My church's last
Sunday morning service will take place next Sunday, October 29th, at
10:30am. We're still figuring out what will happen to the
property once we close, but if you can count on one thing it's that
this last service will be an awesome one and I'd love to have some of
you there with me. I realize next weekend is a busy one, but
absolutely no previous or current Christianity required. There'll
be some singin', and there'll be some prayin'. And then that will
be it for Northminster.
Northminster Presbyterian Church
545 Ashbury Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
"All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well." --Julian of Norwich, 14th Century
Eeeee my trip to Cape Verde and Senegal is less than a month away! Two weeks on another continent is definitely going to be some serious escapism. But of course I'm already dreaming even further into the future...
Nicaragua & El Salvador
Open copy of Lonely Planet's Bluelist, point to random adventure, go
"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." - Martin Buber
At SFMOMA - Alexander Girard: Vibrant Modern. Work has been battering my soul recently, so it was high time for a museum lunch break. Even better, the Anselm Kiefer show just happened to be open for a member's preview yesterday, so I did a quick run-through. Initial impressions: very strong, though I'll write more when I have a chance to go back to spend a proper few hours. As for Alexander Girard, what an utterly joyful exhibition. Girard worked as textile director at Herman Miller from 1952 to 1973, and they have a number of his eye-popping fabrics and patterns on view, displayed both on their own and incorporated into Eames furniture. There are also a number of his designs for La Fonda del Sol Restaurant in New York, including tablecloths, matchbook covers (above), and glasses with suns smiling up at you from their bottoms. I am so in love.
Iceland plans to resume commercial whaling for the first time in nearly
20 years, despite an international moratorium. Through August 2007, the
government will permit whalers to harpoon 30 minke whales and nine
endangered fin whales. Iceland's Fisheries Ministry says there are
43,600 minkes and 25,800 fin whales off of Iceland's coast, and that
limited commercial hunting is "consistent with the principle of
sustainable development." Iceland has been killing whales for allegedly
scientific purposes since 2003. Anti-whaling nations, including the
U.S. and Britain, were dismayed by Iceland's announcement, as were
green groups in Iceland and elsewhere. "There is no market for this
meat in Iceland, there is no possibility to export it to Japan; the
government appears to have listened to fishermen who are blaming whales
for eating all the fish," says appropriately named Arni Finnsson of the
Iceland Nature Conservation Association. "This decision is giving the
finger to the international community."
I would have liked to have made it to the Aesthetics of Suburbia lecture with photographers Bill Owens and Brian Urich last night at the Art Institute, as said aesthetics inspire in me a heady mixture of both severe nostalgia and total repulsion. But when I fell soundly asleep on the bus ride home and almost missed my stop I thought it might be unwise to drag my tired self back into the city before the Project Runway finale. Yeah and as for Project Runway itself...I don't want to talk about it.
The Day Habeas Died: Keith Olbermann: Your words are lies, sir. They are lies that imperil us all. "One of the terrorists believed to have planned the 9/11 attacks," …you told us yesterday… "said he hoped the attacks would be the beginning of the end of America." That terrorist, sir, could only hope. ... These things you have done, Mr. Bush… they would be "the beginning of the end of America."
Two studies released yesterday are likely to confuse you even further
about the benefits and risks of eating fish. A report from the Harvard
School of Public Health claims that fish consumption can reduce the
risk of coronary death by 36 percent, and total mortality by 17 percent
-- benefits that far outweigh the risk of exposure to toxins like PCBs
and dioxin, it says. "Seafood is likely the single most important food
one can consume for good health," says coauthor Dariush Mozaffarian.
But a study by the Institute of Medicine concludes that while chowing
down on salmon, mackerel, and other fatty fish "may" reduce the risk of
heart disease, different populations should follow different
fish-eating guidelines, and women of childbearing age and children
should be particularly cautious. Consumers Union criticized both
studies for not giving enough attention to the dangers of mercury in
tuna and PCBs in most fish. Nutrition expert Marion Nestle of New York
University recommends that consumers make sense of the morass by
following advice from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Environmental
Defense about fish choices that are safe for people and ecosystems.