Category Archives: Around Town

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The Way We Live Now #17: Litter

More and more people are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. It’s starting to show in many ways. There are more people on the sidewalks, more traffic, more people going to the coast or taking trips. And face masks are … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now: #11

I walked to the neighborhood deli and back Sunday morning. Even though it’s January, it was about 70 degrees, clear and blue. The crows were squawking merrily, and people were out in their yards, taking advantage of the day. A … Continue reading

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The Parklets Update

Days after the parklets were deployed, the San Francisco Bay Area counties went back to the original Stay at Home orders. Sonoma County gave it a few more days before following suit. Still, people are out and about, mostly masked … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now, #3

How I order at Adela’s Westside Cafe. I’ve already put on my mask. I squirt hand sanitizer on my hands. Using a tissue or part of a paper napkin, I push open the door. (Once or twice I took a … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #1

The Great Sequestration continues, as the world makes drastic changes to survive the coronavirus. Sonoma County issued its shelter in place order on March 17, and they recently extended it through May 3. The “peak” of COVID-19 cases is now … Continue reading

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The Circus Came to Town

Flynn Creek Circus gave several performances at the Sebastopol Grange. This small family circus works closely with youth circuses and non-profit circus camps. Like most small venues, the focus is on tumbling, ropes and rings, juggling and magic tricks. No … Continue reading

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Notes From the Bookstore

Wednesday was a slow day at the bookstore. First of all, it rained off and on all day. Secondly, it was a work day for most people, so while there was a small flurry of activity from around 11:45 to … Continue reading

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About the Barlow

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the Barlow, a relatively new shopping district in Sebastopol, flooded badly, closing businesses for several days, some maybe permanently. Many other parts of the west county flooded too, like Guerneville and Rio Nido. It was a … Continue reading

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Dispatch from the Village

That’s the Barlow on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Those metal spans you see in the water and at the edge of the water on the left are flood doors, meant to act like sandbags and hold the water out of … Continue reading

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Notes from Downtown

I met Brandy at Taylor Lane for our Monday writing session. Taylor Lane Coffee offered unpaid government workers a free cup of coffee during President Trump’s shutdown of services. It’s just another way this local business shows itself as part … Continue reading

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