Saturday, February 28, 2015

Historian Alexandra K Vicknair on Mineral King-Master’s Thesis: “Mindsets, Motivations, Mickey Mouse, and the Mountains: The Social, Political, and Intellectual Foundations of the Mineral King Controversy, 1965-1978.”


Now a PhD candidate at Arizona State University continuing her focus on history of the American West, Alexandra K Vicknair got her MA in 2013 from CSUS. 




Vicknair's Masters Thesis was on Mineral King and the controversy with Walt Disney 
over proposed recreational use there.


Vicknair's thesis “ Mindsets, Motivations, Mickey Mouse, and the Mountains: The Social, Political, and Intellectual Foundations of the Mineral King Controversy, 1965-1978. It can be found here-
http://scholarworks.csustan.edu/bitstream/handle/011235813/265/VicknairA.spring2013thesis.pdf?sequence=1

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Meditation ^ Movement Alameda Mon May 25


Friday, February 13, 2015

Son & Father : The Two Edgar Kaufmanns

Grace Stoops Kaufmann, wife of the famous owner of Fallingwater, Bear Run, second wife to Edgar Kaufmann, Sr. Far from dying at the Kaufmann's Richard Neutra Palm Springs home, Grace Stoops Kaufmann died in 1961, the victim of a heating pad fire. She was wheelchair bound with multiple schlerosis, according to the New York Times article, "Modern Gothic", dated September 23, 2001. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/23/magazine/modern-gothic.html?pagewanted=4. Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. was living at the time. 

Stoops had signed a prenuptial agreement which she later contested because Kaufmann left the bulk of his estate to a foundation, though he provided for Edgar, Jr. Edgar, jr. (no mistake - he hated the Jr. part because Edgar, Jr. alternately despised his father and admired him). Edgar, Jr. donated Fallingwater to the Northern Pennsylvania Conservancy in 1963, nearly ten years after his mother, 


Liliane, died of an accidental overdose of sleeping pills there at the estate. The two had been drinking (as they often did) and the theory is that she simply combined some of Edgar, Sr.'s sleeping pills with too much alcohol. It was a crushing blow for the younger Kaufmann because he really was a best friend to his mother whom he adored. Sadly Edgar, Sr. didn't trust the local hospital and drove her the two hours to Philadelphia. If they had pumped her stomach at the local hospital she might have lived. Very sad. Very, very classy, intelligent lady. Ms. Stoops of course was Mr. Kaufmann's nurse while he was ill. Much is revealed (and reviled) about the Kaufmann's in the book "Apprentice" which is a scandelous expose on Frankly Lincoln Lloyd Wright and his amazing Taliesin. 


The house was reinforced in the 1990's. Wright had really done a bad job of executing the beautiful house he designed and the men whom he hired faced really difficult challenges which they were very unprepared for. Combined with poor weather conditions and other limitations, Fallingwater, though magnificent to look at was horrible as an actual residence. Today the house is probably in better shape structurally than it was when built in 1935.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

“A Month of Sundays” March 6 - March 28, 2015 Orland Art Center Gallery




March
“A Month of Sundays” March 6 - March 28, 2015
Six artists share the Gallery space this month with an exhibition of the
collected works from their monthly outdoor painting excursions. Each artist offers a very different and personal view of those Sunday sessions.

Carol Preble Miles
Thelma Safarik
Ann Pierce
Amber Palmer
Marilyn Walsh
Sally Dimas

Friday,  March 6     Artists Reception 3:00 - 7:00 p.m
    Refreshments and live music.
    Young musician Melania Raygoza at our baby grand piano.
    Pop in Friday and meet the artists, or linger over refreshments, entertainment, and conversation and make an evening of it!


Orland Art Center Gallery
530-865-5920
732 4th St. Orland, CA 95963
Winter hours: 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Closed Saturdays in winter
http://www.orlandartcenter.com/gallery.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orland-Art-Center/114602481932857



Alameda Sangha This Sunday Feb 15th





Please come and explore the 3rd and 5th aggregates with me this Sunday - Perception and Consciousness.

When perception services insight for us, mindfulness is present to balance the experience. Otherwise, delusion and conditioning come into play to create a lot of suffering for ourselves and others.

With the 5th aggregate, or consciousness, it is required in order to see and understand the other 4 aggregates.

Let's see what we can learn together from what Buddha has to offer us.

There will be ASL class at 6 pm.

Hoping to see you all there,
with gratitude and metta for your practice,

Pauletta

--
Alameda Sangha
Every Sunday, 7pm
@ Buena Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda
Visit our Website: https://sites.google.com/site/alamedasangha/
Visit our blog: http://alamedasanghablog.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Orland Art Center Gallery March “A Month of Sundays” March 6 - March 28, 2015

March
“A Month of Sundays” March 6 - March 28, 2015
Six artists share the Gallery space this month with an exhibition of the
collected works from their monthly outdoor painting excursions. Each artist offers a very different and personal view of those Sunday sessions.
    Friday,  March 6     Artists Reception 3:00 - 7:00 p.m
    Refreshments and live music.
    Young musician Melania Raygoza at our baby grand piano.
    Pop in Friday and meet the artists, or linger over refreshments, entertainment, and conversation and make an evening of it!
Orland Art Center Gallery
Phone: 530-865-5920
Address: 732 4th St. Orland, CA 95963
Winter hours: 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Closed Saturdays in winter
Summer Hours: Tuesdays through Fridays: 1 to 7 p.m.
Saturdays: 12 noon to 7 p.m.
http://www.orlandartcenter.com/gallery.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orla

April
“The West: a Way of Life” April 3 - April 25, 2015
Nationally renowned Fine Art painter and sculptor Keith Christie uses
his unique artistry to capture the Western way of life.
His genuine respect for the ranchers and their lifestyle authentically chronicles the real west.
 Friday, April 3  Artists Reception 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Refreshments and live music.
Young musician Nick Leach at our baby grand piano
 Pop in Friday and meet the artists, or linger over refreshments, entertainment, and conversation and make an evening of it!
Orland Art Center Gallery
Phone: 530-865-5920
Address: 732 4th St. Orland, CA 95963
Winter hours: 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Closed Saturdays in winter
Summer Hours: Tuesdays through Fridays: 1 to 7 p.m.
Saturdays: 12 noon to 7 p.m.
http://www.orlandartcenter.com/gallery.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orla