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closer then


You can’t spell dream

without mare,

and those come in the dark


apocalyptical hooves

of heartbeat fast


draw and quarter

no Mr. Ed

and blind

no Black Beauty

and burden

stopping and starting at full gallop


in anima reign,

muzzle muffles summon and


–and none—

are Trigger


prompt: dream

Helping Hands of Santa Barbara


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photo courtesy: CIMWI

Any outdoor enthusiast living in Santa Barbara is bound to gravitate to the beaches the city boasts, since diving into the wealth of activities our shores offer presents an irresistible allure. From swimming and sailing, to wind-surfing and surfing, sometimes the most rewarding experience can be found strolling down the strand that cradles the briny blue. I was on such a stroll this past Monday, heading in a northerly direction along Hendry’s beach, when I came upon a cluster of community members who had paused mid-ped to care for another kind of ped. A pinniped, to be precise, and for the layperson out there that means: sea lion–in this instance beached, and in significant distress.

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shot of the poor baby, used by CIMWI to insure staff came properly equipped

Sporting gashes on the left side of his neck, upper torso, and flipper—that latter the “feather-foot” to which the term pinniped refers—the mammal’s limpid brown eyes showed his exhaustion, while the simple act of beaching himself showed he was near the end of the line. Thank goodness for the sea lion there was a landline to be called for such situations, and citizens concerned enough to break routine and find it. Through a circuitous route of calls placed to government offices, a young lady by the name of Brooke was able to track down the number to the agency best suited to respond to emergencies of this nature. Indeed, the only resource that could help, as disturbing beached sea life is a federal offense unless licensed to do so.

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photo courtesy: CIMWI–sea lion pup on the road to wellness…

Though the recently changed number was hard to come by, once contacted, the Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute was quick to respond. Long established as Ventura County’s go-to for the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded marine mammals, the Institute took over this role in Santa Barbara County from the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center as recently as the end of June, but that didn’t stop them from jumping into action. Within an hour of receiving the call, trained professionals were on the scene, including CIMWI’s Chief Marine Mammal Veterinarian himself, founder and executive director: Sam Dover. Equipped with gear and know-how particular to the distressed animal, the compassion  the CIMWI staff exhibited was equal to that of those who had lingered to ascertain the mammal’s ultimate well-being.

And not just lingered. I myself ran to and from the Ranger’s station in search of help, while another lady approached coastal residences in an effort to find the correct number to call, while passersby were quick to leash their dogs when informed of the mammal’s plight. Brooke was the gal that spearheaded the connection between sea lion and sea help, spending close to four hours at the animal’s side until aid arrived.


a passerby offers healing energies

During this time, person after person stopped to express concern, and the outpouring of community caring was palpable in all ways, the most significant of which being Brooke’s persistence, and the availability of trained marine biologists and medical staff to take over when able. It bears emphasis that all the professionals working in this capacity are volunteers, and that the Institute itself is a non-profit organization reliant on charitable contributions to manage its considerable overhead of medicines, equipment, food, and facility. Its very existence proves that we here in Santa Barbara value the quality of life for all inhabitants, marine or marooned, and are more than willing to provide resources that enable this vital Institute’s continued ability to function.

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Brooke and volunteer vet: Sam Dover

I’ll end this SO with the phone number for CIMWI, (the institute’s abbreviated name) hoping all locals will enter it into their Smart Phones to be that much the wiser on their next beach-side visit should such a situation present itself. I’m including their web address, too, noting Paypal or credit card donations can be made directly from their gorgeous website that showcases what it is they do—and the beautiful sea life they care for—in more depth.

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photo courtesy: CIMWI

Rescue Hotline: (805) 567-1505

Non-emergency: (805) 567-1506



Boom-Boom, Wow!

and a post for the 4th–since this year’s festivities are virtually a CC of last year, I am gettin’ a jump start.

Santa Barbara Protests Big Oil

stand in the sand

A crowd of more than 500 gathers at De La Guerra Plaza, including our mayor, the Sierra Club, and…



On the march to West Beach. We block several streets in progress, with police protection ascertaining our safety.

beau monde

Inspiring speeches, mantras, drums, and a mock-up pipeline embellish the message: END BIG OIL NOW!

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 Activist Paulina and myself at West Beach…

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 the protesters arrive by paddleboard…


it’s no fluke so many turned out…


just ask our mayor: Helene Schneider…

brown is black

Time for our governor Jerry Brown to get on board! Senator Mike McGuire is saving him a spot…Bill SB788 stands to close the loophole that would allow oil drilling in state waters–a euphemism, really, since these spots are as close as Point Conception & the Gaviota Coast.

Riviera Paradise

ocean heart

Her name is Barbara–

tho’ I call her Babs

–I tell you she’s a peach…

her outlook sunny,

and fulla bunnies,

mostly on her beach…

She’s small,

and neat–

and dresses well–

but doesn’t let that stop…

her fun outside,

she likes to ride,

her mountain bike to top…

of any-any,

peaks a’plenty,

she has a room with view…

a southwest facing,


posture she assumes…

Yes, Babs a Saint!

a gentle friend,

the best in all the world…

a wild-tiled

–not too styled–

beach and mountain girl…

©Karen Robiscoe

prompt: why my town ROCKs

This is a little ditty for my city of Santa Barbara. I “adopted” her decades back, and can tell you emphatically, it’s the prettiest beach in all of Cally–and I have fostered a few. Hope your Thursday has distinct Friday qualities, and thanX for schtoppin’ in …

Santa Barbara’s Harbor & Seafood Festival 2013


Marina M-a-a-d-n-e-s-s

Summer is a repeat customer here in Cally, no doubt because it likes the beach, and in the course of its extended stay, has been ordering up drops of golden sun for the whole of September, stretching its solar limits alla way into October. As welcome & fresh as the day it came–unlike say, relatives or fish. Or even the fishy relatives you’re about to meet! Click below to cast off at SB’s virtual docks, where the halibut is digitized, but the festival celebrating Nemo is also digitized! (see what I did there…? How I pulled the ole switcheroo? You thought I was gonna → →, but then I → ← whoop! and…:) Anyway. Join me in on this pixelated promenade, grabbing an incidental tan that’s sure to leave your derma creased with smiles!!

The picture below is how I cropped & loaded the hands-on, shark pool into my movie editor, but alas and alack…a lack of videe knowhow left my frownie commentary out in the ether. I don’t think a petting pool was necessary in this chaotic atmosphere, safe for any species involved, and for what little enjoyment it added for the kids, it added oceans more misery for these solitary animals. Isn’t it enough we eat them & trap them in marine “parks”?

Karen Robiscoe dba CHARRONs CHATTER

(Jumps off iffy soapbox) Moving on, let’s wrap up this sardine-packed post—I’m talking people here, peeps, because woo, Nellie! crowded as a tin!—on a more harmonious note. Click below to jam with FIsh & the Seaweeds, a totally rockin’, anti-beach, beach band based out of San Diego.


Time for me to grab some grub! Peaceful Sunday to you all. 🙂


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