Erin & Rikki Tie the Knot!

We had the first wedding from our chosen family a couple of weeks ago.

It was fan flipping’ tastic!

It was HUGE;  three hundred friends and family at an estate in Alta Dena.

Look over there, on the little porch.

Their friends from Sequoyah School put a band together for the ceremony. Pure epic-ness, especially when your friends are amazing musicians.

That’s Phoebe Bridgers in the red dress.

 

It takes a village to manage an event for so many, but this wedding was so intimate, you’d never know. So many folks were involved. Lots of planning and preparations, before, during and after.

They were married by their cousin. It was the sweetest.  It’s a nice big Catholic family.  The cousin picture needed a wide angle lens. No matter where you looked, there was a cousin!! They were very handy with the chair move…

These were three bridesmaids.

Peggy Hill had an exceptional day (that’s the dog).

I went a wee bit over budget on my candy bar, so I considered it part of my wedding present.

It was the hit of the night, if I do say so myself.

We had some uninvited guests.

A couple of bobcats and three bears.

Obviously, they were looking for porridge.

The bobcats fled, but the bears just kept hanging around, watching the kitchen.

I love this picture of Colleen and me.

I was so happy for her that day, it was so much fun to watch a friend be the mother of the bride! Both of us in dresses by Camille!!

I’m next!

I lurve this picture of the brides.

I only wish Peggy Hill’s face was in the frame.

For the table numbers, they used pictures of them at the same age as the table number. So very clever.

 

I think this is my favorite shot.

 All the tables are empty, because everyone is on the dance floor.

This was a perfect wedding.

Goddess Bless America

I’m in Seattle, with my family of origin. The Fourth of July was always quite the event at our house in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, so we tend to gravitate toward each other to celebrate our nation’s independence.

I love my country.  I love my freedom.  I love my planet.

My earth.

My air.

My oceans.

 I remain committed to doing what I can for a verdant future, just like Bill and Melinda Gates on public radio.

On America’s two hundred, forty-second birthday, I celebrate you America, and everything that makes us great.

We are a tapestry of  diversity.

 

I’m always looking for ways to approach difficult conversations, expand minds, engage and share my passion for tolerance, diversity, education and healthy food access for all.

Lucky for me, California is a coast full of like minded individuals who all want the best for our future, our children. We stand strong in support of fare wages, affordable colleges for everyone, and humane immigration practices.

I love it here, and I vote!

So I won’t get TOO political, because, I’m a cook. But I got opinions,  a hankering to share and I’m ready to hit the streets in defense of this amazing nation. I too, am a dedicated patriot to the United States of America.

I care.

So  without getting political, happy 242nd birthday America.

And here’s my two cents:

Immigration is not a problem.

Women have good ideas, we should listen to them and elect them to public office as much as we possible can.

Smash the patriarchy.