Linda Wilshusen writes this blog in an attempt to understand herself, her fellow human primates, & everyday life on the home planet by sharing information from the ever-changing & fascinating offerings of science.  Her planetary neighborhood is Santa Cruz, California, more specifically the unincorporated urban community of Live Oak, across the railroad tracks and up the street from Schwan Lake & Twin Lakes State Beach.  She worked as a planner for over 35 years, including being executive director of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission from 1985-2005.  She has a degree in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, & is a life-long student of human evolution.  Her husband R is an esteemed workaholic community college dean; she loves having her older daughter Z & family nearby; & most often enjoys learning about the human primate by spending time with grandson Dante rather than staring at a computer screen.  She sits on the Santa Cruz City Water Commission representing non-City customers, and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the amazing & forward-thinking Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

Email me anytime: liveoaklinda at gmail dot com.

8 Responses to About

  1. Marcy Whitebook says:

    Linda, I am blown away. I am finally home with time to read these. Fabulous. So you in all the wonderful ways you are. I really like the balance of personal and information. You are something else!!! Let’s talk soon.

  2. liveoaklinda says:

    thank you Marcy! I guess “something else” is pretty cool for an everyday primate.

  3. bilek bilek says:

    Linda, loved seeing you/talking to you today at the Art in the Garden event. Your blog is just great. I’ve drifted away because i am such a shallow person, but now I’m going to get back on track.

    The signing chimps/saving chimps story i mentioned today is titled “Next of Kin” by Roger Fouts.

    Here is a link (which seems not to have been updated for a while) to the THE CHIMPANZEE AND HUMAN COMMUNICATION INSTITUTE at Central Washington U.

    Hope to see you soon.

    bilek bilek

    • liveoaklinda says:

      it was great to see you too, Mr. Bilek Bilek! thanks for the links & inspiration…I think it’s so cool that you’ve visited this place & seen the chimp cousins there.

  4. bilek bilek says:

    One more chimp site regarding the signing chimps of Central Wash. U. that Lisa suggested I link you to: http://www.friendsofwashoe.org/

  5. jsp says:

    Willie….From the other comments I see I am not the only friend who has taken awhile to get in gear and keep up with your blog. It was fun to read this one about ET and life in other places in the universe. Helps to keep other things in perspective and is thought-provoking. From where I sit it takes courage to put yourself and your ideas out there…I hope many people are reading your blog and thinking about primates, science, the world, the universe in new ways. Thanks! xoxo

  6. liveoaklinda says:

    thanks for reading, jackie! – & yes i’m sure there are multitudes out there who hang on my every primate word ;-).

  7. Thank you so much for your kind response and for the news that you are Zephyr’s mother. I immediately went to your blog. You are a wonder. So full of curiosity, knowledge, enthusiasm, and information. I want to settle down for an afternoon and read as much as I can. I know that I’ll learn a lot. So thank you for that.
    I stopped writing my blog because 1) I finished the “keepers,” the recipes that I turn to again and again. I then turned it into a second blog that is arranged more like a cookbook (from appetizers to desserts). It is http://www.keepers2thecookbook.blogspot.com. And 2) We started a major renovation of our house in Sonoma which is taking up a huge amount of my time. I did a blog for that too, partly because I wanted the sub contrators and the general contractor to have all the decisions I’d made in one handy spot and partly because I wanted to record the progress. It is http://www.shr675.blogspot.com should you be interested.
    There is a lot more for us to talk over at some point. But until then, thank you so much for introducing yourself.

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