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Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - February 2016
February 3, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
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Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - January 2016
January 2, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
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Sonoma County Home Town: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - December 2015
December 4, 2015
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
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Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2015 - Thomas Martin
November 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Hot Issues Raised At Springs Community Alliance Meeting

Anna Pier chaired an SCA meeting at the Charter School in mid-October. Ideas for a town hall meeting were discussed. While the town hall meeting is postponed the problems remain current. 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - September 2015
September 1, 2015

Todd Dale, the friendly grocer who weighs your fresh organic produce at the Sonoma Garden Park’s “Harvest Market” (Saturdays form 9-12, by the way) has many other facets to his busy life. He runs a couple of small nonprofits that help farmers grow food in Africa. Naturally I thought he was all about food but then he revealed that he has just directed a play and offered me a ticket. What a treat! 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - April 2015
April 1, 2015

In the "Pinch": Sonoma Development Center

"Our country is not doing its best job for the mentally disabled and mentally ill," said Helen Rowntree, at a forum March 14 regarding the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. “Many of these people are on our streets and in our prisons.”

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - March 2015
March 1, 2015

From the idyllic to the horrific…

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - February 2015
February 1, 2015

What do women need to succeed in business?

The G3 Conference, to be held here in March for the second time, promises inspiration, motivation and information to women of all ages making transitions back into the workforce after raising a family, or starting a new business, or just making a career change.

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - February 2015
February 1, 2015
When it comes to defining “love,” everybody can attest - it is a part of everyday life.  I hope I’ve been clear enough in previous columns to detail examples of the strong, intimate bond that ties Bodega together.  We’re a loving, forgiving community. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - February 2015
February 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


Read Article
Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - February 2016
February 3, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - January 2016
January 2, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Sonoma County Home Town: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - December 2015
December 4, 2015
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2015 - Thomas Martin
November 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Hot Issues Raised At Springs Community Alliance Meeting

Anna Pier chaired an SCA meeting at the Charter School in mid-October. Ideas for a town hall meeting were discussed. While the town hall meeting is postponed the problems remain current. 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - September 2015
September 1, 2015

Todd Dale, the friendly grocer who weighs your fresh organic produce at the Sonoma Garden Park’s “Harvest Market” (Saturdays form 9-12, by the way) has many other facets to his busy life. He runs a couple of small nonprofits that help farmers grow food in Africa. Naturally I thought he was all about food but then he revealed that he has just directed a play and offered me a ticket. What a treat! 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - April 2015
April 1, 2015

In the "Pinch": Sonoma Development Center

"Our country is not doing its best job for the mentally disabled and mentally ill," said Helen Rowntree, at a forum March 14 regarding the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. “Many of these people are on our streets and in our prisons.”

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - March 2015
March 1, 2015

From the idyllic to the horrific…

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - February 2015
February 1, 2015

What do women need to succeed in business?

The G3 Conference, to be held here in March for the second time, promises inspiration, motivation and information to women of all ages making transitions back into the workforce after raising a family, or starting a new business, or just making a career change.

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - February 2015
February 1, 2015
When it comes to defining “love,” everybody can attest - it is a part of everyday life.  I hope I’ve been clear enough in previous columns to detail examples of the strong, intimate bond that ties Bodega together.  We’re a loving, forgiving community. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - February 2015
February 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


Read Article

Features

Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - February 2016
February 3, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - January 2016
January 2, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Sonoma County Home Town: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - December 2015
December 4, 2015
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2015 - Thomas Martin
November 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Hot Issues Raised At Springs Community Alliance Meeting

Anna Pier chaired an SCA meeting at the Charter School in mid-October. Ideas for a town hall meeting were discussed. While the town hall meeting is postponed the problems remain current. 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - September 2015
September 1, 2015

Todd Dale, the friendly grocer who weighs your fresh organic produce at the Sonoma Garden Park’s “Harvest Market” (Saturdays form 9-12, by the way) has many other facets to his busy life. He runs a couple of small nonprofits that help farmers grow food in Africa. Naturally I thought he was all about food but then he revealed that he has just directed a play and offered me a ticket. What a treat! 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - April 2015
April 1, 2015

In the "Pinch": Sonoma Development Center

"Our country is not doing its best job for the mentally disabled and mentally ill," said Helen Rowntree, at a forum March 14 regarding the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. “Many of these people are on our streets and in our prisons.”

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - March 2015
March 1, 2015

From the idyllic to the horrific…

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - February 2015
February 1, 2015

What do women need to succeed in business?

The G3 Conference, to be held here in March for the second time, promises inspiration, motivation and information to women of all ages making transitions back into the workforce after raising a family, or starting a new business, or just making a career change.

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - February 2015
February 1, 2015
When it comes to defining “love,” everybody can attest - it is a part of everyday life.  I hope I’ve been clear enough in previous columns to detail examples of the strong, intimate bond that ties Bodega together.  We’re a loving, forgiving community. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - February 2015
February 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


Read Article
Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - February 2016
February 3, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - January 2016
January 2, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Sonoma County Home Town: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - December 2015
December 4, 2015
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2015 - Thomas Martin
November 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Hot Issues Raised At Springs Community Alliance Meeting

Anna Pier chaired an SCA meeting at the Charter School in mid-October. Ideas for a town hall meeting were discussed. While the town hall meeting is postponed the problems remain current. 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - September 2015
September 1, 2015

Todd Dale, the friendly grocer who weighs your fresh organic produce at the Sonoma Garden Park’s “Harvest Market” (Saturdays form 9-12, by the way) has many other facets to his busy life. He runs a couple of small nonprofits that help farmers grow food in Africa. Naturally I thought he was all about food but then he revealed that he has just directed a play and offered me a ticket. What a treat! 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - April 2015
April 1, 2015

In the "Pinch": Sonoma Development Center

"Our country is not doing its best job for the mentally disabled and mentally ill," said Helen Rowntree, at a forum March 14 regarding the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. “Many of these people are on our streets and in our prisons.”

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - March 2015
March 1, 2015

From the idyllic to the horrific…

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - February 2015
February 1, 2015

What do women need to succeed in business?

The G3 Conference, to be held here in March for the second time, promises inspiration, motivation and information to women of all ages making transitions back into the workforce after raising a family, or starting a new business, or just making a career change.

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - February 2015
February 1, 2015
When it comes to defining “love,” everybody can attest - it is a part of everyday life.  I hope I’ve been clear enough in previous columns to detail examples of the strong, intimate bond that ties Bodega together.  We’re a loving, forgiving community. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - February 2015
February 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


Read Article
Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - February 2016
February 3, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - January 2016
January 2, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Sonoma County Home Town: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - December 2015
December 4, 2015
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2015 - Thomas Martin
November 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Hot Issues Raised At Springs Community Alliance Meeting

Anna Pier chaired an SCA meeting at the Charter School in mid-October. Ideas for a town hall meeting were discussed. While the town hall meeting is postponed the problems remain current. 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - September 2015
September 1, 2015

Todd Dale, the friendly grocer who weighs your fresh organic produce at the Sonoma Garden Park’s “Harvest Market” (Saturdays form 9-12, by the way) has many other facets to his busy life. He runs a couple of small nonprofits that help farmers grow food in Africa. Naturally I thought he was all about food but then he revealed that he has just directed a play and offered me a ticket. What a treat! 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - April 2015
April 1, 2015

In the "Pinch": Sonoma Development Center

"Our country is not doing its best job for the mentally disabled and mentally ill," said Helen Rowntree, at a forum March 14 regarding the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. “Many of these people are on our streets and in our prisons.”

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - March 2015
March 1, 2015

From the idyllic to the horrific…

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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - February 2015
February 1, 2015

What do women need to succeed in business?

The G3 Conference, to be held here in March for the second time, promises inspiration, motivation and information to women of all ages making transitions back into the workforce after raising a family, or starting a new business, or just making a career change.

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - February 2015
February 1, 2015
When it comes to defining “love,” everybody can attest - it is a part of everyday life.  I hope I’ve been clear enough in previous columns to detail examples of the strong, intimate bond that ties Bodega together.  We’re a loving, forgiving community. 
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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - February 2015
February 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


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Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - February 2016
February 3, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
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Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - January 2016
January 2, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Sonoma County Home Town: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - December 2015
December 4, 2015
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2015 - Thomas Martin
November 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Hot Issues Raised At Springs Community Alliance Meeting

Anna Pier chaired an SCA meeting at the Charter School in mid-October. Ideas for a town hall meeting were discussed. While the town hall meeting is postponed the problems remain current. 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - September 2015
September 1, 2015

Todd Dale, the friendly grocer who weighs your fresh organic produce at the Sonoma Garden Park’s “Harvest Market” (Saturdays form 9-12, by the way) has many other facets to his busy life. He runs a couple of small nonprofits that help farmers grow food in Africa. Naturally I thought he was all about food but then he revealed that he has just directed a play and offered me a ticket. What a treat! 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - April 2015
April 1, 2015

In the "Pinch": Sonoma Development Center

"Our country is not doing its best job for the mentally disabled and mentally ill," said Helen Rowntree, at a forum March 14 regarding the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. “Many of these people are on our streets and in our prisons.”

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - March 2015
March 1, 2015

From the idyllic to the horrific…

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - February 2015
February 1, 2015

What do women need to succeed in business?

The G3 Conference, to be held here in March for the second time, promises inspiration, motivation and information to women of all ages making transitions back into the workforce after raising a family, or starting a new business, or just making a career change.

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - February 2015
February 1, 2015
When it comes to defining “love,” everybody can attest - it is a part of everyday life.  I hope I’ve been clear enough in previous columns to detail examples of the strong, intimate bond that ties Bodega together.  We’re a loving, forgiving community. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - February 2015
February 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


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Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - February 2016
February 3, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - January 2016
January 2, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Sonoma County Home Town: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - December 2015
December 4, 2015
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2015 - Thomas Martin
November 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Hot Issues Raised At Springs Community Alliance Meeting

Anna Pier chaired an SCA meeting at the Charter School in mid-October. Ideas for a town hall meeting were discussed. While the town hall meeting is postponed the problems remain current. 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - September 2015
September 1, 2015

Todd Dale, the friendly grocer who weighs your fresh organic produce at the Sonoma Garden Park’s “Harvest Market” (Saturdays form 9-12, by the way) has many other facets to his busy life. He runs a couple of small nonprofits that help farmers grow food in Africa. Naturally I thought he was all about food but then he revealed that he has just directed a play and offered me a ticket. What a treat! 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - April 2015
April 1, 2015

In the "Pinch": Sonoma Development Center

"Our country is not doing its best job for the mentally disabled and mentally ill," said Helen Rowntree, at a forum March 14 regarding the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. “Many of these people are on our streets and in our prisons.”

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - March 2015
March 1, 2015

From the idyllic to the horrific…

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - February 2015
February 1, 2015

What do women need to succeed in business?

The G3 Conference, to be held here in March for the second time, promises inspiration, motivation and information to women of all ages making transitions back into the workforce after raising a family, or starting a new business, or just making a career change.

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - February 2015
February 1, 2015
When it comes to defining “love,” everybody can attest - it is a part of everyday life.  I hope I’ve been clear enough in previous columns to detail examples of the strong, intimate bond that ties Bodega together.  We’re a loving, forgiving community. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - February 2015
February 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


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Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - February 2016
February 3, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
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Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - January 2016
January 2, 2016
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Sonoma County Home Town: Community Columnists Sonoma County Home Towns: Community Columns - December 2015
December 4, 2015
Sonoma County is home to diverse individuals in towns with personalities, politics and climate unique to each community. These columns - written by volunteers involved dedicated to their hom - are an excellent example of how wonderful Sonoma County is to call Our Home. 
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - November 2015 - Thomas Martin
November 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Hot Issues Raised At Springs Community Alliance Meeting

Anna Pier chaired an SCA meeting at the Charter School in mid-October. Ideas for a town hall meeting were discussed. While the town hall meeting is postponed the problems remain current. 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - September 2015
September 1, 2015

Todd Dale, the friendly grocer who weighs your fresh organic produce at the Sonoma Garden Park’s “Harvest Market” (Saturdays form 9-12, by the way) has many other facets to his busy life. He runs a couple of small nonprofits that help farmers grow food in Africa. Naturally I thought he was all about food but then he revealed that he has just directed a play and offered me a ticket. What a treat! 

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - April 2015
April 1, 2015

In the "Pinch": Sonoma Development Center

"Our country is not doing its best job for the mentally disabled and mentally ill," said Helen Rowntree, at a forum March 14 regarding the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. “Many of these people are on our streets and in our prisons.”

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - March 2015
March 1, 2015

From the idyllic to the horrific…

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - February 2015
February 1, 2015

What do women need to succeed in business?

The G3 Conference, to be held here in March for the second time, promises inspiration, motivation and information to women of all ages making transitions back into the workforce after raising a family, or starting a new business, or just making a career change.

Read Article
Bodega Bulletin - Gwenyth Prosser Bodega Bulletin - February 2015
February 1, 2015
When it comes to defining “love,” everybody can attest - it is a part of everyday life.  I hope I’ve been clear enough in previous columns to detail examples of the strong, intimate bond that ties Bodega together.  We’re a loving, forgiving community. 
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - February 2015
February 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French


Read Article
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