landscape paintings :: the murals of clarion and balmy alley ways

Last week we spent a day in San Francisco, and between birthday activities we had an hour or so to spare and headed to the alleys. I know the city has awesome shopping and dining (and we did have some fine nettle and bacon pizza later that night), but my first stop is always the murals in the Mission. I suspected Clarion Alley would have had a few changes since out last visit, and I was expecting even more political statements. And I had never visited Balmy Alley, which I heard had more Latin American inspired political art. I was right, Clarion Alley was more political this time (which I say every time I visit), though it was about housing rights instead of the election. The other change I noticed was that the alley felt a little more ragged, both the walls and the people…which I suspect is also a sign of the times. As always, it was a reminder that the world is different outside my door, voices need to be heard, and art raises us up. And you know, I am never sure if things around me have changed, or if I am just seeing them differently.

Clarion Alley Mural Project

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Clarion Alley is between Mission and Valencia, 18th and 19th Streets.

Balmy Alley

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Balmy Alley is between 24th and 25th.

All photos by Kim Tackett.

gathering good :: 9 september 2016


Does anyone else feel like they need an emotional palate cleanser after all of the election news this week? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Let’s start with this.

Ten lovely and lonely houses, when you need to get away from the world. Maybe I will see you there on November 9.

Remember Stacy London from What Not To Wear? She has something new to say, and it’s pretty powerful.

Female friendly enamel pins (that’s kind of a silly distinction. but I think I could use the “I am fun” pin).

I always appreciate these lists, though I feel like they are always telling us to enjoy failing. Six Tips For Success from Mike Birbiglia.

The art of the avocado. And I did not just lick the screen!

Love this new website, for those of  us who devour books (in addition to avocados), Read It Forward.

Ten words for emotions you didn’t know you had. I have experienced Malu, for sure.

Art to help you find yourself. Here.

May your weekend be full of kindness, to yourself and others. We’re gonna need it. See you on the flip side.


Photo by Kim Tackett, Plaza de Espana, Seville, Spain.

gathering good :: 2 september 2016


It’s been a swell week, with the completion of my 59th trip around the sun, a Wednesday jaunt to San Francisco, and a few other treats. I’ve had plenty of proof of goodness in the world, despite the dark landscape that seems to surround us.  A few links to take us into the long weekend.

Kind of a wild concept, the kitchenless house. How would this change our lives and our neighborhoods?

33 mindblowing documentaries to download on Netflix (thanks Katie)

Lost and found, a moving photo essay of what our immigrants have had taken away.

Of all the lists, the to-do might be my fave. The 100-year old to-do list hack that still works.

Proof than girls do science, very well, thank you. Your daily trailblazer, Katherine Johnson of NASA.

And a nice segue into Star Trek stamps from USPS!

Here’s a story that may or may not be true, but it sure makes me feel good.

What do women leaders have in common?

On traveling alone.

And this awesome quote.

Have an awesome weekend. See you on the flip side.


Photos by Kim Tackett. Newport, Oregon.

excuse me, but your moral compass seems to be broken

I’ve been thinking about the concept of a moral compass lately. Every time I click onto a news site (which is often) the term “broken moral compass” keeps coming to me. I am with her, for sure, but gosh, this isn’t easy. Like many Americans, I have a few issues…but like many more (I hope), I can understand that I don’t understand everything, and she’s a good…and at moments, great…choice. But…what was she thinking?

The subject isn’t important. They’re piling up, and it is frustrating to watch this happen. I know I will vote for Hillary, but there are a few other people who need to be convinced, and these stories aren’t helping our cause.

And then there’s him. You know who I mean. I don’t think he even has a moral compass…while hers may be broken, his appears to be non-existent. Truthfully, I would have preferred an opponent who was conservative, yet principled. At least you know where he/she stands, and that there is a moral compass (even if it points in a different direction than my own) for reference.

This is what I don’t get…if you aspire to be President, as Hillary has for much of her professional life, and as Donald has for many years, don’t you already know what’s right and what’s wrong? Even if something isn’t clearly right or wrong (as is the case with many things), don’t you assess the appearance of right and wrong? Don’t you consider the implications of something going haywire and mitigate?  It seems that one of the easiest measurements of right and wrong  is “if I have to keep this secret, it’s probably not considered wise.” And if you can’t figure it out, don’t you have someone in your life to say “you know, that’s not a good idea, and while you’re running for President, you should stay away?”

I know right-ish and wrong-ish have lots room for interpretation. Gosh, Steve and I don’t always agree on what’s right or wrong, and neither do my brothers and I. Sometimes I don’t even agree with myself about what’s right or wrong. But I have a good idea of  what integrity, honesty and loyalty mean. I do mess up, but generally it only impacts a few people. I am not operating with gazillions of dollars, influencing the world, or making life and death decisions. I will never be President of the United States, not even in my dreams.

And you know, maybe this isn’t about our candidates. Maybe it’s about us, as a country and a culture. Maybe we all have messed up moral compasses. Yikes. I’m just looking for answers here…

When Kate was a teenager she told me her decision-making metric was “what’s the best that can happen, and what’s the worst that can happen” and I’ve used that for years. I had a friend who had 6 teenagers at once, due to a blended marriage. He used to tell his kids, “If you’re around trouble, you’re in trouble” and I have repeated that ever since.

Is it too much to expect our Presidential candidates to be as smart as a teenager?

Seventy-five days until election day. That’s plenty of time to find and fix a moral compass.