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Rescued from a kill shelter in Manteca, Petey Pumpkinhead III entered our lives 7 years ago. Abused by a previous owner he was skittish and nippish. That changed with love, affection and attention.

He was a majestic furry orange tabby. His coat emitted a perpetually lovely fragrance. He had the sexiest strut with an ever present erect tail and endearing behind.

Petey had simple needs. Belly rubs topped the list. He loved resting in his backyard igloo. He would prance out when I entered the yard and open wide for belly rubs and rolly polly.

He bonded with Klimey who also was rescued from a shelter. Klimey loved licking Petey and taught Petey how to love back. They were inseparable.

Petey-Weedy (as we called him) evolved into the sweetest and most gentle of companions. When hungry, he would jump into bed and delicately place his paw on my face. No histrionics, just a love tap and breakfast was on.

He loved sleeping inside the space between my legs or alongside the curve of Clara's thigh. His body language suggested the most delicious of dreams. He also had the squeakiest yawn when awakened.

Petey had a ravenous appetite and wore his weight well. That changed last October when he dropped 2 pounds in short order and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

He continued to lose weight but his sweet demeanor never changed. Although not a lap cat during his youth, lately I would place him in my lap in the back yard and we would stay together for long periods. These were cherished moments. Klimey would join us and stay by Petey's side.

Strong medication was required every 8 hours to dissipate the fluid in his lungs. No matter how much lasix was dosed, it could not stay on top of the progression of his heart disease.

Last week Petey hit a low point and could hardly breath. He hadn't eaten for 2+ days. We upped the lasix and he recovered miraculously. His breathing appeared normal and he started eating - but only food fresh out of the can. He ate more than he had in months. He had playful sparring sessions with Klimey, tons of rolly polly and belly rubs, his tail was erect and he slept next to my face the other day.

Today he had a good appetite in the early afternoon. I didn't see him the rest of the day. When the thunder rumbled and the rain came pouring down I went outside.

He was in the igloo. I tipped it and he ran inside. But something was wrong.

His breathing was labored. Petey could not catch his breath. He had breathing attacks before and I had feared the worst, yet Petey always persevered.

An hour or so later when Clara came home, Petey's condition had worsened. When he walked from under a table to lie down in the litter box that was an alarming signal. I picked him up and he let out a cry. Petey went under the bed where Klimey was and continued to make anguished yelps.

We left him alone. Petey soon emerged and we put him in a blanket by the heater.

He wanted to be left alone.

Petey-Weedy barely could walk and stumbled out the bedroom and down a few steps to the cat door. Somehow he pushed himself through. The igloo was two feet from the door.

We let him be.

An hour later Clara checked on Petey.

His fur was gorgeous. His body still warm.

But Petey had passed.

He never made it to the igloo.





Moti has been missing since Sept 2014.  On Jan 23, 2015 while walking in McClaren Park a cat resembling Moti emerged on a tree branch above a thicket of bushes. This brightened our hearts as Clara and I imagine Moti as a feline Tarzan.  Clara wrote the below poem before we confirmed the cat was not Moti.

Moti Sighting
by Clara Hsu

Who sits on a branch
above a field of thorns?
My cat. My cat.

Who listens to his names
and twitches his ears?
My cat. My cat.

His looks have changed since autumn
from living wild and eating mice.
We’re trespassing his kingdom
that can’t be bought
at
 any price.

Running streams.
Catnip on the hills.


Oct 2018 Tangents Greece Music Tour
9/15 spots filled
Email tangentsgreecetour@gmail.com


Oudist Haig Yazdjian performing during the recently completed Tangents Greece Music Tour where the Tangents group saw 12 concerts featuring a who's who of Greek musicians in 17 nights.

The 2017 Tangents Greece Music Tour recently ended and the reviews are coming in:

"It is truly amazing how Dore put together this trip. The production of 12 concerts in a foreign country itself is a remarkable feat, but the entire whirlwind trip was a finely crafted miracle."   Elaine Schwimmer

"The Greek Tangents Tour was probably the highlight of my year. My wife and I have traveled a lot together and this trip was the most informative, entertaining and mind-blowing of the year."   Mike Bannister

"My overall impression is that this was the most amazing, fantastic vacation we’ve ever been on.  So much music, so many incredible sights, great people to meet and get to know, and so much about a country I knew little about before I left, despite having listened and danced to Greek music for many years."

"You did an amazing job putting this tour together, and we are very happy that we decided to do it.  It was worth every penny, and I’m so glad our money was used to subsidize all these wonderful musicians, who can’t make a decent living in their own country.  I also really value getting to know so many Greeks, and hearing their perspective on their country; so much better than just being an ordinary tourist just taking in the sights."  
Nora Primitera

"I had a fabulous time on Dore’s maiden Greek adventure. This is a trip like no other, with such a variety of musical encounters, pristine beaches, fabulous food, sights and sounds in this amazing, puzzling country that your head will spin—in a great way.  Highly highly recommend this trip!"
Hilary Winslow

"Wow, Dore hit this tour out of the ball park! Every concert has been different and amazing, with a great variety of musical styles and venues.  It's exceeded all of my expectations, and that's tough, considering the standard that Dore set on the Turkey tours."
Ron Scudder

More Testimonials

2017 Tangents Greece MusicTour Itinerary in Review

Songlines Music Travel
(click for details)

Shares the Tangents philosophy that nothing beats experiencing music at its source.

2018 Trips:

Argentina - Get Tangoed!
February 9-18, 2018

Japan - Tradition & Diversity
March 18-28 2018

US - American Deep South - NEW!
April 11-21 2018

Morocco - Essaouira Gnawa Festival
May/June, 2018

Colombia - Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena
August 2018

China - A Musical Discovery
September 2018





Gaza Facts

Click link above to get facts about Gaza, a collaborative project by Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area (JVP-BA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA).


Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI); The only Israel based NGO providing medical assistance to Gazans. Click above logo to donate.

Click below for the withdrawn 2017 UN report:
“Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid”






Saturdays 11p on Tangents, 91.7 fm SF, webcast/archived at
kalw.

You can subscribe to Gaza Corner as a podcast by accessing this feed URL.
(for iTunes users the menu item is "File / Subscribe to Podcast...")

Gaza Corner includes news and opinion from the Middle East (and beyond) often ignored by the mainstream media followed by music from the relevant country or culture.

Gaza Corner was originally conceived to focus attention on relieving the humanitarian crisis in Gaza which has been under a severe blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.  Gaza Corner has evolved to include the Middle East, Magreb, Kurdistan and Turkey.

 Click headlines below for full stories. 
Headlines are sometimes retitled to more accurately reflect content.

Gaza Corner 12/9/17

Donna Baranski-Walker, Founder & Executive Director of  Rebuilding Alliance is tonight's guest on Gaza Corner.  Donna will provide an update on the threatened  Palestinian village Susiya and what urgent action can be taken to stop its demolition.

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US senators cautiously challenge
ethnic cleansing by Israel


Children in the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, near the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, attend their first day of school in August 2017. US Senators are urging Israel not to demolish the village.
Shadi Hatem APA images

excerpt::


In a rare move,10 US senators (including Bernie Sanders and Diane Feinstein) wrote Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week calling on him “not to demolish the Palestinian village of Susiya and the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar” in the occupied West Bank.

“Your government’s threats to demolish these communities are particularly distressing in light of [Israel’s] efforts to dramatically expand settlements throughout the West Bank,” the lawmakers state.

The letter comes in the same month as the unprecedented introduction of a 
House bill intended to end Israeli military detention, abuse and torture of Palestinian children. 
(Michael F. Brown, Electronic Intifada, 12/4/17)

B’Tselem to Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials: Demolishing Palestinian communities – a war crime for which you would bear personal liability 

excerpt::

The demolition of entire communities in the Occupied Territories is virtually unprecedented since 1967. In its letter, B’Tselem warned that under the Fourth Geneva Convention, which Israel is obliged to respect in all its actions in the West Bank, forcible transfer of protected persons inside the occupied territory is prohibited and constitutes a war crime. The organization emphasized that the prohibition on forcible transfer of protected persons is not limited to transfer by physical force, but applies also to “departure due to impossible living conditions created by the authorities – through, for instance, demolishing homes or disconnecting them from electricity and running water. “

B’Tselem further stressed that “forcible transfer is one of the offenses that come under the purview of the International Criminal Court.

(B'Tselem, 9/5/17)