I heart Seattle: the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade

Let's get this party started right.

Let's get this party started right.

Every year on the solstice weekend, one of our funkier, more eclectic neighborhoods throws a huge weekend party to celebrate. The party starts with a parade on Saturday morning, which is infamous for it’s naked cyclists, who kick-off the parade each year.

There are some great things to be learned from this über-green, hippy-dippy of festivals (as a girl from Santa Fe who brought tarot cards to Seattle, I mean that in the BEST way). So after the jump, five things we can learn from this festival AND video of naked cyclists!

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This is why Bonita is throwing up the deuce in 09

Throwing up the Deuce

Love can't Hate

I’m a little taken aback by the strong reaction by some of my more conservative friends and family.  I know I shouldn’t be. When I went back and read it through their eyes, especially these opening lines, I could see how it could put them on the defensive.  And I wasn’t sure how to respond. Or even if I should. More

The Silent Machine

Day of Service, baby!

Day of Service, baby!

Obama and his team of very smart people did not invent the silent machine, but they saw the potential and figured out how to use it. This is how the silent machine transformed Ole Bonita from a well-intentioned slacker to community organizer in a very short time.

It started when another mom, a goddess activist, started sending me emails about Obama. They were respectful, thoughtful and always included a line at the end about “let me know if you don’t want to keep receiving these emails.” That last line was important, because it showed her respect of my privacy and time.The early emails spoke about why she liked Obama as a candidate, the later emails used facts to counter some of the more egregious lies being flung at the Obama campaign.

Can you believe it? Rather than rolling in the mud, the Obama campaign opted instead to calmly present thinking people with the facts. And then let them act on them as they saw fit?!  I’m telling  you people, it’s a Wu Wei Revolution, you just don’t see it yet. read: Powered by Knowledge

The revolution is upon us. Wake up!

Viva La Revolucion!

my people are you with me? where you at?

The w years will forever be a low point in our country’s history. Much like the Regan economic and drug policies, w’s administration left a legacy our country will spend decades paying for and trying to correct.

Luckily we can now look back see that it is always darkest before the dawn. It’s time assess the damage and take a hard look at what we have become. It’s not pretty, we have lost our way. Our consumption is out of control, we are at the mercy of big business and we are failing the most vulnerable  members of our society. But we have a visionary leader ready to address these gross injustices. More