Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Discovery of Sweeney Ridge - presentation by Ken Miles - Oct. 19th!



Florey's Books welcomes local speaker and author Ken Miles as he discusses,
the Discovery of Sweeney Ridge.

***Saturday, October 19th, 2pm-4pm***

About the presentation:

This presentation, in a sense, is a continuation of the Ken’s July 27th presentation about the first “discoveries” of the Golden Gate and its hidden secret, and the San Francisco Bay by non-indigenous people, but includes more facts and information than his earlier presentation. This is a presentation about the first European undocumented and documented sightings of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate (aka “discoveries”), unintentional consequences, a brief review of the historical literature, intentional misrepresentations, and lastly, the current hoopla about Portola’s sighting of the bay 250 years ago. Please join us and hear what Ken Miles has to say about the “discoveries” of the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay.

For many years Ken Miles interests 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?

Ken will provide a brief narrative about the first overland explorations of Alta California made by the Portola Expedition of 1769, Pedro Fages and Francisco Rivera’s explorations of the Bay Area during 1770 to 1774, and lastly the De Anza Expedition of 1774-76 to establish a mission and presidio at or near San Francisco.
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.
Ken’s latest presentation covers the unintentional consequences resulting from the colonization of coastal Alta California by the Spanish military and church, followed by the Mexican government during the “Mexican Period of 1820-1844” and by the Americans when they took over California during the late 1840s.
Furthermore, a review of the of the historical literature of the early to mid-20th century uncovered apparently intentional misrepresentations of historical events regarding, the “discoveries” of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate entry to the Bay, as provided by several historians, which will be discussed during Ken’s presentation. Also, the presentation will talk about the various festivals and celebratory events of Portola’s “discoveries” from 1909 to today.
And lastly, Ken will talk about the struggles, twists and turns to save Sweeney Ridge, the site where curtain historians agree the Portola Expedition sighted the San Francisco Bay on Nov. 4th, 1769, and in incorporation into the U.S. Park’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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 full of surprising facts about historical events that occurred long ago and not so long ago, and 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.

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We hope to see you!

***Saturday, October 19th, 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

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Writers Open Mic, October 12th at Florey's!



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

***Saturday, October 12th, 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, October 12th, 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, October 12th, 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, October 12th, 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

Vote for Wellness, with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong



Florey's Books invites you to an event with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong.

"Vote for Wellness"

***Tuesday, October 8th, 7:00-8:00pm***

About the event:

This is the Year to “Vote for Wellness”
Lorna will discuss energy exercises from a recent Energy Medicine class as taught by Donna Eden and Prune Harris. She will cover Young Living’s current and newly released products, as they celebrate 25 years young.

About the host:

Lorna Rodriguez-Wong is a seeker of a healthy lifestyle that is effective. She will venture to address various modalities for the mind, body and soul. Since each and every one of us are uniquely different, her approach is to open the discussion on what alternatives are available. Her recent studies have included Energy Medicine with Donna Eden and Prune Harris, BodyTalk with MaryAnn Gutoff and Dreambuilder with Lauren Broilier. She has been a Young Living member since 2013. She also has a desire to introduce others to a healthier lifestyle by incorporating the use of essential oils into their daily life.

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We hope to see you!

Vote for Wellness, with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong

***Tuesday, October 8th, 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

Saturday, September 28, 2019

October 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:

-'The Discovery of Sweeney Ridge'
Presentation by local historian Ken Miles
Saturday, October 19th, 2:00-4:00pm

-Double new book event!
Two new books from local author Michael Romano
Sunday, October 20th, 12:30-2:00pm

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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, October 2nd, 7:00-8:00pm

-"Fiber Fridays", Knitting, Crochet, any sort of string craft,
Fridays, 6:00-8:00pm All varieties of string and fabric craft are welcome!

-Natural health event with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong
Health and diet practices to keep you well!
Tuesday, October 8th, 7:00-8:00pm

-Saturday Storytime! Children's event,
the second Saturday each month, October 12th, 10:00-11:00am
Bring the little ones and enjoy a fun story!

-Writers Open Mic
Come and share the joy of writing, reading, and poetry!
Saturday, October 12th, 2:00-4:00pm

-Pacifica Book Club
Get to know your neighbors, read and discuss the book of the month.
This month: 'Sold on a Monday' by Kristina McMorris
All are welcome to join!
Thursday, October 24th 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

Friday, September 20, 2019

Florey's Book Club: 'The Power' September 26th!



Florey's welcomes you to our book club!

***Thursday, September 26th, 7:00pm-8:30pm***

Come by for a chat about our September book, 'The Power' by Naomi Alderman.

About the book:

All over the world women and girls are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain, and even death. And with this small twist of nature, everything changes drastically.

Ambitious and provocative, visceral and page-turning, award-winning author Naomi Alderman's The Power at once takes us on a journey to an alternate reality and exposes our own world in bold and surprising ways.

About the author:

Naomi Alderman is the recipient of the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for The Power. She is also the author of The Liars' Gospel and Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers, has been published in ten languages, and has been made into a film by Rachel Weisz. Alderman was selected for Granta's once-a-decade list of Best of Young British Novelists and was chosen by Margaret Atwood as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She is the cocreator and lead writer of the bestselling smartphone audio adventure app Zombies, Run! She contributes regularly to The Guardian and presents Science Stories on BBC Radio 4. She lives in London.


---Next month: 'Sold on a Monday' by Kristina McMorris---

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We hope to see you!

Florey's Book Club
***Thursday, September 26th, 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

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Writers Open Mic, September 14th at Florey's!



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

***Saturday, September 14th, 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, September 14th, 2-4pm***
---------------------------------

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, September 14th, 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, September 14th, 10am-11am***
-------------------------------------------

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

Vote for Wellness, with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong



Florey's Books invites you to an event with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong.

"Vote for Wellness"

***Tuesday, September 10th, 7:00-8:00pm***

About the event:

This is the Year to “Vote for Wellness”
Lorna will discussion energy exercises from a recent Energy Medicine class as taught by Donna Eden and Prune Harris. She will cover Young Living’s current and newly released products, as they celebrate 25 years young. Other topics of interest for the future would be use of crystals and conversion from 4G to 5G.

About the host:

Lorna Rodriguez-Wong is a seeker of a healthy lifestyle that is effective. She will venture to address various modalities for the mind, body and soul. Since each and every one of us are uniquely different, her approach is to open the discussion on what alternatives are available. Her recent studies have included Energy Medicine with Donna Eden and Prune Harris, BodyTalk with MaryAnn Gutoff and Dreambuilder with Lauren Broilier. She has been a Young Living member since 2013. She also has a desire to introduce others to a healthier lifestyle by incorporating the use of essential oils into their daily life.

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We hope to see you!

Vote for Wellness, with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong

***Tuesday, September 10th, 7:00-8:00pm***
---------------------------------

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, August 29, 2019

Chronicles of the Angels of Eden - Book event with author Tygarjas Twyrls Bigstyck!



Florey's Books welcomes author Tygarjas Twyrls Bigstyck as he discusses his new book, "Chronicles of the Angels of Eden".

***Saturday, September 7th, 2:00pm-4:00pm***

About the book:

You'd think that helping people would be easy if you were an angel. Frankly, they thought so too before taking God up on the opportunity to eat the fruit form the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Now, finding themselves in human form, they embark on a journey of thousands of years learning not only how not to make matters worse, but how to eventually teach human beings it's possible to make things even better than they might suspect. If they succeed, they get to reunite with their selves, having divided in two after eating the fruit, as well as, ultimately, the Creative Divinity, divided from or not, they all ultimately serve.

About the author:

Tygarjas Twyrls Bigstyck believes in creation, not to be confused with creationism. He believes that twirling a large staff is a good way to demonstrate the common motion directing creation. He believes that few sticks are larger, in concept, than pens; twirling being a fine euphemism for creating a universe into the mind of a reader. And, of course, anything stick-like that can co-create an actual person, he regards as being metaphorically ginormous. Finally, after so many years past the publication of his first novel, Passenger, he is grateful to be able to share his new creation with the world. Accordingly, may you enjoy.

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We hope to see you!

***Saturday, September 7th, 2:00pm-4:00pm***

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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

Tarot Dream Stone Group w/ Cyndera Quackenbush



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

***Wednesday, September 4th, 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. The 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, September 4th, 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

September 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

-----------------------------------------------------

Our special events this month:

-'Chronicles of the Angels of Eden'
Book event with local author Tygarjas Twyrls Bigstyck
A novel of the infinite and divine.
Saturday, September 7th, 2:00-4:00pm

-'Vote for Wellness!'
Natural health event with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong
Energy exercises to keep you well!
Tuesday, September 10th, 7:00-8:00pm

============================

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, September 4th, 7:00-8:00pm

-"Fiber Fridays", Knitting, Crochet, any sort of string craft,
Fridays, 6:00-8:00pm All varieties of string and fabric craft are welcome!

-Saturday Storytime! Children's event,
the second Saturday each month, September 14th, 10:00-11:00am
Bring the little ones and enjoy a fun story!

-Writers Open Mic
Come and share the joy of writing, reading, and poetry!
Saturday, September 14th, 2:00-4:00pm

-Pacifica Book Club
Get to know your neighbors, read and discuss the book of the month.
This month: 'The Power' by Naomi Alderman
All are welcome to join!
Thursday, September 26th 7:00-8:30pm

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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, August 18, 2019

Florey's Book Club: 'Regeneration' August 22nd!



Florey's welcomes you to our book club!

***Thursday, August 22nd, 7:00pm-8:30pm***

Come by for a chat about our August book, 'Regeneration' by Pat Barker.

About the book:

In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified "mentally unsound" and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon's "sanity" and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man's mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.

About the author:

Pat Barker has earned a place in the first rank of contemporary British writers with such novels as Union Street, Regeneration (shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Booker Prize and chosen by the New York Times as one of the four best novels of 1992), The Eye in the Door (winner of the 1993 Guardian fiction prize), The Ghost Road (winner of the 1995 Booker Prize), and Noonday. Pat Barker lives in Durham, England.

---Next month: 'The Power' by Naomi Alderman---

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We hope to see you!

Florey's Book Club
***Thursday, August 22nd, 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