A few nights ago, we enjoyed a lovely night of dessert and sharing stories at Rusty Springer’s house! Rusty is a longtime friend of the program after working here twenty two years, before which she was Dean of Students for twelve years at Westmont.
The other day we had an unexpected guest! In what one might call a true “San Francisco moment” George Hunter, a former resident of the Clunie Mansion, popped in for a visit. George lived here in the early Sixties while he was a member of the psychedelic rock group, The Charlatans, one notable member being Dan Hicks. He reflected on the tight-knit community of musicians at the time, his days spent developing strobe lights in the Clunie basement, and his affinity for making artistic concert posters. What a wonderful history our house has!
Golden Gate Greenery
One of our residents, Sara Fleming, wrote this piece while observing the peaceful National AIDS Memorial Grove located in the beautiful, and very close, Golden Gate Park.
Walking through a world of neutrals and greens is an occurrence that is ultimately surreal. The Golden Gate Park is a wondrous place to dwell and lose track of time in all of the encapsulating scenery, smells, and sensations that are present here. I found myself wandering to and fro, oblivious of the concrete city around me. In the midst of a thick cluster of trees, I came across a large boulder, smooth and cool from the moisture in the air. It beckoned me to sit upon its shiny gray surface. While I was sitting, I took a minute to close my eyes and take in all of the scenery that was not exclusive to sight that the park had to offer. I could hear the shuffling of leaves passing my feet on the forest floor. The precipitation of the humidity from the vegetation dripping onto the mighty rocks surrounding me epitomized tears of joy falling from heaven. My nostrils were filled with scents that can never be replicated by men; the mildewed, yet earthy scent of the soil, the sweetness of fresh nectar, the crisp green smell of the trees. I ran my fingertips over the multitude of different surfaces, letting them gain sensory experience. The rock was grainy, the soil was wet, the bark was coarse, and the list goes on and on. It was, and is a magnificent location to be enveloped in. When I am here, I only just begin to realize the expansive nature of the creator of the entire earth, the place that we are blessed enough to call our home.
Parades, coffee, bike rides, bus rides, and friendship-some snapshots from the last few weeks.
Our resident gardener, Betsy Freeman, enlisted some help planting in the rooftop garden today! Pansies, herbs, spinach, swiss chard, garlic, broccoli, and kale were among some of the things planted by Betsy and her crew. (Click to view more photos)
A bit of warm weather has tricked the plum trees in front of the Clunie House into blossoming early.
Last Wednesday was the first day of internships for most of the house. So, naturally, our Resident Director, Jessica LeGault, got out the camera and snapped some first day pictures before we went to work!
Liz Hardeman interns with the Sojourn Interfaith Chaplaincy at San Francisco General Hospital.
Sally Lankford works investigators at the Public Defender’s Office.
Niki Blois interns at Wiley Publishing.
Meredith Hug spends her days at Sojourn Interfaith Chaplaincy.
Sara Fleming is interning with Key Events.
Janette Krulick works with 826 National.
Alyssa Klopfer is interning at the Exploratorium.
Evan Arnold is interning at Wiley Publishing.
Bjorn Lensander works with the Earthquake Safety Implementation Program at City Hall.
Emily Kent works with paralegals at the Public Defender’s Office.
Betsy Freeman is doing graphic design at Brit + Co.
Amnoni Myers is working with Glide.
Madison Frambes is working with Wiley Publishing.