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We are now 47 days away from Super Tuesday. If you think that has something to do with the NFL’s Super Bowl, you need a lot of voter education. (The Super Bowl is Feb. 2.) March 3 is Super Tuesday when California and 12 other states will hold primary elections, including party voting for U.S…

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For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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In last week’s issue of Sonoma West, Frank Robertson gave us a fine account of Lee Torr’s life and his contributions to Monte Rio and other communities tucked into the hills along scenic bends of the lower Russian River. I want to tell about fulfilling Lee’s desire for a full funeral Mass in…

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Well, another Christmas has come and gone. I am sure that some of us are sad to see it go even as others of us are relieved. Personally, I think if I would have heard one more recording of “Santa Baby,” I might have ripped the radio out of my car. But it is always a little sad to take the or…

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There is a dinner group in a small neighborhood. A member explains to me, “After doing dinners together twice a month for a while, we realized there were three very different types of meals. We had the hometown grill families. We had the hummus and veggie plate families. And then the extreme…

For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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A cartoon in a recent New Yorker shows God seated behind an executive desk dictating to a rather foxy angel-secretary. God says, “And, for being careless with the environment, put tiny, hard-to-remove stickers on all their fruit.” It reminds me of a pet peeve.

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During this season of gratitude, toasts around the county include thanks for what was saved from the Kincade Fire. Words of praise are being offered to first responders, who with brilliant strategy, intelligence and raw bravery prevented these firestorms from having a far more devastating ou…

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So another difficult year soon comes to a close. Our west county has been beset by floods and the threat of fire, and for several weeks leading up to the holiday shopping season, we lived with rain and a steady cold drizzle that kept people home.

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Consumer frustration is a recurring zero-waste theme. It’s discouraging to have one’s resolve to avoid throw-away products constantly hindered by the lack of available alternatives.

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For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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It can be especially hard when a dear friend or loved one leaves this world as the holidays are coming on. Those memories of happy times gone by can become two-edged swords as we realize that a big part of life has changed.

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I felt optimistic about getting ready for winter this year, about watching a fresh breeze blow dead leaves off a maple tree and wondering how much time I’ve got left.

In recent weeks I have found myself reflecting on the Simon and Garfunkel song, “Old Friends.” Many of you may recall it.

For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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The following snippets of history were prepared by volunteers at the Western Sonoma County Historical Society. For more information about local history, go to the WSCHS website at wschs.com, or email comments or questions about this History Corner to Mary Dodgion at wschs.historycorner @gmail.com. 

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I purchased a new car recently. Last week my niece and I had been talking about kids’ books and second grade recess activities. Then she looks at me with a serious expression. “Is this car a hybrid?”

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On the very same day in late October, two important west county women left this world. Dr. Marie Schaap, who lived to be 93, came from Pennsylvania to attend medical school in Southern California. There she met and married her classmate Dr. Charles Schaap, and together they embarked on a lon…

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Many of us have been taught that the first Thanksgiving Day came about because the Pilgrims, a stern lot of English folks given to strict Protestant Calvinism, sailed to America on the Mayflower and landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. After suffering through a harsh New England winter in which …

For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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The following snippets of history were prepared by volunteers at the Western Sonoma County Historical Society. For more information about local history, go to the WSCHS website at wschs.com, or email comments or questions about this History Corner to Mary Dodgion at wschs.historycorner@gmail.com.

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This time of year persimmons begin to color and ripen on the tree. Drive around Sonoma County and you cannot help but notice bursts of orange on lovely hardwood trees.

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I recently returned from a meeting in Montgomery, Alabama — a meeting sponsored by the Pension Board of my church denomination, the United Church of Christ (UCC).

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I didn’t hear much cheering the other day when someone on social media suggested that Guerneville’s quality of life would be greatly improved if there were a McDonald’s in town.

For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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With flames all around us, the power shut off and the cold seeping into us, with family and friends threatened, with many homes burned to the ground again as before, we can be hit with a gnawing sense that we are far more vulnerable than we realized. We can lose touch with our feel for the m…

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Unable to keep pace with “fast fashion”? New clothing is not only a stress to the pocketbook, the textile industry has been revealed as one of the world’s largest polluters.

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It felt rather appropriate to celebrate All Saints’ Day this past Sunday as our congregation reassembled after being evacuated for the Kincade Fire. The way that our community came together in the face of this disaster provided glimpses and experiences of the communion of the saints, of our …

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Halloween has long been my favorite holiday, harkening back to the earliest days of childhood when we would dress up in scary costumes, trick or treat around or neighborhood (without parents), collect huge bags of candy and eat half of it that night when we got home. What’s not to like about that?

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Some weeks ago, Laura Hagar Rush, our hard working editor/webmaster at Sonoma West Times and News, gave us an article about newspaper headlines that raised a chuckle and even a belly laugh or two. Well, that got me thinking about sermon titles that try to be clever enough to catch the attent…

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For the last several years, John Necker has attended Sebastopol City Council meetings and written up his impressions in Necker’s Notes, a satirical take on the city council in action. He has kindly allowed us to reprint an expurgated version of his column. For the full (and uncut) version, s…

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News meetings in the world of journalism are almost as important as finding good sources and picking the right headline — they are sort of the bread and butter that hold together our day-to-day work.

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Several children and I were going through the alphabet playing a game that involved food items. I got stuck on K. “I can't ever think of any 'K' food,” I mused.

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I’m fairly confident in my ability to say that the newsroom here at Sonoma West Publishers is primarily made up of introverts — we love our jobs, we love our communities and as long as we’re not forced to be the life of the party, we’re good to go. Contradicting our collective social trepida…

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On Wednesday, Sept. 18, nationally known Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Lowell Bergman came to the Raven Theater in Healdsburg for an evening of conversation about the state of journalism today. The event was sponsored by Northern California Public Media, Camellia Inn, and Sonoma West Pub…

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I’m fairly confident in my ability to say that the newsroom here at Sonoma West Publishers is primarily made up of introverts — we love our jobs, we love our communities and as long as we’re not forced to be the life of the party, we’re good to go. Contradicting our collective social trepida…

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Back in the early days of the civil rights movement, white activists from the north were often surprised to discover that the marches and protests began with gatherings in black churches that featured prayer and hymn singing. Yes, the movement was born and nurtured in the churches. Now the a…

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The following snippets of history were prepared by volunteers at the Western Sonoma County Historical Society. For more information about local history, go to the WSCHS website at wschs.com, or email comments or questions about this History Corner to Mary Dodgion at wschs.historycorner@gmail.com.

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