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Petaluma Wild Places

The most easily viewed wild place in Petaluma I can think of is the river bank in front of Dempsey's. Visible from the deck at the Apple Box, the bank slopes down to the river where a thin ribbon of reeds provides an ideal spot for egrets and herons to [...]

By | April 15th, 2012|0 Comments

Redwood Grove

I shot these photos this morning on a walk downtown. The sun was rising into a pale, clear, blue sky, casting long shafts of light at the base of these redwood trees in Penry Park. The combination of redwood in red light caught my eye.

By | April 6th, 2012|0 Comments

Rainy Day Walk: Steamer Landing Park

If you know where to look, you can find wild places in Petaluma. One of the best is Steamer Landing Park. The park is on the edge of downtown just across the D Street Bridge on a small piece of land called McNear's Peninsula. It's a little finger untamed land [...]

By | April 1st, 2012|0 Comments

Going, going, …

Petaluma is losing a piece (or several pieces) of its history on Petaluma Blvd. North. If you know any of the history of this building, I'd love to hear about it!

By | March 9th, 2012|0 Comments

Gifts of the Magi

Yesterday was the feast of the Epiphany, the day the three kings presented their gifts to Jesus. They set out to find Jesus to give honor and praise to Him who had come to fulfill the prophecies. The gifts they brought were only one of the ways in which the [...]

By | January 7th, 2012|0 Comments

Merry Christmas

My wife and I decided that instead of buying each other presents for Christmas, we would take the money and buy food for two families here in town. We got the addresses of a single mom and her daughter and a single dad and his daughter, left the groceries we [...]

By | December 25th, 2011|0 Comments

Happy Solstice!

As astronomers would say (and the Beatles too), here comes the sun. Or as Christians would say, here comes the Son. Whatever your point of view, happy winter solstice. I hope you enjoy the extra daylight!

By | December 22nd, 2011|0 Comments

Topsy-turvy world

Here is a quote about honey bees from today's paper: "It's actually better for a bee in an urban setting than in the country. Cities have more plant diversity that blooms year-round, constant water sources from sprinklers, fewer bees per acre to cut down on competition and less exposure to [...]

By | April 22nd, 2011|0 Comments

Eating soup

CA Senator Leland Yee presented a fine figure yesterday, enjoying shark fin soup while lobbying against AB 376, a bill banning the sale and distribution of shark fins in California. I wonder if Senator Yee thinks about the terrible deaths countless sharks die each year so he can eat soup [...]

By | February 16th, 2011|0 Comments

Non-smokers have rights too!

One of the most common reasons for not supporting smoking restrictions given by smokers and non-smokers alike is that such restrictions violate the rights of smokers. Lost in the discussion is the fact that non-smokers have rights too. Non-smokers have a right to breathe fresh air. Whoever smoked and then [...]

By | January 22nd, 2011|0 Comments