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Cotati Heart & Soul By Deborah Taylor-French

Putting students first, Inclusive governance, and a Call for Visionary Academics

Oct 1, 2018
by Deborah Taylor-French


“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Register and Vote November 6th, 2018

Paper voter registration applications are available at libraries, DMV offices, U.S. Post Offices, and at the Sonoma County Elections officeYour voter registration must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later than October 22nd.  If you are already registered, schedule time to read your ballot, discuss, and VOTE.

Leff Brown, Joe Cimiono, and Chrissa Gilles for Cotati-Rohnert Park School Board.

A grass roots advocacy group of parents and teachers have been holding signs outside of our schools. They advocate for change. Putting students first, inclusive governance, and call for fresh visionary academic expectations and achievement. Read more on the candidates.

October holds many delights. Love apple picking and watching the permissions ripen from yellow to gold. More to do in the garden than I have time for. Perhaps because I love going to school writing workshops more. We plan to try making compost in a bucket and try a few Asian radishes. So, my column comes as a list of many of the events I plan to attend. If you are a writer, Dan Coshnear’s workshop comes as such a treat. We laugh, read and discuss short fiction and each other’s work. Of all writing teachers, Coshnear ranks the top of my list. Hope to see you.

National Coffee with a Cop, October 3rd

Come for a chat and free cuppa at Sweet Expectations. Photo: www.yoursweetexpectations.comCome for a chat and free cuppa at Sweet Expectations, 8099 La Plaza across from the park’s kids’ playground. The chats tend to be lively, friendly, and useful. What a fine time for learning about and understanding challenges our peace officers face.

WRITING WORKSHOP – 4 Saturdays, starts October 6

Dan Coshnear leads his popular Saturday morning (9:30 to 12:30) writing workshop at the Sitting Room. All levels welcome—share your work and discuss the work of other writers in a gentle, supportive, thoughtful environment. Cost to enroll is 120 bucks, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. Class is capped at eight members. To contact or discuss reach Coshnear at, or call 707-869-0329. 

Oktoberfest FREE event in La Plaza Park October 13th 

This small-town gathering promises laughter, music and tomfoolery. Noon to 6 PM, you will find beer and German food available for purchase.

Free Film: A Thousand Cranes, October 13 — 2 to 4 pm at the Sitting Room

707 795-9028 community library will screen the documentary A Thousand Cranes that explores both the threat of nuclear annihilation and the amazing efforts by Soviet and American scientists to save the Siberian crane from extinction.

Bay Area Poets, Saturday, October 20 — 2 to 4 pm held at the Sitting Room

Please come to this poetry lovers’ event with Mary Mackey, The Jaguars That Prowl Our DreamsBarbara Tomash, author of four books of poetry, and Barbara Jane Reyes,  Invocation to Daughters published by City Lights in 2017. These poets will read from their books of poetry, take questions, and sign books. No need to rsvp. For further information please see

Learn to Write Obituaries, Saturday, October 27, 1 to 5 pm.

Write your own obituary. Fun and easy when you organize its chapters, tell your story, and communicate what makes you wonderful. Learn the form, then forget it if you like—or—make the whole thing up and imagine a life as yet undiscovered. More seriously, this is also a practical occasion to prepare for the inevitable. In time for All Hallows and Día de los Muertos meditations, The Sitting Room's annual Obituary Workshop will unfold Saturday, October 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. Led by Marie Thomas McNaughton. To reserve your space, email J.J. Wilson at before Oct. 15, 2018

November Save Friday, November 2nd at 6 pm at The Sitting Room

Annual Harvest Dinner in Support of the Living Room (day shelter for mothers with children). Armando Garcia, chef/poet extraordinaire will be cooking dinner and reading too. SPACE IS LIMITED. The Sitting Room is located at2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove. Phone or email right away to reserve: 707 Monetary donations welcome. Website lists needs like motel sample soap, shampoo, diapers, socks


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