The WordPress.com Transparency Report

April 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Automattic’s mission is to democratize publishing, and a fully informed citizenry is the foundation of any functioning democracy. Keeping our users and the public fully informed about our policies on responding to government requests has always been important to us — and now, more than ever, candor in this area is vitally important.

In keeping with these principles, we’re pleased to release our first transparency report. This initial report summarizes the number of government information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests that we received during the second half of 2013. In addition to giving our users full transparency about the volume of these requests, we also hope that publicly reporting our data will help hold all parties (including us) accountable.

A few highlights of our report:

Information Requests. For the second half of 2013, approximately 0.0001% of the 48 million sites that we host were subject to a…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL!

March 22, 2014 § 2 Comments

This may surprise most of you but I am a William Shatner Fan from not way back.  Pretty recent development, actually.

His  autobiography Up Til Now as well as his recent book Shatner’s Rules (excellent audiobooks,  narrated by Bill of course)  have accompanied me on my last three road trips. This gives me the illusion that he has come along for the ride. Unexpected benefit, as he is quite chatty and very interesting, are his candor, humor, and good nature.  So even though he doesn’t know me  and never will,  he is feels like a good friend of mine.

We have traveled, along with my dog Bodie and Sock Monkey (who gives up shotgun position for Bill) to Death Valley and the Eastern Sierras, Carson Pass and Alpine County in California,  Central and Eastern Oregon, and of course my most recent trip to Arizona, a 3000+ mile canyon-fest.  He respects my creative process, which is no surprise, but does not chip in for gas.

Happy Birthday, Bill.

Sara

For All My Friends Living In The City

March 12, 2014 § 2 Comments

As I stated in the title, this is for anyone living in a truly urban area, like San Francisco.

I never knew this factoid until I moved up to Sonoma County where rural meets and mingles with urban. It is a totally worthless bit of information, I know, but I like it, so I am sharing it.

As the sun went down this evening, blessedly later due to  Daylight Savings (yay!) I heard a surprising sound-something (many somethings, actually) were  making  jungle-like noises to each other, reminding me that there are many  a strange reality  to life among the farms and fields: lots of people have pet peacocks. Not caged nor corralled but freely living on their owners’  property, hanging out with cows or in the neighbor’s flower beds adorning their land, sometimes roaming up the golden hills in the afternoon or watching the sunset from an abandoned building.

 

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Showing Off Sara’s Dog

September 26, 2013 § 1 Comment

This time I am showing off  someone else’s creation, depicting a familiar friend of mine.

The photo below is a representation of an original pastel on monotype by Sylvia Gonzalez,  a  very talented artist from Petaluma who’s  work has been a favorite of mine for about 12 years.  I didn’t even know she did this one until a little pic came via email a few days ago. Yes, that is my dog, Bodie.  This time, I am showing off a work of art featuring my dog while she is still with me, alive and well,  hopefully  for many years to come.

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Sara’s Dog    22 x 28”   pastel on monotype

I just want to say thank you to Sylvia and to anyone who hasn’t seen her spirited, creative, and of course beautiful work, (not just dogs, albeit a favorite theme of mine, but of many natural subjects ) please drop in to her website at sylviagonzalez.com.

What a lovely tribute to a very good dog!

Thanks, Sylvia!

More of Sylvia’s work. . .
    

The Results Are In-Sonoma County Fair 3 Ribbons!

August 13, 2013 § 2 Comments

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Three reasons to love the fair for me. I actually went, for the first time ever, which was fun, as I not only took fun fair pics mostly of lights and rides in motion after dark, but because I spent a few hours photographing butterflies at the Butterfly Experience tent. What a wonderful opportunity to capture these beauties with relative ease.

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I also entered 3 photographs in a  juried competition for photographers, and was pleasantly surprised that all 3 images received ribbons!

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Second Place Winner!

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Third Place Winner!

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Third Place Winner!

An Open Letter to A Iittle Heron

May 28, 2013 § 2 Comments

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Hey Little Night Heron,

I am so so so sorry I didn’t keep you safe, somehow, some way, last week when you left the safety of your home in the Eucalyptus tree. I watched you wander around the street and grass next to it; I stood in the road to make the cars pay attention, slow down. I should have done more, little guy. I never should have stepped out of the road, never should have trusted the character of the driver who killed you. He was going slow, seemed to be attentive, but when I stepped back he did what I find unthinkable.

Did you see the tires begin to turn more quickly, did you see them angle towards you all of a sudden, or were you mercifully unaware you were about to be cruelly and senselessly murdered?

I think you were gone and didn’t hear me either, but in case you were still writhing in agony, your feathered body broken beyond repair, I apologize for the screams and the angry shouts, the swearing, the sobs. No one should die in such chaos, the fading light of their world filled with dark, hot anger.  I am so sorry.

I let you down, my friend, and though I didn’t know you I still cry for you. Forever young. And never forgotten.

Rest in Peace,

A Friend

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ITS THE 1ST ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FEATHERS AT THE BIRD RESCUE CENTER OF SONOMA COUNTY

April 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Where would we be without birds? I never want to find out. Sonoma county is blessed with many species of birds, and on April 28th we have the opportunity to celebrate them, while helping out a great organization and spending time with family and friends.

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The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, CA is opening its doors to the public for the First Annual Festival of Feathers on April 28, 2013, 11am – 4pm.

This open house is for everyone, held at the facilities where birds of prey rehab and groups of young children learn all about our native birds.

from birdrescuecenter.org website:

Guests will be wowed by opportunities for up-close encounters with the Center’s resident birds of prey, which will include a variety of owls, falcons and hawks. Kids of all ages will enjoy a selection of fun and educational activities. Appetizers, snacks, desserts and wines representing Sonoma County’s finest will be available. A silent auction and raffle with items and services offered by wonderful local artists and businesses will be offered.
This place does awesome work and needs all the interest and support it can get.

STREET ADDRESS
Bird Rescue Center
3430 Chanate Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

FACILITIES LOCATION
The Bird Rescue Center’s rehabilitation hospital and offices are located in the North East Santa Rosa area at 3430 Chanate Road, just east of Sutter Hospital.

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