Petaluma’s Smokey Skies…Post Butte County Fire

“Sometimes all I need
Is the air that I breathe”*

11/10/2018 7:54 am

11/17/18 7:19am

Fortunately we may be  receiving some rain this week to help restore a little blue in the skies!

 

*”The Air That I Breathe”  by Albert Hammond sung by The Hollies

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Project Linus 2018 Craft Faire

The mission of Project Linus is…”to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. We do this by giving them gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created for Project Linus by Volunteer Blanketeers.”

“The Blanketeers are part of our mission, as well: we seek to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.”

  • The North Bay Chapter of Project Linus currently has 70 plus members and more are invited to join!
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018 we will “open the doors” for our Annual Holiday Fundraising Craft Bazaar…

Slideshow of past Holiday Craft Bazaars to tempt and entice you to stop by…

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The members of the North Bay Chapter in Petaluma have created and delivered 15,656 blankets since the chapter was founded.  RECIPIENTS INCLUDE…Petaluma Health Ctr., Petaluma Hospice, Petaluma Police Dept., Petaluma Valley Hospital, Project Keep, Pt. Reyes Clinic, Queen of the Valley Hosp., Redwood Children’s Ctr., Rohnert Park Health Ctr., Santa Rosa Birth Ctr., SAY, Sonoma Valley Health Ctr., Sutter Valley Health Ctr., TLC Child & Family Services., Verity, Women’s Recovery Serv., YWCA Sonoma County, 4C’s Childcare, 4C’s Cloverdale, Aurora Behavorial Health, Blue Bag Program, Bridges Pregnancy Ctr., CalParents, Camp Chance, CAP(Community Act Partnership), CARE, CASA, Center for Domestic Peace, Child Start Therapeutic, Christmas Cheer, Community Violence Solutions, Crossing the Jordan, Get on the Bus, Interfaith Shelter Network, Marin Community Clinics, Marin General, Marin Pregnancy Clinic, Memorial Hosp., Napa County Social Serv., Petaluma Birthright

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Batteries Plus Bulbs? Really? But of Course!

When I first noticed Batteries Plus Bulbs  stores popping up in the North Bay I thought that it was a stupid idea. How can they survive selling batteries & bulbs?

Recently I was in search for another of those little silver coin style batteries–and followed the usual course of searching for them in battery racks in grocery and drug stores–you know, trying to read the numbers on the battery and then finding a matching replacement.

Last week I was in pursuit of a battery and could not find it.  To be sure I found a rack that had a place for the one I was looking for but it was empty.  So I thought, what the heck–I will walk around the corner to that stupid Batteries & Bulbs in Plaza North and search there…

I was genuinely amazed when I entered–It was quite a site and the service was immediate.

  • I did not have to search–just handed it off to one of the Technicians and she provided me with a replacement–at half the price it was in the store with the empty battery rack.
  • I looked around briefly and noted an incredible selection of batteries of all sizes and types as well as bulbs of every type and description–including car & truck batteries, which they also will install.

I almost felt like I was back in a RadioShack Store. Remember them?

As their web site says: “We are your one stop shop for Batteries, Light Bulbs & Repairs.”  Repairs include cell phones, laptops, and battery chargers.

I returned the next day with a rechargeable battery pack that needed replacement.  The technician found one but said she could make a better one with twice the storage capacity if I could wait a few minutes.   And so she did: Price $5.06–less than half of the official replacement battery but with twice the storage.

My visits were enlightening…In fact I got a real charge out of them. Going back in a few days to fulfill the rest of my battery needs!

While this post discusses the store in Petaluma, it is a national chain and there may be a store in your area. Heck,there is even one in Peoria, Ill !

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)

I. FAUX NEWS GARBAGE

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

II. CRYPTOCURRENCY

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…