chiasmus |kīˈazməs|noun: a rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form; e.g., "Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds." DERIVATIVES: chiastic |kīˈastik|adjective. ORIGIN: mid-17th century (in the general sense "crosswise arrangement"): modern Latin, from Greek khiasmos "crosswise arrangement," from khiazein "mark with the letter chi," from khi "chi."
Also see "verlan": French wordplay reverses syllables, so pigeon becomes geonpi, etc.
From high atop Roberts Road between Linda Mar and Rockaway, Scott Anthony and Karen Brooks see whales migrating offshore. Several of you have posted comments here about your sightings. Thanks. Can anyone send us a photo to post?
Pacifica City Council had Highway 1 on its
March 25 agenda but could not decide whether to sponsor a public hearing on the highway widening before Caltrans releases its final environmental impact report in late May.
Concerned Pacifica residents have been asking the City Council and
Planning Commission to hold public hearings on Caltrans' proposal to widen the highway through the heart of town, especially because so many cheaper and smarter alternatives exist, including high-tech traffic light timing and synchronization.
For information on widening alternatives, contact:
After two hours of public comments for and against a community hearing on the highway widening, Pacifica City Council on March 25 could not muster an up-or-down vote on the matter, as one motion after another failed.
Several opponents of the widening walked out of the council meeting expressing disgust with the council's inaction and ineptitude on an important issue that divides and roils the community.
In two months, Caltrans delivers its final environmental impact report (FEIR) on the highway-widening project, so the council's failure to call a public hearing means that technical alternatives to the widening and public concerns about "collateral damage" from the widening may not be addressed in time.
Stay tuned to this space for details on what widening opponents and proponents plan to do next.
Linda Mar Valley in its natural state (top); San Pedro Valley Park in the early days; Diane Young Leslie as a young girl shaking hands with a friend on Encanto Way (all photos from Diane's Facebook page)
I'm just writing to say hi and to tell you I'm looking forward to getting back out to air shows and doing lots of aviation stuff this year. High school has been great and I really like it, but there is a lot of work and doing two sports, cross-country and track, means I don't have much free time. I am still going to drag my dad to lots of airshows! I also want to get going with more interviews, so if you have some cool story or know someone who would make a great interview—tell me!
I also want to tell you about this amazing woman Jessica Cox who I really hope to interview someday. My friend Nick Sparks is a filmmaker who did that awesomely great Emmy Award-winning documentary The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club: PANCHO BARNES
Well, he's doing another documentary about Jessica Cox. You can learn all about Jessica and the project Nick is working on: RIGHTFOOTED. Her story is absolutely amazing. I donated $100 to help make it all happen and I really hope some of you can, too. Hope you're having a great 2013 so far!