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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
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
I love living in Coastal Sonoma County. People often ask what we do out here “in the country” in our spare time.  Where do I start!  Beach play time, hanging out at the coffee shops, visiting museums, art shows, enjoying the birds that abound, (especially the hawks that hover around the Jenner Headlands), biking, enjoying friends company, hiking in the many different environments from redwood forests, open meadows, marine terraces, and views that take your breath away, a good book or movie, cooking with locally produced products from our local farmers markets, and of course volunteering.  
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
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
“Growing up in Israel on a kibbutz, we bathed with a cup of water.” My friend frowned before adding, “You Americans—waste so much water.”
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator.

As an image, two people looking in the same direction suggests a common destination or a common future. I think of this type of love as partnership. Romance not necessary, but welcome if that is what you are looking for.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Attendees at the Springs Community Alliance meeting in early January heard proposals for a community-wide design competition for the area known as “the hub.” That is the area off Boyes Boulevard between the Churchmouse and former Uncle Patty’s. The area will be blocked off by a sidewalk when the next leg of the Springs Highway Project begins. 

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
OK- you can relax now!  The holidays are long gone and the resolution mist is behind us.  It doesn’t matter how many resolutions we make each year- make them anyway.  They are often intangibles we can hang on to – even if they begin tomorrow  – they are still there for us.  Do your best and keep moving along with your dreams and hopes for yourself.  
Read Article
The Politics of Broadband—Part 2 The Politics of Broadband—Part 2
January 30, 2014
Last month’s article focused on the importance of the Verizon vs. FCC federal appellate court case and how the decision could affect the Internet for all Americans.  On January 14th, the court ruled against the FCC.  The court concluded that the FCC had no authority to apply nondiscrimination or non-blocking rules to broadband providers.  Carriers can now control Internet content!
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

“What are your expectations for change in the Springs in 2014?”

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
The first day of the year is a treasured day. We all look forward to this day – all for personal reasons. Without going into all the resolutions and discussions that everyone else will talk about – let’s just focus on doing one thing here.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
This year I complete three years of writing and publishing for animal welfare and pet adoption. Learning the craft of blogging has been both a pleasure and a challenge. Visiting animal shelters pulls on my emotions. I keep in touch with many California pet rescue groups and shelters. Millions of abandoned pets lose their homes every year in America, resulting in 4 to 6 million pet deaths in our animal shelters, due to lack of homes. So much momentum has been gained this year in new humane laws for animals. Yet we have far to go.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
To bustle or not to bustle! I love Christmas, but this question is key to my sanity.  How does one slow it down and enjoy the moment, the spirited season, the wonderful events around you, your friends and family and not stress out?  Time and time again in our recent past (the last 100 years) and in our world today you here about emotional stress at this time of year for all ages. There are way too many things going on in our life’s with long lists of must do’s.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Tom Martin

Valley Vibes Performs….

Imagine an orchestra of first to fifth grade students playing before an audience following a lead in by the Doobie Brothers! That is just what happened at the B.R. Cohn annual fundraiser in September. The Valley Vibes Orchestra from El Verano School performed at this prestigious event.  The orchestra also performed at this year’s Red and White Ball, a Cinco De Mayo celebration and in ad hoc presentations for students, faculty, and staff at El Verano School.

Read Article
Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall
December 1, 2013
The Gualala Point Park Visitor Center is making plans to construct a new “wind wall” to protect visitors to the center’s patio. The wall, which will be more than 6 ft. tall, will be constructed of 3/8” tempered glass and is expected to cost close to $20,000.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
Gualala Arts hosts several events which welcome in the holiday spirit of local shopping. The Holiday Boutique is very unique with all local hand crafted items. It feels good to support the local craftsman. You know – there was a day, long ago – that craftsmen and craftswomen were paid handsome for their  talents.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Tom Martin
The Springs Grange Hall buzzed with human energy at October’s Springs Community Alliance Town Hall Meeting. Over fifty residents gathered to exchange ideas for change and improvements in the Boyes Springs area. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Shopping needs a twist of adventure. I failed to inherit the shopping gene.  Yet little shops, crammed with all sorts of surprises, gifts and eye-catching displays call to me. My un-mall habits fit well in Cotati where the unusual and unique comes first.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Oct 2013
October 2, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Where you grow up matters. Our move Sonoma County from southern California to began with renting a house in Petaluma. When we started hunting for a house to buy, we were drawn to Cotati with its six-sided hub and mix of sheep and dairy ranches. 
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
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
I love living in Coastal Sonoma County. People often ask what we do out here “in the country” in our spare time.  Where do I start!  Beach play time, hanging out at the coffee shops, visiting museums, art shows, enjoying the birds that abound, (especially the hawks that hover around the Jenner Headlands), biking, enjoying friends company, hiking in the many different environments from redwood forests, open meadows, marine terraces, and views that take your breath away, a good book or movie, cooking with locally produced products from our local farmers markets, and of course volunteering.  
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
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
“Growing up in Israel on a kibbutz, we bathed with a cup of water.” My friend frowned before adding, “You Americans—waste so much water.”
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator.

As an image, two people looking in the same direction suggests a common destination or a common future. I think of this type of love as partnership. Romance not necessary, but welcome if that is what you are looking for.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Attendees at the Springs Community Alliance meeting in early January heard proposals for a community-wide design competition for the area known as “the hub.” That is the area off Boyes Boulevard between the Churchmouse and former Uncle Patty’s. The area will be blocked off by a sidewalk when the next leg of the Springs Highway Project begins. 

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
OK- you can relax now!  The holidays are long gone and the resolution mist is behind us.  It doesn’t matter how many resolutions we make each year- make them anyway.  They are often intangibles we can hang on to – even if they begin tomorrow  – they are still there for us.  Do your best and keep moving along with your dreams and hopes for yourself.  
Read Article
The Politics of Broadband—Part 2 The Politics of Broadband—Part 2
January 30, 2014
Last month’s article focused on the importance of the Verizon vs. FCC federal appellate court case and how the decision could affect the Internet for all Americans.  On January 14th, the court ruled against the FCC.  The court concluded that the FCC had no authority to apply nondiscrimination or non-blocking rules to broadband providers.  Carriers can now control Internet content!
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

“What are your expectations for change in the Springs in 2014?”

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
The first day of the year is a treasured day. We all look forward to this day – all for personal reasons. Without going into all the resolutions and discussions that everyone else will talk about – let’s just focus on doing one thing here.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
This year I complete three years of writing and publishing for animal welfare and pet adoption. Learning the craft of blogging has been both a pleasure and a challenge. Visiting animal shelters pulls on my emotions. I keep in touch with many California pet rescue groups and shelters. Millions of abandoned pets lose their homes every year in America, resulting in 4 to 6 million pet deaths in our animal shelters, due to lack of homes. So much momentum has been gained this year in new humane laws for animals. Yet we have far to go.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
To bustle or not to bustle! I love Christmas, but this question is key to my sanity.  How does one slow it down and enjoy the moment, the spirited season, the wonderful events around you, your friends and family and not stress out?  Time and time again in our recent past (the last 100 years) and in our world today you here about emotional stress at this time of year for all ages. There are way too many things going on in our life’s with long lists of must do’s.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Tom Martin

Valley Vibes Performs….

Imagine an orchestra of first to fifth grade students playing before an audience following a lead in by the Doobie Brothers! That is just what happened at the B.R. Cohn annual fundraiser in September. The Valley Vibes Orchestra from El Verano School performed at this prestigious event.  The orchestra also performed at this year’s Red and White Ball, a Cinco De Mayo celebration and in ad hoc presentations for students, faculty, and staff at El Verano School.

Read Article
Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall
December 1, 2013
The Gualala Point Park Visitor Center is making plans to construct a new “wind wall” to protect visitors to the center’s patio. The wall, which will be more than 6 ft. tall, will be constructed of 3/8” tempered glass and is expected to cost close to $20,000.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
Gualala Arts hosts several events which welcome in the holiday spirit of local shopping. The Holiday Boutique is very unique with all local hand crafted items. It feels good to support the local craftsman. You know – there was a day, long ago – that craftsmen and craftswomen were paid handsome for their  talents.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Tom Martin
The Springs Grange Hall buzzed with human energy at October’s Springs Community Alliance Town Hall Meeting. Over fifty residents gathered to exchange ideas for change and improvements in the Boyes Springs area. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Shopping needs a twist of adventure. I failed to inherit the shopping gene.  Yet little shops, crammed with all sorts of surprises, gifts and eye-catching displays call to me. My un-mall habits fit well in Cotati where the unusual and unique comes first.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Oct 2013
October 2, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Where you grow up matters. Our move Sonoma County from southern California to began with renting a house in Petaluma. When we started hunting for a house to buy, we were drawn to Cotati with its six-sided hub and mix of sheep and dairy ranches. 
Read Article

Features

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
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
I love living in Coastal Sonoma County. People often ask what we do out here “in the country” in our spare time.  Where do I start!  Beach play time, hanging out at the coffee shops, visiting museums, art shows, enjoying the birds that abound, (especially the hawks that hover around the Jenner Headlands), biking, enjoying friends company, hiking in the many different environments from redwood forests, open meadows, marine terraces, and views that take your breath away, a good book or movie, cooking with locally produced products from our local farmers markets, and of course volunteering.  
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
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
“Growing up in Israel on a kibbutz, we bathed with a cup of water.” My friend frowned before adding, “You Americans—waste so much water.”
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator.

As an image, two people looking in the same direction suggests a common destination or a common future. I think of this type of love as partnership. Romance not necessary, but welcome if that is what you are looking for.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Attendees at the Springs Community Alliance meeting in early January heard proposals for a community-wide design competition for the area known as “the hub.” That is the area off Boyes Boulevard between the Churchmouse and former Uncle Patty’s. The area will be blocked off by a sidewalk when the next leg of the Springs Highway Project begins. 

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
OK- you can relax now!  The holidays are long gone and the resolution mist is behind us.  It doesn’t matter how many resolutions we make each year- make them anyway.  They are often intangibles we can hang on to – even if they begin tomorrow  – they are still there for us.  Do your best and keep moving along with your dreams and hopes for yourself.  
Read Article
The Politics of Broadband—Part 2 The Politics of Broadband—Part 2
January 30, 2014
Last month’s article focused on the importance of the Verizon vs. FCC federal appellate court case and how the decision could affect the Internet for all Americans.  On January 14th, the court ruled against the FCC.  The court concluded that the FCC had no authority to apply nondiscrimination or non-blocking rules to broadband providers.  Carriers can now control Internet content!
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

“What are your expectations for change in the Springs in 2014?”

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
The first day of the year is a treasured day. We all look forward to this day – all for personal reasons. Without going into all the resolutions and discussions that everyone else will talk about – let’s just focus on doing one thing here.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
This year I complete three years of writing and publishing for animal welfare and pet adoption. Learning the craft of blogging has been both a pleasure and a challenge. Visiting animal shelters pulls on my emotions. I keep in touch with many California pet rescue groups and shelters. Millions of abandoned pets lose their homes every year in America, resulting in 4 to 6 million pet deaths in our animal shelters, due to lack of homes. So much momentum has been gained this year in new humane laws for animals. Yet we have far to go.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
To bustle or not to bustle! I love Christmas, but this question is key to my sanity.  How does one slow it down and enjoy the moment, the spirited season, the wonderful events around you, your friends and family and not stress out?  Time and time again in our recent past (the last 100 years) and in our world today you here about emotional stress at this time of year for all ages. There are way too many things going on in our life’s with long lists of must do’s.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Tom Martin

Valley Vibes Performs….

Imagine an orchestra of first to fifth grade students playing before an audience following a lead in by the Doobie Brothers! That is just what happened at the B.R. Cohn annual fundraiser in September. The Valley Vibes Orchestra from El Verano School performed at this prestigious event.  The orchestra also performed at this year’s Red and White Ball, a Cinco De Mayo celebration and in ad hoc presentations for students, faculty, and staff at El Verano School.

Read Article
Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall
December 1, 2013
The Gualala Point Park Visitor Center is making plans to construct a new “wind wall” to protect visitors to the center’s patio. The wall, which will be more than 6 ft. tall, will be constructed of 3/8” tempered glass and is expected to cost close to $20,000.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
Gualala Arts hosts several events which welcome in the holiday spirit of local shopping. The Holiday Boutique is very unique with all local hand crafted items. It feels good to support the local craftsman. You know – there was a day, long ago – that craftsmen and craftswomen were paid handsome for their  talents.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Tom Martin
The Springs Grange Hall buzzed with human energy at October’s Springs Community Alliance Town Hall Meeting. Over fifty residents gathered to exchange ideas for change and improvements in the Boyes Springs area. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Shopping needs a twist of adventure. I failed to inherit the shopping gene.  Yet little shops, crammed with all sorts of surprises, gifts and eye-catching displays call to me. My un-mall habits fit well in Cotati where the unusual and unique comes first.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Oct 2013
October 2, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Where you grow up matters. Our move Sonoma County from southern California to began with renting a house in Petaluma. When we started hunting for a house to buy, we were drawn to Cotati with its six-sided hub and mix of sheep and dairy ranches. 
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
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
I love living in Coastal Sonoma County. People often ask what we do out here “in the country” in our spare time.  Where do I start!  Beach play time, hanging out at the coffee shops, visiting museums, art shows, enjoying the birds that abound, (especially the hawks that hover around the Jenner Headlands), biking, enjoying friends company, hiking in the many different environments from redwood forests, open meadows, marine terraces, and views that take your breath away, a good book or movie, cooking with locally produced products from our local farmers markets, and of course volunteering.  
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
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
“Growing up in Israel on a kibbutz, we bathed with a cup of water.” My friend frowned before adding, “You Americans—waste so much water.”
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator.

As an image, two people looking in the same direction suggests a common destination or a common future. I think of this type of love as partnership. Romance not necessary, but welcome if that is what you are looking for.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Attendees at the Springs Community Alliance meeting in early January heard proposals for a community-wide design competition for the area known as “the hub.” That is the area off Boyes Boulevard between the Churchmouse and former Uncle Patty’s. The area will be blocked off by a sidewalk when the next leg of the Springs Highway Project begins. 

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
OK- you can relax now!  The holidays are long gone and the resolution mist is behind us.  It doesn’t matter how many resolutions we make each year- make them anyway.  They are often intangibles we can hang on to – even if they begin tomorrow  – they are still there for us.  Do your best and keep moving along with your dreams and hopes for yourself.  
Read Article
The Politics of Broadband—Part 2 The Politics of Broadband—Part 2
January 30, 2014
Last month’s article focused on the importance of the Verizon vs. FCC federal appellate court case and how the decision could affect the Internet for all Americans.  On January 14th, the court ruled against the FCC.  The court concluded that the FCC had no authority to apply nondiscrimination or non-blocking rules to broadband providers.  Carriers can now control Internet content!
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

“What are your expectations for change in the Springs in 2014?”

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
The first day of the year is a treasured day. We all look forward to this day – all for personal reasons. Without going into all the resolutions and discussions that everyone else will talk about – let’s just focus on doing one thing here.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
This year I complete three years of writing and publishing for animal welfare and pet adoption. Learning the craft of blogging has been both a pleasure and a challenge. Visiting animal shelters pulls on my emotions. I keep in touch with many California pet rescue groups and shelters. Millions of abandoned pets lose their homes every year in America, resulting in 4 to 6 million pet deaths in our animal shelters, due to lack of homes. So much momentum has been gained this year in new humane laws for animals. Yet we have far to go.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
To bustle or not to bustle! I love Christmas, but this question is key to my sanity.  How does one slow it down and enjoy the moment, the spirited season, the wonderful events around you, your friends and family and not stress out?  Time and time again in our recent past (the last 100 years) and in our world today you here about emotional stress at this time of year for all ages. There are way too many things going on in our life’s with long lists of must do’s.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Tom Martin

Valley Vibes Performs….

Imagine an orchestra of first to fifth grade students playing before an audience following a lead in by the Doobie Brothers! That is just what happened at the B.R. Cohn annual fundraiser in September. The Valley Vibes Orchestra from El Verano School performed at this prestigious event.  The orchestra also performed at this year’s Red and White Ball, a Cinco De Mayo celebration and in ad hoc presentations for students, faculty, and staff at El Verano School.

Read Article
Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall
December 1, 2013
The Gualala Point Park Visitor Center is making plans to construct a new “wind wall” to protect visitors to the center’s patio. The wall, which will be more than 6 ft. tall, will be constructed of 3/8” tempered glass and is expected to cost close to $20,000.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
Gualala Arts hosts several events which welcome in the holiday spirit of local shopping. The Holiday Boutique is very unique with all local hand crafted items. It feels good to support the local craftsman. You know – there was a day, long ago – that craftsmen and craftswomen were paid handsome for their  talents.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Tom Martin
The Springs Grange Hall buzzed with human energy at October’s Springs Community Alliance Town Hall Meeting. Over fifty residents gathered to exchange ideas for change and improvements in the Boyes Springs area. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Shopping needs a twist of adventure. I failed to inherit the shopping gene.  Yet little shops, crammed with all sorts of surprises, gifts and eye-catching displays call to me. My un-mall habits fit well in Cotati where the unusual and unique comes first.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Oct 2013
October 2, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Where you grow up matters. Our move Sonoma County from southern California to began with renting a house in Petaluma. When we started hunting for a house to buy, we were drawn to Cotati with its six-sided hub and mix of sheep and dairy ranches. 
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
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
I love living in Coastal Sonoma County. People often ask what we do out here “in the country” in our spare time.  Where do I start!  Beach play time, hanging out at the coffee shops, visiting museums, art shows, enjoying the birds that abound, (especially the hawks that hover around the Jenner Headlands), biking, enjoying friends company, hiking in the many different environments from redwood forests, open meadows, marine terraces, and views that take your breath away, a good book or movie, cooking with locally produced products from our local farmers markets, and of course volunteering.  
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
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
“Growing up in Israel on a kibbutz, we bathed with a cup of water.” My friend frowned before adding, “You Americans—waste so much water.”
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator.

As an image, two people looking in the same direction suggests a common destination or a common future. I think of this type of love as partnership. Romance not necessary, but welcome if that is what you are looking for.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Attendees at the Springs Community Alliance meeting in early January heard proposals for a community-wide design competition for the area known as “the hub.” That is the area off Boyes Boulevard between the Churchmouse and former Uncle Patty’s. The area will be blocked off by a sidewalk when the next leg of the Springs Highway Project begins. 

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
OK- you can relax now!  The holidays are long gone and the resolution mist is behind us.  It doesn’t matter how many resolutions we make each year- make them anyway.  They are often intangibles we can hang on to – even if they begin tomorrow  – they are still there for us.  Do your best and keep moving along with your dreams and hopes for yourself.  
Read Article
The Politics of Broadband—Part 2 The Politics of Broadband—Part 2
January 30, 2014
Last month’s article focused on the importance of the Verizon vs. FCC federal appellate court case and how the decision could affect the Internet for all Americans.  On January 14th, the court ruled against the FCC.  The court concluded that the FCC had no authority to apply nondiscrimination or non-blocking rules to broadband providers.  Carriers can now control Internet content!
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

“What are your expectations for change in the Springs in 2014?”

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
The first day of the year is a treasured day. We all look forward to this day – all for personal reasons. Without going into all the resolutions and discussions that everyone else will talk about – let’s just focus on doing one thing here.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
This year I complete three years of writing and publishing for animal welfare and pet adoption. Learning the craft of blogging has been both a pleasure and a challenge. Visiting animal shelters pulls on my emotions. I keep in touch with many California pet rescue groups and shelters. Millions of abandoned pets lose their homes every year in America, resulting in 4 to 6 million pet deaths in our animal shelters, due to lack of homes. So much momentum has been gained this year in new humane laws for animals. Yet we have far to go.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
To bustle or not to bustle! I love Christmas, but this question is key to my sanity.  How does one slow it down and enjoy the moment, the spirited season, the wonderful events around you, your friends and family and not stress out?  Time and time again in our recent past (the last 100 years) and in our world today you here about emotional stress at this time of year for all ages. There are way too many things going on in our life’s with long lists of must do’s.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Tom Martin

Valley Vibes Performs….

Imagine an orchestra of first to fifth grade students playing before an audience following a lead in by the Doobie Brothers! That is just what happened at the B.R. Cohn annual fundraiser in September. The Valley Vibes Orchestra from El Verano School performed at this prestigious event.  The orchestra also performed at this year’s Red and White Ball, a Cinco De Mayo celebration and in ad hoc presentations for students, faculty, and staff at El Verano School.

Read Article
Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall
December 1, 2013
The Gualala Point Park Visitor Center is making plans to construct a new “wind wall” to protect visitors to the center’s patio. The wall, which will be more than 6 ft. tall, will be constructed of 3/8” tempered glass and is expected to cost close to $20,000.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
Gualala Arts hosts several events which welcome in the holiday spirit of local shopping. The Holiday Boutique is very unique with all local hand crafted items. It feels good to support the local craftsman. You know – there was a day, long ago – that craftsmen and craftswomen were paid handsome for their  talents.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Tom Martin
The Springs Grange Hall buzzed with human energy at October’s Springs Community Alliance Town Hall Meeting. Over fifty residents gathered to exchange ideas for change and improvements in the Boyes Springs area. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Shopping needs a twist of adventure. I failed to inherit the shopping gene.  Yet little shops, crammed with all sorts of surprises, gifts and eye-catching displays call to me. My un-mall habits fit well in Cotati where the unusual and unique comes first.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Oct 2013
October 2, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Where you grow up matters. Our move Sonoma County from southern California to began with renting a house in Petaluma. When we started hunting for a house to buy, we were drawn to Cotati with its six-sided hub and mix of sheep and dairy ranches. 
Read Article
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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
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
I love living in Coastal Sonoma County. People often ask what we do out here “in the country” in our spare time.  Where do I start!  Beach play time, hanging out at the coffee shops, visiting museums, art shows, enjoying the birds that abound, (especially the hawks that hover around the Jenner Headlands), biking, enjoying friends company, hiking in the many different environments from redwood forests, open meadows, marine terraces, and views that take your breath away, a good book or movie, cooking with locally produced products from our local farmers markets, and of course volunteering.  
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
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
“Growing up in Israel on a kibbutz, we bathed with a cup of water.” My friend frowned before adding, “You Americans—waste so much water.”
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator.

As an image, two people looking in the same direction suggests a common destination or a common future. I think of this type of love as partnership. Romance not necessary, but welcome if that is what you are looking for.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Attendees at the Springs Community Alliance meeting in early January heard proposals for a community-wide design competition for the area known as “the hub.” That is the area off Boyes Boulevard between the Churchmouse and former Uncle Patty’s. The area will be blocked off by a sidewalk when the next leg of the Springs Highway Project begins. 

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
OK- you can relax now!  The holidays are long gone and the resolution mist is behind us.  It doesn’t matter how many resolutions we make each year- make them anyway.  They are often intangibles we can hang on to – even if they begin tomorrow  – they are still there for us.  Do your best and keep moving along with your dreams and hopes for yourself.  
Read Article
The Politics of Broadband—Part 2 The Politics of Broadband—Part 2
January 30, 2014
Last month’s article focused on the importance of the Verizon vs. FCC federal appellate court case and how the decision could affect the Internet for all Americans.  On January 14th, the court ruled against the FCC.  The court concluded that the FCC had no authority to apply nondiscrimination or non-blocking rules to broadband providers.  Carriers can now control Internet content!
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

“What are your expectations for change in the Springs in 2014?”

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
The first day of the year is a treasured day. We all look forward to this day – all for personal reasons. Without going into all the resolutions and discussions that everyone else will talk about – let’s just focus on doing one thing here.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
This year I complete three years of writing and publishing for animal welfare and pet adoption. Learning the craft of blogging has been both a pleasure and a challenge. Visiting animal shelters pulls on my emotions. I keep in touch with many California pet rescue groups and shelters. Millions of abandoned pets lose their homes every year in America, resulting in 4 to 6 million pet deaths in our animal shelters, due to lack of homes. So much momentum has been gained this year in new humane laws for animals. Yet we have far to go.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
To bustle or not to bustle! I love Christmas, but this question is key to my sanity.  How does one slow it down and enjoy the moment, the spirited season, the wonderful events around you, your friends and family and not stress out?  Time and time again in our recent past (the last 100 years) and in our world today you here about emotional stress at this time of year for all ages. There are way too many things going on in our life’s with long lists of must do’s.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Tom Martin

Valley Vibes Performs….

Imagine an orchestra of first to fifth grade students playing before an audience following a lead in by the Doobie Brothers! That is just what happened at the B.R. Cohn annual fundraiser in September. The Valley Vibes Orchestra from El Verano School performed at this prestigious event.  The orchestra also performed at this year’s Red and White Ball, a Cinco De Mayo celebration and in ad hoc presentations for students, faculty, and staff at El Verano School.

Read Article
Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall
December 1, 2013
The Gualala Point Park Visitor Center is making plans to construct a new “wind wall” to protect visitors to the center’s patio. The wall, which will be more than 6 ft. tall, will be constructed of 3/8” tempered glass and is expected to cost close to $20,000.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
Gualala Arts hosts several events which welcome in the holiday spirit of local shopping. The Holiday Boutique is very unique with all local hand crafted items. It feels good to support the local craftsman. You know – there was a day, long ago – that craftsmen and craftswomen were paid handsome for their  talents.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Tom Martin
The Springs Grange Hall buzzed with human energy at October’s Springs Community Alliance Town Hall Meeting. Over fifty residents gathered to exchange ideas for change and improvements in the Boyes Springs area. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Shopping needs a twist of adventure. I failed to inherit the shopping gene.  Yet little shops, crammed with all sorts of surprises, gifts and eye-catching displays call to me. My un-mall habits fit well in Cotati where the unusual and unique comes first.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Oct 2013
October 2, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Where you grow up matters. Our move Sonoma County from southern California to began with renting a house in Petaluma. When we started hunting for a house to buy, we were drawn to Cotati with its six-sided hub and mix of sheep and dairy ranches. 
Read Article
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Op-ed

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
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
I love living in Coastal Sonoma County. People often ask what we do out here “in the country” in our spare time.  Where do I start!  Beach play time, hanging out at the coffee shops, visiting museums, art shows, enjoying the birds that abound, (especially the hawks that hover around the Jenner Headlands), biking, enjoying friends company, hiking in the many different environments from redwood forests, open meadows, marine terraces, and views that take your breath away, a good book or movie, cooking with locally produced products from our local farmers markets, and of course volunteering.  
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
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
“Growing up in Israel on a kibbutz, we bathed with a cup of water.” My friend frowned before adding, “You Americans—waste so much water.”
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator.

As an image, two people looking in the same direction suggests a common destination or a common future. I think of this type of love as partnership. Romance not necessary, but welcome if that is what you are looking for.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Attendees at the Springs Community Alliance meeting in early January heard proposals for a community-wide design competition for the area known as “the hub.” That is the area off Boyes Boulevard between the Churchmouse and former Uncle Patty’s. The area will be blocked off by a sidewalk when the next leg of the Springs Highway Project begins. 

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
OK- you can relax now!  The holidays are long gone and the resolution mist is behind us.  It doesn’t matter how many resolutions we make each year- make them anyway.  They are often intangibles we can hang on to – even if they begin tomorrow  – they are still there for us.  Do your best and keep moving along with your dreams and hopes for yourself.  
Read Article
The Politics of Broadband—Part 2 The Politics of Broadband—Part 2
January 30, 2014
Last month’s article focused on the importance of the Verizon vs. FCC federal appellate court case and how the decision could affect the Internet for all Americans.  On January 14th, the court ruled against the FCC.  The court concluded that the FCC had no authority to apply nondiscrimination or non-blocking rules to broadband providers.  Carriers can now control Internet content!
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

“What are your expectations for change in the Springs in 2014?”

Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
The first day of the year is a treasured day. We all look forward to this day – all for personal reasons. Without going into all the resolutions and discussions that everyone else will talk about – let’s just focus on doing one thing here.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
This year I complete three years of writing and publishing for animal welfare and pet adoption. Learning the craft of blogging has been both a pleasure and a challenge. Visiting animal shelters pulls on my emotions. I keep in touch with many California pet rescue groups and shelters. Millions of abandoned pets lose their homes every year in America, resulting in 4 to 6 million pet deaths in our animal shelters, due to lack of homes. So much momentum has been gained this year in new humane laws for animals. Yet we have far to go.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
To bustle or not to bustle! I love Christmas, but this question is key to my sanity.  How does one slow it down and enjoy the moment, the spirited season, the wonderful events around you, your friends and family and not stress out?  Time and time again in our recent past (the last 100 years) and in our world today you here about emotional stress at this time of year for all ages. There are way too many things going on in our life’s with long lists of must do’s.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Tom Martin

Valley Vibes Performs….

Imagine an orchestra of first to fifth grade students playing before an audience following a lead in by the Doobie Brothers! That is just what happened at the B.R. Cohn annual fundraiser in September. The Valley Vibes Orchestra from El Verano School performed at this prestigious event.  The orchestra also performed at this year’s Red and White Ball, a Cinco De Mayo celebration and in ad hoc presentations for students, faculty, and staff at El Verano School.

Read Article
Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall
December 1, 2013
The Gualala Point Park Visitor Center is making plans to construct a new “wind wall” to protect visitors to the center’s patio. The wall, which will be more than 6 ft. tall, will be constructed of 3/8” tempered glass and is expected to cost close to $20,000.
Read Article
North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
Gualala Arts hosts several events which welcome in the holiday spirit of local shopping. The Holiday Boutique is very unique with all local hand crafted items. It feels good to support the local craftsman. You know – there was a day, long ago – that craftsmen and craftswomen were paid handsome for their  talents.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Tom Martin
The Springs Grange Hall buzzed with human energy at October’s Springs Community Alliance Town Hall Meeting. Over fifty residents gathered to exchange ideas for change and improvements in the Boyes Springs area. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Shopping needs a twist of adventure. I failed to inherit the shopping gene.  Yet little shops, crammed with all sorts of surprises, gifts and eye-catching displays call to me. My un-mall habits fit well in Cotati where the unusual and unique comes first.
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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Oct 2013
October 2, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Where you grow up matters. Our move Sonoma County from southern California to began with renting a house in Petaluma. When we started hunting for a house to buy, we were drawn to Cotati with its six-sided hub and mix of sheep and dairy ranches. 
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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. 

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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
I love living in Coastal Sonoma County. People often ask what we do out here “in the country” in our spare time.  Where do I start!  Beach play time, hanging out at the coffee shops, visiting museums, art shows, enjoying the birds that abound, (especially the hawks that hover around the Jenner Headlands), biking, enjoying friends company, hiking in the many different environments from redwood forests, open meadows, marine terraces, and views that take your breath away, a good book or movie, cooking with locally produced products from our local farmers markets, and of course volunteering.  
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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.

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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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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French
“Growing up in Israel on a kibbutz, we bathed with a cup of water.” My friend frowned before adding, “You Americans—waste so much water.”
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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator.

As an image, two people looking in the same direction suggests a common destination or a common future. I think of this type of love as partnership. Romance not necessary, but welcome if that is what you are looking for.

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Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

Attendees at the Springs Community Alliance meeting in early January heard proposals for a community-wide design competition for the area known as “the hub.” That is the area off Boyes Boulevard between the Churchmouse and former Uncle Patty’s. The area will be blocked off by a sidewalk when the next leg of the Springs Highway Project begins. 

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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
OK- you can relax now!  The holidays are long gone and the resolution mist is behind us.  It doesn’t matter how many resolutions we make each year- make them anyway.  They are often intangibles we can hang on to – even if they begin tomorrow  – they are still there for us.  Do your best and keep moving along with your dreams and hopes for yourself.  
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The Politics of Broadband—Part 2 The Politics of Broadband—Part 2
January 30, 2014
Last month’s article focused on the importance of the Verizon vs. FCC federal appellate court case and how the decision could affect the Internet for all Americans.  On January 14th, the court ruled against the FCC.  The court concluded that the FCC had no authority to apply nondiscrimination or non-blocking rules to broadband providers.  Carriers can now control Internet content!
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Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Tom Martin

“What are your expectations for change in the Springs in 2014?”

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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Robin Joy Wellman
The first day of the year is a treasured day. We all look forward to this day – all for personal reasons. Without going into all the resolutions and discussions that everyone else will talk about – let’s just focus on doing one thing here.
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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
This year I complete three years of writing and publishing for animal welfare and pet adoption. Learning the craft of blogging has been both a pleasure and a challenge. Visiting animal shelters pulls on my emotions. I keep in touch with many California pet rescue groups and shelters. Millions of abandoned pets lose their homes every year in America, resulting in 4 to 6 million pet deaths in our animal shelters, due to lack of homes. So much momentum has been gained this year in new humane laws for animals. Yet we have far to go.
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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
To bustle or not to bustle! I love Christmas, but this question is key to my sanity.  How does one slow it down and enjoy the moment, the spirited season, the wonderful events around you, your friends and family and not stress out?  Time and time again in our recent past (the last 100 years) and in our world today you here about emotional stress at this time of year for all ages. There are way too many things going on in our life’s with long lists of must do’s.
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Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Tom Martin

Valley Vibes Performs….

Imagine an orchestra of first to fifth grade students playing before an audience following a lead in by the Doobie Brothers! That is just what happened at the B.R. Cohn annual fundraiser in September. The Valley Vibes Orchestra from El Verano School performed at this prestigious event.  The orchestra also performed at this year’s Red and White Ball, a Cinco De Mayo celebration and in ad hoc presentations for students, faculty, and staff at El Verano School.

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Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall Gualala Point Park Visitor Center Plans to Erect New Wind Wall
December 1, 2013
The Gualala Point Park Visitor Center is making plans to construct a new “wind wall” to protect visitors to the center’s patio. The wall, which will be more than 6 ft. tall, will be constructed of 3/8” tempered glass and is expected to cost close to $20,000.
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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman North Coast Winds - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Robin Joy Wellman
Gualala Arts hosts several events which welcome in the holiday spirit of local shopping. The Holiday Boutique is very unique with all local hand crafted items. It feels good to support the local craftsman. You know – there was a day, long ago – that craftsmen and craftswomen were paid handsome for their  talents.
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Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Tom Martin
The Springs Grange Hall buzzed with human energy at October’s Springs Community Alliance Town Hall Meeting. Over fifty residents gathered to exchange ideas for change and improvements in the Boyes Springs area. 
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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Shopping needs a twist of adventure. I failed to inherit the shopping gene.  Yet little shops, crammed with all sorts of surprises, gifts and eye-catching displays call to me. My un-mall habits fit well in Cotati where the unusual and unique comes first.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - Oct 2013
October 2, 2013
by Deborah Taylor-French
Where you grow up matters. Our move Sonoma County from southern California to began with renting a house in Petaluma. When we started hunting for a house to buy, we were drawn to Cotati with its six-sided hub and mix of sheep and dairy ranches. 
Read Article
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