“I think every woman should have a blowtorch

“I think every woman should have a blowtorch.”
― Julia Child
“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.”
― Julia Child
“How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?”
― Julia Child
Happy Astral Sauces, Julia Child!
Marinated, August 15, 1912. Fully cooked, 2004
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Loved for her exuberant cheer and kitcheny pluck, Julia Child pioneered with a happy audacity a career in the kitchen as chef and a teacher, a calling that had been previously largely reserved to men.
A feminist through self-actualization, rather than group affiliation.
Added to that was a media presence that was unprecedented for a cook and woman. She was born to considerable privilege and was well-schooled at Smith College in English.
Julia didn’t really discover her calling until, at age 35 , she shared a meal in France while living there with her gourmand husband –Paul Child, which she claimed was nothing less than a revelation.
Temperamentally, she was the quintessential jovial and Leo, seeing life in terms of endless possibilities for pleasure, conviviality, enterprise and projects. Faulted for her use of cream and butter, she claimed that the Americans would simply spoil the pleasure of eating with so much fussing.
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Astrologically, her Gemini Ascendant was opposed by a friendly Jupiter in Sagittarius, and infused with quirky innovative Uranus/Aquarius trine flavors as well as by a harmonious and aesthetic Moon marinate in Libra. …Sort of tailor made for the job.
And, of course, she radiates that proud, generous, creative Sun in Leo.
Who’s watched the movie Julie and Julia, and was not charmed?
Couldn’t go wrong with the story of the persistent blogger meets success undreamed of through pursuing her folly, and the actors Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Stanley Tucci infusing it with life.
Julia was 6 ft.2″ and her very big book — Mastering the Art of French Cooking at 736 pages was initially refused by publishers as being too encyclopedic.
These numerical facts are somehow related in ways we shall not explore here, other than to say — big, festive dreams and plans ‘trump’ little mean people.
I have spoken. With Julia’s astral assistance.
~WS

He’s back

He’s back. His backside. Whatever.
Mercury Rx is in Retrograde motion, Aug12 -Sept 5. and just where he likes it …in his very own sign – Virgo.
With the August 21 eclipse also and already in motion, there is a lot of resetting available with this Rx period.
You know the drill by now.
- Inspect documents before signing.
- Clean out your closets.
- Clean out your life.
- Back up your devices.
- Watch reruns of the Donna Reed Show or Mork & Mindy in honor of departed pal, Robin W.
- Think slowly, deliberately to catch any fly-by’s.
- If you are at Burning Man, grades — retro or fwd –may not apply.
- Go forth and travel. Let any delays or lost luggage up your inner practice. Just like all the time.
Regarding this Rx period and the eclipse, hold dear the advice of our saucy muser in the field, Anne Lamott, who counsels,
“Everything works better if you unplug it for awhile, including you.”

Here is a follow-up to my story on commuting in the Bay Area that ran in today’s California Today (everyone should subscribe

Here is a follow-up to my story on commuting in the Bay Area that ran in today’s California Today (everyone should subscribe…it’s free!). We ran the numbers on cities with the worst commutes in California and found that many of them are smaller cities that lie on the outskirts of SF and LA. That is likely because many of the people who live there commute outside their area all the way to SF or LA. Inside there’s cool chart.

Hello friends! Here is a story I did about a woman who wakes up at 2:15 am to commute from Stockton to S

Hello friends! Here is a story I did about a woman who wakes up at 2:15 am to commute from Stockton to S.F. I worked very closely with Andrew Burton, a fantastic S.F.-based photographer who has documented almost all of my Bay Area housing crisis stuff. Andrew and I have had an on-again/off-again partnership for about a year, and I’m really proud of this last piece because it’s 50% photos, 50% words and shows how powerful the images of this housing crisis can be. Please read – or don’t, and just look at the pictures. Either option works!

So

So… who wants to read a story about BOTH SIDES coming together? This is not clickbait! Here is a dual Q&A I did with San Diego’s “Odd Couple,” David Alvarez and Scott Sherman, a liberal Democrat and a conservative Republican, who have partnered together to pass/pursue a bunch of legislation to tackle San Diego/California’s housing crisis by making it easier to build. It is part of our California Today newsletter, which everyone should subscribe to.

After 4 decades of visioning & research my lifelong dream has come true

After 4 decades of visioning & research my lifelong dream has come true… a widely published article on a possible solution to the question “how did life begin?” It is the cover story in one of my favorite magazines, Scientific American (August issue) written together with my colleagues Martin Van Kranendonk, Tara Djokic and David Deamer. It’s on newsstands now and will be online soon. If you get a chance to see it check out the really cool 3.5 billion year old geyserite with the oldest evidence for life on land and our “spiraling cycle” origin of life model in a hot spring on the “Genesis Landscape” I developed with our team and the SciAm artist. Here’s the tantalizing cover, featuring the Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone where I was just visiting for scientific fieldwork testing the model… what monumental days these are!

“The ultimate validity or authenticity of what constitutes ‘the conservative movement’ has always been defined not by the eclectic participants who…

“The ultimate validity or authenticity of what constitutes ‘the conservative movement’ has always been defined not by the eclectic participants who self-describe themselves as ‘conservatives,’ but by their liberal (and today more frequently labelled ‘progressive’) opposition, which is itself a creature of the deep state (as we see in the hysterical reaction to Trump by the Democrats, the presstitutes in the regime media, and bought and paid for remaining RINOs dominating the elite GOP hierarchy).”

“Today we see a new breed of Democrat–the ‘Hillary or Bust’ voter

“Today we see a new breed of Democrat–the ‘Hillary or Bust’ voter.
“Here’s how Hillary or Bust works. There are some Clinton supporters who believe that Clinton should have won, both because she deserved to win and in some cases because the Russians (and/or Comey, and/or sexism) stole it from her. Because of this, they are unwilling to support any major changes to the Democratic Party or its message. To embrace such changes would imply that the Clinton campaign made political mistakes which contributed to its failure, but these Clinton supporters are determined to believe that Clinton did nothing wrong and that she and her supporters should not have to change their political positions to win power.
“Remember during the primaries, when Clinton supporters argued that even if you liked Sanders, you should support Clinton instead because Sanders is unelectable, and Clinton was sure to beat Trump? Many Sanders supporters refused, arguing that even if Sanders were less electable, he should be more electable, so they should continue to support him even if he’s like to lose (a few argued that Sanders might be more electable than these Clinton supporters alleged, but that’s neither here nor there). Many of those same Clinton supporters are now unwilling to support left egalitarian changes to the Democratic Party’s message, strategy, or candidate slate for the same kind of reason–they think the Democratic Party should be able to win the way it is, so it should be kept that way even in face of defeat.”

The fact that John McCain is a Vietnam veteran & POW who was tortured by the enemy doesn’t make him a hero

The fact that John McCain is a Vietnam veteran & POW who was tortured by the enemy doesn’t make him a hero. A hero is someone who selflessly advocates for & defends the most underprivileged & underrepresented — the most vulnerable. A hero is someone who puts the needs of others’ before his own, even if doing so jeopardizes personal or professional security. McCain’s political career is largely absent of meeting these conditions, with or without his vote today on healthcare.

At Veterans For Peace, we are determined to educate and heal the wounds of war, seek justice for veterans and end all war

At Veterans For Peace, we are determined to educate and heal the wounds of war, seek justice for veterans and end all war.
Join us next month at the beautiful and historic Palmer House in Chicago, where veterans and allies will gather to discuss “Education Not Militarization”.
Let’s build a new culture of peace together.
Convention details: https://www.veteransforpeace.org/2017-annual-convention/
Donations: https://app.etapestry.com/…/Veteransfor…/OnlineDonation.html