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Random Thoughts from California

Monday, November 8, 2010 @ 06:11 AM
posted by: Karen Jean Matsko Hood

November 5, 2010 — Random thoughts from California.

A beautiful day in San Francisco!  We have had a wonderful time here.  Dr. Hood will be posting about his seminars on his blog next week, so you will be able to find more information at that time.  Watch for these updates.

More unrest here in San Francisco, with a possible outburst in Oakland, where my son lives.  They are telling people to stay out of his area, and businesses are boarding up their windows, awaiting the verdict from the trial of a white transit authority officer who killed a black man.  One side says it was a tragic accident. The other side says it was cold-blooded murder.  They plan to announce what will happen later today.

The election is over, yet more squabbles continue.  Sometimes I wonder if it will ever end.  Hopefully, both sides will walk together and put egos aside to do what is right for the American people.  Here in San Francisco, we see huge levels of unemployment, yet in some areas building projects are moving forward, creating pockets of jobs but not enough – definitely not enough.

Today I need to work to write, and write I must do.  Hopefully, both conferences (dental and creative writing) will continue to inspire. This afternoon will be a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) reading at California College of the Arts, and I hope to be able to learn something there to share with fellow writers and readers.  My son Kyler will be taking me to the Creative Writing Seminar by putting me on the BART.  This will be a great experience for dear old mom.

For those of you who are not familiar with the BART, it is the Bay Area Rapid Transit system that serves the San Francisco Bay Area. Part of this system, the Transbay Tube, runs under the Bay from Oakland to San Francisco. This tube is 3.6 miles long, and it’s maximum depth is 135 feet below the surface.  The tube was constructed on land, transported to the site, then submerged and fastened to the bottom (mostly by packing the sides with sand and gravel).

While here for the conference and seminar, we are staying on the 25th floor of a hotel, and I am reminded of just how scary those heights are.  The view is beautiful, but it sure causes my stomach to have strange sensations!  I need to get ready for the BART.

Later … I had a wonderful time with Kyler. We were able to share our many special interests.  He gave me a tour around California College of the Arts (CCA), where he is working to complete his MFA in Creative Writing.  The students at CCA are very talented, and had their work on display for viewing.  I was impressed with their creative writing.

Kyler and I then walked around San Francisco briefly. We got lost a few times, but we enjoyed talking together.  One-on-one time with my children is very precious.

Take care,


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