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Cotati Heart & Soul By Deborah Taylor-French

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Nov 1, 2018
by Deborah Taylor-French


It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. — Winston Churchill

Please Vote on November 6th

Happy Thanksgiving. Gratitude does more than simply give thanks on Thanksgiving in November. I have kept a gratitude journal off and on for years. One form of regular gratitude practice, which I have benefited from requires a simple two step process. Write three things in your day that you are grateful for, next write down why each of those three things happened. The purpose is to notice how we make positive and enjoyable events happen in our lives then set aside time to feel our blessings.

Thinking of Unique Local Gifts? Meet Two Art Trails’ Artists

Rhonda Lee and her pottery for everyday use. Photo: instaqgram - @art_you_can_useFirst, Andrew and I visited an attractive ceramic studio. The artist, Rhonda Lee, calls her work “pottery for everyday use”.  Loved chatting with Lee in her backyard and studio. When visitors watch her throw a pot, they remark how easy it looks. “Forty years of experience makes it appear simple.” Her plates, bowls, mugs, and platers have a rare charm. Perhaps it is the harmonious blues, golds, and earth tones? Lee sells her work at Cotati’s Stones Throw Gifts. Also, she will be on hand at Cotati Shop and Stroll, downtown on December 1st. Website or @art_you_can_use and phone number (707) 558-7681.

Photos of Earth’s Beauty by Bill Theis came as a complete surprise to me. I had never viewed his work before Art Trails 2018. We were greeted warmly by Bill’s wife on the porch, decked out with turnstiles full of black and white and color photography greeting cards. Inside, we met Theis and got to know him. “From an early age diversity fascinated me, especially the patterns I saw in commonplace things.  ”Patterns in sand dunes, the bark of tree trunks, and unique plants continue to be the subjects of his photographic studies. Not only was his photography of national art quality but the medium and large framed photos were super affordable. He specializes in color-popping close up nature prints on metal sheets, trees, roots, ferns. These prints come ready to hang, no frame needed. Web site: Email: 243-3256.

Lovely Gift Ideas; Tea & Trumpets
and Una Rosa Handwoven to Wear

Tea & Trumpets sells Certified Organic (No GMO) black and herbal tea blends created in Sonoma County. I bought Mark’s loose-leaf versions of their Peach Apricot Fusion, a black tea, and Mango Peach Fusion, caffeine free. So, if you love the taste of summer or have a friend who does, these flavors will cheer, one cup at a time. 799-7188

I met Una Rosa at a Farmer’s Market and loved her jewel like colors in neck scarfs, shawls and hand-woven hats. She uses all-natural materials, cotton, silk and hemp. Each piece radiates beauty. Email: Phone: (707) 322-6337

Shout out to special events. Do visit the Fall Exhibition at Cotati Historical Society   November 4th from 1 to 4pm.

For local gifts come to Cotati’s Shop and Stroll on December 1st.







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