Sunday, June 16, 2019

Discovery of the Golden Gate & S.F. Bay: Myths & Facts w/ Ken Miles - June 22nd!



Florey's Books welcomes local speaker and author Ken Miles as he discusses,
The ’Discoveries’ of the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay,Exploring the Silent Pages of History and More .

***Saturday, June 22nd, 2pm-4pm***

About the presentation:

Who first “discovered” the Golden Gate and its hidden secret, the San Francisco Bay? Is this another story like Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America in 1492? Hear what Ken Miles has to say about the “discoveries” of the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay.

For many years Ken Miles interest in Spanish explorations of early California grew as he read about and studied Native American history and cultures. As he read various accounts about early Spanish explorations in Alta California, he found there were often minor errors and omissions here and there and wondered why there were often different accounts provided for the same historical events. He found the pages of history are like pieces of a puzzle that had fallen to the floor and later reassembled, missing pieces here and there, and some pieces placed where they don’t belong. Why were some obvious chapters of history omitted? Could it be the authors preferences or biases that influenced how they viewed history, or could it be from errors or omissions when citing firsthand accounts, secondhand or thirdhand accounts? Could it be the errors made when translating notes and diaries written in older Spanish dialects (Castilian, Andalusian, Catalonian, or other dialects), or from Spanish into English?
This is an investigative study that searches for answers, an attempt to place the missing puzzle pieces where they belong. This is a story primarily about the Spanish explorers, also known as “conquistadors”, and Spanish Franciscan missionaries, of what took place, when and where and by whom. This story is also the indigenous people of coastal Alta California, Spanish ships of the Spanish Manila and China Galleon, pirates, expansion of the dreaded Russian and English empires, and possible visitations to Alta California by other non-indigenous people. Why did they all come to Alta California?
Gaspar de Portola, an aristocrat born in Spain, was selected by the King Carlos III of Spain in 1767 to be the Governor of Baja and Alta California and to lead an overland expedition to Alta California to establish presidios and missions at San Diego and Monterey, thus securing Alta California from Russian or English control. Portola led the expedition to Alta California during 1769-1770. Additional expeditions were later lead by Captains Fages, Rivera and De Anza, each to further define what Portola’s expedition missed or failed to accomplish. There are many important people covered in this story, and included in this partial list: Capt. Sebastian Vizcaino; English pirate Francis Drake; King Charles III of Spain; Viceroys Croix; Viceroy Burcareli; Visitor-General Don Jose de Galvez; Captain Fernando de Rivera y Moncada; Lt. / Capt. Pedro Fages; Capt. Batista de Anza; Lt. Gabriel Moraga; Lt. Miguel Costanso; Sgt. Jose Francisco Ortega; Father-President Junipero Serra; Padre Crespi; Padre Palou; and Padre Font.

At the top of Sweeney Ridge is the site of the National Monument commemorating the Gaspar Portola Expedition Sighting of the San Francisco Bay in 1769. This year will be the 250th year anniversary since that first sighting. Ken has read many accounts and documents that paved the way and surrounded this event, subsequent events resulting in intended and unintended consequences. This is story that should be told. Ken is ready to tell you the story and hear your thoughts.

About the speaker:

Ken has lived in Pacifica for the past 45 years. Born and raised in San Francisco, Ken Miles lived much of his early life within earshot of Ocean Beach and the sounds of the great Golden Gate foghorn. He grew up listening to fascinating tales about his ancestors who came over the Sierras by wagon train to settle the countryside of Northern California during the Gold Rush days, and about those that sailed from the Azores around the Horn to toil in the fertile fields of the Big Island of Hawaii. The adult family men serviced either in the merchant marine or Navy. It was natural then to enlist in the Navy to see the world where he experienced being a sailor in foreign ports, learned the ropes and seamanship, and received special training in the applied sciences and technical skills in radiation safety for the repair of naval nuclear reactors. This advanced training and experiences were the launching pad for his lifelong career in civilian life.

Returning home, Ken studied biology and the sciences at San Francisco State, earning a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Systematics, and attended graduate studies in Biology, while working at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Lab alongside researchers and physicists. Sometime later, he joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a radiological health and medical device investigator and specialist. His job required extensive travel around the country, Canada, Europe and Asia to inspect manufacturing facilities and to determine whether the companies’ manufacturing and testing operations, products and labeling complied with FDA and international regulations and standards. Managers and staff were interviewed, and records reviewed to determine whether the firm was following required regulations. The work of the FDA investigator involved cross-comparing written procedures, actual production and test reports, statements people made versus actions and procedure, statements to assess compliance with FDA and international requirements. After 30 years of government work, Ken retired and started a consulting business that including extensive business travel to Europe and Asia. The left side of Ken’s brain was well employed.
Now for the right side of Ken’s brain. Following the Navy, he continued traveling several years like a gypsy throughout Europe, Soviet-bloc countries, and parts of North Africa and the Middle East, staying off the beaten tourist track, yet spending enough time to visit museums to see the great arts, archeological sites, folk festivals, famous battle grounds and historic sea ports. Maps and books on history were Ken’s bibles. His lifelong hobbies include hiking, skin and scuba diving, fishing, being “on the water”, learning about early historical event and indigenous cultures, collecting Native American art and artifacts, and being involved in local environmentalist activities. Ken, along with Ferd Simon and Jan Dutton, were founders of Pacificans United to Save Our Hills (PUSH), a grass-roots group which from 1976 to 1984 worked with the community and various politicians to place Pacifica’s Sweeney Ridge into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area / U.S. Parks system.

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We hope to see you!

***Saturday, June 22nd, 2pm-4pm***

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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day! (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Writers Open Mic, June 8th at Florey's!



Florey's Books invites you to the Pacifica Writers Open Mic.

***Saturday, June 8th, 2-4pm***

The Pacifica Writers Open Mic is open to all readers and writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Come and share your work, or just listen and enjoy.

Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share.

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We hope to see you!

Pacifica Writers Open Mic:

***Saturday, June 8th, 2-4pm***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Saturday Story Time at Florey's.



Florey's Book Co. invites you to Saturday Story Time!

***Saturday, June 8th, 10am-11am***

Bring the little ones to hear fun children's stories read by Nicole & Patrick Sayres.
The event is free of charge and open to the public.
Saturday Story Time occurs the second Saturday each month.

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We hope to see you!

***Saturday, June 8th, 10am-11am***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Thursday, May 30, 2019

June 2019 Events at Florey's Book Co.



Florey's invites you to our special events this month!

Remember that you can get more information on each event as it approaches on our sites:

http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

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Our special events this month:

-'Butterfly'
Book event with author Erica Sunshine Lee
Nashville recording artist & author shares her children's book!
https://www.ericasunshinelee.com/about-1
Sunday, June 30th, 2:00-4:00pm

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Please note our ongoing events:

-Monday Meditation Group
A guided meditation with Bruce Tassi and Amy Hanley
Mondays, 7:30-9:00pm

-Tarot Dream Stone Study Group
Hosted by Cyndera Quackenbush of Story Through Stone
Explore tools of imagination and intuition
that stem from dreams, tarot cards and natural imagery.
www.storythroughstone.org
Wednesday, June 5th, 7-8pm

-"Fiber Fridays", Knitting, Crochet, any sort of string craft,
Fridays, 6-8pm All varieties of string and fabric craft are welcome!

-Saturday Storytime! Children's event,
the second Saturday each month, June 8th, 10-11am
Bring the little ones and enjoy a fun story!

-Writers Open Mic
Come and share the joy of writing, reading, and poetry!
Saturday, June 8th, 2-4pm

-Pacifica Book Club
Get to know your neighbors, read and discuss the book of the month.
This month: 'Half of a Yellow Sun' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
All are welcome to join!
Thursday, June 27th 7:00-8:30pm

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As always, we hope to see you!

Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Florey's Book Club: 'The Handmaid's Tale' May 23rd



Florey's welcomes you to our book club!

***Thursday, May 23rd, 7:00pm-8:30pm***

Come by for a chat about our May book, 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood.

About the book:

In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now....
Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, "The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.

About the author:

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and her most recent, MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator's Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

---Next month: 'Half of a Yellow Sun' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie---

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We hope to see you!

Florey's Book Club
***Thursday, May 23rd, 7:00-8:30pm***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Along the Shoreline - Event with Author Evelyn Jess-Fulwiler!



Florey's Books welcomes local author Evelyn Jess-Fulwiler as she discusses her new book, "Along the Shoreline".

***Saturday, May 18th, 2pm-3pm***

About the book and author:

I enjoy painting and creative writing. This current collection of poems are a reflection of my years of rearing my family here on the coast. The poems focus on family, nature, and aging. I have a MA in Creative Writing from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. I’m still living near the coast, now also enjoying my grandchildren.

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We hope to see you!

***Saturday, May 18th, 2pm-3pm***

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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day! (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Monday, May 06, 2019

Writers Open Mic, May 11th at Florey's!



Florey's Books invites you to the Pacifica Writers Open Mic.

***Saturday, May 11th, 2-4pm***

The Pacifica Writers Open Mic is open to all readers and writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Come and share your work, or just listen and enjoy.

Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share.

--------------------------------
We hope to see you!

Pacifica Writers Open Mic:

***Saturday, May 11th, 2-4pm***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Saturday Story Time at Florey's.



Florey's Book Co. invites you to Saturday Story Time!

***Saturday, May 11th, 10am-11am***

Bring the little ones to hear fun children's stories read by Nicole & Patrick Sayres.
The event is free of charge and open to the public.
Saturday Story Time occurs the second Saturday each month.

-------------------------------------------
We hope to see you!

***Saturday, May 11th, 10am-11am***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Celebration of Mothers - Motherhood Day Reading w/ author Nitza Agam



Florey's Books invites you to an event with author Nitza Agam, as she reads from her memoir, "Love Letters to My Mother".

***Saturday, May 4th, 1:00-2:30pm***

Join Nitza Agam, writer of the memoir, “Love Letters To My Mother,” in a celebration of our mothers as she reads a few excerpts, and invites you to bring your writing or stories about your mother or an important woman in your life.

The reading and pre Mother’s Day Celebration will take place at Florey’s Book Co. in Pacifica on Saturday, May 4th, from 1:-2:30.
Let’s pay tribute to our stories and memories together of these amazing women as daughters, as mothers, as sisters, as friends, nieces, teachers, mentors.

Some refreshments will be served.

In writing my story, I was inspired by the Book of Ruth, a biblical account that chronicles the greatest heights of love between two women and the challenges they faced in a hostile world. I write about my mother, Naomi, and how we resembled those two women, as my middle name is “Ruth.”

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We hope to see you!

***Saturday, May 4th, 1:00-2:30pm***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Tarot Dream Stone Group w/ Cyndera Quackenbush



Florey's Books invites you to an event with Cyndera Quackenbush, of Story Through Stone.

***Wednesday, May 1st, 7:00-8:00pm***

Tarot Dream Stone is a friendly local Pacifica study group that explores tools of imagination and intuition that stem from dreams, tarot cards and natural imagery. The group welcomes questions, curiosity, and individual insights. Beginning in January 2019, the group began studying the Fool's Journey of the Major Arcana of the Tarot and will continue the exploration of each card archetype in order: February - High Priestess, March - Empress, April - Emperor, May - Hierophant, June - Lovers, July - Chariot. Group is guided by Cyndera Quackenbush, local storyteller and card reader.

Every First Wednesday, 7-8pm, Free/Donation

For more information, see her site:

www.storythroughstone.org

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We hope to see you!

***Wednesday, May 1st, 7:00-8:00pm***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

May 2019 Events at Florey's Book Co.



Florey's invites you to our special events this month!

Remember that you can get more information on each event as it approaches on our sites:

http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

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Our special events this month:

-A Celebration of Mothers - Motherhood Day Reading
Book event with author Nitza Agam
She will read from her memoir "Love Letters to My Mother"
Share your stories of mothers or important women in your life
Saturday, May 4th, 1:00-2:30pm

-'Along the Shoreline'
Book event with poet Evelyn Jess-Fulwiler
Coastside author shares her new poetry collection
Saturday, May 18th, 2:00-3:00pm

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Please note our ongoing events:

-Monday Meditation Group
A guided meditation with Bruce Tassi and Amy Hanley
Mondays, 7:30-9:00pm

-Tarot Dream Stone Study Group
Hosted by Cyndera Quackenbush of Story Through Stone
Explore tools of imagination and intuition
that stem from dreams, tarot cards and natural imagery.
www.storythroughstone.org
Wednesday, May 1st, 7-8pm

-"Fiber Fridays", Knitting, Crochet, any sort of string craft,
Fridays, 6-8pm All varieties of string and fabric craft are welcome!

-Saturday Storytime! Children's event,
the second Saturday each month, May 11th, 10-11am
Bring the little ones and enjoy a fun story!

-Writers Open Mic
Come and share the joy of writing, reading, and poetry!
Saturday, May 11th, 2-4pm

-Pacifica Book Club
Get to know your neighbors, read and discuss the book of the month.
This month: 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood
All are welcome to join!
Thursday, May 23rd 7:00-8:30pm

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As always, we hope to see you!

Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo