few days on a stop-over in their trip from Canada to SoCal and their visit has revealed a side of myself that makes me uncomfortable. I’ve become smug about living in Alameda. (As opposed to grateful.)

We picked them up at SFO, wormed our way through traffic to the freeway and successfully negotiated I-880. As soon as we got off the highway and into Alameda they began remarking about how beautiful and quiet the city is and how the architecture is so interesting and where are we going to eat first and look at those flowers! Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Visitors and Smugness