Each January, Wednesday Morning Dialogue’s wise and wonderful members have an opportunity to hear from and speak with each other. Recommendations by members to members about favorite books, movies, restaurants, place to go, vacations, lectures and more.
For list of recommendations, click here or go to Past Programs 2019 under Library.
"Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton
"The recommended daily requirement for hugs is: four per day for survival, eight per day for maintenance, and twelve per day for growth." - Virginia Satir
Chef, author and local culinary superstar
Michele Anna Jordan
Michele Anna Jordan has been exploring and extolling the wonders of Wine Country food and wine since before the region was recognized by the rest of the country as one of the great culinary treasure spots.
She will talk with Dialogue about seasonal offerings in our farmers markets, what makes a great holiday meal, and how to figure out what YOU like (and why) based on your personal palate.
Whether discussing savory winter toppings for polenta, how to make posole for New Year's Day, or the ease of assembling spices to make Chai, one truth runs through her work: It is always better, cheaper and more nutritious when you make it at home. And her second truth: Who shares a table with us has always been more important than what is served.
Michele Anna is a doyenne of food writing, with over 20 cookbooks and as many years of print media work under her by line. She also provides a home for “food nerds” at her KRCB radio show “Mouthful” which has aired for 24 years. Michele Anna’s love of all things cooking began as a child, and grew as she raised her children on a dairy farm in Lakeville, east of Petaluma. During her thirteen years as a professional chef she received numerous awards. In early 1990s, she shifted her professional focus to writing. Michele now lives in Sebastopol.
Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco docent
Marsh Holm will be discussing Gauguin’s life through his art, from his first Salon entry, to the works inspired by Camille Pissarro and Paul Cezanne, to the works in which we see his artistic maturity. She will be addressing not only his paintings, but also works on paper and his wood carvings. And to talk about Paul Gauguin, is to look at and consider his personal relationships.
Marsha Holm has been a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1979. In addition to giving tours and lectures in all areas of the museums’ collections, from Africa to the Pacific Islands, from the Americas to Europe, she has served in several administrative capacities, including new and continuing education for FAMSF docents. She has also assisted in training docents at the Blackhawk Museum, the Oakland Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art in addition to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Angel Island: Exclusion, Inclusion and Our American Immigrant Identity
Executive Vice President
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy managing Partnerships and Programs
Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, millions of people — in numbers not seen since — came to America in pursuit of a better, freer life. On the east coast most were met by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. On the west coast between 1910 and 1940, most were met by the wooden buildings of Angel Island. Later, during World War II, Japanese and German POWs were detained there before being sent farther inland.
Today Angel Island is a California State Park. Portions of the Immigration Station have been preserved and can be visited. The walls hold a visible and durable testimony to the anguish of some of the immigrants --- poems carved with a classical Cantonese technique into the wooden walls of the barracks.
Our speaker, Katherine Toy, is a board member and served as the first Executive Director of the Angel Island
Immigration Station Foundation. She now serves as Executive Vice President of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy managing Partnerships and Programs. Katherine’s ancestors traveled frequently between the United States and China in the early twentieth century, subjecting them to the interrogation faced by all Chinese during the era of exclusion.