One of my "fans" thought I was on vacation because I haven't posted a blog in a while. I had been posting two blogs a week, but I'm cutting down to one a week.
I started teaching a new class For University of Phoenix two weeks ago on The Arts, so I haven't been writing my blogs as much. This is an easy class for the students and instructor. It's a survey course on painting, sculpture, architecture, dance, theater, and movies. So far we have discussed Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night," Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," Michelangelo's "Pieta," and a Mary Cassatt painting of her sister.
This week we are discussing the "Healing power of dance," which I didn't know anything about, so I'm learning as we go along too. The class is fun and helps take my mind away from all the not so good things happened last week.
I was shocked by the murder of Pat Perry in Danville. I didn't know Pat Perry very well. I met her a couple of times and saw her at some City Council meetings, but she had a strong personality and once you met her you didn't forget her. At least I didn't and I forget almost everyone.
Then there's that shooting of the young woman from Pleasanton, Kathryn Steinle, for no reason, by another crazy guy with a gun. This guy shouldn't have even been in this area. He should have been deported to Mexico or in prison in Texas. I thought Texans were supposed to be tough on criminals. Now of course Republicans are blaming San Francisco. He wouldn't have been here if the authorities in Texas had done their jobs.
The Tri-Valley used to be an island of calm in a sea of confusion, but now the confusion is catching up to us, surrounding us. That's what it feels like to me now.
On a lighter (or not) note, I traded my 2013 Ford Focus in a 2014 Nissan Frontier. Trucks always have macho names. This is bigger than my old Ranger, but it is very comfortable and handles well. It will not be as easy to park as my smaller Focus, but I like sitting up tall in the cab. It has a four door cab, which is almost like being inside a car with a truck bed in the back. I probably spent too much, but I'm not sorry (yet) that I bought it.