Category Archives: View from the Road

Wandering thoughts.

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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Parklets! We Got ’em

Eager to help the food service businesses in downtown Sebastopol, and possibly save the holiday retail season, the town council deployed its “parklets” last week. I confused “parklets” with “pocket parks,” which I think are cool. Parklets are much smaller–often, … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #7: My Bags Are Packed

My suitcase sits upright by the door. It’s so heavy I’m glad it’s the wheelie kind. The closest thing to clothing in it are a pair of shoes and a couple of towels wrapped around family pictures, still framed. One … Continue reading

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Missing Mendocino

This year’s Mendocino Coast Writers Conference is online. It starts today. I am looking forward to the three-morning workshop, with Nebula and Hugo winner Kij Johnson as the workshop leader. I’m pretty relaxed with Zoom these days, and several friends … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #5

A man hurried toward me as I came out of the market. He touched his hip pocket, got a chagrined look on his face, and ran back to his truck, where the woman in the passenger seat handed him a … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #4

The Sonoma County Emergency Services home page has daily information on the state of the coronavirus and Covid in Sonoma County. Clearly this page is a collaboration between Sonoma County Department of Health Services and the Office of Emergency Services. … 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 #2

Sebastopol’s AIM mail center is still open, because it is a mail pick-up for people. The counter person who mailed a book for me the other day said mail delivery packages coming in have tripled since the first week of … 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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