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christine-bottaro's picture
May.17.2010
Years ago, in the ebb of the hippie tide, The Bagel Bakery hung its shingle in Pacific Grove and introduced us to bagels.   New Yorkers had long since been noshing bagels, but we granola folk in California took notice of the new ethnic bakery and really dug it.  At the time, everyone was growing...
christine-bottaro's picture
Apr.18.2010
This is the weekend of the Sea Otter Classic at Laguna Seca, a weekend-long festival of all things bicycle related.  We have seen flocks of cyclists around town, riding in small bunches, twos and threes, and they have been blessed with premium conditions including very light wind and mild sunshine...
mary-wilkinson's picture
Mar.22.2010
I want to rouse you so that together we can open ourselves up again like new buds unravelling knots of Winter in our bones to touch the ceiling with our toes yet in my darkness I hesitate and instead eavesdrop on your sleeping that is a million miles away from me somewhere nice I suspect on a ...
robert-sward's picture
Feb.10.2010
Preparing for my April 9 - 11 class at Esalen in Big Sur. Reading Ben Yagoda's MEMOIR, A HISTORY, and mulling over the author's contention that "it's hard to find an important American novel that's not some variation on a memoir."Class is titled Autobiography for Poets, Fiction & Non-...
robert-sward's picture
Dec.28.2009
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, Weekend of April 9-11, 2010 Autobiography for Poets, Fiction and Non-fiction Writers Robert Sward "If someone asked you to sum up the story of your life in one sentence, what would it be?" asks Robert Sward. "If you had to choose just half a dozen family...
ron-cabral's picture
Oct.22.2009
Lenore Kandel died on October 18, 2009 - she was 77.  Lenore was originally from New York, but found herself in San Francisco during the 1960's. She is considered one of the last of the Beat poet's and Jack Kerouac portrayed her as the character Romana Swartz in his 1962 novel, 'Big Sur'.  She...
steve-hauk's picture
Sep.21.2009
Two women into the gallery last week on consecutive days who are artists who also teach art. Both lost everything in California wildfires last year, one in California's Big Sur, the other several hundred miles north. Homes, studios, paintings, art libraries, sketch books. All lost. ``Thirty years...
robert-sward's picture
Sep.09.2009
Esalen Catalog listing for workshop I'll be leading April 9 - April 11, 2010.  If someone asked you to sum up the story of your life in one sentence, what would it be? If you had to choose just half a dozen family photos to tell your life story, what photos would you choose? Why? In which of those...
robert-sward's picture
Aug.10.2009
Esalen Catalog listing for workshop I'll be leading April 9 - April 11. Final (or near-final) version: If someone asked you to sum up the story of your life in one sentence, what would it be? If you had to choose just half a dozen family photos to tell your life story, what photos would you choose...
robert-sward's picture
Jul.27.2009
Confirmation from Esalen. I'll be teaching "A Weekend Workshop: Autobiography for Poets, Fiction and Non-Fiction Writers," April 9 - April 11, 2010.  Description: Practical instruction in the techniques of autobiography for both experienced and...