Are We…Islands In A Common Sea?

The slogan on this building artwork in Petaluma caught my eye…

As best I could, I researched and traced the origin of the phrase to Anne Morrow Lindberg…

“I feel we are all islands–in a common sea. We are all, in the last analysis, alone. When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.” —Anne Morrow Lindbergh

While considering the meaning—not to mention the implications—of these words, the following image from Water St. keeps coming to mind…

A Victorian Sixties Era Ranch House?

I leave it to the reader as to how to best answer the question posed above. But first read the background below! 🙂

It was time to upgrade the exterior of our sixties era ranch house e.g., windows, paint, lights. But what color for the house? Fortunately, my wife, who has a much better eye for such things than I, took charge of the color selection.

After several trips to Peterson’s Paints to evaluate color options, computer modeling, etc., she selected colors frequently used on Victorian style homes–Exotic Purple & Eggplant. Simply White was selected as the trim color.   Purple was the main color except for one side wall in Eggplant. To put it all in perspective this work photo will better explain it…

Here is the result…

NOTE: As the light changes throughout the day, the Purple becomes Black and the Eggplant becomes Purple.  White remains…Simply  White.

BUT WAIT! THERE IS MORE! 🙂 

MAJOR MISSION CREEP!!

This project, like most, generated another idea. I mean if you are doing new windows and colors, you can’t just live with the old concrete steps to the front door!

A little research and consultation with Ohana Construction produced this solution…

 THANKS TO

  • Ohana Construction in Petaluma for making it all happen with their usual hard work above & beyond…not to mention their suggestions at several stages of the exterior renovation projects. They continue to live up to their reputation as the People’s Choice.

  • Peterson’s Paints for their help in evaluating and selecting colors, sheens, etc.
  • Friedman’s for their assistance on selecting outdoor lighting options from the overwhelming selection.

The 2016 Photo Gallery Is Now Available

I wasn’t sure I was going to do one this year given my activities and photo challenge postings on my Photo Blog—BUT tradition rules and I offer another year end gallery for your bemusement…if not amusement 🙂

No guarantees as to whether I will do one for 2017…

To view the 2016 gallery, click on the page link at the top of this page or go to NEW PHOTO GALLERY FOR 2016

Ah…November! Holidays & Voting For Measure Y

Tis the start of the Holiday Season…but first we must get past the elections… 😦

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Admittedly, this has been a particularly distasteful Presidential Campaign and I understand this sentiment…

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However, it is imperative that we participate by voting!!

Remember, there are other items on the ballot than who should be President. No matter where you live there are many down ticket items for you to consider!  For example, here in Sonoma County there is Measure Y to support our public libraries…

Please vote YES on Measure Y!!

YES ON Y!

YES ON Y!

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Petaluma Railroad Crossings Are Still Out of Control–Update

My previous post Petaluma Railroad Crossings Are Still Out Of Control! generated many e-mail responses and some discussion on Petaluma Nextdoor.  Admittedly, I was somewhat taken aback by incidents reported by others in these responses—all of which makes me wonder how bad things are on the rest of the line in Sonoma & Marin Counties.  It can’t just be here in Petaluma.

There were no responses from the authorities responsible for correcting the situation.

I have been repeatedly urged to make suggestions about how to deal with this situation and I am not going to give any such advice as the traffic and driving situations vary so much.

What YOU can do, however, is report these situations whenever you encounter them… but do so in a safe manner. Do not text or send e-mails while driving!!

Perhaps corrective actions will finally be taken.

REPORTING INFORMATION

The agency responsible for the tracks is SMART (Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit)

SMART REPORTING INFORMATION

  • PHONE Railroad Crossings:  888-412-3330 (toll free) to report an emergency on the SMART roadway/rail grade crossing (stalled vehicle blocking crossing, suspected problems with crossing gate function, or any other emergency). For a fire or police emergency always call 9-1-1.
  • E-Mail info@sonomamarintrain.org

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