Monday, June 21, 2021

June 21, 2021. Sunset 8:34 PM. Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo.

"Weird sunbeam at Mare Island"
– Elisabeth Beaird and Richard Marriott

Garden of Memory – is CLOSED for covid

June 21, 2021. Sunset 8:35 PM. San Francisco, CA.
The Garden of Memory Solstice celebration was founded by Sarah Cahill in 1995 and is held at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland. It’s an amazing event and has become so popular over the years and now because of covid, it is too crowded to safely celebrate together. Every year since 2008, the dailybell has participated in a group sunset bell ringing. In lieu of gathering in person this year, we invite everyone to envision each other as we are scattered around the area, watching the sunset and listening together. Happy Solstice!

Happy Solstice—again!!

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Giphy Postcard

June 20, 2021. Sunset 7:07 PM. O’ahu. Hawaii “Thinking of you”—Matt and his family ringing in from next door to heaven— early sunset there in Hawaii!

Little neighborhood Solstice party

June 20, 2021. Sunset 8:34 PM. San Francisco, CA.
Quiet celebration of the Summer Solstice - with a few neighbors and friends-
Where’s Matt?

Friday, June 18, 2021

Letter and Invitation to our Neighbors

We delivered little baggies of bells and this invitations to our immediate neighbors in advance of the Solstice this year— The letter:
“Hello neighbors- You have no doubt noticed that Norman and I have been ringing a bell at sunset ever since we began sheltering in place last year! What you may not know is that we have actually been observing every sunrise and sunset since 2008 as part of a dailybell project* (though usually with much quieter little bells). We hope that you have not found this too disruptive to your evening. Perhaps you may have even anticipated this end of the day commemoration.

This weekend is the beginning of summer. As we did last year at this time, we are planning to do a special observation in honor of the Solstice on Sunday, June 20th. We have included a plan (other side) and some bells for anyone who likes this idea (and is short on bells), and we invite you to join us.

Best wishes from your neighbors at 1358 35th Avenue.
Brenda and Norman”

The Invitation:
Celebrate the Summer Solstice – Sunday. June 20th this year.
I’ve distributed little bags of bells to my nearest neighbors and have invited them to join us.
If you like this idea, please join in wherever you are.

Surround the sunrise and/or sunset with a 10-minute observance, keeping in mind other people who have, are or will experience this same sunset sometime today.
For instance, sunset in the Bay Area (sunset 8:35)

8:32 Stop whatever you are doing and step outside or open a window.
Find a comfortable place to sit or stand.
Orient yourself towards the sunset, even if you can't see it.
Think of others elsewhere who may be joining you at this moment.
Ring a bell, sing or hum along.

8:37 - 8:38 Observe a moment of silence.
OPTIONAL: Invite your neighbors to join you.
To look up the sunrise or sunset times where you live: https://www.timeanddate.com/

Thursday, March 11, 2021

March 11, 2021. One year anniversary since the pandemic was officially declared here and when we were first asked to shelter in place. Each day for the past 13 years, I have been inviting others to witness every sunrise and sunset with me, ringing a bell as a way to mark and share that moment with ever more people. This activity has been my attempt to heighten a sense of awareness of our connection to one another through the regular engagement with a reliable and indisputable fact of common experience— i.e. the turning of the planet through the experience of sunrise and sunset. The pandemic has provided a horrible opportunity for us all to acknowledge this interconnection. It has also shown very clearly the many ways in which our ignorance (willful and otherwise) as well as the lack of identification with all other people has continued to endanger and exacerbate the inequalities and suffering in the lives of most people on the planet. As small, insignificant and ineffective as this daily practice of witnessing the sunrise and sunset may be in the face of such global upheaval and contentiousness, it was still necessary for me to commit to a loud, public and reliable marking of a truly universal experience and perspective during this time. Same time, same place, every day. So, for the past 365 days we have been gathering at the end of the driveway to ring a large, loud bell at sunset every evening. Last August I drove to the East Coast to spend time with my father for his last birthday and his expected final days on this earth. In my absence, my husband, Norman Tuck, continued to drag the bell out every night so that we could maintain the commitment to reliability of SOMETHING. ANYTHING. The tolling of the bell has signified many things at once – commemoration of those who have died as well as acknowledgment of the courage and sacrifice of the many others who made it possible for everyone else to keep going. It has afforded those within hearing range of the bell an opportunity to share the moment in the company of others- sometimes in person with masks and gongs and poetry. In the end, I hope this activity has served as a daily beacon and a source of comfort, signaling and sharing our presence at the end of the day.

ABOUT THESE PHOTOS (March1, 2020- March 11, 2021): Prior to the shelter in place directive in mid- March last year and continuing throughout the rest of the year, many people were actively engaged in the dailybell project. They have contributed photos, drawings and recordings of their sunrises and sunsets. Because of the daily proliferation of documentation from the sidewalk out front of my home, the variety of offerings from other people may be dwarfed. However, because these snippets are from other people in other places doing other things, their appearance shines through the repetitive daily sidewalk photos. Many thanks and much love to everyone for your commitment. It’s been an honor and blessing to be in your company. CONTRIBUTORS: Alex Wand, Alyce Santoro, Ana Léon, Andrea Aidells, Annie Coe, Barbara Held, Barbara Hertel, Brenda Reasoner, Caterina De Re, Connie Kieltyka and Bob Bielecki, Eric Ehn, Eric Kupers, Hannah and Ginger Hutchinson, Iris Alroy, Joe Pokrifka, Kathy Kennedy and Daniel Mace, Kathy Roman, Kattt Atchley, Linda and Lamar Allen, Lynne Piade, Maria Mykolenko, Mike Freer, Miriam Jacobs, Nancy Beckman, Rae Diamond, Sherri Wood, Sonia Megías, Sonya Verma, Thea Farhadian, Tom Bickley, Evangel King, Wendy Reid and lulu SIDEWALK CREW: Bernie Lubell, Mardith Louisell, Matt Garrett and family, Elisabeth Beaird, Richard Marriott, Beth Custer, Federico Cusigch, Steve Mobia, nearby neighbors and passersby.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Full Moon and Sunrise- December

December 29, 2020. Sunrise 7:24 AM. El Cerrito, CA.

“Bowing a bell with a rough cloth while singing a slow ascent as the sun rose on the last full moon day of this crazy year.”
- Rae Diamond

Monday, November 30, 2020

Full Moon and Sunrise- November

November 30, 2020. Sunrise 7:05 AM. El Cerrito, CA.

“A high and low chime with vocals as the sun rose on November 2020's full moon.”
- Rae Diamond

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Seattle Sunrise November 3, 2020

Rain, rain. 
More rain. 
A Seattle Winter Solstice, 
a sunrise, 
a sunset and a great conjunction. 
The planets dance. 
A difficult year like we could never have imagined... 
is finally, ending, crashing. 
~ Caterina De Re

Saturday, October 31, 2020

October 31, 2020. Sunrise 7:34 AM. El Cerrito, CA.

“bell and voice as the sun rose on a full moon halloween day.” - Rae Diamond