Thursday, July 20, 2017

more reasons to admire Lithuania

Thanks to John Quin for sending this to me:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/lithuanian-book-smugglers

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Summer Vacation


My long-time friend, Daniel Spatz and family are taking me to Norway and Lithuania with them as their professional tour guide. I'm even learning 'Norsk' [Norwegian]. The five of us fly out of Oakland on August 5th and arrive in Oslo on the 6th where we’ll spend four days exploring Oslo and Horten. Our accommodations overlook the Opera House and the beach. 

On the 10th we’ll be taking the ‘Norway in a Nutshell Tour’ riding a train across the top of the fjord and dropping 2800 feet down to the sea and taking a boat tour of the fjords on the way to Bergen [just click on the photo to see our apartment after you click on this link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18971126?eal_exp=1500873628&eal_sig=3943acaadd2f6d4641c63a45e04c06e3733589e7e42fdce6892677376373e5c0&eal_uid=30816042&eluid=0&euid=3b74fa12-cda4-7bc2-f4b5-0fac1c168f99 ] where we’ll hop on a bus tour of the city.

On Friday the 11th we fly from Bergen to Kaunas, Lithuania, the old capital city and will drive from there through Moletai [the geo center of Europe, two observatories, and the other Jonas’ Perkunas temple and campsite] on our way to Romuva Summer Camp in our village. I’ll have a full house, and the boys will have a marvelous time with a 100 other 12-25 year-olds. Camp runs from 8/10-16 with Zemyna’s [the Earth Goddess] celebration on 8/15.

On the 16th we’ll head back to Kaunas via Trakai and Kernave, and will be staying in the heart of the city next to the Romuva theater for two nights. On the 18th we head to Palanga on the coast to see the Amber Museum, Raganas Kalnas [Hill of the Witches], and will be staying at one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever seen, the Bellavila.lt. It’s less than 100 meters from the Baltic Sea and the rooms are amazing. On the 19th, Daniel and family head back to the States, and I fly on to Milan for the Eurovision Awards and even more European adventures returning to California on 9/24 via London.
 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

2017

The 2017 Celestial Calendars have arrived!

I have the Pocket Astrologer [4 ¼” x 5 ½”] in Eastern or Pacific time for $6.00 each. I have the Wall Calendar in Eastern or Pacific for $11.00 each. I have the Astrologer’s Datebook [4 ¼” x  6 ¾”] with both times zones in it for $9 each.

Shipping is $2.00 for 1st item and .50 for each additional item. Send money to: Prudence, 61 Russell Drive, Antioch, CA 94509. You can also send $$ to my paypal address which is prudence21@juno.com. I’m going to be in Ohio 11/21-30, so if I don’t receive your order before then, it won’t be shipped till 12/1.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Presentation

I know it's been a while. I still haven't written up last year's sojourns, but thought I'd better send this out while it's still fresh.

It's been too busy this last week and today is the first day to myself in the villa since the conference started. Now that it's been presented to the Congress, I wanted to share my presentation with you. Rhoda did a fabulous job putting my first power point presentation together, and I will probably share it at PantheaCon 2017 as well. It's pretty self-explanatory, and I received nice feedback from both ECER participants and the students/friends who paid to see the presentations on Friday. There were close to 200 people in the Philosopher's Hall. Prague is half the price of SF and just as much fun. I'm staying in my villa until 8/1 and then off to Vilnius.

Please click on this link to access my presentation:

 
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzxgeZp3u4vQZDA3azRReUNwMzg

Monday, June 6, 2016

Adventures in my sleepy, little beach town





I do indeed lead a charmed life. Last night after returning home from ‘paint nite’ in Vacaville with Rhoda, I discovered that my neighbors [Amber & Anthony] had hooked me into their wi-fi. Hooray! I now have internet at home [at least on the side of the house next to their. I was checking my messages and my friend, Jacqui, from the library had sent me a post about President Clinton appearing in Antioch today! I signed up immediately. Now Antioch is a city of about 100,000 people, but about a tenth of us live in the old part of Antioch north of Highway 4, which is called Rivertown – the old name for our city. Mr. Clinton was to appear at Marsh elementary which is less than three blocks from my home.
          I raced back after class at the Senior Center. As I turned onto my street, I could see a huge crowd a block away and nearly ran into a group of people who’d parked on our street. Safe in my own driveway, I ran inside to change out of my ‘Feel the Bern’ shirt, put on sunblock, grabbed an umbrella, and walked on over. The line was at least two blocks long, but about 50 people into it, I ran into one of my neighbors in a shady spot next to the fence. As I hugged her hello, I whispered in her ear, “Thanks for saving me a place.” The delta breeze was very pleasant in the shade while we waited at least 30 more minutes to be let in the gate. The rally was to be held outside. My friend, who had attended that very school, said the auditorium wasn’t air-conditioned.
          Unlike most of the rallies going on, once they opened the gates, the only security checks occurred if you had a large bag. There were only two signs – one for Hillary, and one for Jesse Ventura[?]. Across the street, four people had climbed onto their roof to view the event. There were less than a thousand people, and I found a place on the side of the stage in the shade about six people back. The crowd was as diverse as any California crowd could be; people were actually nice to each other. One of the democratic clubs was giving out free sunglasses, and others were giving out bottled water which was great in the 90 degree heat. [When I left, everyone had even picked up the trash! The only smokers were using pens.] There were only three short speeches until the former President gave an impassioned 20 minute speech supporting his wife and Democratic principles, and I taped every minute of it, even though my view was pretty poor. At the end of the speech, he started out shaking hands, posing for photos at the fence at the front of the stage opposite the side I was on. I was about 4 people out from his exit door, but when he finally reached me, I shook his hand and handed him a picture with a pen to sign for me. The Secret Service took the pen away, but some woman wrote my name on a post-it, put it on the picture and disappeared inside with it. An Indian man on one side of me wanted a baseball signed, and a black man on the other wanted his Warriors T Shirt signed. Most of the crowd dispersed, but at least a dozen of us waited about 20 minutes till the Antioch Chief of police came out and dispensed our treasures.
          Last year when I was in England [and I still haven’t written the long version of that travelogue], the only painting I did was of a building I could see from the window of our lodgings in Hammersmith, called the White House. President Clinton signed and dated it for me. I’m still ecstatic over it. He’s the only presidential candidate for whom I’ve voted who has ever been elected. I’ve called a few of my friends, but am writing this from my neighborhood air-conditioned Starbucks. Am posting the picture from paint nite, but will take a while to post the ‘White House’ one.
          This was the first President I’ve ever seen in person. In 1980, when I lived in Dayton, OH, we went to a rally about the same size as this one to see Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Stewart campaign. Before that, in 1960, my father was running for judge and I sat between him and JFK on our way to a rally.
          I really do enjoy my sleepy little town.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Greetings from Canada

At last! Trollforge recorded my concert at Midgard in Alfred,Ontario and posted it on Youtube. Warning: Adult language!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

More Upcoming Events


Wednesday, November 11th, Einharjar at the Wave Organ at 5 pm in SF. End symble for Whitman.

Saturday, November 14th – St. Peter Martyr School’s Annual Holiday Boutique & Luncheon, 10 am–3 pm, 425 West 4th Street, Pittsburg [Hand-made amber & other jewellery for sale by Pasha & Prudence.]

November 21st – Della’s Birthday
November 22nd – Cecilia’s Birthday

November 26th – Thanksgiving Dinner at Patt’s [all welcome]

Sunday, December 6th – Amber Party at my home in Antioch, 1-4 pm. Call 925-755-9019 if you’d like to attend.
 December 10th - Red Hat Victorian Tea at the Senior Center in Antioch. $15/person. 11-1pm.
December 10th – 17th – My sister Cathy will be visiting. Planning to go to Lovejoy’s for tea on Friday the 11tharound 11:30 am. Let me know if you want to join us. 12/11-13 – We’ve rented a house for two nights one block from Santa Rosa Fairground for the Emerald Cup.

December 17th – Daniel’s 40th!

December 22nd – Yule at Patt’s. ALL welcome. Starts at sunset. Rite at 8 pm.

December 25th – Full Moon Xmas dinner and Wassail at Prudence’s in Antioch. 4 pm till ? [Dinner around 6 pm.]


January 8th -10th, 2016 – Twelfth Night in Concord at the Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd. [SCA event, but you do not need to pay to visit the Merchant Room]