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ADDRESS, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

Phil Ryan’s January 15, 2018 Address to

         THE NAPA COMMUONITY-WIDE CELEBRATION OF

           THE LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

 

            In the Spring of 1963 I was the youngest legislative aide in the California Legislature. One day there was a sit-in in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in support of fair […]

January 29th, 2018|Essays|

TO KNEEL OR NOT TO KNEEL by PHIL RYAN

I received an email from a high school classmate who included a letter written to the President and Principal of St. Ignatius College Preparatory. This letter by Elmer Carr commented on high school lads refusal to stand with hand over heart for the pre-football game playing of the National Anthem. The following is my contrarian […]

November 25th, 2016|Essays, Rants|

The Democracy Challenge by Kelly Ryan

Kelly Ryan is a brilliant writer who happens to be my daughter. As an attorney poll watcher in Nevada she tells us what she observed and suggests that we stop whining about the disastrous election of a probable fascist and do something about it. (Phil Ryan)

 

NOVEMBER 9, 2016 BY KELLY RYAN
The Democracy Challenge
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Democracy is not […]

November 25th, 2016|Essays, Rants|

Chief Sanders Found ‘Factually Innocent’

By Jaxon Van Derbeken, SFGate.com Published 4:00 am, Wednesday, August 6, 2003

Phil Ryan, Chief SandersA judge declared San Francisco Police Chief Earl Sanders “factually innocent” today of the nowdismissed indictment accusing him of conspiring to obstruct justice in the investigation of a street brawl involving […]

September 6th, 2016|In The Press|

Warren Hinckle Remembrance By Phil Ryan

It was  a touching moment to read Kevin Fagan’s moving front page SF Chronicle story on the passing of Warren Hinckle. I’ve know Warren from puberty to passing. We were briefly rival columnists is high school – Warren in the Riordan Crusader and I in Inside SI. I thought of myself as a teenage Herb […]

August 28th, 2016|Essays|

A Father’s Faith

Faith
What is it
Like the seasons, does it change
Awaiting God's visit
Or is it constant and assured
Against all doubt
It be inured
Like an infant at his mother's breast,
A boy at father's play
Like him, compelled to be the best
A man, into his lover looks
And bedded, all his rage does rest

Where resides this faith in Father God
Pure reason [...]

August 11th, 2016|Poetry|

WHY WINE IS BETTER THAN A MAN

                        By Phil Ryan

Wine pleasures her by being unscrewed

Wine can be full bodied without a flabby middle

Wine can be fruity without being gay

And Beaujolais is never jealous of a handsome Chardonnay

Wine leaves […]

July 17th, 2016|Poetry|

Video of Dante Ryan at BHS 2016 Graduation

Dante Ryan raps his valedictory before more than 10,000 at the Greek Theater, Berkeley High graduation. He entered the stage in full cap and gown, stripped them off to begin his performance.

July 2nd, 2016|Videos|