Why Orinda California?

How being flabbergasted inspires.

Mernie Buchanan

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‘Diablo With Poppies’ acrylic on canvas Mernie Buchanan

Two pricey suburbs are lined up behind the Oakland/Berkeley hills in San Francisco’s East Bay. I once heard a standup comedian riff, Orinda is the Spanish word for ‘no black people’… and Lafayette is the French word.

In the 1970s my parents bought a house in the larger, third suburb in line; which was working class until the 80s boon inflated…

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Mernie Buchanan

Originally from CA & Las Vegas, I now paint and write in Woodstock NY. All images are my original art & photos. Links to more at mernie.com