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Amblin' Alameda: E-Tree

My days all include a little time for checking Facebook, right after I go through my e-mails. Facebook is the primary way I can watch the development of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren so it's of enormous value to me - so much so that I forgive it the crude attempts to sell me things or snag my attention with scantily clad young women and the occasional lurid headlines. It is also a very effective method of building communities. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: E-Tree

Amblin' Alameda: Hot enough for you?

Our lives are complex arrangements that usually take all our time to maintain. Work, school, home care, shopping, maintenance - just getting everything done is a challenge and usually consumes our attention. Until Mother Nature stirs, and then our attention is quickly concentrated, usually on the weather. So here comes another heat wave, another lesson on how Big Mama can command our focus by just pushing the temperature up a few degrees. Whew. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Hot enough for you?

Amblin' Alameda: Cat life

One of our two cats - Bessie - has diabetes. We're currently settled into a routine: fill her bowl first thing in the morning and then inject one unit of insulin around the nape of her neck. This does seem to be controlling the symptoms - excessive urination being the most obvious - and since she shows no signs of minding the needle, we both go about our business of dealing with the disease methodically. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Cat life

Amblin' Alameda: Hunting and gathering

Every city, Alameda very much included, can be mapped in many ways: geographical, population distribution, fauna and flora, wealth, politics and religion. Its most important map for those of us who live here, however, is its commercial one. Food is the basic imperative of life where we go to not just hunt for food but where we go to gather it. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Hunting and gathering

Amblin' Alameda: Antioch

On Saturday morning we strolled up and down Park Street, taking in the delights of this past weekend's art and wine fair. We hugged some friends, bought a trinket and paused for the music at each end of the tent line.

There have been cavils about there not being enough art or wine at the fair, but our walls are full and our wine consumption is not what it once was, so we didn't feel any lack. One of the pleasures of life in Alameda is the number of friends one runs into in one's daily passage, and the fair is always a good place for a lot of that. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Antioch

Amblin' Alameda: Charity society

The weather has been wonderful this past week: warm days, cool nights, slightly foggy mornings, just bliss. Of course, it would be here in Alameda, the very center of the old philosopher's Golden Mean. Not too much, not too little, but just right! Come to think of it that's Goldilocks' standard as well. Nothing like being in the company of a world famous young woman. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Charity society

Amblin' Alameda: Fog's back

Summer has definitely arrived. The marine layer lives off shore once again, and the climate has provided several days of perfection in the minds of some of us.

With the fog at hand nights are cool and eminently sleepable, mornings are pleasant with a hint of cool and then the day mellows further in "the warm California sun." This weather pattern brings a feeling of "life is good" with it and encourages stopping to smell the roses and admire the sunsets and just sit on the porch and soak in the beauty of it all. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Fog's back

Amblin' Alameda: Olde Tyme Fourth

I have to admit, we crossed the estuary to celebrate the Fourth. We like the parade in Alameda, we've watched it from San Jose Avenue and Park Street for many years, we even participated one year. But this year, we received an invitation we couldn't refuse.

Just about 10 minutes away in Oakland is the Pardee Home Museum, which held its annual Fourth of July fundraiser. This year the featured performers were Frederick Hodges and Ann Gibson, who do songs written between 1890 to 1930. Frederick is a friend, so we decided to celebrate by listening to his music. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Olde Tyme Fourth