January 29, 2019

[Painting by Betsy McCall, now in the permanent collection at ModNomad Studio. This imagery and Betsy's social practice project, the Art Monastery, have been crucial to the development of ModNomad. To get back to the main site you can always click on our logo at the top of the page, or right here.]

Since our societal and environmental breakdown went into overdrive in January 2017, I've been toddli...

September 6, 2018


the instability 

many witnessed, 

there were 

early whispers 

within the cabinet

of invoking

the 25th Amendment,

which would start 

a complex process 

for removing the president. 

But no one wanted

to precipitate 

a constitutional crisis. 

So we will do 

what we can 

to steer 

the administration 

in the right 

direction until 

— one way or another — 

it’s over.

— Anonymous / NY...

August 30, 2018

I applaud Ian Parker's even-handed profile of Glenn Greenwald (if not the headline) in the September 3 issue of The New Yorker, and offer here some additional history and a key insight into the value Greenwald offers our nation in these troubled days.

February 23, 2018

We are launching our new web site today. It's a collective effort, with contributions from artists, musicians, activists and other social creatives. 

After the 2016 election, I was feeling demoralized and ostracized and, well...crushingly depressed. My husband, Steve Leonard, and I cocooned for awhile, but then a young artist, Samantha Shackelford, came into our lives and together we started thinki...

May 16, 2017

It's not that I want to say that poetry is disconnected from having

something to say; it's just that everything I want to say eludes me. But if I

caught it I wouldn't want it and you wouldn't want it either. Maybe poetry

is what happens on the bus between wanting and having. I used to think it 

was what happened on the bus between oakland and berkeley. And it was, 

too, like violet texas in people voic...

March 17, 2017

​The D​emocratic Party​'s power brokers and certain members of the liberal intelligentsia are fixated on and often proffer a certain line. Perhaps you've come across it in social or other media phrased similarly to this, but I encountered it again today in a FB post.

I'm not sure that phrase has any specific and useful meaning anymore. It's become a form of shorthand, of lecture for a particular po...

March 7, 2017

Trump reintroduced his shameful travel ban executive order earlier today, and despite some tweaks, it remains unconstitutional and based on religious discrimination. 

The ACLU successfully fought for injunctions to block deportations and other features of the first executive order, and I was happy to see this today in Rollingstone, based on an interview with Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the...

October 2, 2015

The GoGo Kitchen is featured this week on Remodelista as part of a very cool trend Julie Carlson has identified as "the deconstructed kitchen." Carlson called this idea the "less-than-perfect kitchen, cobbled together from disparate elements" and "the next wave in kitchen design."  She mentioned 17 other examples this week but chose to feature the GoGo, and Margot Guralnick wrote this great piece...

September 25, 2015

The San Francisco Chronicle has a piece up today about the garden here at ModNomad, which is watered primarily by the kitchen sink greywater filtration system we designed for the GoGo Kitchen prototype.

I conceived of doing this activism work around greywater when I learned that kitchen sink drain water filtration and reuse is not legal in California, despite the fact that it's legal in m...

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