This semester has been very interesting with my Top 10 U.S. Issues class in the morning and Time Travel in the afternoon.
Top 10 issues topics so far have been:
- Income Inequality – with the Inequality for All (Reich, 2013) film as a discussion starter.
- Poverty, Hunger, Homelessness, Housing . . . – with the film The Line (Midgett, 2012).
- Financial industry & Government – with Inside Job (Ferguson, 2010) film as a starter: How depressing, I was an Obama supporter until I saw who he appointed as financial policy makers and regulators.
Although it is easy to see the interesting topics and the discussions that follow the films, the most important part of the class is the section where we hear about folks implementing solutions to the problems created in those issues. Folks who are housing advocates, food banks operators, etc., give us their perspectives on the impacts that can be made locally. Ken Cross has put together a great class schedule and is an effective facilitator.
In the Time travel class we have looked at three methods of time travel to date. What fun the class is. We saw a time machine travel 800,000 years, a time travel phone booth that could easily hold a dozen or so people as it zipped across 3,000 years or so, and a beta level time machine that was pushed to the extremes of the battery sources available. Can you guess what we saw?
By the way, I am having trouble with my web site (www.wiseley.org) so I haven’t been able to update it for a few months.
We’re doing fine and were starting to get some warmer weather in Sacramento. We finally got some rain on Mar 14th after no rain in February. The Snapdragons are starting to act dormant again, after a few nice blooms, with the onset of a real winter (in Sacramento) with highs in the upper 50s. (LOL) The roses started to recover from the cold but are back to dormant.
Classes at the Sacramento Renaissance Society were in full swing for the spring semester when they were cancelled to due COVID-19 (as is everything else – see next post).
I am golfing occasionally still and reading some great fiction thrillers (see my reading reports at my site The Morning Read or goodreads-chuck-wiseley to see what I’m reading). I’ve finished
The Righteous Mind (enjoyed it thoroughly) and just finished no. 27 of Patterson’s
Alex Cross series “Criss Cross.” The Fifth Risk, the Jane Hawk series (Dean Koontz), The Alpha Predator and Killer Collective are also recent favorites.
If you want to know why the response to the pandemic is locally mandated social distancing rather than a coordinated federal effort, read THE FIFTH RISK which is about lack of management at the top.
As of this last Monday, all classes, support groups, doctor visits and association meetings have been cancelled or moved online. We only go out for necessities and avoid people. “You ain’t seen nothing yet,” Jack O’Connell of the Sac Bee reported. I think we may be re-evaluating, as Marc Breton of the Bee reported on Wednesday that:
This current isolation makes you question our tolerance for science denial. Our tolerance for a broken health care system. Our tolerance for ignorance on public health and homelessness. Our tolerance for weakened public schools …
You still see and hear from people in this town – the capital of California and one of the largest economies in the world – who are in denial of what we are experiencing and how we got here.
We’re going to be paying for that denial for years to come.
Stay safe, wash your hands frequently, and practice social distancing.
On January 15th, 2020, I started a weight loss program through Kaiser to get rid of the 40 pounds I’ve gained since 2014. As of this writing, 17 days into the program, I have lost about 7.5 lbs. The weight is falling off at about .4 lbs a day. It is hard to really determine the losses as I am also doing more strength training which builds muscle (denser than fat), but I can now fit into shirts that I couldn’t wear three weeks ago. Yes!
Summer is coming to a close with mild weather (so far) in Sacramento! It was hot in Sacramento this summer with lots of smoke from the forest fires surrounding us. Now and then we got a cool evening that lasted till morning that we loved so much we headed to the ocean for the cool afternoons. We stayed in a number of places on the coast from Cambria, Monterey, and Eureka in California, to Florence and Lincoln City in Oregon.
The peach tree has given up the last of it’s fruit (until next year) and it was really yummy stuff! We have a huge crop of Thompson seedless grapes this year. The clusters are huge but the grapes the size of a marble. They are so sweet but a pain to pick enough off the clusters to eat.
Classes at the Sacramento Renaissance Society were over for the summer. We had fun looking at the more popular Time-Travel modes in literature and film this last year (both fall and spring). I miss seeing my classmates and am looking forward to the new fall semester in September where we’ll do “Magic, Myths, and Fairy Tales”. I am still spending lots of time golfing and reading a few of the new political books and some fiction (mostly thrillers – see goodreads to see what I’m reading).
I have made a commitment to start updating the blog more often. Let’s see if it sticks.
What an adventure. Spent a week in Sac during the 108 degree heat wave preparing for a 10 day trip to the Oregon Coast (aka., 61 degree high) and had no clue what to pack. I ended up packing winter, spring and a day of summer. Wore the spring gear without a windbreaker as we were very lucky that the sun came out for 6 of the 9 days there and we saw 68 degrees most of the days. Golf was fun in the rolling hills on the coast (reminded me of Spy-glass in Monterey). Saw a lot of clam-diggers from the condo balcony and thousands of clam holes in the sand walking on the beach at Siletz Bay.
Had lunch with Jon (of Jan & Jon) at the Inn at Spanish Head where we had a number of happy hour clams during our stay. What a beautiful view. Returned to 93 degrees in Sac with cool 70 degree nights (60 degree low) and “Independence day” where we celebrate not walking down streets with people carrying automatic weapons by blasting off fireworks.