“The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before."
Vita Sackville-West, the British novelist, member of the Bloomsbury circle, dear friend/lover of Virginia Woolf, and noted horticulturist.
“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
- Reader’s Digest
Planning & Providing for the Future
Topher Delaney & Calvin Chin
Philosophy is foundational to the work of landscape artists Topher Delaney and Calvin Chin. “In scope and scale, their broad range of installations serve as dynamic physical evidence of a visual + spiritual + cultural literacy integrating wonderful exemplars of horticulture and transformative cyclic aspects of nature with distinctive specific cultural linguistic narratives.”
We turn to our gardens for beauty, to create something, to put our hands in the earth and reconnect to the cycles of life. Now more than ever, when our homes are truly our sanctuaries, our gardens may take on even greater importance for respite, inspiration and hope.
Topher Delaney, in conjunction with her partner, Calvin Chin, will give an encore talk to Wednesday Morning Dialogue on Wednesday, June 10, via Zoom. Topher and Calvin will discuss their philosophy of optimism – “We have faith in a future … and so we plant for others to prosper” -- show off some of their projects – “gardens of three-dimensional fine art/horticulture/literature” – and answer your gardening questions, too.
(For visual reference, you have probably seen their transformative, whimsical landscape installation at Cost Plus Plaza/Trader Joe’s on Redwood Highway in Larkspur.)
Topher Delaney applied her degree in philosophy/art history from Barnard College to a landscape architecture degree at U.C. Berkeley. She then dug in and began creating site-specific garden installations around the Bay Area. With partner Calvin Chin, Topher has established the Virgie Giles Foundation, a 501(c)3 aimed to develop tangible policies of benefit in three areas:
Our June gathering will be conducted virtually through Zoom due to the current shelter-in-place restrictions. Please watch for a Zoom meeting invitation via email in the days prior to the June 10 meeting.
North American Epic –
Biking from the Arctic Ocean to the Panama Canal
Is anyone longing for an outdoor adventure? (We thought so.) Then join us via Zoomon Wednesday, May 13, when adventuress Corinne Burt will tantalize us with stories and photos of an epic bicycle trip that led her from the Arctic Ocean to the Panama Canal.
In the winter of 2018-19, Corinne was living and working in Bend, Oregon, when a late-season blizzard snowed her in for four days. While bored and surfing the Internet, she came across an international bicycle touring company (TDA Global Cycling) that offers off-the-beaten-path cycling tours all over the planet. TDA was offering a supported bicycle tour from North to South through nine countries in North America. Corinne signed up.
Born and raised on the East Coast, Corinne moved to California for college and graduate school and never looked back. After an unsatisfying five-year stint practicing law in San Francisco, Corinne worked as a horse trainer and horsemanship instructor in Sonoma and the East Bay for 20 years. Most recently, Corinne has worked as a real estate professional in California and Oregon.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Corinne has taken numerous courses at the United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, Oregon. She knows just enough about bicycles to be dangerous.
Our May gathering will be conducted virtually through Zoom due to the current shelter-in-place restrictions. Please watch for a Zoom meeting invitation via email in the days prior to the May 13 meeting.
The Roadmap to Latino Prosperity
Mara Perez, PhD
Founder and Principal
The upcoming Census 2020 calls attention to the changing demographics of California and the United States. California is now considered a “majority-minority” state, one in which Whites are fewer than 50 percent of the population and traditional minorities make up more than half. Of those minorities, Latinos represent the largest component. In fact, Latinos are projected to represent nearly 30 percent of the total U.S. population between 2050-2060.
What does this mean for our national economy, prosperity, and political and business leadership? We welcome Dr. Mara Perez to help us understand these demographic shifts and their impacts.
Dr. Perez is Founder and Principal of Latino Futures, a consulting and think-tank project focused on fostering Latino success and prosperity as a means of assuring America’s future success and prosperity. Her strategic program, entitled “The Roadmap to Latino Prosperity,” creates a framework to build Latino socio-economic prosperity, arguing that this is a national imperative as the population undergoes dramatic racial and ethnic shifts over the coming decades.
Dr. Perez earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago. She is a Research Fellow at Dominican University of California concentrating on Latino entrepreneurship, and at LeaderSpring Center, focusing on leadership in the non-profit sector and women of color in the tech sector. Her publications have appeared in many prestigious books and journals, including the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Latin Business Today. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Marin Health Center (formerly Marin General Hospital).
Please join us on March 11 for Dr. Perez’s talk describing how we can imagine and create a prosperous future for the nation by investing in the Latino community.