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Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan - February 2016


Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan -  February 2016

by Heather Granahan

Amore By Any Other Name 

Recently I resumed practicing Flamenco dance after a very long haitus. The music and dance reflects a wider range of emotions of the 5 or so forms I have studied in my life. There are difficult-to-define descriptions for some of essential deep emotions expressed in Flamenco – like dunde, and aire. Passion and sorrow are easy to rattle off but these words mean so much more. Like “love” or “snow” (for native Alaskans), some things demand more linguistic attempts than a single word. The ancient Greeks knew love by many faces and called them out: Eros, the most base, chancy, fiery sexual passion; Philia, deep friendship and comradely “bromance” or ... um – “sisrance”(?words fail here); Ludus, flirty young love or innocent love between children; Agape, selfless love of everyone; Pragma, longstanding love or the ability to “stand” in love not just “fall”; and Philautia, love of self that ranges from narcissism to an enhanced capacity to love others. With so many facets on such an intrinsic emotion, it is no wonder so much art, music, poetry, dance and so many acts of selflessness as well as self -obsession have been inspired by its course through many a human. While knowing these has inspired me to be more “agape” – like as I drive in traffic (and occasionally shake my head at a Philautist), it has inspired my neighbors in more rich ways:

Rumi For More

Every year some Gratonites help put on Rumi’s Carvan, a “caravan” of local poets who will recite by heart poems from around the world and close to home. Saturday, February 6, 2016, in Santa Rosa at the Glaser Center. Two of the fabulous features are that 100% of the net proceeds of the Santa Rosa performances and dinner benefit the Center for Climate Protection (CCP)and – wait for it…”Lavish Attire Enthusiastically Recommended”. An unmissable chance to get out the robes and jinglies. And stuff. This year they’ve added live music for both the matinee and evening shows. There is a 2:00 pm Matinee - “Rumi’s Afternoon Delight” for $25 featuring the poems of Rumi, Hafiz, Mary Oliver, Rilke, and you get to have post-show tea and cake with the performers. At 7:00 pm enjoy “Rumi by Night” a separate show for $35. This includes poetry, music and Whirling Dervish dancer Chelsea Rose. Includes tea, cake, and wine at intermission.

Not only do you get to Dress Lavishly, you can also enjoy a “Sumptuous Feast” at 5 pm between the two shows for $50. This intimate dining experience must be purchased with a performance ticket. Only 60 dinner tickets available. For more info. go to: or call 707-525-1665. 

Love Them Critters

Other illustrious neighbors around the corner have been busy helping with an interesting art exhibit running Feb 2nd through Feb 29 in the Sebastopol Library Forum Room. It features three artists with very different takes on observing and interpreting our fellow planet dwellers. “Critters! Who’s Out There?” shares the art of illustrator and painter Molly Eckler, “birdarter” in sketches and wire art Jonqui Albin, and painter Laurie Luck. To meet the artists and query them about their processes and media, come to the reception Feb 10th 5:30-7pm.

Edible Love

Start the music and get busy making some fancy Valentine cookies for the Valentine’s Cookie Bake that delivers edible love to the clients of Food For Thought. All cookies are packed in a fun group Sun Feb 7, 1pm at the food bank, Food For Thought (FFT) Food Bank located at 6550 Railroad, Forestville. Please either get your cookies or donations to Sisters of Perpetual Cookies beforehand or show up to drop off your cookies at that time. Graton’s Sister Ginger Snap asks us to please avoid sticky, crumbly, or burnt cookies - they need to travel well on a plate in a zip lock bag.

The Cookie Bakes are 16+ years strong. We accept funds for bakers who don’t have the means, so if you need help with supplies, or want to donate funds, let me know. FFT also welcomes grocery donations and volunteer help at other times. find out more from their website at