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Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

What if….

  • You knew the lives and future of 430 people in Sonoma were in jeopardy? 
  • You knew 900 acres of public land and property between Sonoma and Glen Ellen were endangered?

                                 Would you act?


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Play is the real work of childhood.”  —Fred Rogers

Remember to play, no matter your age.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma
December 1, 2014
I moved back to California this summer after eight years in New Mexico, and became a new resident of the town of Sonoma. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Sonoma County was not the same place I had left behind. 
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - December 2014
December 1, 2014
The recent closing of the mouth of the Russian River and the subsequent reopening by the SoCo Water Agency remind us of the efforts underway to restore our precious Coho and Steelhead habitat. Of course in a manner of days, Mother Nature’s ocean forces had it closed again. Currently we have an estuary brim full, with the waves washing over the dunes regularly, hopefully helping to create habitat beneficial to the salmonids. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - December 2014
December 1, 2014
My intention for this month was to talk about the ways in which the holiday season brings a nice, carefree element to the cold weathered months. Though in years before it rang true, this is the first holiday season I’ve felt to be more challenging than years before. At the day’s end, I have more questions than answers. Questions I have for you, fellow Bodega neighbors and Sonoma County alike.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The El Verano Community joined together on October 19 to paint a street mural design in the student pick-up circle. Those participating wore clothes they didn’t mind getting dirty. Chalk art projects were implemented for kids as well. 

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - November 2014
November 1, 2014
On November 23rd the quilt raffle will be held for the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. The quilt’s theme this year is water, seeing as we are in the middle of a drought. (Conserve!) In lieu of supporting the fire department, you could walk away with a beautiful piece of work collectively put together by twelve women. Raffle tickets are being sold at Casino.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
For levity, voting in Cotati has all the right stuff for Twain’s witty pen. Nobody could make this stuff up! Certainly not in fiction, because fiction must show a correlation with life as we know it. Factual representation rarely shows up in politics. But that’s no excuse for not reading, writing and voting.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - October 2014
October 1, 2014
We are blessed here in Sonoma County to have such a rich and varied landscape to enjoy. From the beaches along our magnificent coastline through the numerous watersheds rich in natural beauty, and up into the headwaters of our streams and creeks high in the hills. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - October 2014
October 1, 2014
Do I start by introducing myself?  I always looked forward to reading the Bodega Blogette.  Bodega, as we all know, is an incredibly close knit community; in the same respect welcoming to passerby’s. I know my close acquaintances and even closer friends work to make everybody from the inside and outside alike feel not just comfortable, but furthermore strive to provide a sense of home away from home. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - October 2014
October 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Sonoma County can boast of leading the USA with the annual National Heirloom Food Festival. Want to experience a traditional county or state fair? Then put this on your calendar for fall 2015. I admire the festival team for filling each of the three days with informational lectures and panels on growing non-GMO food, local farming practices and raising heritage animals. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - September 2014
September 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
8 Reasons why I love living in Cotati:
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - August 2014
August 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Very few of us are what we seem.”  – Agatha Christie

What a delicious sentence. What a mystery we are! What a unique idea that most of us live hidden lives. Secrets. Early childhood memories not yet tied to words? We may miss 80% of our closest loved ones, should we fail to look deeper. Agatha Christie, the best selling mystery author of all time, inspires readers and writers. This quote both challenges and makes me suspicious. All fiction I enjoy tends toward the subtle and mysterious. 


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2014
June 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Nothing says summer like local vine ripe tomatoes, tree ripe fruit and fresh corn on the cob. I was raised near dozens of small farms and my parents praised the sweetness and freshness of our neighbors’ corn and tomatoes. Plus our lakeside picnics included local peaches and watermelon. I plan to bring my big straw basket and bags to the June 5th opening of the Cotati Farmers’ Market. Come to La Plaza Park and enjoy the music and food on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 PM through August 28th.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The Boyes Springs Business Group has an active calendar for April and May! Two meetings were held at the La Luz Bilingual Center. Juan Hernandez, Executive Director of La Luz chaired the meetings. Three topics topped the agenda: 1) The County’s facade loan program, 2) a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, and 3) a forthcoming meeting with 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin to discuss parking in the Springs.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”  – Carl Sandburg

The elusory art of poetry forms images or actions as it is read.  Poetry maybe dreamlike or like a locked room mystery.  Poets wrestle the unseen, and often unsaid, into this world where the clarity, vividness or a twist of image lands readers in new states of mind.  I love poetry. I am drawn to the experiences poems give.  So often, a poem rises like a tiny seed, an entire plant ripe for spring. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Sonoma Valley Treasure Map, is available at thrift stores along the Highway 12 consignment corridor. “Come for the Values - Stay for the Treasures” is their watchword. Four thrifts are owned and managed by women and three stores operate under the Churchmouse banner of St. Francis Solano Church. Collectors and dealers rub elbows with regular customers searching for special bargains. Objects for sale often find their way onto E-Bay, Craig’s List, or Amazon.

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman

I can’t wait to get out in the yard this month. Puttin’ on the old clothes, my old boots, and a sun hat just feels good. Warmth is around the corner, longer days are here, and our earth is ready to be worked.  Pulling weeds for most does not sound too exciting, but put on some music, a cup of tea, and I am ready.  Turning the soil, adding some good rich mulch and whaa laa!  


Read Article
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Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

What if….

  • You knew the lives and future of 430 people in Sonoma were in jeopardy? 
  • You knew 900 acres of public land and property between Sonoma and Glen Ellen were endangered?

                                 Would you act?


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Play is the real work of childhood.”  —Fred Rogers

Remember to play, no matter your age.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma
December 1, 2014
I moved back to California this summer after eight years in New Mexico, and became a new resident of the town of Sonoma. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Sonoma County was not the same place I had left behind. 
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - December 2014
December 1, 2014
The recent closing of the mouth of the Russian River and the subsequent reopening by the SoCo Water Agency remind us of the efforts underway to restore our precious Coho and Steelhead habitat. Of course in a manner of days, Mother Nature’s ocean forces had it closed again. Currently we have an estuary brim full, with the waves washing over the dunes regularly, hopefully helping to create habitat beneficial to the salmonids. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - December 2014
December 1, 2014
My intention for this month was to talk about the ways in which the holiday season brings a nice, carefree element to the cold weathered months. Though in years before it rang true, this is the first holiday season I’ve felt to be more challenging than years before. At the day’s end, I have more questions than answers. Questions I have for you, fellow Bodega neighbors and Sonoma County alike.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The El Verano Community joined together on October 19 to paint a street mural design in the student pick-up circle. Those participating wore clothes they didn’t mind getting dirty. Chalk art projects were implemented for kids as well. 

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - November 2014
November 1, 2014
On November 23rd the quilt raffle will be held for the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. The quilt’s theme this year is water, seeing as we are in the middle of a drought. (Conserve!) In lieu of supporting the fire department, you could walk away with a beautiful piece of work collectively put together by twelve women. Raffle tickets are being sold at Casino.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
For levity, voting in Cotati has all the right stuff for Twain’s witty pen. Nobody could make this stuff up! Certainly not in fiction, because fiction must show a correlation with life as we know it. Factual representation rarely shows up in politics. But that’s no excuse for not reading, writing and voting.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - October 2014
October 1, 2014
We are blessed here in Sonoma County to have such a rich and varied landscape to enjoy. From the beaches along our magnificent coastline through the numerous watersheds rich in natural beauty, and up into the headwaters of our streams and creeks high in the hills. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - October 2014
October 1, 2014
Do I start by introducing myself?  I always looked forward to reading the Bodega Blogette.  Bodega, as we all know, is an incredibly close knit community; in the same respect welcoming to passerby’s. I know my close acquaintances and even closer friends work to make everybody from the inside and outside alike feel not just comfortable, but furthermore strive to provide a sense of home away from home. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - October 2014
October 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Sonoma County can boast of leading the USA with the annual National Heirloom Food Festival. Want to experience a traditional county or state fair? Then put this on your calendar for fall 2015. I admire the festival team for filling each of the three days with informational lectures and panels on growing non-GMO food, local farming practices and raising heritage animals. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - September 2014
September 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
8 Reasons why I love living in Cotati:
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - August 2014
August 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Very few of us are what we seem.”  – Agatha Christie

What a delicious sentence. What a mystery we are! What a unique idea that most of us live hidden lives. Secrets. Early childhood memories not yet tied to words? We may miss 80% of our closest loved ones, should we fail to look deeper. Agatha Christie, the best selling mystery author of all time, inspires readers and writers. This quote both challenges and makes me suspicious. All fiction I enjoy tends toward the subtle and mysterious. 


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2014
June 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Nothing says summer like local vine ripe tomatoes, tree ripe fruit and fresh corn on the cob. I was raised near dozens of small farms and my parents praised the sweetness and freshness of our neighbors’ corn and tomatoes. Plus our lakeside picnics included local peaches and watermelon. I plan to bring my big straw basket and bags to the June 5th opening of the Cotati Farmers’ Market. Come to La Plaza Park and enjoy the music and food on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 PM through August 28th.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The Boyes Springs Business Group has an active calendar for April and May! Two meetings were held at the La Luz Bilingual Center. Juan Hernandez, Executive Director of La Luz chaired the meetings. Three topics topped the agenda: 1) The County’s facade loan program, 2) a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, and 3) a forthcoming meeting with 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin to discuss parking in the Springs.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”  – Carl Sandburg

The elusory art of poetry forms images or actions as it is read.  Poetry maybe dreamlike or like a locked room mystery.  Poets wrestle the unseen, and often unsaid, into this world where the clarity, vividness or a twist of image lands readers in new states of mind.  I love poetry. I am drawn to the experiences poems give.  So often, a poem rises like a tiny seed, an entire plant ripe for spring. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Sonoma Valley Treasure Map, is available at thrift stores along the Highway 12 consignment corridor. “Come for the Values - Stay for the Treasures” is their watchword. Four thrifts are owned and managed by women and three stores operate under the Churchmouse banner of St. Francis Solano Church. Collectors and dealers rub elbows with regular customers searching for special bargains. Objects for sale often find their way onto E-Bay, Craig’s List, or Amazon.

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman

I can’t wait to get out in the yard this month. Puttin’ on the old clothes, my old boots, and a sun hat just feels good. Warmth is around the corner, longer days are here, and our earth is ready to be worked.  Pulling weeds for most does not sound too exciting, but put on some music, a cup of tea, and I am ready.  Turning the soil, adding some good rich mulch and whaa laa!  


Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

What if….

  • You knew the lives and future of 430 people in Sonoma were in jeopardy? 
  • You knew 900 acres of public land and property between Sonoma and Glen Ellen were endangered?

                                 Would you act?


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Play is the real work of childhood.”  —Fred Rogers

Remember to play, no matter your age.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma
December 1, 2014
I moved back to California this summer after eight years in New Mexico, and became a new resident of the town of Sonoma. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Sonoma County was not the same place I had left behind. 
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - December 2014
December 1, 2014
The recent closing of the mouth of the Russian River and the subsequent reopening by the SoCo Water Agency remind us of the efforts underway to restore our precious Coho and Steelhead habitat. Of course in a manner of days, Mother Nature’s ocean forces had it closed again. Currently we have an estuary brim full, with the waves washing over the dunes regularly, hopefully helping to create habitat beneficial to the salmonids. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - December 2014
December 1, 2014
My intention for this month was to talk about the ways in which the holiday season brings a nice, carefree element to the cold weathered months. Though in years before it rang true, this is the first holiday season I’ve felt to be more challenging than years before. At the day’s end, I have more questions than answers. Questions I have for you, fellow Bodega neighbors and Sonoma County alike.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The El Verano Community joined together on October 19 to paint a street mural design in the student pick-up circle. Those participating wore clothes they didn’t mind getting dirty. Chalk art projects were implemented for kids as well. 

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - November 2014
November 1, 2014
On November 23rd the quilt raffle will be held for the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. The quilt’s theme this year is water, seeing as we are in the middle of a drought. (Conserve!) In lieu of supporting the fire department, you could walk away with a beautiful piece of work collectively put together by twelve women. Raffle tickets are being sold at Casino.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
For levity, voting in Cotati has all the right stuff for Twain’s witty pen. Nobody could make this stuff up! Certainly not in fiction, because fiction must show a correlation with life as we know it. Factual representation rarely shows up in politics. But that’s no excuse for not reading, writing and voting.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - October 2014
October 1, 2014
We are blessed here in Sonoma County to have such a rich and varied landscape to enjoy. From the beaches along our magnificent coastline through the numerous watersheds rich in natural beauty, and up into the headwaters of our streams and creeks high in the hills. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - October 2014
October 1, 2014
Do I start by introducing myself?  I always looked forward to reading the Bodega Blogette.  Bodega, as we all know, is an incredibly close knit community; in the same respect welcoming to passerby’s. I know my close acquaintances and even closer friends work to make everybody from the inside and outside alike feel not just comfortable, but furthermore strive to provide a sense of home away from home. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - October 2014
October 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Sonoma County can boast of leading the USA with the annual National Heirloom Food Festival. Want to experience a traditional county or state fair? Then put this on your calendar for fall 2015. I admire the festival team for filling each of the three days with informational lectures and panels on growing non-GMO food, local farming practices and raising heritage animals. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - September 2014
September 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
8 Reasons why I love living in Cotati:
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - August 2014
August 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Very few of us are what we seem.”  – Agatha Christie

What a delicious sentence. What a mystery we are! What a unique idea that most of us live hidden lives. Secrets. Early childhood memories not yet tied to words? We may miss 80% of our closest loved ones, should we fail to look deeper. Agatha Christie, the best selling mystery author of all time, inspires readers and writers. This quote both challenges and makes me suspicious. All fiction I enjoy tends toward the subtle and mysterious. 


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2014
June 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Nothing says summer like local vine ripe tomatoes, tree ripe fruit and fresh corn on the cob. I was raised near dozens of small farms and my parents praised the sweetness and freshness of our neighbors’ corn and tomatoes. Plus our lakeside picnics included local peaches and watermelon. I plan to bring my big straw basket and bags to the June 5th opening of the Cotati Farmers’ Market. Come to La Plaza Park and enjoy the music and food on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 PM through August 28th.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The Boyes Springs Business Group has an active calendar for April and May! Two meetings were held at the La Luz Bilingual Center. Juan Hernandez, Executive Director of La Luz chaired the meetings. Three topics topped the agenda: 1) The County’s facade loan program, 2) a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, and 3) a forthcoming meeting with 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin to discuss parking in the Springs.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”  – Carl Sandburg

The elusory art of poetry forms images or actions as it is read.  Poetry maybe dreamlike or like a locked room mystery.  Poets wrestle the unseen, and often unsaid, into this world where the clarity, vividness or a twist of image lands readers in new states of mind.  I love poetry. I am drawn to the experiences poems give.  So often, a poem rises like a tiny seed, an entire plant ripe for spring. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Sonoma Valley Treasure Map, is available at thrift stores along the Highway 12 consignment corridor. “Come for the Values - Stay for the Treasures” is their watchword. Four thrifts are owned and managed by women and three stores operate under the Churchmouse banner of St. Francis Solano Church. Collectors and dealers rub elbows with regular customers searching for special bargains. Objects for sale often find their way onto E-Bay, Craig’s List, or Amazon.

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman

I can’t wait to get out in the yard this month. Puttin’ on the old clothes, my old boots, and a sun hat just feels good. Warmth is around the corner, longer days are here, and our earth is ready to be worked.  Pulling weeds for most does not sound too exciting, but put on some music, a cup of tea, and I am ready.  Turning the soil, adding some good rich mulch and whaa laa!  


Read Article

Features

Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

What if….

  • You knew the lives and future of 430 people in Sonoma were in jeopardy? 
  • You knew 900 acres of public land and property between Sonoma and Glen Ellen were endangered?

                                 Would you act?


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Play is the real work of childhood.”  —Fred Rogers

Remember to play, no matter your age.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma
December 1, 2014
I moved back to California this summer after eight years in New Mexico, and became a new resident of the town of Sonoma. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Sonoma County was not the same place I had left behind. 
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - December 2014
December 1, 2014
The recent closing of the mouth of the Russian River and the subsequent reopening by the SoCo Water Agency remind us of the efforts underway to restore our precious Coho and Steelhead habitat. Of course in a manner of days, Mother Nature’s ocean forces had it closed again. Currently we have an estuary brim full, with the waves washing over the dunes regularly, hopefully helping to create habitat beneficial to the salmonids. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - December 2014
December 1, 2014
My intention for this month was to talk about the ways in which the holiday season brings a nice, carefree element to the cold weathered months. Though in years before it rang true, this is the first holiday season I’ve felt to be more challenging than years before. At the day’s end, I have more questions than answers. Questions I have for you, fellow Bodega neighbors and Sonoma County alike.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The El Verano Community joined together on October 19 to paint a street mural design in the student pick-up circle. Those participating wore clothes they didn’t mind getting dirty. Chalk art projects were implemented for kids as well. 

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - November 2014
November 1, 2014
On November 23rd the quilt raffle will be held for the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. The quilt’s theme this year is water, seeing as we are in the middle of a drought. (Conserve!) In lieu of supporting the fire department, you could walk away with a beautiful piece of work collectively put together by twelve women. Raffle tickets are being sold at Casino.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
For levity, voting in Cotati has all the right stuff for Twain’s witty pen. Nobody could make this stuff up! Certainly not in fiction, because fiction must show a correlation with life as we know it. Factual representation rarely shows up in politics. But that’s no excuse for not reading, writing and voting.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - October 2014
October 1, 2014
We are blessed here in Sonoma County to have such a rich and varied landscape to enjoy. From the beaches along our magnificent coastline through the numerous watersheds rich in natural beauty, and up into the headwaters of our streams and creeks high in the hills. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - October 2014
October 1, 2014
Do I start by introducing myself?  I always looked forward to reading the Bodega Blogette.  Bodega, as we all know, is an incredibly close knit community; in the same respect welcoming to passerby’s. I know my close acquaintances and even closer friends work to make everybody from the inside and outside alike feel not just comfortable, but furthermore strive to provide a sense of home away from home. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - October 2014
October 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Sonoma County can boast of leading the USA with the annual National Heirloom Food Festival. Want to experience a traditional county or state fair? Then put this on your calendar for fall 2015. I admire the festival team for filling each of the three days with informational lectures and panels on growing non-GMO food, local farming practices and raising heritage animals. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - September 2014
September 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
8 Reasons why I love living in Cotati:
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - August 2014
August 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Very few of us are what we seem.”  – Agatha Christie

What a delicious sentence. What a mystery we are! What a unique idea that most of us live hidden lives. Secrets. Early childhood memories not yet tied to words? We may miss 80% of our closest loved ones, should we fail to look deeper. Agatha Christie, the best selling mystery author of all time, inspires readers and writers. This quote both challenges and makes me suspicious. All fiction I enjoy tends toward the subtle and mysterious. 


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2014
June 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Nothing says summer like local vine ripe tomatoes, tree ripe fruit and fresh corn on the cob. I was raised near dozens of small farms and my parents praised the sweetness and freshness of our neighbors’ corn and tomatoes. Plus our lakeside picnics included local peaches and watermelon. I plan to bring my big straw basket and bags to the June 5th opening of the Cotati Farmers’ Market. Come to La Plaza Park and enjoy the music and food on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 PM through August 28th.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The Boyes Springs Business Group has an active calendar for April and May! Two meetings were held at the La Luz Bilingual Center. Juan Hernandez, Executive Director of La Luz chaired the meetings. Three topics topped the agenda: 1) The County’s facade loan program, 2) a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, and 3) a forthcoming meeting with 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin to discuss parking in the Springs.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”  – Carl Sandburg

The elusory art of poetry forms images or actions as it is read.  Poetry maybe dreamlike or like a locked room mystery.  Poets wrestle the unseen, and often unsaid, into this world where the clarity, vividness or a twist of image lands readers in new states of mind.  I love poetry. I am drawn to the experiences poems give.  So often, a poem rises like a tiny seed, an entire plant ripe for spring. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Sonoma Valley Treasure Map, is available at thrift stores along the Highway 12 consignment corridor. “Come for the Values - Stay for the Treasures” is their watchword. Four thrifts are owned and managed by women and three stores operate under the Churchmouse banner of St. Francis Solano Church. Collectors and dealers rub elbows with regular customers searching for special bargains. Objects for sale often find their way onto E-Bay, Craig’s List, or Amazon.

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman

I can’t wait to get out in the yard this month. Puttin’ on the old clothes, my old boots, and a sun hat just feels good. Warmth is around the corner, longer days are here, and our earth is ready to be worked.  Pulling weeds for most does not sound too exciting, but put on some music, a cup of tea, and I am ready.  Turning the soil, adding some good rich mulch and whaa laa!  


Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

What if….

  • You knew the lives and future of 430 people in Sonoma were in jeopardy? 
  • You knew 900 acres of public land and property between Sonoma and Glen Ellen were endangered?

                                 Would you act?


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Play is the real work of childhood.”  —Fred Rogers

Remember to play, no matter your age.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma
December 1, 2014
I moved back to California this summer after eight years in New Mexico, and became a new resident of the town of Sonoma. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Sonoma County was not the same place I had left behind. 
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - December 2014
December 1, 2014
The recent closing of the mouth of the Russian River and the subsequent reopening by the SoCo Water Agency remind us of the efforts underway to restore our precious Coho and Steelhead habitat. Of course in a manner of days, Mother Nature’s ocean forces had it closed again. Currently we have an estuary brim full, with the waves washing over the dunes regularly, hopefully helping to create habitat beneficial to the salmonids. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - December 2014
December 1, 2014
My intention for this month was to talk about the ways in which the holiday season brings a nice, carefree element to the cold weathered months. Though in years before it rang true, this is the first holiday season I’ve felt to be more challenging than years before. At the day’s end, I have more questions than answers. Questions I have for you, fellow Bodega neighbors and Sonoma County alike.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The El Verano Community joined together on October 19 to paint a street mural design in the student pick-up circle. Those participating wore clothes they didn’t mind getting dirty. Chalk art projects were implemented for kids as well. 

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - November 2014
November 1, 2014
On November 23rd the quilt raffle will be held for the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. The quilt’s theme this year is water, seeing as we are in the middle of a drought. (Conserve!) In lieu of supporting the fire department, you could walk away with a beautiful piece of work collectively put together by twelve women. Raffle tickets are being sold at Casino.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
For levity, voting in Cotati has all the right stuff for Twain’s witty pen. Nobody could make this stuff up! Certainly not in fiction, because fiction must show a correlation with life as we know it. Factual representation rarely shows up in politics. But that’s no excuse for not reading, writing and voting.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - October 2014
October 1, 2014
We are blessed here in Sonoma County to have such a rich and varied landscape to enjoy. From the beaches along our magnificent coastline through the numerous watersheds rich in natural beauty, and up into the headwaters of our streams and creeks high in the hills. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - October 2014
October 1, 2014
Do I start by introducing myself?  I always looked forward to reading the Bodega Blogette.  Bodega, as we all know, is an incredibly close knit community; in the same respect welcoming to passerby’s. I know my close acquaintances and even closer friends work to make everybody from the inside and outside alike feel not just comfortable, but furthermore strive to provide a sense of home away from home. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - October 2014
October 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Sonoma County can boast of leading the USA with the annual National Heirloom Food Festival. Want to experience a traditional county or state fair? Then put this on your calendar for fall 2015. I admire the festival team for filling each of the three days with informational lectures and panels on growing non-GMO food, local farming practices and raising heritage animals. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - September 2014
September 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
8 Reasons why I love living in Cotati:
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - August 2014
August 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Very few of us are what we seem.”  – Agatha Christie

What a delicious sentence. What a mystery we are! What a unique idea that most of us live hidden lives. Secrets. Early childhood memories not yet tied to words? We may miss 80% of our closest loved ones, should we fail to look deeper. Agatha Christie, the best selling mystery author of all time, inspires readers and writers. This quote both challenges and makes me suspicious. All fiction I enjoy tends toward the subtle and mysterious. 


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2014
June 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Nothing says summer like local vine ripe tomatoes, tree ripe fruit and fresh corn on the cob. I was raised near dozens of small farms and my parents praised the sweetness and freshness of our neighbors’ corn and tomatoes. Plus our lakeside picnics included local peaches and watermelon. I plan to bring my big straw basket and bags to the June 5th opening of the Cotati Farmers’ Market. Come to La Plaza Park and enjoy the music and food on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 PM through August 28th.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The Boyes Springs Business Group has an active calendar for April and May! Two meetings were held at the La Luz Bilingual Center. Juan Hernandez, Executive Director of La Luz chaired the meetings. Three topics topped the agenda: 1) The County’s facade loan program, 2) a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, and 3) a forthcoming meeting with 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin to discuss parking in the Springs.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”  – Carl Sandburg

The elusory art of poetry forms images or actions as it is read.  Poetry maybe dreamlike or like a locked room mystery.  Poets wrestle the unseen, and often unsaid, into this world where the clarity, vividness or a twist of image lands readers in new states of mind.  I love poetry. I am drawn to the experiences poems give.  So often, a poem rises like a tiny seed, an entire plant ripe for spring. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Sonoma Valley Treasure Map, is available at thrift stores along the Highway 12 consignment corridor. “Come for the Values - Stay for the Treasures” is their watchword. Four thrifts are owned and managed by women and three stores operate under the Churchmouse banner of St. Francis Solano Church. Collectors and dealers rub elbows with regular customers searching for special bargains. Objects for sale often find their way onto E-Bay, Craig’s List, or Amazon.

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman

I can’t wait to get out in the yard this month. Puttin’ on the old clothes, my old boots, and a sun hat just feels good. Warmth is around the corner, longer days are here, and our earth is ready to be worked.  Pulling weeds for most does not sound too exciting, but put on some music, a cup of tea, and I am ready.  Turning the soil, adding some good rich mulch and whaa laa!  


Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

What if….

  • You knew the lives and future of 430 people in Sonoma were in jeopardy? 
  • You knew 900 acres of public land and property between Sonoma and Glen Ellen were endangered?

                                 Would you act?


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Play is the real work of childhood.”  —Fred Rogers

Remember to play, no matter your age.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma
December 1, 2014
I moved back to California this summer after eight years in New Mexico, and became a new resident of the town of Sonoma. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Sonoma County was not the same place I had left behind. 
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - December 2014
December 1, 2014
The recent closing of the mouth of the Russian River and the subsequent reopening by the SoCo Water Agency remind us of the efforts underway to restore our precious Coho and Steelhead habitat. Of course in a manner of days, Mother Nature’s ocean forces had it closed again. Currently we have an estuary brim full, with the waves washing over the dunes regularly, hopefully helping to create habitat beneficial to the salmonids. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - December 2014
December 1, 2014
My intention for this month was to talk about the ways in which the holiday season brings a nice, carefree element to the cold weathered months. Though in years before it rang true, this is the first holiday season I’ve felt to be more challenging than years before. At the day’s end, I have more questions than answers. Questions I have for you, fellow Bodega neighbors and Sonoma County alike.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The El Verano Community joined together on October 19 to paint a street mural design in the student pick-up circle. Those participating wore clothes they didn’t mind getting dirty. Chalk art projects were implemented for kids as well. 

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - November 2014
November 1, 2014
On November 23rd the quilt raffle will be held for the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. The quilt’s theme this year is water, seeing as we are in the middle of a drought. (Conserve!) In lieu of supporting the fire department, you could walk away with a beautiful piece of work collectively put together by twelve women. Raffle tickets are being sold at Casino.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
For levity, voting in Cotati has all the right stuff for Twain’s witty pen. Nobody could make this stuff up! Certainly not in fiction, because fiction must show a correlation with life as we know it. Factual representation rarely shows up in politics. But that’s no excuse for not reading, writing and voting.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - October 2014
October 1, 2014
We are blessed here in Sonoma County to have such a rich and varied landscape to enjoy. From the beaches along our magnificent coastline through the numerous watersheds rich in natural beauty, and up into the headwaters of our streams and creeks high in the hills. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - October 2014
October 1, 2014
Do I start by introducing myself?  I always looked forward to reading the Bodega Blogette.  Bodega, as we all know, is an incredibly close knit community; in the same respect welcoming to passerby’s. I know my close acquaintances and even closer friends work to make everybody from the inside and outside alike feel not just comfortable, but furthermore strive to provide a sense of home away from home. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - October 2014
October 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Sonoma County can boast of leading the USA with the annual National Heirloom Food Festival. Want to experience a traditional county or state fair? Then put this on your calendar for fall 2015. I admire the festival team for filling each of the three days with informational lectures and panels on growing non-GMO food, local farming practices and raising heritage animals. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - September 2014
September 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
8 Reasons why I love living in Cotati:
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - August 2014
August 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Very few of us are what we seem.”  – Agatha Christie

What a delicious sentence. What a mystery we are! What a unique idea that most of us live hidden lives. Secrets. Early childhood memories not yet tied to words? We may miss 80% of our closest loved ones, should we fail to look deeper. Agatha Christie, the best selling mystery author of all time, inspires readers and writers. This quote both challenges and makes me suspicious. All fiction I enjoy tends toward the subtle and mysterious. 


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2014
June 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Nothing says summer like local vine ripe tomatoes, tree ripe fruit and fresh corn on the cob. I was raised near dozens of small farms and my parents praised the sweetness and freshness of our neighbors’ corn and tomatoes. Plus our lakeside picnics included local peaches and watermelon. I plan to bring my big straw basket and bags to the June 5th opening of the Cotati Farmers’ Market. Come to La Plaza Park and enjoy the music and food on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 PM through August 28th.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The Boyes Springs Business Group has an active calendar for April and May! Two meetings were held at the La Luz Bilingual Center. Juan Hernandez, Executive Director of La Luz chaired the meetings. Three topics topped the agenda: 1) The County’s facade loan program, 2) a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, and 3) a forthcoming meeting with 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin to discuss parking in the Springs.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”  – Carl Sandburg

The elusory art of poetry forms images or actions as it is read.  Poetry maybe dreamlike or like a locked room mystery.  Poets wrestle the unseen, and often unsaid, into this world where the clarity, vividness or a twist of image lands readers in new states of mind.  I love poetry. I am drawn to the experiences poems give.  So often, a poem rises like a tiny seed, an entire plant ripe for spring. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Sonoma Valley Treasure Map, is available at thrift stores along the Highway 12 consignment corridor. “Come for the Values - Stay for the Treasures” is their watchword. Four thrifts are owned and managed by women and three stores operate under the Churchmouse banner of St. Francis Solano Church. Collectors and dealers rub elbows with regular customers searching for special bargains. Objects for sale often find their way onto E-Bay, Craig’s List, or Amazon.

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman

I can’t wait to get out in the yard this month. Puttin’ on the old clothes, my old boots, and a sun hat just feels good. Warmth is around the corner, longer days are here, and our earth is ready to be worked.  Pulling weeds for most does not sound too exciting, but put on some music, a cup of tea, and I am ready.  Turning the soil, adding some good rich mulch and whaa laa!  


Read Article
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Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

What if….

  • You knew the lives and future of 430 people in Sonoma were in jeopardy? 
  • You knew 900 acres of public land and property between Sonoma and Glen Ellen were endangered?

                                 Would you act?


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Play is the real work of childhood.”  —Fred Rogers

Remember to play, no matter your age.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma
December 1, 2014
I moved back to California this summer after eight years in New Mexico, and became a new resident of the town of Sonoma. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Sonoma County was not the same place I had left behind. 
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - December 2014
December 1, 2014
The recent closing of the mouth of the Russian River and the subsequent reopening by the SoCo Water Agency remind us of the efforts underway to restore our precious Coho and Steelhead habitat. Of course in a manner of days, Mother Nature’s ocean forces had it closed again. Currently we have an estuary brim full, with the waves washing over the dunes regularly, hopefully helping to create habitat beneficial to the salmonids. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - December 2014
December 1, 2014
My intention for this month was to talk about the ways in which the holiday season brings a nice, carefree element to the cold weathered months. Though in years before it rang true, this is the first holiday season I’ve felt to be more challenging than years before. At the day’s end, I have more questions than answers. Questions I have for you, fellow Bodega neighbors and Sonoma County alike.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The El Verano Community joined together on October 19 to paint a street mural design in the student pick-up circle. Those participating wore clothes they didn’t mind getting dirty. Chalk art projects were implemented for kids as well. 

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - November 2014
November 1, 2014
On November 23rd the quilt raffle will be held for the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. The quilt’s theme this year is water, seeing as we are in the middle of a drought. (Conserve!) In lieu of supporting the fire department, you could walk away with a beautiful piece of work collectively put together by twelve women. Raffle tickets are being sold at Casino.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
For levity, voting in Cotati has all the right stuff for Twain’s witty pen. Nobody could make this stuff up! Certainly not in fiction, because fiction must show a correlation with life as we know it. Factual representation rarely shows up in politics. But that’s no excuse for not reading, writing and voting.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - October 2014
October 1, 2014
We are blessed here in Sonoma County to have such a rich and varied landscape to enjoy. From the beaches along our magnificent coastline through the numerous watersheds rich in natural beauty, and up into the headwaters of our streams and creeks high in the hills. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - October 2014
October 1, 2014
Do I start by introducing myself?  I always looked forward to reading the Bodega Blogette.  Bodega, as we all know, is an incredibly close knit community; in the same respect welcoming to passerby’s. I know my close acquaintances and even closer friends work to make everybody from the inside and outside alike feel not just comfortable, but furthermore strive to provide a sense of home away from home. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - October 2014
October 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Sonoma County can boast of leading the USA with the annual National Heirloom Food Festival. Want to experience a traditional county or state fair? Then put this on your calendar for fall 2015. I admire the festival team for filling each of the three days with informational lectures and panels on growing non-GMO food, local farming practices and raising heritage animals. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - September 2014
September 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
8 Reasons why I love living in Cotati:
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - August 2014
August 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Very few of us are what we seem.”  – Agatha Christie

What a delicious sentence. What a mystery we are! What a unique idea that most of us live hidden lives. Secrets. Early childhood memories not yet tied to words? We may miss 80% of our closest loved ones, should we fail to look deeper. Agatha Christie, the best selling mystery author of all time, inspires readers and writers. This quote both challenges and makes me suspicious. All fiction I enjoy tends toward the subtle and mysterious. 


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2014
June 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Nothing says summer like local vine ripe tomatoes, tree ripe fruit and fresh corn on the cob. I was raised near dozens of small farms and my parents praised the sweetness and freshness of our neighbors’ corn and tomatoes. Plus our lakeside picnics included local peaches and watermelon. I plan to bring my big straw basket and bags to the June 5th opening of the Cotati Farmers’ Market. Come to La Plaza Park and enjoy the music and food on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 PM through August 28th.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The Boyes Springs Business Group has an active calendar for April and May! Two meetings were held at the La Luz Bilingual Center. Juan Hernandez, Executive Director of La Luz chaired the meetings. Three topics topped the agenda: 1) The County’s facade loan program, 2) a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, and 3) a forthcoming meeting with 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin to discuss parking in the Springs.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”  – Carl Sandburg

The elusory art of poetry forms images or actions as it is read.  Poetry maybe dreamlike or like a locked room mystery.  Poets wrestle the unseen, and often unsaid, into this world where the clarity, vividness or a twist of image lands readers in new states of mind.  I love poetry. I am drawn to the experiences poems give.  So often, a poem rises like a tiny seed, an entire plant ripe for spring. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Sonoma Valley Treasure Map, is available at thrift stores along the Highway 12 consignment corridor. “Come for the Values - Stay for the Treasures” is their watchword. Four thrifts are owned and managed by women and three stores operate under the Churchmouse banner of St. Francis Solano Church. Collectors and dealers rub elbows with regular customers searching for special bargains. Objects for sale often find their way onto E-Bay, Craig’s List, or Amazon.

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman

I can’t wait to get out in the yard this month. Puttin’ on the old clothes, my old boots, and a sun hat just feels good. Warmth is around the corner, longer days are here, and our earth is ready to be worked.  Pulling weeds for most does not sound too exciting, but put on some music, a cup of tea, and I am ready.  Turning the soil, adding some good rich mulch and whaa laa!  


Read Article
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Op-ed

Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

What if….

  • You knew the lives and future of 430 people in Sonoma were in jeopardy? 
  • You knew 900 acres of public land and property between Sonoma and Glen Ellen were endangered?

                                 Would you act?


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Play is the real work of childhood.”  —Fred Rogers

Remember to play, no matter your age.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma
December 1, 2014
I moved back to California this summer after eight years in New Mexico, and became a new resident of the town of Sonoma. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Sonoma County was not the same place I had left behind. 
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - December 2014
December 1, 2014
The recent closing of the mouth of the Russian River and the subsequent reopening by the SoCo Water Agency remind us of the efforts underway to restore our precious Coho and Steelhead habitat. Of course in a manner of days, Mother Nature’s ocean forces had it closed again. Currently we have an estuary brim full, with the waves washing over the dunes regularly, hopefully helping to create habitat beneficial to the salmonids. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - December 2014
December 1, 2014
My intention for this month was to talk about the ways in which the holiday season brings a nice, carefree element to the cold weathered months. Though in years before it rang true, this is the first holiday season I’ve felt to be more challenging than years before. At the day’s end, I have more questions than answers. Questions I have for you, fellow Bodega neighbors and Sonoma County alike.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The El Verano Community joined together on October 19 to paint a street mural design in the student pick-up circle. Those participating wore clothes they didn’t mind getting dirty. Chalk art projects were implemented for kids as well. 

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - November 2014
November 1, 2014
On November 23rd the quilt raffle will be held for the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. The quilt’s theme this year is water, seeing as we are in the middle of a drought. (Conserve!) In lieu of supporting the fire department, you could walk away with a beautiful piece of work collectively put together by twelve women. Raffle tickets are being sold at Casino.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
For levity, voting in Cotati has all the right stuff for Twain’s witty pen. Nobody could make this stuff up! Certainly not in fiction, because fiction must show a correlation with life as we know it. Factual representation rarely shows up in politics. But that’s no excuse for not reading, writing and voting.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - October 2014
October 1, 2014
We are blessed here in Sonoma County to have such a rich and varied landscape to enjoy. From the beaches along our magnificent coastline through the numerous watersheds rich in natural beauty, and up into the headwaters of our streams and creeks high in the hills. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - October 2014
October 1, 2014
Do I start by introducing myself?  I always looked forward to reading the Bodega Blogette.  Bodega, as we all know, is an incredibly close knit community; in the same respect welcoming to passerby’s. I know my close acquaintances and even closer friends work to make everybody from the inside and outside alike feel not just comfortable, but furthermore strive to provide a sense of home away from home. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - October 2014
October 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Sonoma County can boast of leading the USA with the annual National Heirloom Food Festival. Want to experience a traditional county or state fair? Then put this on your calendar for fall 2015. I admire the festival team for filling each of the three days with informational lectures and panels on growing non-GMO food, local farming practices and raising heritage animals. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - September 2014
September 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
8 Reasons why I love living in Cotati:
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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - August 2014
August 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Very few of us are what we seem.”  – Agatha Christie

What a delicious sentence. What a mystery we are! What a unique idea that most of us live hidden lives. Secrets. Early childhood memories not yet tied to words? We may miss 80% of our closest loved ones, should we fail to look deeper. Agatha Christie, the best selling mystery author of all time, inspires readers and writers. This quote both challenges and makes me suspicious. All fiction I enjoy tends toward the subtle and mysterious. 


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2014
June 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Nothing says summer like local vine ripe tomatoes, tree ripe fruit and fresh corn on the cob. I was raised near dozens of small farms and my parents praised the sweetness and freshness of our neighbors’ corn and tomatoes. Plus our lakeside picnics included local peaches and watermelon. I plan to bring my big straw basket and bags to the June 5th opening of the Cotati Farmers’ Market. Come to La Plaza Park and enjoy the music and food on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 PM through August 28th.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The Boyes Springs Business Group has an active calendar for April and May! Two meetings were held at the La Luz Bilingual Center. Juan Hernandez, Executive Director of La Luz chaired the meetings. Three topics topped the agenda: 1) The County’s facade loan program, 2) a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, and 3) a forthcoming meeting with 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin to discuss parking in the Springs.

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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”  – Carl Sandburg

The elusory art of poetry forms images or actions as it is read.  Poetry maybe dreamlike or like a locked room mystery.  Poets wrestle the unseen, and often unsaid, into this world where the clarity, vividness or a twist of image lands readers in new states of mind.  I love poetry. I am drawn to the experiences poems give.  So often, a poem rises like a tiny seed, an entire plant ripe for spring. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Sonoma Valley Treasure Map, is available at thrift stores along the Highway 12 consignment corridor. “Come for the Values - Stay for the Treasures” is their watchword. Four thrifts are owned and managed by women and three stores operate under the Churchmouse banner of St. Francis Solano Church. Collectors and dealers rub elbows with regular customers searching for special bargains. Objects for sale often find their way onto E-Bay, Craig’s List, or Amazon.

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman

I can’t wait to get out in the yard this month. Puttin’ on the old clothes, my old boots, and a sun hat just feels good. Warmth is around the corner, longer days are here, and our earth is ready to be worked.  Pulling weeds for most does not sound too exciting, but put on some music, a cup of tea, and I am ready.  Turning the soil, adding some good rich mulch and whaa laa!  


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Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

What if….

  • You knew the lives and future of 430 people in Sonoma were in jeopardy? 
  • You knew 900 acres of public land and property between Sonoma and Glen Ellen were endangered?

                                 Would you act?


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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Play is the real work of childhood.”  —Fred Rogers

Remember to play, no matter your age.

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Savory Sonoma
December 1, 2014
I moved back to California this summer after eight years in New Mexico, and became a new resident of the town of Sonoma. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Sonoma County was not the same place I had left behind. 
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Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - December 2014
December 1, 2014
The recent closing of the mouth of the Russian River and the subsequent reopening by the SoCo Water Agency remind us of the efforts underway to restore our precious Coho and Steelhead habitat. Of course in a manner of days, Mother Nature’s ocean forces had it closed again. Currently we have an estuary brim full, with the waves washing over the dunes regularly, hopefully helping to create habitat beneficial to the salmonids. 
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Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - December 2014
December 1, 2014
My intention for this month was to talk about the ways in which the holiday season brings a nice, carefree element to the cold weathered months. Though in years before it rang true, this is the first holiday season I’ve felt to be more challenging than years before. At the day’s end, I have more questions than answers. Questions I have for you, fellow Bodega neighbors and Sonoma County alike.
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Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The El Verano Community joined together on October 19 to paint a street mural design in the student pick-up circle. Those participating wore clothes they didn’t mind getting dirty. Chalk art projects were implemented for kids as well. 

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Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - November 2014
November 1, 2014
On November 23rd the quilt raffle will be held for the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. The quilt’s theme this year is water, seeing as we are in the middle of a drought. (Conserve!) In lieu of supporting the fire department, you could walk away with a beautiful piece of work collectively put together by twelve women. Raffle tickets are being sold at Casino.
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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
For levity, voting in Cotati has all the right stuff for Twain’s witty pen. Nobody could make this stuff up! Certainly not in fiction, because fiction must show a correlation with life as we know it. Factual representation rarely shows up in politics. But that’s no excuse for not reading, writing and voting.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - October 2014
October 1, 2014
We are blessed here in Sonoma County to have such a rich and varied landscape to enjoy. From the beaches along our magnificent coastline through the numerous watersheds rich in natural beauty, and up into the headwaters of our streams and creeks high in the hills. 
Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - October 2014
October 1, 2014
Do I start by introducing myself?  I always looked forward to reading the Bodega Blogette.  Bodega, as we all know, is an incredibly close knit community; in the same respect welcoming to passerby’s. I know my close acquaintances and even closer friends work to make everybody from the inside and outside alike feel not just comfortable, but furthermore strive to provide a sense of home away from home. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - October 2014
October 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Sonoma County can boast of leading the USA with the annual National Heirloom Food Festival. Want to experience a traditional county or state fair? Then put this on your calendar for fall 2015. I admire the festival team for filling each of the three days with informational lectures and panels on growing non-GMO food, local farming practices and raising heritage animals. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - September 2014
September 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
8 Reasons why I love living in Cotati:
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - August 2014
August 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Very few of us are what we seem.”  – Agatha Christie

What a delicious sentence. What a mystery we are! What a unique idea that most of us live hidden lives. Secrets. Early childhood memories not yet tied to words? We may miss 80% of our closest loved ones, should we fail to look deeper. Agatha Christie, the best selling mystery author of all time, inspires readers and writers. This quote both challenges and makes me suspicious. All fiction I enjoy tends toward the subtle and mysterious. 


Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2014
June 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
Nothing says summer like local vine ripe tomatoes, tree ripe fruit and fresh corn on the cob. I was raised near dozens of small farms and my parents praised the sweetness and freshness of our neighbors’ corn and tomatoes. Plus our lakeside picnics included local peaches and watermelon. I plan to bring my big straw basket and bags to the June 5th opening of the Cotati Farmers’ Market. Come to La Plaza Park and enjoy the music and food on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 PM through August 28th.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014 - Sonoma County Horse Journal Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
At one time a newspaper reported “Rancho Cotati” as the largest farm in our county and “one of the finest pieces of agricultural land in California.” A Brief History of Cotati, by Cotati Historical Society.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

The Boyes Springs Business Group has an active calendar for April and May! Two meetings were held at the La Luz Bilingual Center. Juan Hernandez, Executive Director of La Luz chaired the meetings. Three topics topped the agenda: 1) The County’s facade loan program, 2) a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, and 3) a forthcoming meeting with 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin to discuss parking in the Springs.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”  – Carl Sandburg

The elusory art of poetry forms images or actions as it is read.  Poetry maybe dreamlike or like a locked room mystery.  Poets wrestle the unseen, and often unsaid, into this world where the clarity, vividness or a twist of image lands readers in new states of mind.  I love poetry. I am drawn to the experiences poems give.  So often, a poem rises like a tiny seed, an entire plant ripe for spring. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Sonoma Valley Treasure Map, is available at thrift stores along the Highway 12 consignment corridor. “Come for the Values - Stay for the Treasures” is their watchword. Four thrifts are owned and managed by women and three stores operate under the Churchmouse banner of St. Francis Solano Church. Collectors and dealers rub elbows with regular customers searching for special bargains. Objects for sale often find their way onto E-Bay, Craig’s List, or Amazon.

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman

I can’t wait to get out in the yard this month. Puttin’ on the old clothes, my old boots, and a sun hat just feels good. Warmth is around the corner, longer days are here, and our earth is ready to be worked.  Pulling weeds for most does not sound too exciting, but put on some music, a cup of tea, and I am ready.  Turning the soil, adding some good rich mulch and whaa laa!  


Read Article
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