A Petaluma360 Blog

Robert Caruso

Educator, computer consultant, avid photographer

Freedom of religion

“I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.” -Thomas Jefferson The next time someone tells you we should keep all Muslims out of the US, remind them that our country was founded on the idea of religious freedom and that freedom of religion is enshrined in the Bill of Rights more clearly than our right to own a gun.  

New Petaluma Restaurant

New Petaluma Restaurant – Hey There Neighbors! In case you haven’t noticed, a new restaurant/beer garden (Brewsters Beer Garden) is being built in the parking lot next to Buffalo Billiards (246 Petaluma Blvd N). Across the street from the Bank of America, because the parking lot is below street level, it’s easy to miss the ongoing construction. Plans call for Brewsters to open sometime in 2016. According the sign attached to the fence on the Boulevard, Brewsters is a “BBQ-influenced restaurant… Read More »

Anonymous generosity in Petaluma

Petaluma Generosity I saw this to-go box on a bench at a bus stop on Petaluma Blvd. At first glance, it looked like someone had forgotten the remains of a meal. A peek inside the box revealed an entire meal, not leftovers, and a fork. Apparently a generous person purchased the meal and intentionally left it at the bus stop as a gift for a hungry person. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen gifted food left for the hungry in downtown… Read More »

Clouds over Petaluma

We don’t seem to get many dramatic clouds in Petaluma. When we do, it can be fun to photograph them. The trick is to look up. If you don’t look up, you won’t see many clouds! These amazing clouds appeared in the sky over Petaluma late last February.  

Seeding Planets

I read this online today: “NASA also reported that almost all water present in Jupiter’s stratosphere, an intermediate atmospheric layer, originated from comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which gave quite a show in 1994 when it impacted Jupiter’s atmosphere.” Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 brought water and organic molecules to Jupiter and in so doing seeded Jupiter with the ingredients needed for the formation of life. Does that make comets sperm and planets eggs in the cosmic scheme of things? Read the article at:… Read More »

Snow Petaluma Style


I’ve lived in Petaluma since 1976 and this has been one of the longest continuous cold spells that I can  remember. We’ve had frost overnight every night for the last two weeks. It’s not exactly snow but it’s the closest we come to it. These were shot one chilly morning on the deck at the Apple Box.    

Social Comment?


The graveyard humor of skeletons dressed as Santa was on display in more than one Petaluma location last year. Perhaps the artist who painted these windows and the designer of Santa’s graveyard were making a statement about what the “Holidays” have turned into. In at least a commercial sense, the holiday season starts with Halloween and continues till New Year’s Day. With Valentine’s Day just ahead, maybe we can keep the holiday spirit alive till February.