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“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ~ anais nin


epilogue…. to begin at the end is something that comes naturally to me… whether you start with where you want to end, or end with where you began, it’s thinking in a particular direction, in reverse ~ it’s connecting the dots looking backwards, it’s making sense of your life in retrospect even though we must always trust in the future ~ “live forwards.” And another way of saying it ~in honor of Bob Marley’s birthday today ~ “in this great future you can’t forget your past…” ~ that delicate balance between that which has gone and that which will come ~ where we inhabit a continual present of now-ness in whatever I/Thou relationship we want to honor in the moment… But, it wasn’t until I read a thought piece by Karl Heiselman (from Apple retail marketing) recollecting the affect of a teacher at RISD ~ product designer/cultural anthropologist Sara Little Turnbull who asked students to do a homework assignment that involved “picturing in detail what you want your life to be like ten years in the future” ~ that I realized this is how I approach everything in life ~ making clothes, editing films, curating dinners, visualizing galas, designing exhibitions and ~ now, gathering salons. In many ways I begin with thinking about how I want people to feel ~ not just the observers, but the participants… “Starting with your morning,” Sara said “design a day in your life.” … This is how I always enter into a new world ~ just like Peter Sellars reminded me years ago ~ “imagine a world, create it and then live in it.” Or, in Karl’s words which ended his piece ~ “Begin at the end. Then, begin,” So I begin with this ~ an end that hasn’t yet happened (and hopefully will always be something intangible out there ~ an idea, a feeling, a sense of community.) As I write, salon #103 is being planned for NYC for She-Can, as well as a gathering for Boston Review Magazine ~… So we will begin with a plan-in-motion and then a midway point (between #1 in February 2012 and #103 in February 2018) which was my guiding goal made manifest as an edible installation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in December of 2015 ~  a visual collage of what the art of gathering has been, and still is, all about…


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts / “the art of gathering edible installation” ~ in collaboration with Alexandra Silverman, Binta Ayofemi, composer Christopher Willits, butoh dancer Deborah Butler, with a huge thanks to Katya Min, Jonathan Moscone and Leah Garchik /Thursday December 17th, 2015 ~ 5-8pm

“Join YBCA for a winter celebration salon installation by anthropologist and artist Cari Borja. Borja invites us to explore the history of the art of gathering and the history of the salon. For centuries, the tradition of the salon has provided people with a physical and mental space to eat, interact, and connect through the act of gathering around a communal table. Borja examines the balance between all of the aspects that go into creating such a gathering, including the “metaphorical lightness of the gathering and the weight of responsibility we have to our community.” Borja, with the help of local winemakers, chefs and designers will bring together images, food, wine, a visual collage of films on and about the art of gathering around food, experimental sound scores, and members of the San Francisco Bay Area community.”

Chefs, winemakers, food writers, food friends and designer/artists who were also part of this installation ~ Adam Sobel, Alder Yarrow, Andrew Browne, TSE/The House/SF, Angelo Garro/OmnivoreSaltAnthony SueugaAshley McKinleyAugust Isidore BernbergCarole Borja, Careen Jackson/Copain Wines, Chad Arnold/Paul Marcus Wines, Daniel PattersonAltaDeb Durant, Diva Pyari/Linea CartaElla Zafrir Ilan, Eric Rocher/Nuubia, Emily and Stephan Schindler/winemakers/Easkoot Cellars, Evan Goldstein, Eve Love, Ezra Chomak/Terroir,
The Grand Meringue, Hannah Hoffman/ Doughnut Dolly, Jessica Theroux, June Taylor June Taylor Jams, Keba Konte/Red Bay Coffee, Kristen and Ted Talley/Terra Firma Wines, Laura Werlin, Mara Kolesas/Good Fit Style, Matthew Rorick/Forlorn Hope, Michael Wallman, Paul Draper/Ridge Vineyards, Pax Mahle/Wind Gap/Agharta, Racheal Matthews, Rachel Konte/ OwlNWood, Rajat Par/Sandhi, Royal Borja Bernberg, Shelley Lindgren/A16 / SPQR, Stephen Yafa, Suzanne Drexhage/Bartavelle, Timothy Felkner/ORO, Tracey and Jared Brandt/ Donkey and Goat Winery

“We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.”~ Epicurus


#103 / a moveable feast co-hosted with Peggy Northrop, Heather McMaster, Mary Ann Packo and Mary Jaeger in Brooklyn / an evening of global women’s empowerment with Barbara Bylenga of She-Can and a few scholars from Rwanda and Cambodia  / Sunday, February 25th 2018 ~ details TBD


#102 / a curiosity salon, co-hosted with Petra Michel in Orinda / November 4th 2017 ~ with mara kolesas, deb durant, lisa + kyle mueller, neris newton, shankar sastri + claire tomlin, steven beck, candice eggerss, kyle + eileen faulkner, christoph kirsch, jessie deeter + rob peterson, lina + nancy solomon , etienne fang + jason ring, lauren kerr, jennifer sorenson, paami + jason disston.

“the cure for boredom is curiosity. there is no cure for curiosity.” ~ dorothy parker


#101 / a moveable feast co-hosted with Colin Stanfield, Becka Viau, and Chef John Pritchard for the Prince Edward Island Film, Food and Idea Festival / Saturday, July 14th 2017 ~ with filmmakers, founding circle members, food and wine friends, and advisory council members including Jason Rogerson, Jason Arsenault, Lennie Macpherson, Jamie + Kyle Redford, Ariel Nasr, Renee Laprise, Louise Lalonde, Harmony Wagner, Mille Clarkes, Slater Jewell-Kemker, John Hopkins, Attiya Khan, Erin Heidenreich, Christy McGill, Jeff Orlowski, David Cornfield, Anna Pizarro, Heidi Zinn, Dave + Nicki Hyndman, Tod Augusta Scott, Hanna Hameline (Salty), Ali Saddat, Cheryl Wagner, Todd + Savannah MacLean and others… (a huge thank you to Brandon Hood and Suzanne Wilkie)

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”  ~maya angelou


#100 / a moveable feast co-hosted with Colin Stanfield, Becka Viau and Chef John Pritchard for the Prince Edward Island Film, Food and Idea Festival / Friday, July 15th 2017 ~ with filmmakers, founders circle members, and festival guests including janet + bruce bernberg, kyle + jamie redford, christy mcgill, tim jones + magdalena mahlstedt and others ….

“Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.~ jane goodall


#99 / co-hosted with lisa mueller in orinda / Light in Transition Soiree / bringing together bay area storytellers ~ April 29 2016 ~ kyle mueller, lloyd bernberg, tana johnson, corey weinstein + steve lomprey, nina rowan + barbara shands, sarah carr + romeo uriarte, jessie deeter + rob peterson, shobha rao, julie + greg barton, katya min, meghan o’leary, mark petrakis, stacia butterfield

”In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.”
~ jeanette winters


#98 / a fundraiser for Beacon Day School, 8th grade trip / Catalina  Environment Leadership Program / co-hosted by the cameron, chris, ellis, emily, kelsey, royal, sonia, and sydney… / March 17th 2017,  Highlands Country Club, Oakland, CA ~ with suzanne abbey, donnell + lonrae thomas, angelina gonzalez, sean nowicki, a’ja dotson, derrick polk, eloise gerken, diva + john hudson, eli olson + brian leonard, rita + terry carr, denise + keith clark, stacie burch, willa seldon, nelson + kathy graburn, charity tooze, betty jo olson, terry sinclair, lori jo smith, casey shaughnessy, sylvia + jasmine shapiro, lee anne hudson, ruby lewis, carole clement, alvin clement, blake hudson, janice hawkins-riley, nelvin moss, nafissa lee, brandi howard, mary williams, martha burch, lynn gordon, timothy swords, maria gallo, michael kerry martin, cheryl + sadie baker, ann blessing, maren eschen

“life isn’t about finding yourself. life is about creating yourself.”~ george bernard shaw


#97 ~ a moveable feast for She-Can / creating HER-STORY / revolution 2.0 2017 honoring kristin nicholson / special thanks to paige loczi and libby palomeque ~ february 12th 2017 at LOCZIdesign Studio SF ~ barbara bylenga, kelsea vaughan, michelle watson, julie abrams, carol chang, madison shephard, reiner triltsch, mary jane luck, stacey egide, glenda corning, nancy murphy, jennifer king, margot golding, maya tussing, susan davenport, cheemin bo-linn, diane philips, ellice papp, eric flett, erin keeley, jennifer bernabei, kim ramirez, leeann bissell, marla knapp, melinda stephenson, michelle lepore, trisha stiles, bill gwire, sharon batamuriza

“without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”  ~ gloria steinem


#96 / a wrap party for cast and crew of frazer bradshaw’s the deep sky / co-hosted with corey weinstein / december 10th 2016 ~ steve lomprey, frazer bradshaw + susie wise, jason wolos + dawn rich, luise helm, sarah rose butler + john draper, kelechi nwadibia, amber rogers, cynthi stefenoni + natalie boothe, corryn deegan, alex zajicek, hugo fat, jason joseffer, amani dorn + josh fehrmann, kent sparling

“ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering 
there is a crack, a crack in everythingthat’s how the light gets in…” ~ leonard cohen


#95 / a moveable feast for Pacific Filmmakers’ Forum /  co-hosted with alexandra lexton with eve love as sous chef, and jesse turner spinning records / october 22nd 2016 at 32Ten Studios, San Rafael ~ with tim partridge, jamie + kyle redford, phil + jules tippett, charles ferguson + emily searles pamela + john walker, mary-pat green, eric aragon, zoe elton, karen davis matthew lamerle + alison davis, janis plotkin, julie wright robin + chris robino david o. weissman, barry stone , sean + elisa house, vivian kleiman, anthony lucero, sheri shuster, september williams, ethan wiley, francesca prada frazer bradshaw + susie wise, sarah cahill + john sanborn, emmy scarlatta, gina liebrecht, walter murch, denise zmekhol, vero bollow, jesse + amanda moss, walter murch, catherine ryan + gary weimberg

“…the people who move through the streetsare all strangers.
At each encounter,they imagine a thousand thingsabout one another;
meetings which could take place between them, conversations, surprises, caresses, bites.
But no one greets anyone;eyes lock for a second,
then dart away, seeking other eyes, never stopping… something runs among them,
an exchange of glanceslike lines that connect one figure with another and draw arrows, stars, triangles,until all combinations are used up in a moment,
and other characters come on to the scene… ”~ italo calvino


#94 / a moveable feast in  epping, new hampshire / co-hosted by todd hathaway and katherine cooper / august 13th 2016 ~ with jerica and jasper mazzaferro, kiki venios, michael nadeau, mary rose sarja, heather fleming, tracy courtemanche

“ Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain..and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal…-Does that answer your question?” Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”


#93 / a moveable feast in tribecca / co-hosted with susan sakin and ronnie peters at 360Design / june 25th 2016 NYC ~ with kirsten + craig nevill-manning, lindsay + alexander more nisbett, ethan cornell, joshua marston + gaye taylor upchurch, cady sherman, chris walsh, panteha razavi, justin bolois, sam godin
sorrel ahlfeld + francesca esmay, helen during, colin stanfield, stefan stux + andrea schnabl, alva stux

“Everyone wants to become the perfect version of ourselves.” ~ neil burger, Limitless

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.” ~dalai lama


#92 / International Authors Dinner / co-hosted by the Bay Area Book Festival / at the home of Rachelle and Stewart Owen, Berkeley / june 6th 2016~ with cherilyn parsons, rachelle & stewart owen, kate jessup, jean-philippe blondel, larry siems, joshua samuel brown, sara baume, jonas & hanna karlsson, jorgen brekke, mikkel sauvage brekke, shawna yang ryan, irene hsiao, sandip roy, dipti ghosh, karen galatz, mona eltahawy & robert rutledge, victoria shoemaker & richard friedman, anders & anette de la motte, suresh mirchand, drew mirchand, jung young moon, agnete friis, ed lin, belinda mekeon, kati hiekkapelto & matti oaukonen

“write what should not be forgotten.” ~ isabel allende

“To lose yourself: a voluptuous surrender, lost in your arms,
lost to the world, utterly immersed in what is present so that its surroundings fade away.
In Benjamin’s terms, to be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present
is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery.” ~ rebecca solnit


#91 / A MOVEABLE FEAST in Venice Beach  / co-hosted with pamela esterson at the home of jodie evans / april 30th 2016 ~ with  anthony sibthorpe & simone vitucci, brett simon & katie flynn, dorna khazeni
tracy tynan, karen tenkhoff, robert & claudia egger, dub cornett, ted jessup, elizabeth miller, mauricio katz, kiersten johnson, olivia geyelin, dana adam shapiro, brent bushnell & maggie grace, ella & ben freyinger, matt haber, natanya marks, michael karnow, joshua banta, tom & rebecca hunter, paul & priscilla ryan

Своей гладкой окружной формой она напоминала дельфина-косатку, застывшего от холода в схваченном морозом море. Это был ТРАНСТЕКСТ, компьютер, равного которому не было в мире, - шифровальная машина, засекреченная агентством.

Подобно айсбергу машина скрывала девяносто процентов своей массы и мощи под поверхностью. Ее секрет был спрятан в керамических шахтах, уходивших на шесть этажей вниз; ее похожий на ракету корпус окружал лабиринт подвесных лесов и кабелей, из-под которых слышалось шипение фреоновой системы охлаждения.

Генераторы внизу производили постоянный низкочастотный гул, что делало акустику в шифровалке какой-то загробной, присущей миру призраков.