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November is Full of Anticipation. Let’s Stay Positive…
and Cultivate ‘Blue Mind’

Oct 29, 2018
by Robin Joy Wellman


As we all write our articles for the November issue in the Gazette, we are very aware that we will be either super happy or in a bit of shock…! November is full of anticipation. Let’s stay positive and know that our lives are all about pro-humanity, pro-diversity, pro-decency, pro-equality, and pro-justice. What I really know is that we all must ‘sweep our own porch’. Take care of your own affairs and your community too. Take care of each other.  Make a difference each and every day to people around you.

One of my favorite sayings that I read often as it hangs in the bathroom is‘Desiderata’. ”GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others….” For the entire saying visit  Keep peace within you; keep PEACE as a shining light to those around you. Find a way to be thankful each and every day.

Yoga is a great way to center all those daily life thoughts. There are many places to participate in a yoga class. I came across this class for Yoga now being offered atTimber Cove Resort every Saturday at 9:00. Call ahead to double check that the class is taking place.

Another way to take in the day is to take a walk on the beach. Do you know about ‘Blue Mind'? It is the understanding that our brains, our heart, and soul change when we are near water. We have deep emotional, behavioral, psychological and physical connections to water that have been researched. It is not surprising as we all know this is true for those of us who live on the coast. Check out for more info.

If you would like to go out for a Thanksgiving meal instead ofcooking Timber Cove Inn is serving up a tasty Thanksgiving meal Nov 22 with an amazing menu that covers all the turkey dinner basics. Please visit them at for all the details.  I am sure all our local restaurants are offering a Thanksgiving dinner. However, if you are cooking making make an extra meal to invite a person or to take them at their home. It makes a huge difference.

As usual theGualala Art Center has some fabulous events taking place in November including an intimate jazz evening on the 3rd,Improv Night at the 10th, Smart Phone photography on the 10th, an afternoon ofchamber music on the 11th, and the 15th Annual Festival of Trees is on the 23rd and 24th which is a free event and so worth the visit. The annual tree lighting ceremony with caroling is Friday evening at 5 pm. Santa Claus visits will visit both days—Friday, noon, 3 pm and 5 pm and Saturday at noon and 3 pm. Artists and food artisans fill the Arts Center with handcrafted goods, homemade jams, mustards, olive oils, and the like… wonderful gift items to choose from just before the holidays! 

Children love shopping at the Kid’s Depot, open upstairs from 10 am to 4 pm both days, where they can choose gifts for their family and friends from lightly loved donated items that fall within a child’s budget.  Uncle Sus’s Attic offers adults the same experience, with a collection of carefully curated artwork, fine furnishings, small appliances and more! Mrs. Claus Bake Shoppe is filled with home-baked goodies such as candies, piesand cookies made from family recipes. 

Saturday, Nov 22nd evening is the annual Thanksgiving Day Lighted Truck Parade. A fun time for sure with locals and visitors lining the street for some hometown cheer.

The Point Arena Lighthousehosts the Winter Lecture Series on Saturday, November 17, 4 p.m. with Cea Higgins on Farallones Marine Sanctuary & Coastwalk. This is an informative andeducation talk with great photos and history. The full moon night tour from atop the Point Arena Lighthouse has a panoramic view of the sea and coast. Take in the sights and learn about the unique history of this historic landmark, the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast. Champagne, sparkling juice and snacks will be served as part of the tour, and you get to take home an etched Point Arena Lighthouse champagne flute as a souvenir of this unique experience! Individual tickets are $30 each or tickets-for-two for $50. Please visit them at is sign up and for more details.

Blessings to you all, Robin


North Coast Winds by Robin Joy Wellman










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