Zion National Park

On September 26 – 28th, Primo and I went to Zion National Park to go camping and attend a free music festival.  My great great grandparents were the founders of Springdale Utah the town next to Zion.  The Zion Canyon music festival was great.  Our favorite band that played was Rainbow Girls.  Here is a photo of my ancestors and photos of Zion and the music festival:DSC05905
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Las Vegas

On September 24 and 25, Primo and I went to Las Vegas.  We stayed at Excalibur Hotel.  It was in the 90s during the day with winds of 40 to 50 miles an hour both days.  Here are some of my photos:
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Yosemite

On September 23, Primo and I went camping at Tuolume Meadows in Yosemite National Park.  It was warm and sunny during the day but freezing at night.  We were warm in our new sleeping bags that are rated at 20 degrees.

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Daniele and Jeremy’s Wedding

On September 21, my son Brian, Primo and I went to Daniele and Jeremy’s wedding at the First Light Farm in Petaluma.  Brian has been friends with Daniele since they were in college at Humboldt State University.   Here are some of my photos:
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Lila Downs Concert

On September 15, Primo and I went to see our favorite latin singer Lila Downs at Yerba Buena Gardens.   I bought 4 copies of her new Pecados y Milagros DVD/CD to give away as presents.
DSC05509DSC05521DSC05523From behind the stage the entire park was full of her fans.
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Primo took this photo of me.
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Primo dancing.
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The Party Never Ends

Primo and I went to “The Party Never Ends” on August 15th to celebrate the life of Keith Jackson.  Keith invited all his friends and family t0 Phil Lesh’s restaurant and dance hall at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael.  Here is the poster that lists the names of the musicians that played:

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Keith’s friend painted these pictures of Keith:

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There were over 30 great musicians that played at the concert honoring Keith Jackson at his living wake.  Keith has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.  The Living Wake band played Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and some original music.  It was an  amazing show.  Keith gave Primo and I a big hug.  I talked with some folks I use to work with at Berkeley Lab.

Keith Jackson and Jimmie Brighton singing together:

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Brian Tierney playing drums:

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Some of the living wake band:

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Video’s I took of the living wake band:

https://vimeo.com/72524760 – “Goin Down the Road Feeling Bad” song made famous by the Grateful Dead

https://vimeo.com/72532612 – “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” song written by Bob Dylan

Jerry Day

Primo and I had a great time dancing and taking videos at Jerry Day.

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I bought Primo this flower headband there.  The girl in the background thought he was beautiful.  She was from Oregon.

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We saw our friend Dan there.  He just got back from the Rainbow Gathering in Montana.  We’ve been friends since 2000.  I meet him at the Haight Street fair.  He has been living a vans or RVs since I meet him.  He goes to all the festivals we do.  We’ve hung out at Burning Man a few times too.

Dan and I at Jerry Day
I took several videos of the bands.  I uploaded them to Vimeo:  https://vimeo.com/user529273/videos

 

Ten Years with Primo

 

Me and Primo in Kensington 2004.
Primo and I meet each other 10 years ago today. We meet in front of the stage at the Reggae on the River Festival. We danced together and then he asked me if I wanted to have a massage. I said yes and we went to his tent. After the massage he kissed me. We spent the rest of the weekend together dancing and skinny dipping in the Eel River.

I was in the process of getting divorced from Jeff when we meet. Primo was painting his friends houses in Salmon Creek. When he finished painting he stayed with me in Mill Valley for a couple weeks and then he went back to Mexico for six months.

I visited him in Sayulita Mexico that January. He came to live with me in June 2004 in Kensington. We got married January 1, 2005 and went back to Mexico for our honeymoon in April 2005.

I love Primo with all my heart. He is a kind and loving person. We have similar life styles and interests. We are both vegans, we do not drink alcohol and we love to dance, go to music festivals, hike, and going to the beach. I hope we can spend the rest of our lives together and into eternity.

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Being a Vegan

I became a vegan in 2003.  I’ve been a vegetarian since 1998 because I want to save the lives of animals and because I think it is the best diet for our planet and for myself.   My husband Primo has been a vegan since he was 25 years old.

We eat organic fruits, vegetables, seeds, and grains  when ever we can buy them or grow them ourselves.  I also stopped eating wheat, barley and rye.  We have an apple tree, lemon tree, pineapple guava tree, blueberry bush, strawberries, tomatoes, parsley, and carrots growing in our backyard.

It was a slow process for me to become a vegan.  When I was pregnant with my daughter Jennifer in 1978 just looking at meat made me feel ill so I stopped eating red meat (beef, pork, lamb).  I continued eating chicken, turkey and fish occasionally.  When my son Brian became a vegan while he was in college at Humboldt State University I decided to stop eating all animals.  He gave me a brochure on the benefits of being a vegan.   I always felt guilty about killing animals for my food.   Meat = Murder

I suggest reading:
“World Peace Diet” by Will Tuttle, Ph.D
“The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II. MD
“Diet for a new America” by John Robbins
These books should be read by anyone interested in a healthy living.

Wedding in Murphys

I went to a wedding in Murphys with my son Brian.  My daughter Jen’s best friend since 3rd grade got married last weekend.  It was 104 degrees during the day and in the 80s at night.  It was a really fun wedding!

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