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Red Lantern

This sculpture by Andy Cao & Xavier Perrot at Cornerstone Festival Gardens in Sonoma held me captive for many minutes. Called Red Lantern, the reddish orange crystals hanging over the water held the sun’s light on the windswept day I visited. I sat cross-legged at the end of the railroad ties, asking the art to […]

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In These Arms, A Song for All Beings — Jennifer Berezan

In this time when the news shows humanity’s increased disharmony, forgotten interconnectedness, and our leaders using war as a solution to war, I send this beautiful song of remembrance from Jennifer Berezan. We all want to be happy and not to suffer. We all want love.  Let’s be that love.

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2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Deborah welcoming guests to the opening reception of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrating Kenya and China. She was also one of the sponsors of “Divas Night,” celebrating women singers from Kenya.

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Career Girls

“It isn’t enough to tell young girls to “dream big” or “aim high.” Without proper encouragement, or concrete methods for turning their abilities into tangible careers, many young women can simply flounder in the educational system. Career Girls is an organization dedicated to providing young girls of all income levels and ethnic backgrounds with the […]

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Please join us and help transform a girl’s life

LaTanya Richardson Jackson & Deborah Santana Invite you to spend one Saturday afternoon to transform a girl’s life. Please join us for delicious food and wine, and information about how you can help girls change the world. We will show award-winning short documentary Girls of Daraja. Founders Jason & Jenni Doherty will share Daraja Academy’s […]

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Grace Lee Boggs

I describe myself as a social activist, philanthropist, and spiritual seeker. I study the history and expressions of women leaders who are working to make the world a better place for all. One of my sheroes is Grace Lee Boggs, who started a school to nurture creative, critical thinkers who contribute to the well-being of […]

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Come see 2 films by Oscar Nominated filmmaker, Robin Friday

Dear Friends, Please come see 2 films by Oscar Nominated filmmaker, Robin Friday! The Barber of Birmingham has won numerous accolades, as well as an Oscar nomination; Riding My Way Back brings the story of soldiers suffering trauma from war healing through a connection with horses. Tuesday, March 4th in Oakland – join me!

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January

January usually finds me hibernating in cold, rainy weather, my heater turned up, while I wait for warmer days. But this first month of 2014 is different – daytime temperatures are in the 70s, we have had no rain, and 62 percent of California has been classified as under “extreme drought”. On my morning hikes, […]

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