Local Landscapes – Photography Show Coming Up Soon!

Sara Silver


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Steele Lane Community Center

415 Steele Lane Santa Rosa CA


November 24, 2015 – January 14, 2016

Monday – Friday 8:30-5:00 pm


Wednesday December 2, 2015

4:00 – 6:00 pm



To see more photographs, please visit my website http://sarasilver,com
or my Flickr site https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarasilver

Show Location:
Steele Lane Community Center Lobby
415 Steele Ln. Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: (707) 543-3282This show is made possible by City of Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks.
Fog on Coleman Valley Road

The Community Center is accessible to all and has plenty of free parking!
Steele Lane Community Center (707) 543-3282

Kathleen Senzell, Fine Artist, Paints Scenes from the Wild West and Much More

Artist Spotlight

WHO: Kathleen Senzell, Northern California Oil Painter

WEBSITE: http://senzell.com

Kathy’s work is clean and bold, with strong colors and contrasts of light. She paints beautiful animal & bird portraits, both wild and domesticated, stunning landscapes featuring iconic places, commissioned portraits, and a category I like to call “storytelling”. Her painting, Game for the Deed, (shown below) is a perfect example.


Her great love of all animals,  support of animal rights all over the world, as well as her accomplishments as a horsewoman provide many of her painting subjects; she is also deeply interested in historical aspects of the  American Southwest, reflected in works such as Chief Joseph (below).

Chief Joseph


A California native, Kathy studied art in Southern California schools and colleges before moving to Oregon where she immediately fell in love with the wilderness and the animals that inhabit it. As word spread about her ability to capture the “look” of the animals in her paintings, she began doing commissioned work.

Excerpt from her Artist Biography page      http://senzell.com/about

She can be contacted through her website http://senzell.com/contact . Drop her an email if you are interested in the purchase of an original oil painting, limited edition prints, or commissioning an original work. And don’t forget to stop by her website to see more of her unique works of art.

Profound Thoughts and Silly Memories of The Late Great Robin Williams

I only met Robin once, and it is a funny and personal memory I will cherish always. I never saw him perform his act  live but I think I caught a recording of every show available, plus if I knew he was to be a guest on a show, I did whatever it took to see him. Who didn’t? He didn’t set the standard for comedians, he was in a class all by himself with a style unmatched yet deeply respected by all others in his field. His acting was outstanding as well, yes, and some of my favorite movies are “his” movies. The top 2 are Fisher King and The Birdcage.  Both paired him with amazingly talented actors and in both cases he didn’t steal the show yet was phenomenal in his own right.

I get up each morning and think “Am I really getting up today to a world without Robin Williams?” I never thought that would happen, at least not so soon.

Yet my most profound thought regarding his death is this: If it is true that laughter keeps us healthy and may even help us live longer, then we all have had some time taken away from us on this earth. 

The WordPress.com Transparency Report

The WordPress.com Blog

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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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.


For All My Friends Living In The City

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.