This Week’s Passion is Leanne’s blog—commentary on current issues and happenings.

Year of the Dragon 2012

Celebrating the Lunar New Year 2012 at the Oakland Museum of California.

Accordion Babes

You don’t even have to like accordion music to love the Accordion Babes. Together and individually, the Babes each fully occupy their own distinct musical personas. Their annual Revue rocked the house recently at Rhythmix Cultural Works, a center in Alameda for entertainment and workshops wild and unusual. Amber Lee, with flowing red hair, writes her […]

Occupy Your Hood

Facts and Action for the 99%

General Strike Successful!

Oakland, California: We set off to the port before sunset. When we got past the bridge, I looked back and as far as I could see was an ocean of people marching their way up and over the bridge onto the port. Behind a  General Strike sign, protesters of many different backgrounds and ages (there […]

Occupy/Liberate Oakland: Firsthand Experience

A firsthand report and personal perspective on what the Occupy/Liberate Oakland movement is all about.

Eight Million Rosies

A great outdoor exhibit on the SF Bay trail in Richmond, CA makes the story behind Rosie the Riveter come alive.

In the Heart of the Mission

An afternoon in the Mission sings of cultural vitality, old and new.

Black-Crowned Night Heron in Local Creek

When I first moved to Glenview 15 years ago, my neighbors were just beginning a project to restore the local creek. I joined in for a couple years. They’re still at it and have done wonders, to the benefit of all the residents. I recently spotted a Black-Crowned Night Heron in Sausal Creek and board member Mark Rauzon caught a perfect photo of it days earlier. To read my blog, see the Friends of Sausal Creek newsletter.

Meeting Sarah Kolker

Every year, at Born to Drum, the music camp for women, I meet the most ingenious, creative and talented women. This year, I met Sarah Kolker in Chief Luisah Teish’s Eco-Mythology workshop. During the brief workshop, Sarah painted two pieces of art on found wood and wrote the prose below. Check it out along with […]

Spring Scare

Mt. Diablo’s Mitchell Canyon is an accessible and exciting place to see wildflowers and wildlife in June. The path has an easy incline and levels off most of the way. Buckeyes are bursting forth with clusters of tiny white flowers. Ithuriel’s spear, which resembles a spear as much as a dalmation resembles a terrier, lights […]