I'm sure that "A short History of Sonoma" is a fine book and I intend to read it. It's unfortunate, however, that you have to unfairly run down the Arcadia book "Images of Sonoma Valley," which a. is not "passed off as" a history book, and b. is a book primarily of photographs, therefor could not possibly have anything in it about history earlier than that invention!
The authors of "Images...," Valerie Sherer Mathes, and the late Diane Smith, are and were both very serious historians of Sonoma Valley and have done us a great service by compiling a set of splendidly evocative photos of our past.
I am praying for the whole Herczog family. Houston should not be added to that statistic of 400,000 mentally ill in prison. In a hospital, Houston can teach doctors more about his disease so this doesn't happen to another family. I am holding the right thought that he will not be sentenced to prison. I am beyond sad for this whole family. Sending so much love to you all.
Thank you for doing this fine service for local authors twice a year. I am proud to be among the authors whose books you reviewed in this article. The attention you're bringing to local talent through this effort is invaluable.
Please, Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties - pray for us. Before this happened, we were like any other family. Too bad this reporter had to go into the horribly gruesome details of my brother's death. These are the things we've tried for 18 months to put out of our head. That's what has made this all such a tragic nightmare - and I mean nightmare - one that never seems to end. Mark was so beloved to us. If for a minute we believed that Houston was not mentally ill, we would quietly sit by and let justice take it's course. But this is not justice. Civilized societies treat their sick, they do not punish them. One thing Rachel didn't mention was that WE HAVE A COUSIN WHO WAS SCHIZOPHRENIC. You can read more about her, their family's story along with ours, and what's happening with the mentally ill in the country and in Sonoma County in the upcoming issue of Mother Jones Magazine, online on April 17th. Justice is supposed to be tempered with mercy. I hope we see some of it soon. Thank you all for your prayers for resolution and one day, healing.
Sounds like Marin County!
Man, that sounds good. Let's get some the next time I'm in town, urall.
Similar story: Martin"s Beach, lower San Mateo County Coast. Nice Beach, no access.
What a splendid read! The Gift of Guylaine Claire is a real gift to the reader on many levels. It brilliantly tells a story that reaches the reader on a personal level while revealing some disturbing racial-social issues in Canada’s past, through the life of a slain sculptor. The reader comes to understand and admire the title character, Guylaine, through the perceptions others have of her and her sculpture. The story focuses a period of time, when her friends and family share their understandings of Guylaine through their personal grieving process. The story insightfully reveals the different ways individuals grieve the loss of a significant individual and yet, how the process is similar. Even while these characters grieve, there is such a feeling of deep connection and caring between them, as they go through the loss together, the reader desires to be part of that circle. Aesthetically, the descriptions of Guylaine’s sculptures are such a pleasure to read, one can easily visualize and experience these pieces. Through these descriptions, the reader gets to glimpse into the mind of a sculptor’s intention and way of perceiving reality. All together, The Gift of Guylaine Claire is an enticing read!
Are you a poser?...
A Monte Sereno family located off of Hwy 9...They were my nearby neighbor friends and classmates. Albino John, his older sister, and mother Carolyn were part of my daily living (pt.1964- 1968 ) in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mtns...Also while riding school bus to and from Saratoga High School....And after school dating by freshman Greg and Carolyn's daughter occurred....John is albino....His father became a U.S. Army experiment test subject with "LSD," during approximately year 1948...
Carolyn Cassady reveals a side of Neal Cassady rarely seen-that of husband and father, a man who craved respectability, yet could not resist the thrills of a wilder and ultimately more destructive lifestyle. Posers for money?....Playing Hollywood? I hope not....David Cronenberg, I will try to view your reported new movie....
There is nothing inferior about fanfiction, Rob. I'm a published author and I actually prefer writing fanfiction over writing my own stuff. Know what else? My best piece of work so far is fanfic.
Fanfiction isn't just a stepping stone for growing artists--it's a worthy final destination for the mature writer.
P.S. Dante, Virgil and Milton all wrote fanfic.
Not to be contentious BUT I think that you've dramatically shortchanged both the author and the book - respectively AV Walters and 'The Gift of Guylaine Claire'. With just 2 books under her belt to date, AV Walters has demonstrated her ability to tell great stories that introduce characters of great depth and full of real life. Her 2 published novels (just the beginning, I hope) are very enjoyable / memorable to read. One learns a great deal in the process ... certainly much more than the review above lightly intimates about French names (pretty silly). In this book the author demonstrates impressive research and knowledge of Quebecois society along with how family relations universally work. 'The Gift of Guylaine Claire' is may be full of French-named characters, centered around a slain sculptor, and set in Canada but it's clearly and genuinely a story of discovery: cultures, families, politics, love, religion and growth of the human spirit are explored. But above all, it is well written, multifaceted and a terrific read from a new and exciting author who happens to reside locally.
Spot on article. Angelo Chambrone is a force to be reckoned with in the culinary world of Northern California. His skill and passion will only increase with time.
What?!! that sounds hard to believe!
Thanks, Daniel - some archives had glitches in importing to new site. Fixed now.
He is a very talented young chef... and a great young man with loads of potential.
Beautifully worded Kris. If only we had of had that revolution by now! I believe it's still coming. Btw, WHERE ARE YOU???!!! Sylvana :o)
Where's the rest of the article? Missing last 10 paragraphs, about 1/3 of the piece. Please add the rest, this article is important and still relevant. Thanks!
thank you Gabe - that was one brilliant LTE
too brilliant for the PD to publish, alors merci le Bohemian!
because the truth, when finely expressed
cuts through the dust like an ice cold beer after driving the Mojave
BTW what happens when a brown noser tells a lie? Darius smiles!
Despicable. Darius Anderson is trying to shut down the first amendment freedom of expression and opinion in Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Darius Anderson is a plotting, manipulative man with a hard on for power and money, the most dangerous type of man is one who lays in wait for his unsuspecting prey, ready to pounce...if that doesn't work, then he plays the "pay to play" game while he "Rapes and Pillages' our City of Sonoma, our people and our land. The only way to stop a man like this is for the truth about him to be known, that's why he is buying up the media, in a futile attempt to hide all his failings, fines and downright theft of public employee pension plans in numerous cities across America which is only the beginning of his evils. The other truth is that he is so money hungry that he thinks he can get gambling into the City of Sonoma under the guise of a large hotel near our Plaza while he reaches into his pockets, realizes there is nothing there, so he begs for money as a lobbyist for some "great political cause" so he can use money that belongs to other people while practicing his speeches as a confidence man...build another Indian Casino, then steal from the Indians...a truly bad man.
Manipulative and plotting are two good words for Darius Anderson... trying to shut down the first amendment expression of opinion and speech in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Obviously, he has a lot to hide while he is "Raping and Pillaging" our newspapers, our land, our City of Sonoma and our people.
A despicable human being with a hard on for power and money is the most dangerous type of man.
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