Sept 9 – San Francisco Public Library

I look forward to joining forces with Kimball Livingston, the international sailor, blogger and speaker for the ocean (I call him Neptune!) when we speak at the following panel about the power of collaboration at the San Francisco Public Library, September 9!

Join us!!
kimball_livingston_yacht_aid_global_book_signingKimball was the writer/narrator for Racing with Copepods, which features Dr. Sylvia Earle. The film was screened at the inaugural Eco Film Festival in Tasmania, Wild & Scenic Film Festival and California Film Institute. And supported by Congressman Jared Huffman, funded by the 11th Hour Racing, a program of the Schmidt Family Foundation. Romberg Tiburon Center, Sailing Education Adventures and Good Earth were collaborators.


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Congressman Jared Huffman




Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 12.58.37 PMMeeting Places/Luoghi d’incontro is the collaborative work by US-based book artist-writer Lyall Harris and Florence, Italy-based book artist and printmaker Patricia Silva. Harris and Silva have been engaged in creative collaboration since 2014, making bookworks and book art installations that cover a range of subject matter, including motherhood, loss, and immigration. Twelve bookworks and more will be on display at SFPL this summer.

June 10 – Sept. 14, Main Library, 4th floor


Artists’ Panel Discussion 9/9/2017 –

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Celebrate Jimmy Carter – August 2, 7-8:30pm


Wednesday, August 2, 7-8:30 PM
Community Media Center of Marin
819 A Street, San Rafael CA

Seating is limited.


Barbara McVeigh is a local filmmaker and recent author. In her new memoir Redemption, How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life, she relays a personal family story about how after 30 years of anger toward her father for striking against President Ronald Reagan in the 1981 PATCO strike, an act that labeled her father a federal criminal, she’s learned why her father and the fired 12,000 union members of 1981 should be considered heroes in America today.

Barbara will show 30 minutes of the film The Road Not Taken (not available in the US) by Swiss Filmmakers Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller and talk about President Jimmy Carter’s wisdom, as we now understand his vision on energy policy and environment responsibility, at the most critical time of our global humanity today. And she will share the propaganda used by the “Hero” of the Republican Party and his entourage of big business that has led our country, if not planet, to a very dark road environmentally, politically, socially and economically.

Ronald Reagan didn’t nearly ruin just her life . . . he’s nearly ruined everyone’s lives!

Seating is limited, so please make a reservation at with your name and email contact.

Barbara’s book Redemption, How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life is available on and signed copies will be available at the event.

(Barbara McVeigh pictured above in front of “The Courthouse” in Sedona, Arizona – a sacred rock, according to the Hopi and a landscape shaped by an ancient sea.)

The Rise of the People – Out of the Shadow

I like to think this . . . it’s not what our government is doing to us . . . it’s what it is doing FOR us, like those words of Paul Hawken. The time for people to awake and understand what our government has become is NOW . . . we have merely been sleeping.

As our country begins to redefine itself, please to not misconstrue this as an event of deterioration. No, it’s better than that. We are RECREATING our values after living in the shadow of the Reagan Era for 35 years. As we come to understand who and what we’ve been, we come to hard truths and will look at history, the old Cold War and more from a very different light.

Our perceived national heroes may become villains as we understand the propaganda that has basically brainwashed us, the American people. Carter had called Reagan a right wing radical, and he was right. The policies that affected our country related to economy, labor, environment, media . . .were all driven by Reagan and we’ve living with them, like shadows, without seeing them.

I’ve been down this path before. The year was 1981 when I was 13 years old and witnessed a leader take over our country with the same energy as Trump is doing today. It hurt two generations of my family. But, this isn’t just about my family, it’s about our entire country. My story is your story. Today, Trump is merely a reflection of what Reagan did with healthcare, energy, big money and more thirty five years ago. Good people gave up when Reagan bulldozed our country, if not world. And it’s happening again. I have one thing to say – not under my watch this time.

I am no longer that 13 year old child who dealt with blows from that “Hero of the Republican Party”. And I will not allow that to happen again to my country or to my children and future children. There is another way of doing business . . . good business. And I will live the rest of my life with this mission.

Our children, all children in this world, are dealing with a major catastrophic reality – global climate change, ocean acidification and more. It’s time to dream big and act big . . .  I advocate a new Cold War. As I said, there is another way of doing business. Just ask me.

Here’s my report from The People’s Summit, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois. The launch of The Sander’s Institute. Time to rise and get real. It’s a good organization with fantastic values. Let’s live by them.

The People’s Summit – Chicago!

People are rising for TRUTH!!!

I feel very privileged to have been chosen to join Bernie Sander’s The People’s Summit this upcoming weekend . . . in Chicago. It’s three days to organize, rally and talk about our country, values and more.

And it’s time!

I’ll be posting events on my facebook page and I’ll update here on Sunday! Look forward to meeting lots of coal country activists, those running for congress and talk about democratic socialism – time for big ideas!

And I’ve got some ideas brewing too!

Tonight! Sunday, June 4, 9pm

Tonight at 9pm on Marin Community Media Center of Marin . . . As the daughter of a federal criminal under Ronald Reagan, I got a few bold things to say about the state of the planet AND the Hero of The Republican Party as our political leaders decide to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.

And I’m saying them. . .

PLEASE TUNE Into public access television. Tonight at 9PM live stream!


-Barbara McVeigh

New Radio Show – check it out!



Take Back!
The Universe LOVES to Laugh!


Tues 12-1pm
102.3 FM San Rafael OR
world wide @

Take Back! is a one hour political, arts and public affairs radio program highlighting the thinkers of today, with emphasis on California residents, to discuss how to challenge and reshape American ideals. The program introduces environmentalists, artists, intellectuals, comedians, writers, professors and more as a positive message of change and inspiration. We will get deep, and we will laugh at the absurdity of being human too!


Barbara McVeigh is a filmmaker, radio host, writer, producer, activist and mother in Marin County. She is also a former graduate student of Humanities at Dominican University of California.

SCHEDULE and GUESTS Coming up Next!


102.3FM San Rafael or world wide at

Upcoming Talk!

Please join us for film, food and conversation. I’ll also share some excitement about my upcoming film The Man Behind the White Guitar – it’s time for some positive vision and good energy. It’s the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Let’s make it happen, California!

I’ve lived 35 years suffering under The Republican Party’s policies. And finally I thought I could start having some peace in my life when . . . what happens? Oh, my.

I look to share my story, as the daughter of a federal criminal under Ronald Reagan. What happened to me when I was 13 years? And what has happened to all of us, including Mother Earth? Time to change tracks!


Warming Hearts


At first I had a very frigid conversation with this great man. I tend to be shy and I knew he was an important figure, who understood truth. So, I was on guard and hesitant to tell him all the worries and concerns I have of the world these days. But, no one was around and we were alone, so I thought, well, maybe I should just be honest and frank and . . . trust. That’s not such a crazy way of being.

So, I opened my heart and I told him all my fears about what’s happening in the world today. And to my astonishment, he continued to sit thoughtfully beside me for a good long time, without interrupting or disagreeing once.

In fact his face actually grew stone cold  as my words continued to spill. All he remained gripping his pipe and clutching his book with hard knuckles, and stared at the snow covered mountains beyond, as if looking thoughtfully for the right words, a shimmer of light to inspire a spark, the essence of life and meaning for everyone in the world today.

And he remained  lost for words, or so it seemed, and I began to recognize he was clearly speechless.


The snow began to fall around us, and I didn’t want to become cold, like so many others have become. Slightly disheartened, I finally got up to leave him staring off into the distance alone that cold wintery day.

I looked back one final time, and I swear I heard him say “stone hearts, please thaw and start beating again.”

Mark Twain. . .

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”


A Dystopian Story . . . Post the Great Collapse

So, I’ve been writing again. When I get into these modes it’s hard for me to even function as me, as I begin to see the world through my characters. Every waking hour I experience the world through the lens of my characters and perhaps even mindfully become them as I distill fodder blasting at me, from the sips of coffee I take in the morning to the way I chop vegetables for dinner  . . . is it a gift or a curse?

So these days I’m Patricia, the protagonist in the fictional account of the future, a story called FAN, Inc., where two worlds have emerged forty years from now, a Patriarchal World that is highly controlled and a Matriarchal Society, called the The Mushroom Colony which lives in secret underground in the wild lands, where people of The Patriarchial World are forbidden to go. Each world is governed by the divorced parents of Patricia (a feminized name of patriarchy), as she is the link to restore balance. Yet, how can she believe the task rapture-ready-angels.jpgshe’s been bestowed, especially when she is told the mentally ill in her father’s society, those who have been imprisoned and soon to be executed, are actually the healers, the shamans who bridge our world to the other world, the world of angels, without sounding mentally ill herself?

Patricia lives with her father, a madman who has built walls around his country in order to contain them and control them. “People can’t be trusted, Patricia,” he has told her since she was young.

Patricia has heard rumors about The Mushroom Colony but dismisses the rumors. Her thmother is dead, her father has also told her for years. Besides, she’s happy shopping and living the good life, why upset any order? And, her father is responsible for stopping Global Climate Change and saving humanity when the air had become so foul that his company FAN,Inc. commodotized fresh air, allowing every citizen to have their own “I-Oxogenizer” and “I-Mask.” He’s a hero, isn’t he? But, here’s the thing, Patricia learns her own father is now poisoning people through the air of his company, air that they are dependent on,  if they don’t abide by his laws as he’s taken every personal power from them – including the power of sex, art, music, information and even motherhood itself? Can Patricia stand up to her own father, learn to love her mother after years of hate, forgive her own brother for past abuse and risk sounding mentally ill herself when she takes a stand for the mentally ill who she’s learned are the healers, the shamans of society? She must expose her own father as well as her own mother and then sacrifice her own self serving happiness to help all society restore balance and begin anew?

It’s a story of anger, betrayal, spite and heroism . . . that ends with love on the highest level possible . . . going for it!


The crazy thing about writing this story is I get so much fodder every time I open the newspapers! When our own oceans are acidifying at an alarming rate, we are truly at risk of the very idea of oxygen becoming a commodity and being controlled . . . it’s time we appreciate what we have and fight for our own existence as caring, compassionate humans, taking responsibility for our actions.

Most of our oxygen comes from the ocean, not just from trees.

It’s an amazing awakening when you consider we abuse what is most dear to us . . . maybe we all need to learn how to love again, especially our own foibles.


I hope to be done with this novel by the end of February, and have it ready for readers by the first of May – Why May?

“May” the fifth month is named after the goddess of spring, renewal. It also means illusion in Sanskrit. It’s also May Day: ” The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the Floralia, festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers. The festival of Flora:

“In ancient Roman religion, the Floralia was a festival in honor of the goddess Flora, held April 27 during the Republican era, or April 28 on the Julian calendar. In Latin, the festival was known as the Ludi Florae, the Games (ludi) of Flora. Under the Empire, the games lasted for six days.[3]

The festival had a licentious, pleasure-seeking atmosphere. In contrast to festivals based on Rome’s archaic patrician religion, the games of Flora had a plebeian character.[4]


The Awakening Begins – January 20, 2017

Narada Michael Walden – “We need to stand up for each other. And make a change. I thought we made more progress. And here we are trying to come back together again. Hey, let’s not forget we love each other. We need each other. And if we don’t, this whole thing will fall apart again.” Interview, January 20, 2017

Harry Belafonte – “We need our artists. They are the truth seekers.” Interview, January 20, 2016

16112883_644043392435478_8559806566319947128_oJanuary 20, 2017 –

At 4am this morning, I heard an electric blast from the sky. Thunder ripped and then a streak of lighting bolted through the pouring rain. The last time I heard such a blast was when Jose Neto, a founding member of Fourth World with songs “Burning Money” and “Seventh Wave” ripped on his electric white guitar. It woke me up to the living. Imagine.




Brazilian Filmmaker Ronaldo Aguiar arrived in San Francisco yesterday from New York. Today we conduct our final interview with Narada Michael Walden, musician and producer.



Ronaldo and I will work toward finalizing the film The Man Behind The White Guitar this next week. It’s been a two year passion project and we’re almost there. We plan to share big.


Listen to music and begin to dance.

Then, be a rebel and be kind, generous and serve one another instead of your own self interest.  This makes you a rebel in
American society today.

We’ll all be dancing angels.

Be a rebel. Be a rebel. We need our rebels.
– Barbara McVeigh