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I recently returned from a five-day convention of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, held in Tempe, Arizona. That’s... Continue

I first met my first southern magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora) in a tree identification class through Oakland’s Merritt College a... Continue

This month’s column was prompted by Katie Byrnes’ article, ‘Why the 1960s matter’ in the Aug 21st edition of... Continue

Earlier this year the board of the Sonoma Valley Hospital District reportedly managed to avoid scrutiny by the DA’s office by holding... Continue

There are two issues facing our Highway 12 commercial corridor that could create lasting negative consequences if the community isn’t... Continue

While some people are fortunate to age in place with little more than physical changes to endure, still others require far more help.... Continue

Later this month, Sonoma Valley’s La Luz Center will launch a new initiative to help emerging Sonoma Valley Latino leaders hone their... Continue

They were here at 8:30 sharp, as agreed. They didn’t want coffee or water. They stared at the huge, looming trees overhead and... Continue

Forty percent of Sonoma County residents are renters. The rental vacancy rate is 1%. The area median income (AMI) is $58,000 a year... Continue

Quiz time – how much time did you spend planning your most recent vacation? How much time, in total, have you spent planning vacations?... Continue

This is the text of a speech made at the September 6 DACA rally held in response to President Trump’s announcement that the Deferred... Continue

On Earth Day, I joined over 40,000 people in Washington DC for the March for Science.   I marched in solidarity for the advancement... Continue

Dear Emily, Our house has a large family room, one end is a kitchen, where I cook (and love doing it). The other end has comfortable... Continue

By Larry Barnett — An ordinary trip to the grocery store quickly demonstrates that single-use plastic now dominates food packaging.... Continue

“We’ve been brought here for a very short time—against our will—and we don’t know why.” I love that line. What is the point... Continue

The Internal Revenue Service has added several new features to their website. If you go to, you will be pleased to find... Continue

No matter what the farmers market offers, I always tend to gravitate to the corn dogs. When you’ve been connected to this town since... Continue