Resolution for 2018?

I suggested in Goodbye 2017! Now We Ascend to an Ersatz If Not Faux New Year…2018! that 2017 has been a rough year…

Perhaps a little more Mistletoe is in order for 2018!


Location: Water Street in Petaluma


Goodbye 2017! Now We Ascend to an Ersatz If Not Faux New Year…2018!

2017 was a year that brought the United States mass shootings, hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires on an unprecedented level.

In addition to these disasters there were three developments in 2017 that I predict will continue to ascend and take over in 2018…The Year Of The Total Faux!

(Signs and Scenes from Downtown Petaluma 2017)


The maturity of Faux News…appearing even on a garbage can on Petaluma’s Water Street….Expect it to become dominant in 2018.


Ersatz Money a.k.a. Cryptocurrency matured in 2017 and may expand in 2018….making money and banks antiques.  Consider this scene in Downtown Petaluma…

If you are willing to join the future money club see Missed the bitcoin boom? Five more baffling cryptocurrencies to blow your savings on

I, for one, will let others pursue this money trail.

III. The Post Literate World born on 2017 will expand in 2018…

Tweets, Texts, personal attacks, insults, slogans, etc., will continue to be the only necessary sources of information to be an informed citizen…

Leading finally to this by the end of 2018…


Rebuilding Together Petaluma October 2017 Workday!

The sun is out and the sky is blue! Rebuilding Together Petaluma’s regularly scheduled October workday went ahead today–as planned long before the recent firestorms. Briefly, Rebuilding Together “…strives to bring together volunteers and businesses to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners in Petaluma…a continual cycle of renewal, community building and civic engagement.”

I offer a few photos from the day!! Note many people are wearing masks because of the construction activity–not because of fire smoke–We’re past that…finally…for now….


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Firestorm…One Week Later

Given the somewhat improved air quality, I ventured out this morning to walk Petaluma’s Downtown…for the first time since the fires started. I only had my pocket camera as the larger gear is still packed in case we had to get out of here.  As of now it looks as if we are spared that but not relaxing our guard.

A few positive images from my perambulations…

This slogan is appearing all over Sonoma County…

I love the irony of this image from Putnam Plaza…

I call this image…”Hang in there, we’ll get through this!”

Pet Food Express…


Fire! Sonoma & Napa Counties

After a night of 70 mph wind gusts and Red Flag Fire Alerts, we awoke this morning to the news of massive fires north of Petaluma…roads closed, evacuations, schools closed, and severe air quality in the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

The fires have not reached Petaluma…but they are just up the road.

This is the view from our garden at 8:00 am…

                      As of 9:14 am 100 Square miles are on fire and no containment.

Roads are clogged and many of our neighbors are not going to work…