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Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder - March 2017


Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder - March 2017


…wait a minute. Questions dangle uneasily at the end of each. In Sacramento, leading meteorologist mavens and political leaders cheerfully announced “The California Drought is now over.” You might have looking out your window trying to find crowds of homeowners waving “the drought’s Dead” banners and cheering loudly. Oh sure, lots of people on the streets, but the hand-drawn signs were all protesting the results of Republican Donald Trump’s election. 

When was the last time you saw a politician shove the news about a closure of a genuine drought off the headlines? 

Naturally, this bit of political banter came from the deepest blue section of the darkest blue of Sonoma County, so the protesting marchers were not exactly a startling surprise. 

WHAT DOES SURPRISE ME is we have not tapped out the wisdom of the native tribes who still have remnants of their tribal collections preserving their own culture. Years ago building headdresses for custom dances and weaving reed baskets were very popular with the younger generation of White and Hispanic kids. Call it respect for ancient Indian lore. It still exists.

Tribal elders must have folk tales from their parents about hotter summers year after year, colder winters and heavier rainstorms, salt water intrusion into gardens and where does El Nino fit in? 

Is there some way to take these tribal folk tales and turning them on their heads just like white folks are having their worlds turned inside out? And speaking meteorologically, why not sprinkle clouds with tribal dust that would turn off the rain. There must be tribal elders who know what kind of chants can be used. So far, nothing we White/Hispanic people have been using has accomplished very little. Let’s try out some techniques that have been used for centuries.

WE GOT WORD FROM ANNIE who’s a good friend of Betty Ferra, founder of the Kitchen Kut-ups who read my mention of Larry Broderick, Kut-Ups pianist and music director from the very beginning.

Annie talked with Betty Ferra who is now living in an Alaskan nursing home near to her daughter. “Betty read her name in the Sonoma County Gazette, but said, at my age, (she mentioned 98), I’m too old to fly in a metal tube.

“I’m very flattered to be thought of in this way and I’m sorry this will be the last Kut-Ups show. Best of luck to Larry, Ariel the gang.”