Richard Fiorentino now in Ireland


Hope all is well in the grape empire and land of the free and home of the brave

Richard traveler
one day at a time
whichever the wind blows and the river flows
and the money goes
and comes



Richard Fiorentino, Russian River poet who lives in Gureneville is departing on a European tour.

These are some photos taken in Santa Rosa today (Mar. 10, 2014).


This is a B&W version


last is the “postcard”.



Another Personal Hero

Another Personal Hero:

Climb a tree, stand on a corner carrying your sign, protest for what you believe in. An old friend fasted for over 200 days across the street from the White House. Charlie Hyder is a role model for what I consider a true activist. That was over 25 years ago.
Seems like just the other day Charlie, Ron Sun Miller and myself were hanging out together in Albuquerque. He had a great sense of humor and created a special kind of easy camaraderie that becomes more and more difficult to find.
We come and then we go.
Below is a link and info about Charles Hyder, Ph.D., ex-NASA astrogeophysicist, University of New Mexico professor. I was saddened to learn that he died in 2004.
Make sure you check out the photo links. You’ll find the last image particularly interesting. —Ron


Charles Hyder, known as the “fasting Ph.D.,” once went on a 218-day anti-nuclear strike in the 1980s, drawing praise from many, including Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Hyder also had his detractors, who called him a “kook” and worse. But the Albuquerque native and astrophysicist was respected for standing up for what he believed in, including an attempt to keep radioactive waste from being stored in New Mexico, friends said.
Hyder died June 8. His several fasting protests took their toll, and he was in poor health in later years, according to the family’s paid obituary.
His family could not be reached for comment. Burial was private, and no services were held. Hyder was 74.
Ellen Thomas of Washington, D.C., said she and her husband, William, met and became friends with Hyder in the 1980s at Lafayette Park, the protest spot across from the White House. William Thomas founded the park’s peace vigil in 1981.
She said protesters like Hyder are often perceived as “homeless bums and lunatics, but a lot of people respect the idea we’re working on.”
She described Hyder as sure of himself, entertaining, charming and creative.

Among My Personal Heros

JoshuaLorberI’ve know Joshua Lorber and his family since his birth in Philadelphia in the late sixties. He’s been blind since the age of twelve but that does not stop him from consoling “crack babies” at St. Christopher’s Children Hospital in Philadelphia.

Below is a transcript sent to me by his dad Bennett Lorber:

(photo credit: Rudy Lauletta)

Baby Whisperer has a Knack for Comforting Infants     April 24, 2013

What do you call someone who has an extraordinary talent for consoling crying infants? You call him Joshua Lorber. Joshua has been a twice weekly volunteer at St. Christopher’s for 21 years and has worked exclusively with babies.

When there’s an infant in need of soothing, hospital staff know to contact him. “He’s a hot commodity,” says Child Life Manager Ben Broxterman. “Anytime there’s a crying baby, we call Joshua, since he has the magic touch.”

Joshua has earned the nickname “Baby Whisperer” for his amazing ability to calm unhappy, fitful babies. He reveals his technique and explains that he rocks or sings or talks to the baby. While these simple actions don’t sound like much, to a crying infant they provide comfort, security and a sense of calm.

When Joshua was 12, he developed a progressive neurological illness, which left him blind and with cognitive issues. In high school, he was involved in a volunteer outreach activity at a day care center. He greatly enjoyed being around and helping little children. After that experience, Joshua asked to volunteer at St. Christopher’s and he has worked with babies ever since.

“I like helping them,” says Joshua. “I hold them close, love them and give them what they need.”

Mystery Photos from Cold War Germany



Presented here are a series of photos dated 1951. They are pasted inside the front and back of Novalis, Die Lehrlinge zu Sais | Paul Klee, 51 Zeichungen a  book by Novalis a pseudonym of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg, poet, author, and philosopher. It is illustrated with Paul Klee’s art work and copyrighted 1949. The book is in German. I’m just a little curious who these people from sixty years ago could possibly be?ImageImageImageImage

Jane Goodall & Freud


Jane Goodall & Freud

Jane Goodall spoke or I should say grunted and eeked to a full house at the Santa Rosa H.S. auditorium on Saturday, April 6th . Of course the hooting was the her rendition of the greeting that is extended by chimpanzees; she spoke quite normally the rest of the time. She recounted the childhood experiences which led to her eventually becoming the foremost primatologist in the world.
She still has the stuffed chimpanzee given to her by her father when she was only a year old. She recalled becoming fascinated with animals through her reading of Doctor Dolittle when she was 8 years old and becoming
fascinated with Arica when she was 10 after reading Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan. She added that she felt he married the wrong Jane!
She also spoke of the strong parental support she received from her parents particularly her mother. She recounted how her curiosity about how eggs could physically come from chickens which led to her hiding out for long periods in the chicken coop to observe this process for herself, this was after she discovered that the chickens would just run off when she was visible.
This experience was her initiation into being the patient solitary observer. Jane Goodall then recounted of how her dream of going to Africa was finally realized when she was invited by a friend to come visit.She set sail in 1957 (the same year I graduated from High school) and while there met S.B.Leaky . He hired her as an assistant and eventually asked Jane to study wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. In July 1960, Jane arrived in Gombe. Her mother traveled with her as British authorities didn’t want a young woman living alone in the jungle.
Jane Goodall despite her fame has a real air of humility and mentioned her great discoveries, that chimpanzees were meat eaters and tool users almost in passing. Her focus these days is promoting the work of the Jane Goodall Foundation and her mission to prevent rapidly disappearing chimpanzee populations.
She is also quite active in ending the use of chimps and other animals for medical research. Goodall feels that humanity is on a “shipwreck course” but still has faith in the “human brain” to resolve these problems.
A couple of years ago I went to a talk given by Shirley MacLaine, who’s only a couple of weeks younger than Jane Goodall’s 79, (the whole auditorium sang Happy Birthday to Jane on Saturday). The two of them, one who led almost a solitary life, and the other who was so public and exposed still had one thing in common and they both shared a hope in humanity and its future. A hope that can be actualized by today’s children and young people.