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Meditation and Dharma talk led by Venerable Ayya Tataloka-Guest Teacher at the Alameda Sangha

Name of event: : Ayya Tataloka Date: May 25, 2014 Location: United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista, Alameda, CA  Details: 7-9pm. Meditation and dharma talk led by Venerable Ayya Tataloka. Cost: Donation More information about Ayya Tataloka and the path of a bhikkhuni here.

C’era Una Volta’s 10th Anniversary!

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C’era Una Volta’s 10th Anniversary!
Celebrate Our Anniversary With Us
Two Days!
Saturday April 5 and Sunday, April 6, 2014
Saturday-noon-4pm
Party with Chef Rudy and Cheryl
Wine Flights-Music-Free Buffet
Sunday Flamenco Performance
Dinner Seating 5pm ~ Flamenco Show 6:15pm featuring Virginia Iglesias & Company
All seats: Anniversary DISCOUNT … $40!
RSVP
Performance only $25.00 (mezzanaine seating)
Seating priority: First come, first served!

Entertainment-
   Una Noche Flamenca
    Enjoy exquisite cuisine in an intimate setting, and experience the artistry of the Bay Area’s finest flamencos Virginia Iglesias and Company!
   Claudio Medeiros will be singing and playing accordian and keyboards.The tunes will be mostly Italian and contemporary standards and Brazilian 

C’era Una Volta / Ristorante Italiano
Reservations: 510-769-4828 / www.ceraunavolta.us
1332 Park Street
Alameda, California 94501
510.769.4828
http://www.ceraunavolta.us/v2/index.php

C'era Una Volta Statement:
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Tony Lindsay Band plus SF Panhandlers Steel Drum Band

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Tony Lindsay Band plus SF Panhandlers Steel Drum Band
Also Tom Politzer from Tower of Power
Saturday April 12, 2014
Door 7pm / Show 8pm

Club Fox
2209 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA
650-369-7770
http://www.clubfoxrwc.com

Tickets: $15 Adv./$20 Door
at: http://latinrockinc.net/home/event/tony-lindsay-band
or by calling 415-285-7719

http://latinrockinc.net/home/event/tony-lindsay-band/
http://www.tonylindsay.com/



Tony Lindsay

Eleven time Grammy® Award winner, singer, songwriter, and producer Tony Lindsey has released his long-awaited third album that is currently self-titled. Tony Lindsay is internationally known as the lead singer for guitar legend Carlos Santana and he can be heard on such albums as Milagro, Shaman, Ceremony, Food for Thought, and Supernatural, where Tony received eleven Grammys.

Tony also performs with his own band Spangalang, a Bay Area staple in Northern California. Spangalang has opened for the likes of Curtis Mayfield, Tower of Power, Gerald Albright, Junior Walker, and the Av…

Alameda Sangha Daylong Retreat-C o n c e n t r a t i o n

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C o n c e n t r a t i o n
Join Rebecca Dixon and Deb Kerr to strengthen your concentration and explore the peace it brings. The day will be in silence, with periods of instruction and sitting and walking meditation.

This retreat is suitable for people at all levels of experience.

When: 
March 29, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Where: 
United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda, CA.

The church has comfortable chairs. Bring sitting supplies you wish to use.  Please come 15 minutes early to settle in. And please bring a bag lunch.
This event is given on a donation basis to to provide an opportunity to practice generosity and to make teachings available to all.

Shifting Sands~Pauletta Chanco ART SHOW opens in July.

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Pauletta Chanco ART SHOW opens  in July. It is entitled Shifting Sands
and is from July 19- Aug 21, 2014 at SFMOMA Artists' Gallery in Fort Mason, San Francisco, California.
The reception will be on Saturday, July 19 from 3-5 pm.Upstairs gallery.

http://www.sfmoma.org/visit/artists_gallery

Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Boulevard, Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123
Hours:Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday - Monday
Artists Gallery Contact: 415.441.4777 artistsgallery@sfmoma.or


Here’s a link to a photo in Dropbox:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/7elu7xnisx7y213/Breathing%20into%20Sadness.jpg
You can use the image above in the link for publicizing the show.


Shifting Sands

Living with a terminal diagnosis has taught me that I can never
make plans with any certitude. Chemo treatments interrupt and
interfere with life and when these stop, death will come, seeking
me out with his firm agenda in hand.

All I can do is live in the moment, appreciating each one as it arises.
I choose to spend mo…

Amitabha's Pureland

Amitabha's Pureland

intuitivemd1 originally shared this
04 Feb 2014Other I am using this as a placemaker to show that I said prayers for this person to ensure that she/he ascended to Christ in Amitabha's Pureland. I use this to that indicate that I have done the Whole-Body Relic Treasure Chest Seal Dharani prayer at least 9 times for this person to ensure that they ascend to a Heaven-Pureland with Christ. This prayer is also known by the name Casket Seal Dharani and can be listened to on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP5marD4_ew. It is from a Sutra by the Buddha which you can read at http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra03.html. The prayer gives the person the merit to go to Amitabha's Pureland. I asked Christ to send a bi-location of himself to that Pureland so that Christians who want to go there will have him to greet them there. From there a person can go to the regular Christian Heaven anytime they want.

Cabin From 1830

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A Retired Mathematician Found A Rotting Cabin From 1830. What He Did With It Is Perfection.December 2, 2013Other Stuff Reddit user srirachaforeverthing just posted what happens when you mix a retired mathematician father and an old, rotting 1830s cabin.
He decided to restore it. And the result? Cozy perfection.
This is the original cabin from the 1830s. A lot of it was rotting, but he labeled and transferred as much of it as possible to the family’s land.
Here you can see the labels.
And the foundation is mostly intact, now on his land.
The restoration begins!
This entire thing took 10 years, so it was not an easy task for just one man.
Taking a look inside…
Starting to construct the fireplace for those cold winter nights.
And the fireplace is ready.
Natural light: check.
This is the finished construction, but let’s look inside.
This looks really cozy.
The stai…

Art writers — Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? VisualArtSources.com Editors' Roundtable by DeWitt Cheng

Art writers — Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?  VisualArtSources.com
Editors' Roundtable
by DeWitt Cheng
In previous editorials in this space, I addressed four of the fourteen questions that art critic Irving Sandler posed to fellow art critics in The Brooklyn Rail in 2012. Number Five asked who and what are critics are. This might seem simplistic – critics are art experts who shape taste, no? – but the complexity of the art world nowadays makes the inquiry newly relevant.

The role of the critic has come under fire in recent years. A century ago, T.S. Eliot saw the goals of criticism as the "elucidation of works of art and the correction of taste." At roughly the same time, Anatole France wrote, "The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces." Sadly, both statements sound elitist to us postmoderns, who interpret such aesthetic discrimination as antidemocratic, serving power elites. We have al…

Fumio Yoshimura

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Fumio Yoshimura, 76, Sculptor of Everyday Fumio Yoshimura, a sculptor known for his highly detailed wooden replicas of plants, machines and a variety of everyday objects, died on July 23 in Manhattan, where he lived. He was 76.The cause was complications from pancreatic cancer, his wife, Carol, said.

Mr. Yoshimura, who was born in Japan and came to New York in his mid-30's, worked in white, unfinished linden wood that gave his nearly exact renderings of tomato plants, typewriters, bicycles, kites and sewing machines a ghostly pallor. Though he never depicted people in his work, human activities are often implied in objects like an apple peeler that contains a half-skinned piece of fruit.

Mr. Yoshimura studied painting at the Tokyo University of Arts, but while in New York he taught himself wood sculpture, using a variety of knives, chisels and drills. He was known for his painstaking technique; his most elaborate works, like a full-size hot dog cart, …

C o n c e n t r a t i o n- A Meditation Retreat Alameda Sangha March 29

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C o n c e n t r a t i o nA Meditation Retreat

Join Rebecca Dixon and Deb Kerr to strengthen your concentration and explore the peace it brings. The day will be in silence, with periods of instruction and sitting and walking meditation. 
This retreat is suitable for people at all levels of experience.
When: March 29, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Where:United Methodist Church,  2311 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda, CA. 94501
The church has comfortable chairs. Bring sitting supplies you wish to use.  Please come 15 minutes early to settle in. And please bring a bag lunch. 
Drop-ins are welcome. 
This event is given on a donation basis toto provide an opportunity to practice generosity and to make teachings available to all.  Alameda Sangha
Every Sunday, 7pm-9pm
Buena Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista Ave.,
Alameda, CA 94501
Visit our Website: https://sites.google.com/site/alamedasangha/

Organist Crista Miller To Perform at Cathedral of Christ the Light Oakland

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Organist Crista Miller To Perform at Cathedral of Christ the Light Oakland

Sunday Apr 06, 2014
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
The Cathedral of Christ the Light
2121 Harrison Street,
Oakland, CA 94612
http://www.ctlcathedral.org/
Admission is free of charge, with a  free-will offering.
(510) 832-5057

Organist Christa Miller will perform in concert at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, showcasing the variety of tonal colors of the cathedral’s Conroy Memorial Organ.   Ms. Miller is Director of
Music for the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas, and one of few female organists to head cathedral music programs.   She will perform works by Bach, Pachelbel, César Franck as well as works of the Lebanese composer Naji Hakim, and Houston-based composer Daniel Knaggs.    
Admission is free of charge, with a  free-will offering.

Crista Miller is the Director of Music and Cathedral Organist at Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart where she chaired the Organ Committee for Martin Pasi’s Opus …

Gold coins and ingots

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The mysterious haul of gold coins discovered by a Northern California couple while out walking their dog – and valued at $10 million – may well be a previously undiscovered bounty that an employee of the San Francisco Mint was convicted of stealing in 1901.
The couple, who haven’t been named, stumbled across the haul of 1,427 rare, mint-condition gold coins, nearly all dating from 1847 to 1894, buried in the shadow of an old tree on their Gold Country property in February 2013.
The face value of the Saddle Ridge Hoard, as they’ve called it, added up to about $27,000, but some of the coins are so rare that experts say they could fetch nearly $1million apiece.
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+13 Treasure hunting enthusiasts believe the $10m fortune found by a couple in northern California could be the same gold coins that Walter N. Dimmick was accused of embezzling from the San Francisco U.S. Mint in the early 1900's
The couple went public with their amazing discovery on Tuesday, an…

Online Learning is A Croc

What if, as a novice teacher or professor, you began a course and the entire class decided to leave—either from apathy or boredom or the popular student conviction that whatever is not a part of the lesson is inherently more interesting than what is? That old educator’s nightmare is now a digital reality: massive open online courses, or MOOCs, born a few years ago of the seemingly well-paired utopianisms of Silicon Valley and the élite American university, are seeing that classroom management can be a difficult task without a classroom.
When the Times declared 2012 the “Year of the MOOC,” it seemed, in the words of the paper, that “everyone wants in,” with schools, students, and investors eager to participate. But, as can happen in academia, early ambition faded when the first few assessments were returned, and, since then the open-online model appears to have earned an incomplete, at best. An average of only four per cent of registered users finished their MOOCs in a r…