Day after gorgeous day, beautiful fall colors of the leaves. The bonsai/penjing in training Japanese Princess Persimmon made three miniature fruit, coloring orange as the small leaves drop.
Driving around town, through Tauhindauli Park, I saw the historic marker: Upper Soda Springs Campsite of Indians and Hudson Bay Trappers and Popular resort on California-Oregon trail 1857-1920 although research reveals the HBT were operating in the area as early as 1834.
My son James, wife Amy and three-year-old daughter Maddie visited, and we had a snow day at Bunny Flat. Only a scant few inches to make snow angels, enough for us to have fun. More snow to come…
While waiting in line at the pharmacy, I met Prof. Don Eads. We were pleasantly surprised to discover: he taught at Peking University at the same time I was working at Tsinghua University in Beijing last year. What are the chances…
Dr. Don is a complex renaissance man, born and raised in Hawaii, childhood chum of Barry Barak Obama. Dr. Eads has an impressive profile if you’re interested: International coordinator at Tony Robbins Foundation. He’s in Mt Shasta to record a CD of his contemporary, Hawaiian-style music. Recorded in Beijing
Dr. Don’s organizing Global Aloha Day for 12-12-12. The idea is ‘hanging loose with your ohana (family) Hawaiian style, talking story, being kind, sharing and eating. Deeper reflections are encouraged. Aloha is a way of life.”
Thanksgiving dinner started at 2pm at Lynn and Linda Price’s house.
Conversation nibbles: crackers, cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, spiced Sicilian olives
Nutty textured cranberry-orange jello with citrus sauce
Yukon gold mashed (not whipped) potatoes with turkey gravy, of course
Homemade (in two homes) whole wheat croissants
Mashed yams with pineapple
Artisanal apple (from Petty's tree), pecan dressing
Green bean casserole with crunchy onions
Pumpkin pie made with jam
Champagne, wine, and power aid
After dinner we went downstairs to look at Linda’s Store, Boxcar Gallery. I tried on a vintage blue/purple leather dress by Bill Morgan of North Beach Leather with a short, circular skirt, padded shoulders and long sleeves. Don Eads was attracted to the vintage 60s Fillmore posters, looking for bands he might have played with. Then he sat at a 1926 Brambach Baby Grand Piano, previously owned by Sam Mazzei, local Dunsmuir musician. Linda and I were astonished Don had heard of the Hottentot Band of Sam Mazzei’s from the 40s.
I’ve got 2 books for this blog. The recent unsettling developments between Israel and Gaza are more understandable since I read The Spirit of Cities by Daniel Bell. Jerusalem is the first of nine cities revealed in a personal consideration of the ethos or values in this scholarly travelogue.
The Spirit of Cities
Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age
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By Daniel A. Bell and Avner de-Shalit
I met Daniel Bell online last year when I was applying for a job at Tsinghua University. Mr Bell was referred to me by my alma mater UCLA’s Chinese Studies Center as a contact at Tsinghua in the Philosophy Department.
This book, 346 pages, challenges reader to remember favorite cities and to match impressions and memories with Bell and de-Shalit’s personal and analytical abstracts of nine great cities and their distinguishing ethos: Jerusalem (religion), Montreal (language), Singapore (nation building), Hong Kong (materialism), Beijing (political power), Oxford (learning), Berlin (tolerance) and New York (ambition). It is available from Princeton at http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9544.htmlat Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Cities-Identity-Matters-Global/dp/069115144X.
Rise of the Red Engineers
The Cultural Revolution and the Origins of China’s New Class
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By Joel Andreas
The history of Tsinghua University and the history of China are closely twined. One of the last things done by the old dynasty was to deed a portion of the royal Summer Garden to Tsinghua and other universities in 1911. Since then the fate of the country and the university unfolds ensemble. As such, it provides an opportunity to view events within a context. It starts with the building of socialism: the formation of the political foundations of class power beginning in December 1948 as Communist troops advance on Beijing and arrive at Tsinghua University. Cadres take over control and a simmering conflict emerges between the old elites, professors and students, and Mao’s politically connected veteran soldiers. Who has political and cultural capital and who doesn’t, who has what kind of credentials of family origin or educational status, who is a party member and not: all this combines into a fascinating, high-stakes story revealed in painstaking academic research and impeccable survey results.
344 pages, the book is available from Stanford at http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=16889 and at Amazon.com
A synopsis of the book is attached. Red Enginers synopsis
See you later