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I'm an Oakland jazz salsa singer-songwriter, fluent in a few languages thanks to my itinerant childhood. Since 2004 I've done more than a dozen studio recordings for my own & other bands. In 2010, I sang on the Grammy-nominated Bien! Bien! In 2011, I made a fan-funded CD, and in 2012 my singing/songwriting was on Pacific Mambo Orchestra's debut CD. In 2013, we won a Grammy!

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Oakland family camp gets 4 musician teachers in 2017!

Oakland family camp gets 4 musician teachers in 2017!

It’s my 10th year teaching (or something like that, I’ve lost count)! This year I’m thrilled that we have four (count ’em) musicians joining me (and many more among campers and jammers)! Read on! OFRC MUSIC WEEK boasts four professional musician guest artists, July 9-16, 2017 All ages are welcome to explore ensemble playing on a variety...
Three great musician/teachers in 2015! COME TO Oakland Feather River Camp MUSIC WEEK!

Three great musician/teachers in 2015! COME TO Oakland Feather River Camp MUSIC WEEK!

COME TO OFRC MUSIC WEEK! July 5-12, 2015 All ages are welcome to explore ensemble playing on a variety of instruments (bring what you have!). A few guitars and ukeleles, a piano and some percussion instruments will be available. We will also offer accompaniment for singers. There will be karaoke for over-the-top fun as well as...
Ukelele & Remo drum endorsee Kathy Quain joins me to teach music in nature!

Ukelele & Remo drum endorsee Kathy Quain joins me to teach music in nature!

Music week is July 6-12, 2014 at Oakland Camp. Every year you find yoga & massage by Rivka, art with Susan and Blanka, hikes, dances, horseback riding, karaoke, performances, socials and more at Feather River thanks to our incredible staff and guests of naturalists, artists, body workers, horse wranglers and more. Since 2008, I’ve offered...
Oakland had covered wagons? Pix from the past for Feather River Camp's 90th Anniversary

Oakland had covered wagons? Pix from the past for Feather River Camp’s 90th Anniversary

Here are some pictures I snapped while at the memorial day work weekend up in Oakland beautiful camp. A group had spread out boxes and boxes of historical pictures in order to put together a 90th anniversary time capsule. Here are some I thought were interesting. Feel free to estimate the dates of these pics....
Help Oakland's Feather River Camp renew our city contract on our 90th anniversary! Spread the word!

Help Oakland’s Feather River Camp renew our city contract on our 90th anniversary! Spread the word!

FIRST:    READ these two articles (URLs here and full TEXT pasted below) SECOND:    JOIN our letter-writing campaign to write letters to the editor referencing these articles. to contact council members referencing these articles/others. to bring our issue before city council (before November election) (Rumor has it that “Rebecca Kaplan is bringing something to the council...
Why I left Facebook to find the fractal side of life

Why I left Facebook to find the fractal side of life

I’m afflicted or blessed, depending on your point of view, with the quest for the meaning of life. Maybe it has to do with my moods. I’m always trying to find ways to stay productive and/or keep my head above water. Running long distances makes me happy, but for some reason I procrastinate it (I’ve...
It's So Cold, We Had To...

It’s So Cold, We Had To…

…Cuddle with the cat to keep warm last night!
How I survived in an improvised shelter in the shadow of Mt. Shasta

How I survived in an improvised shelter in the shadow of Mt. Shasta

The rushing burble of water seemed soothing — just the thing to block out any hints of foraging predators (bears, cougars) or nocturnal visitors while I slept in a shelter of my own making. There was a flat clearing in the sandy soil, and I was four feet higher than the water, so barring a...