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February 2018


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Upbeat Mentors Honored

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John Boland-President KQED

John Burns, PublisherArgus Courier of Petaluma

Rollie Atkinson, PublisherDiscoveries Magazine, Healdburg Tribune, Windsor Times, Sonoma West Times & News

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Publisher, President & CEO Paul Andrew Doyle


Upbeat Times Greeter of the month!

Valerie A. Doyle


John Follansbee Don Emerson Paul Behringer Matt Scuteri Paul Quistgard Al Gotlieb Rick Slottow Paul Schaeffer

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Donna Barnard is... Voted Upbeat Times Greeter of the month!!

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We are know someone that is always UPBEAT! Send us the name, a photo of the person Holding Upbeat Times and 100-150 word description of why you think they are great and have the best attitude! Santa Rosa, CA. ~ One thing we really appreciate about Donna is the fact that she brings a little bit extra, if not a lot of sunshine to her place of employment. She works at the Community First Credit Union on College & Dutton Ave, in Santa Rosa. Upbeat Times got the idea for ‘greeter of the month‘ because people like Donna are everywhere & deserve recognition for having an outstanding attitude! The first people we meet when going to any business can actually make a great impression on us and can be vital to an establishment’s success. She is inspired by her inner positive philosophic approach and perspective on life. She was retired for a while from the State of California Compensation Insurance Fund and wanted to stay busy! She loves Community First Credit Union because it is such a positive place, “has a wonderful atmosphere and the people that work here are wonderful!”, she says.

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First Humor An old guy walks into a bar and the bartender asks for ID. “You’ve got to be kidding,” he said. “I’m almost 60 years old.” The bartender apologized, but said he had to see the license. The guy showed his ID, then paid and told the bartender to keep the change. “The tip’s for carding me,” he said. The bartender put the change in the tip cup. “Thanks,” he said. “Works every time.”

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Santa Rosa, CA. ~ In an article last fall of 2017 concerning “Mels Fish & Chips’ still being open after the fires in Sonoma County, the Upbeat Times mentions Security Public Storage as being closed because of the fires having destroyed the storage units(accross from Mel’s) This was not entirely true. The good news is that they did not lose all their storage unit’s, only 1/2 of them. The manager of Security Public Storage wanted us to tell you that not all was lost and they are rebuilding the units that were destroyed and the main facility is still open and running strong!

Our entire paper is strictly for entertainment purposes and nearly 100% positive in nature. From time to time there are a few mistakes, and occasionally a few spelling errors. Also, some of the information/jokes/ facts may or may not be true as well as the sources of information that are contributed. We can guarantee with certainty that we thoroughly check all sources of information. Sum thymes wii allsew mzspell uh bunch uv wurds tu dryve peepull crayzee. Hope u lyk et!!! Just remember not to take life to seriously for those of you who r critics...our fan base is 99.999% happy! We mostly hope that after reading this paper you might want to get involved by contributing information and giving copies of Upbeat Times to other people!

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The Mentors of Upbeat Times Ink! by Paul Andrew Doyle ~ Founder, Publisher & CEO • Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Probably some of on the finest publishers I ever worked for before I became a publisher myself were; Rollie Atkinson (Sonoma West Times & News, Healdsburg Tribune, Windsor Times, Cloverdale Reveille & Discoveries Magazine) and John Boland (Sonoma County Independent... Now the Bohemian 1993-1996) & John Burns of the Argus Courier(He was publisher of Sebastopol Times & News back in the 80’s when he hired me). I honor them because, if it had not been for their mentoring, guidence and patience with my efforts to bring them advertising to support the publishing of their papers, I believe I would not have the kind of knowledge I have today to do what I do. Starting with the furthest back was John Burns with the Sebastopol Times & News. I met John when I was a budding cartoonist and I liked him immediately. He had a great sense of humor and also was very kind and creative with words, something I admired greatly. His advice kept my high energy on track. His positive attitude even when sales were down kept me going out and trying again to earn the favortism of the advertiser and business owners. He said they would say ‘no’ a dozen times before they said yes. It was important to build trust and to show the business owner it wasn’t just about advertising and money, it was helping the business to grow, to earn more money and to be competitive. Thank you John, you were way ahead of your time and I always consider you a friend more than a boss. Many years later, after returing from Arizona form a 1-1/2

year stint to work on my artistic talents painting high desert art , I was immediately hired by Rollie Atkinson. Rollie was probably one of the most laid back people I’ve ever worked for. He also had a great sense of humor but was very serious about doing well for the community and reporting the news...truthfully... as it really was...without the fluff, good or bad. One of the people who worked with Rollie and I was Gabriel Fraire, who currently writes exclusively for Upbeat Times about his family. Gabriel & I actually ran the Windsor Times for a few years, he the editor and me, the advertising manager. Rollie had an approach similar to John Burns when it came

to promoting businesses, but also allowed me to be myself while I was ‘selling’ advertisement space. He never pushed me ever & taught me a strong methodoligy of positive communication. We even golfed together on occassion to let out a bit of steam when we were not on deadline for the next weekely issue. It is impressive that Rollie has grown his business endeavors from being a General Manager to currently owning many publications and starting a classy magazine(Discoveries). His entrepreneurial skills are to be respected for sure. And, 5 years before I began Upbeat Times, I interveiwed with John Boland in 1993, who published a paper called, ‘The Paper’ and was beginning a transition to ‘The Sonoma County Independent’. On my first inerveiw he hired

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me, letting me know that the Independent was new and that there would be a lot of work ahead and wanted to also make sure I was ‘UP’ to the job. I was. I was hungry for a challenge as I’ve always been! I told him I ‘could’ do it. I had always been hungry for personal success. I am honored to have worked for such a great man in many, many ways, especially when it came to his ‘can do’ attitude and kind personality. The most thankful part that is formost is that he believed in me, and my abilities. He to knew I was high energy and ... continued on page 11

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FOOD & Recipes


Redwing, MN. ~ Citrus fruits originated in ancient southern China, northern India and Southeast Asia. The seeds traveled with traders to Western Asia and the Middle East before 500 B.C. Medieval crusaders brought back sour oranges from the holy land to Europe. The pomelo, a citrus fruit that looks like a super sized grapefruit with a narrow end, was cultivated back in Asia in those ancient times. It is the parent species of a few citrus varieties. Grapefruit is one offspring. Grapefruit, or Citrus paradise, has a questionable beginning. One theory suggests that it was a natural mutation of the tropical

fruit pomelo. The other intimation is that the grapefruit was a cross between an orange and a shaddock. The shaddock is a citrus fruit with thick skin, containing many seeds with almost no juice and a very sour taste. It’s name comes from Captain Shaddock, who first carried this fruit from the East to the West Indies. He cultivated the seeds on the island of Jamaica. Nearby, on Barbados, an accidental cross between two newly introduced species created a hybrid that the

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Eat Well & Prosper by Executive Chef Ron Skaar ~ natives called “forbidden fruit”. More than likely this hybrid was a cross of the pomelo with the Jamaican sweet orange. Count Odet Phillips brought grapefruit seeds to Florida in 1823. The first commercial grower was shipping oranges to New York City and Philadelphia by the 1880’s. At the same time grapefruits were beginning to be cultivated in the Rio Grand Valley in Texas plus Arizona and California. Kimball Atwood was an early pioneer in the American citrus

industry at the end of the 19th century. Atwood’s Florida grapefruit grove became the largest in the world, with a yearly output of 80,000 boxes of fruit per season. It was there that the pink grapefruit was developed Over a century ago the seedless grapefruit was developed and since then, sweeter, less-bitter varieties have followed. In 1929, a Texas citrus grower discovered a mutated red grapefruit growing on a pink grapefruit tree, which became the ruby red cultivar. Grapefruits come in yellow (called white), pink and red varieties, the colors referring to the flesh. The white Marsh seedless is the most popular variety of grapefruit. The Melogold can vary in size, is very juicy and tastes like oranges with grapefruit overtones. A Star Ruby is both tart and sweet, has a smooth yellow skin with a pink blush and deep red flesh. The redder the flesh the sweeter the fruit. The grapefruit was crossbred with the tangerine to produce the “ugli” fruit. Another cross between the grapefruit and the pomelo the green “sweeties” are indeed sweet. All grapefruits are rich in vitamin C and fiber. The darker or more intensely colored the fruit, the higher the nutrient content. Pink and red grapefruit contain beta carotene and lycopene, two carotenoids with strong antioxidant properties. Grapefruit juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, just 1 cup has 100 percent of the RDA. But you miss out on the flesh’s fiber, which is pectin, a type of soluble fiber, that helps to lower bad cholesterol levels. February is our national grapefruit month. The recipe included is an ultra-simple salad pairing Ruby Red grapefruit with sea scallops.

All grapefruits are rich in vitamin C and fiber.

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EW & P Recipe February 2018


4 RubyRed grapefruits 3 tablespoons drained cocktail onions 2 tablespoons parsley leaves Fresh ground black pepper 24 sea scallops Kosher salt 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling


Using a very sharp paring knife, peel the grapefruits, carefully removing all the white pith. Working over a bowl, carefully cut in between the membranes to release the sections in a bowl. Save 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice in bowl and stir in cocktail onions, parsley leaves. Pat the sea scallops dry with paper towels and season them with kosher salt. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil until it is simmering. Cook the scallops over moderately high heat, turning once, until they are browned and just cooked through, about 4 minutes total. Spoon the pickled onionand grapefruit salad on to small plates and arrange the scallops around the salad. Drizzle with a little olive oil and serve at once. 8 firstcourse servings.

Grapefruit are hand-picked, no mechanical harvesting is used. Grapefruit trees can produce for 30-40 years. The Texas Red Grapefruit (Citrus X paradisi) was designated as the Official Fruit of Texas in 1993.

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Hmm..Valentine’s Day 2018: U R 2 Sweet 2 B 4 Got 10! by Ellie Schmidt ~

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ “Sweets to the sweet,” or so the saying goes. Never truer than on Valentine’s Day each year when we show those we love how much we care. I received a particularly long message that included some “golden oldies” that I like. Here are a few: “May someone love you enough to forgive your faults, be blind to your blemishes, and tell the world about your virtues.” “May you remember to say “I love you” at least once a day to your spouse, your child, your parent, your siblings; but not to your secretary, nurse, your masseuse, your hairdresser or your tennis instructor.” “May we live in a world at peace, with the awareness of the Special Love in every sunset, every flow-

er’s unfolding petals, every baby’s smile, every lover’s kiss, and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our heart.” And it is children, because they always blurt out absolute truth with such charm, who can come up with such a Valentine for a mom: “I love you with all my butt. I would have said heart, but my butt is mush bigger.” Some of these treasured children’s Valentine greetings have gone around and around before, however, they still have charm:

“What did the lightbulb say to the other light bulb on Valentine’s Day?”—I love you watts and watts. Knock Knock…”Who’s there?”— Luke “Luke who?” –Luke who got a Valentine! “What kind of flowers should you NOT give on Valentine’s Day?”— Cauliflowers! “What do owls say to declare their love?”—Owl be yours! “What did one bee say to the other?”—I love bee-ing with you, honey!”

“What do you call two birds in love?” –Tweethearts. “What did the stamp say to the envelope on Valentine’s Day?” –I’m stuck on you. “What did the one sheep say to the other?” –I love ewe! “And how did the other sheep respond?” –You’re not so baaaaaa-d yourself. “What did the farmer give his wife for Valentine’s Day?”—Hogs and kisses.

For comic relief, perhaps, since all adults glancing at those may be groaning out loud by now: Here is a truly “adults only” favorite, old fashioned Honey Cake recipe to enjoy…perhaps at a Valentine’s Day party:

toothpick to see it come out clean for doneness. Yes, it all goes into one large bowl for mixing. Fun to do by hand, especially if you have friends or family to help you. You all might need to sample the quality of the whiskey while working so efficiently: 6 eggs ¾ cup vegetable oil 1 pound of best organic honey 1 cup of strong, black coffee 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup of excellent raisins (your favorites: either black or golden)

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JOKES & Humor # 2 The average age of people living in our military retirement community is 85. Recently, a neighbor turned 100, and a big birthday party was thrown. Even his son turned up. “How old are you?” a tenant asked. “I’m 81 years old,” he answered. The tenant shook her head. “They sure grow up fast, don’t they?”

Grease and line two 9” x 13” pans with waxed paper or parchment paper. Mix all of the list of ingredients together. Bake at 350 degrees. Takes about 45 minutes. Good idea to test with

I’m a typical guy. Driving cars and speed are really fun. ~ Luke Mably

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Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun. ~ Randy Pausch


To Take Something Of Value by Gabriel A. Fraire ~ Healdsburg, CA. ~ At one point when the girls where young we lived outside of town, down a dead-end road. At the end of the road was an old man who, many years back, plugged up a creek and created a “lake” more like a large pond. One day it was raining really hard and we heard a knocking at the door. It was the old man. He said, “You better get your stuff and get on out. The dam may not hold.” Dam? What dam? Then we realized the man meant his pond and we also realized that he was a bit uphill from us and oh my gosh. I said, “Okay, everybody be calm. Go to your room gather only things of value you can

I gave up my struggle with perfection a long time ago. That is a concept I don’t find very interesting anymore. Everyone just wants to look good in the photographs. I think that is where some of the pressure comes from. Be happy. Be yourself, the day is about a lot more. Anne Hathaway

easily carry. As the girls scurried into their rooms I tried to gather together “paperwork” and my wife was busy stuffing things in her purse. We moved out, jumped into the car and drove down the road. Everyone was pretty calm. We went into town and had dinner while the storm subsided. Once we realized there was no threat to our house, we relaxed. While eating, we talked about what

we had taken of value in our rush out the door. I had grabbed some insurance papers. My one daughter took a mystery she’d been reading, “I have to know if it ends the way I think it will end.” The other daughter grabbed her homework. “My teacher doesn’t accept any excuses.” We then all realized my wife had been quiet. One of the daughters asked, “What did you grab ma?” She said, “I grabbed the chocolate.” Gabriel A. Fraire has been a writer more than 45 years. He has written fiction and non-fiction books, plays, poems, music lyrics, and news articles. But, he writes about his children exclusively for the Upbeat Times.


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Gardening • FARMING • Agriculture & Education

Cheering Up Your Winter Gloom by Kimberly Childers •

Santa Rsa, CA. ~ Glistening white snowdrops in elegant full bloom, yellow, purple, striped and white crocus flowers seem to ‘pop up’ surprising every day in the damp, green lawn. Wonderful varieties of yellow daffodils, erotically sweet scented narcissus and other early bulbs are starting to bloom, vibrant colors to cheer your winter gloom with their evocative fragrance, perfect for bringing indoors and filling vases in every room! February is so teasing of spring, with pansies, primroses and delicious asparagus starting to tempt after the long wait for harvesting.

You might want to read ‘The Earth Moved: Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms’ by Amy Stewart. Be sure to also check out inspiring garden periodicals and Podcasts that will help direct you in the February garden. Wild abandonment has been the state of gardens until now! The days are still short, nights, dark and icy. Plants have frozen, some lost forever, Gasp! Hopefully most will begin sprouting, letting us know they are still alive and growing! It’s a great time to divide over- zealous herbs, perennials, trimming back and shaping everything. Be certain your fruit trees are pruned to a manageable height and density.

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Clean up snail and slug habitats throughout the garden, no stone left unturned! Give a Chinese take-out box full of slugs and snails to a friend’s chickens or geese for Valentine’s Day! Fill and mix your growing areas and raised beds

with copious amounts of well -rotted compost, aged manure of rabbits, chickens, goat, horse and fine seedless straw. Turn your compost piles and rotting leaves which you should be saving for that much coveted leaf mold. Vegetable starts to plant now are all the brassicas like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower, ready to grow in your prepared beds. Try growing, kale, crisp kohlrabi and so many kinds of delicious lettuces for your salad a day! Plant seeds directly in the ground (so exciting!) like carrots, chard, spinach, beets and fabulous, crunchy peas like Sugar Ann, climbing and bush varieties. Make the commitment to plant a bed of asparagus, choosing green, purple and/or white. Since it will be a permanent bed, lasting up to 20 years, you’ll want to find the best sunny

spot for planting. Google asparagus for important and specific planting and growing instructions that you’ll want to do exactly right. Healthy bare-root fruit trees, figs, raspberries, thorn less blackberries, beautiful roses, summer blooming bulbs and other divine garden plants have been filling local nurseries and garden centers. Try growing your own tea bush, Camelia Senensis. Check out the fascinating history of tea, stages of harvesting leaves, different flavors of each stage and become a tea aficionado. A great little book to pick up, The Way of Tea by Master Lam Kam Chuen is filled with lovely color illustrations, a wealth of amazing historical information and is perfect for gift giving. Accompany with special tea cups, teapot for brewing or be on the lookout for tea sets, a nice valentine. Look for White Crown Sparrows in the garden, wintering here and singing very sweet songs which you can hear if you google You’ll be able to recognize their unforgettable songs. Make sure your bird feeders are clean and dry so mold won’t grow and pick up a bag of fresh mixed seed so everyone will be happy. For Valentine’s Day think fragrance for gift giving! Bare-root or potted rose bushes, jasmine, lemon trees, and sweet herbs, creeping varieties of thyme for planting

JOKES & Humor # 3 After trick-or-treating, a teen takes a shortcut home through the cemetery. Halfway across, he’s startled by a tapping noise coming from the misty shadows. Trembling with fear, he spots an old man with a hammer and chisel, chipping away at a headstone. “I thought you were a ghost,” says the relieved teen. “What are you doing working so late?” “Oh, those fools,” grumbles the old man. “They misspelled my name!” edges of garden paths. Pot up a few bare-root strawberry plants which might very well become your dear friends strawberry patch in a raised bed, away from slugs and snails. Strawberry pie anyone?! Visit Bennett Valley gardens and tie ribbons around a wooden crate full of Bleeding Heart in one gallon pots, fragrant winter blooming Daphne, camellias, multi-colored pansies, primroses and a nice selection of house plants, organic fertilizers and more! Be adventurous! You decide! It’s time to begin tending the garden again, preparing for the emergence of spring, that unparalleled season of beginning explosive bloom and verdant vigor. From Ixia to Ismeme festalis (Peruvian daffodil), asparagus roots to heirloom apple trees, fragrant freesias and Baboon flowers, the quiet garden beckons. Tiptoe through the tulips and dance in the passion of this unrivaled season! Oh February, daughter of the north wind with icicles in her hair.

New! Char-Broiled Burgers! New buns from Costeaux French Bakery and same awesome buns from Franco American Bakery. 406 Larkfield Center • Santa Rosa, CA • 546-6835 8 • February 2018 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. I realize that humor isn’t for everyone. It’s only for people who want to have fun, enjoy life, and feel alive. ~ Anne Wilson Schaef

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Free Tax Preparation Helps Area Residents Earn Higher Refunds

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Millions of workers overlook important Federal tax credits every year because they are unaware the credits exist or believe they do not qualify. The United Way led Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) coalition wants to help you get all the money you deserve at tax time. EKS offers free tax preparation services ess! for low to moderate income families and individuals at convenient tax sites throughout Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Households earning $54,000 or less may qualify. Last year, more than 5,600 tax returns were filed for free by EKS tax sites with $7.6 million returned to tax filers in our community. For the 2018 tax season, the EKS coalition will kick off tax preparation in Sonoma County at Empire College from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 27. Tax clients can dial 211 or 800-3259604 to make an appointment at any tax sites available from February 1 through April 18. At tax sites, families and individuals receive free tax help from experienced tax preparers who recognize tax credits available including the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). The Fed-

eral EITC is a refundable tax credit available to qualifying lower–wage workers and their families. The CTC is available to workers who have eligible children under the age of 17 at the end of the tax year. The CalEITC is a state credit which provides an opportu- nity for low-income working families in California. “The extra money received during tax season makes a big difference to families,” said Mike Kallhoff, President and CEO of United Way of the Wine Country. He added, “In this especially difficult time for many in our community, it is even more important to maximize the refund received by families.” Earning a tax refund offers tax payers a wonderful opportunity to build savings for future needs including emergen-

cy situations, college tuition, and home ownership. To encourage saving, EKS tax sites offer a SaveYourRefund sweepstakes allowing tax filers who save a minimum of $50 from their Federal tax refund to qualify for a chance to win one of ten weekly $100 cash prizes. Two grand prizes of $10,000 will be awarded at the end of the tax season to one lucky EKS participant. A Sonoma County family won last year’s grand prize after filing their taxes at United Way of the Wine Country’s office. Determine your eligibility today, and make your appointment for free EKS tax preparation by dialing 2-1-1. For more information including what to bring to your tax appointment, please visit or call Kelsey at 707-528-4485 ext. 122.

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David Griffis Joins Redwood Credit Union’s Business Lending Team

San Rafael, CA. ~ Redwood Credit Union (RCU) recently welcomed David Griffis as senior small business administration (SBA) and commercial loan officer. With a wealth of expertise in small business lending and local business development, Mr. Griffis will focus on SBA and commercial real estate loans in San Francisco and Marin counties. “David has a proven history of building relationships and serving the lending needs of small businesses in San Francisco and the North Bay, and we’re excited to welcome him to our lending team,” said Diane Berthinier, senior vice president of lending at RCU. “We are continuing to see strong demand for small business loans in the communities we serve, and we are confident David will help provide our Member businesses the lending support they need to thrive.” Mr. Griffis most recently served as senior vice president of business development at TMC Financing, where he provided financing for owner-occupied commercial real estate acquisitions and construction. Prior to TMC, he worked in the media sales industry for 10 years. Mr. Griffis is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. 10 • February 2018 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC.

JOKES & Humor # 4 A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer. ‘This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it you.’ The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, ‘Which do you want, son?’ The boy takes the quarters and leaves. ‘What did I tell you?’ said the barber. ‘That kid never learns!’ Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. ‘Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?’ The boy licked his cone and replied, ‘Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!’

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Education should learn from the positive side of gaming - reward, accomplishment, and fun. ~ Sebastian Thrun

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self had worked so hard to get to where he was. He was deteremined to create a successful publication. In early 2000, or a bit later, we met up and he asked me, “Paul, why would you decide to do your own publication. It’s so much work?’ He was right, but I told him I was just a bit crazy! He laughghed and said, ‘Well you have to be a bit crazy to be a publisher”, or something to that effect. John Boland is now president and chief executive officer at KQED(as of 2010) after serving four years as the first chief content officer of the National Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and we are still in touch. I want to thank all three of these fine human beings publically because it is important to me. It is important because not often do people attribute their success to the very people who directly or indirectly participated in their future. I had no idea at the time this would be what I’d be doing for over 40 years(from the first time I worked with Sebastopol Times & News publishing my cartoon, ‘SIGMOND’) till now. I knew I always liked newspapers as a young teenager. I liked being informed, reading the news and looking at ads(as entertainment) because some were funny, and it made me want to go there and design my own advertising for businesses. But most of all, the people that ran these publications were under a lot of stress and a lot of deadlines while I worked for them. Til this day, Rollie Atkinson, John Burns and John Boland are still in the business in one way or another. I have always respected their ability to go the extra yard to get it right in all phases of the news/newspaper industry. Because of the content they had to print, I wanted to do something a bit untraditional. I wanted to print just positive news. And to the best of my ability I print what I think people might want to read & see on the other side of the coin, 24/7. The best part is they all print both the good with the not so

Chacala, Mexico

From Chris Parr/Feldman •

Pictured from L - R: Chief Robert Schreeder - SRPD; Lt. Tim Duke - Sonoma County Sheriff Dept; and Lt. John Snetsinger - SRFD Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Rotary Club of Santa Rosa West honored local heroes at luncheon. Each were presented with a plaque reading: “Service Above Self and heroism beyond the call of duty during the Tubbs, Nuns & Pocket Fires and beyond. After a short presentation from each agency, the floor was opened to questions and answers, which was lively and entertaining. ~ Chris Parr good and the challenging aspects of life, to keep all of us informed, and they do an incredible job! Thanks guys...I couldn’t have done it without you! I print what I call the light side of life...the ‘after it happened and the good that came out of it’ side because we all need solutions and a positive perspective to heal and to recover from lifes challenges. 20 years later the Upbeat Times & community are

Yoga retreat in Mar de Jade, Chacala, Mexico about 1-1/2 hour drive north of Puerto Vallarta, Erica & Andra, sisters living in Santa Rosa really had that Upbeat Times feeling here! ~ Andra Sandberg of Sonoma County

ABOUT Chacala: Chacala is a beach-town set in small cove on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the State of Nayarit. It is located about 62 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. The name means “where there are shrimp” in Náhuatl, and is part of the coastline known as the Riviera Nayarita. The population consists of approximately 300 full-time residents, but can swell to over 1000 during Mexico’s most popular vacation periods such as Semana Santa, (Easter Week) and Christmas. Chacala is known for its physical beauty and unhurried lifestyle.

stronger than ever! If any of you who are reading this column have someone who inspired you in your life and made a huge contribution to your success...tell them today(if you want) and while they are living. I’ll bet they’d really appre-

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Productivity is never an February is National Childrens’ Dental Health Month

accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. ~ Paul J. Meyer

By Dr. Yolanda Mangrum ~

Thursday, February 15, 7:00-8:30pm

Rocks & Minerals Presentation With Geologist, Dr. Jane Nielson

Petaluma, CA. ~ A child’s dental health is very important. Did you know that the most chronic childhood disease isn’t asthma or obesity – it’s tooth decay? Also, each year school children lose 51 MILLION hours at school due to dentalrelated illnesses. The GOOD NEWS is that there are ways to help your children get off to a great dental start.

brushing teeth a fun activity! Set up a calendar where each day they get to put a sticker on it to show how many days they brushed twice a day. Reward them at the end of the week or month for completing every Santa Rosa, CA. ~ We live on a rocky planet. Rocks form the day’s goal of brushing. Earth’s solid surface. They proTip two: Don’t forget about vide raw material for human flossing! The earlier your chil- industries, structural materidren start, the earlier it will als, gems, medicines, and even become a good habit that they food additives. The conditions will miss if they skip a day. of local surface rocks define You can rub peanut better on the stability of human building their hands and show them how sites. This talk will introduce much “goop” you can get off the major rock types and disby “flossing” with some yarn cuss the Earth processes that between their fingers or better drive cycles of rock formation and transformation - including yet, let them try it on you. climatic influences such as the hydrologic processes that we Tip one: We all know that get- Tip Three: Make the trip to the observe in the Laguna de Santa ting your kids to brush their dentist a fun experience. Many Rosa. It also will explain where teeth is important. So let’s make dental offices have special kid’s the rock types tend to be found, days or rooms in their offices and how to make sure that we that make going to the dentist experience them in mostly posfun. Make sure you talk about itive ways. $12 (non-refundgoing to the dentist in happy able). Pre-registration required. and fun ways. All events take place at, or begin at, the Laguna EnvironHaving healthy teeth as mental Center, 900 Sanford a child continues healthy Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Thurs Feb 1 - Captain Paisley dental habits as an adult. Fri Feb 2 - Hillbillies, Hippies & Honkytonks Knowing that healthy teeth FOR MORE INFORMATION: w/ Kevin Russell Sun Feb 4 - Gypsy Kisses can help lower one’s risk of ~ Mon Feb 5 - West Coast Songwriters heart disease, diabetes and Or contact Anita Smith, PubThurs Feb 8 - Seth Walker stroke, your little child’s lic Education Manager ~ (707) Fri Feb 9 - Second Line (pre-Mardi Gras party!) smile is definitely worth the 527-9277 x 110, anita@laguSat Feb 10 - Rockin’ Johnny Burgin extra effort and attention. Sun Feb 11 - Celtic & Irish Jam Sessions Tues Feb 13 - Gator Nation (Mardi Gras Dance) Thurs Feb 15 - Hoytus and People Fri Feb 16 - Aki Kumar Sun Feb 18 - Gold Coast Jazz Band Thurs Feb 22 - Soul Ska Fri Feb 23 - The Hot Licks Sat Feb 24 - Foxes in the Henhouse Sun Feb 25 - Old Time Fiddle & Irish Jam Sessions Sun Feb 27 - Pop Up Jazz Jam

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Using Memory to Establish Life by Chance Massaro, M.A. •

SANTA ROSA, CA. ~ As we age aspects of this world slide from us. I don’t bowl or golf or run anymore; my friends and relatives are passing away; my life is shrinking with my wrinkled body; my senses are diminished. I could surmise that my life is essentially over: if I make it to breakfast tomorrow it will be a good day. There is no reason to have goals or make plans; I won’t be able to fulfill them. This is not life, it is living death. Thus we may not die, I witness folks who have lived ten years in a state of suspended animation: planning nothing, doing less, getting grumpy because life has been a betrayal of their expectations. This is called dying in life. The answer to this creepy state is to have some meaningful purpose. Memory Back Guarantee we see a lively light at the end of this downturned tunnel. Use memory to build a future. Using long and short term memory we begin to explore the satisfying times and

acts of our lives. Looking at those satisfying times, we tease out what values we have which seem to have motivated positive actions and/or results which please us or make us proud. As we codify (write, talk about and share) those values we get clearer about what makes us tick (get out of bed in the morning). Another round of memory games could have us looking matter of factly at our accumulated learnings and experience (=wisdom). Putting our wisdom together with our motivation we then can engage our creativity and other people to find things we could do/pursue which would be fulfilling. People might want to start a new hobby or revisit an old one. They might want to start a group with a purpose (particularly one focused on the process outlined here) to wring more joy and satisfaction out of the miracle of each day.

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JOKES & Humor # 5 Two campers are walking through the woods when a huge brown bear suddenly appears in the clearing about 50 feet in front of them. The bear sees the campers and begins to head toward them. The first guy drops his backpack, digs out a pair of sneakers, and frantically begins to put them on. The second guy says, ‘What are you doing? Sneakers won’t help you outrun that bear.’ ‘I don’t need to outrun the bear,’ the first guy says. ‘I just need to outrun you.’


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Napa County Fair Association Honored by Western Fairs Association for Excellence CALISTOGA, CA. ~ Each year fairs from all over the west coast participate in what is considered the Grammy’s of the fair industry, as members of the Western Fairs Association compete in classes by attendance size for coveted awards that reward excellence in management, creativity, and innovation. This year there were 29 different WFA Achievement Award divisions, two of which were featured programs designed for a special ceremony during the annual

convention held January 3-6, in Anaheim, California. The Napa County Fair Association placed in 15 of the 29 divisions and received first place in the featured contest for their Digital Marketing Campaign, which outlined the redesign of their website.For more information about the WFA and this year’s Achievement Awards Program, please visit Media Contact: Christy Gentry (707) 326-5058 | mailto:christy@

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The largest member of the grouse family, the Capercaillie are almost 3 feet in length. They became extinct in Great Britain by 1785 due to over-hunting and forest clearing. In 1830 they were reintroduced to Britain with birds from Sweden. By the mid 20th century their numbers were back up in the tens of thousands but today they are again in danger of extinction in Britain.

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New High In Property Values! SANTA ROSA, CA. ~ Sonoma County has hit a new high in property values, eclipsing the high set in 2005. In fourth quarter of 2017, the median price for a singlefamily residence hit $659,000 per Pacific Union International senior vice president Rick Laws. This is a 12.6% increase from same quarter in 2016. This is great news for homeowners. Equity is back! One of the contributing factors that elevated the values was a direct result of the devastating October firestorm that took out 5% of the housing inventory and left thousands homeless. Besides eliminating supply, it also added to the demand. The old rules of supply

and demand will always end up pushing prices up. In my opinion, we are not experiencing another bubble. People must show their income when they are getting financing. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created in 2010 as a response to the financial meltdown in 2008. It was created to assure this doesn’t happen again. The most important rule in that CFPB is the Ability-to-repay. The rule requires lenders to document the income and verify the borrower’s debt-toincome ratios and fall in line with an acceptable ratio. No longer are their stated income loans. You might be able to get to the Oval Office without

showing your taxes, but there is no way you’re going to buy that home without showing your taxes! As home values keep go up, affordability seems to be slipping away. Sometimes to qualify for that purchase you need additional income. This could be done by adding a family member to becoming the non-occupant co-borrower/ co-signer, or purchase the home with extended family. This could be holding title as Tenants-inCommon (TIC). Sometime it takes a village to buy a home. We see home values going up as good news. This builds consumer confidence and helps homeowners to feel better about their investment in their home. Pride of ownership is inspiring. With equity in your back pocket, it makes it easier to envision those improvements when you know you have the means to do it.

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This could be a great time to access that new-found equity through a home equity loan or a cash out refinance. Having equity can also mean improving your cash flow and consolidating credit card debt. It may feel like you are extending that credit card debt to 30 years but having an improved cash flow can mean you can make a larger payment on your debt and pay it down more quickly. Also, by making an extra payment a year, you can knock years off your mortgage. This could also be an ideal time to refinance out of mortgage insurance. If you have an FHA loan, the mortgage insurance will be with you for the life of the loan. Whether your circumstance was for the low down-payment, or credit issues beyond your control, this could be an ideal time to take advantage of this newly gained equity.

If you have mortgage insurance on a conventional loan, lenders usually require the mortgage insurance to be in place for at least 2 years. You can contact your servicer to see what they require to remove the mortgage insurance. Often, they may require the property to be re-appraised. If that is the case, you would only be out the cost of the appraisal to remove that mortgage insurance premium. Whatever your needs may be, your home’s value is only as strong as the latest sold comp. Going into winter is usually a time sales are soft but because of the wildfires in October there was a surge in demand and a surge in insurance money. Timing is everything in real estate and now could be your time.

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U R 2 Sweet 2 B 4 Got 10! Day with those you love to enjoy with you: “Cousin Cousine” is a 1975 French romantic comedy with English subtitles. Sophisticated fun, the film won a whole array of awards and continues to amuse. Hard to fathom that “Bringing up Baby,” starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant, a Howard Hawks film was Two favorite comic films from made in 1938. And it was a flop the distant past are rare treats and when it first was shown. Today, perhaps “just right” for Valentine’s it is a prime example of “Screw2 cups sugar ¾ cup ginger ale 1/3 cup of excellent whiskey (Jameson is fine) 5 cups flour 1 teaspoon ground cloves (optional, of course) 1 full cup of chopped pecans or walnuts (those nuts work best because of texture and flavor)

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ball Comedy Films” genre. If you have never seen these two films, you are in for a treat, plus a visit to a witty bit of past history and the “innocent” comic view of love back then. If I could turn back the clock to greet someone on Valentine’s Day, it would be Luther Burbank. To my surprise, because I finally did get a copy of his extraordinary, small 1916 book: “The Training of the Human Plant” I learned that he was extremely sympathetic to children. My brief visits to his lovely home and charming gardens during a few tours there led me to think that he was an Edison-type genius who could be quite cruel to his many workers.

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How wrong that interpretation was. In simply 99 pages, Burbank, although fiercely idealistic and quite focused on perfection, convincingly tells the reader: “All animal life is sensitive to environment, but of all living things, the child is the most sensitive. Surroundings act upon it as the outside world acts upon the plate of the camera. Every possible influence will leave its impress upon the child. The child is like a cut diamond, its many facets receiving sharp, clear impressions not possible to a pebble.” Of course, every child in the world would agree with his ... continued on page 18

JOKES & Humor # 6 “Poor Old fool,” thought the well-dressed gentleman as he watched an old man fish in a puddle outside a pub. So he invited the old man inside for a drink. As they sipped their whiskeys, the gentleman thought he’d humor the old man and asked, “So how many have you caught today?” The old man replied, “You’re the eighth.”

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Golf Coach 101

Luckier & Luckier

Sonoma County, CA. ~ “The more I practice the luckier I get.” These immortal words of the golfing legend Ben Hogan ring true through the ages. Practicing one’s craft takes time but in this crazy, modern world of ours; where do we find the time to practice our craft? Things around us always seem to grab our attention, disturb our peace or hijack the best of intentions. Sometimes finding a way out of the maze requires listening to one’s intuition or thinking outside the box. Golfers have historically thought that relying on skills alone would be their best bet for survival. Yet there are times when we might all agree that taking a leap of faith is not such a bad thing. In fact that very leap of faith may be the rainbow bridge which connects us to something as equally profound as our survival; and that my friends is the shimmering realm of success. Such a kingdom for many does exist, but blueprints, roadmaps and

by James Fish •

formulas alone don’t always this shot laddie!” I decided to get us there. Sometimes we listen. The ball was sitting up have to take the road less trav- and I needed 210 yards to get to the flag, tucked into the back right corner of the green. It was a dangerous shot. And as the ball flew off of the clubface on a hot, piercing trajectory towards the left edge of the green, I knew it was a great shot. The ball managed to carry the large, greenside bunker guarding the left front edge of the green and released to about 28 feet above the eled. hole. My intuition Indeed I have been accused said, “One ball out left.” With by some of taking the scenic my new left-hand low putting route on a golf course. Guilty stroke I delivered the perfect as charged. Nev- strike to the putt and watched er-the-less I have it as it slowly found its mark to found a way to drop in for a birdie. That birdie make an ally with brought me back to one overthe rough. Thick par which is where I finished and heavy grass can my round. And so the more I sometimes be our listened to my intuition, the friend. In my most luckier I got. recent game of golf, James Fish works as a golf I found myself on teaching pro at the Foxtail the tough par-4 sev- Golf Club and can be reached enth hole at Foxtail North in via e-mail at: the deep rough after a pulled tee-shot. With a large body of water hugging the entire right side of the hole, a pulled teeshot into the left rough wasn’t all that bad. The safe play would have been a lay-up shot with an 8 or 9-iron. But when I heard the voice of my intuition say, “4-wood, you got

“The more I practice, the luckier I get.”

Upbeat in Hawaii!

This is a picture from Pu’uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National historic park located on the big Island of Hawaii. . On our self guided walk, displayed here is a small wooden Temple with a thatched roof. The legend of the Royal Grounds were claimed to be a center of power, open only to chiefs. Today it remains a beautiful park visitors can enjoy, still a sacred place of peace, calm, and refuge to Hawaiians, open to all who find their way here. The second picture is taken from our patio with a beautiful view of Keahoua Bay. Aloha, Rose and Bruce Lamanna frpm Sonoma County California.

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We Speak Dance!

SONOMA COUNTY, CA. ~ We Speak Dance, the creative project by Vandana Hart(left in photo above) premiered on Netflix on January 1, 2018. The five part series features Ms. Hart traveling to Paris, Vietnam, Beirut, Lagos and Bali to learn about the diverse, exciting dance styles. Starting out at the age of 3 with formal dance training, Hart studied ballet and as she got older she was steeped in various

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styles including Afro-Caribbean, modern and Jazz. She trained as a Jefferson Dancer, at the prestigious high school in Oregon with a deep tradition in dance. Born in Russia and raised in California, Ms. Hart was blessed with a multi-cultural awareness. Her name, Vandana, means Prayer in Sanskrit. She trained as an Alvin Ailey dancer by day and learned HipHop at night with some of the


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legendary dancers in New York. “I was pretty lucky to have that combination of both classical training as well as the culture training at street festivals and nightclubs,” she reminisces. Hart reflects that she could have chosen to travel to places that are known for dance, like Russia, India or Mexico; however, she explains, “Part of my motivation with, We Speak Dance, was to break stereotypes and perceptions we have about various parts of the world and I think one of the most beautiful ways to do that is through music and dance.” Hart worked for the United Nations as a Global Coordinator. She was living and working in Kenya when the idea for We Speak Dance was born. “I really wanted to make sure that Africa was in my Season 1 because African dance and culture inspired me to do the show, A, and B, it inspired me to be an entrepreneur and C, because dance culture goes back…it is our first language. The way we connect before we have words is through music and dance.”

Speaking on the Health and After a cold winter, will deCommunity-Building aspects of dance, “Something like dance ciduous trees be releaved? that is so sacred, you have to be careful in the ways that In some conifer forests, you can’t cedar wood for the we organize it and institutionalize it,“ trees. Hart cautions. “Remembering why you When vegetables want to dance, is really why I am doing this show. converse with petunias, they Why do we dance? use a cell phone and cauliOr, why do we forflower. get to dance?,” she emphasizes. “I think that dance is really important In veterinary school we studfor most of the people of the ied the brain of the hippoworld. People potamus. At that time most have forgotten that we are all students stayed on the main campus, while I stayed on made [created] to dance! We are the hippocampus. all born on this earth to walk, to eat, to speak, Caesar thought it would be to sing and to smart to walk through the dance!” forum one evening. Beware Hart invites the ideas of March. the Upbeat Times readers to participate in They say it’s easy to get your the We Speak mind around introspection. Dance Instagram Campaign that explores dance around U R 2 Sweet the world as a catalyst for so- 2 B 4 Got 10! ... continued from page 16 cial change. And asks the question, “What are opinion that for the first ten years you dancing of a child’s life they should be alfor?” The cam- lowed to be outdoors and learn paign highlights from nature and not be cooped brief clips of up in a classroom. And, Burbank people from around the world is most eloquent when he writes dancing for the benefit of huof surrounding children with the manity.


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same sustaining love that you must give plants because without love both children and plants suffer and do not thrive. Ah, the loving care my classmates had at P.S. 6. I still recall with laughter, the bright red scrawl on the big Valentine card a 9 yr old boy made for me—and threw on my desk,--with love, of course: “Hey! Roses is red and Violets is green. My face is funny but yours is a scream! O.K. I love you! –Guess who!” Have some February fun! ~Ellie

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. ~ Dale Carnegie

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IN A WORD: Living the Upbeat Life


Q: I’ve decided to take a meditation class, maybe study mindfulness, but am not sure what the difference is? Or the benefits? Thanks, E. M., SRs

by Marcia Singer

niques cultivate ‘presence,’ awareness, and usually involve conscious breathing, exercises. Breath anchors us to Being Here Now. Both sacred and secular interests are served via A: I’ve come to regard ‘medi- conscious breathing, and a retation’ as any practice entered laxed alertness. into for the purpose of harmonizing Body and Mind, and in the Spirit of compassionate, soulful living. ‘Mindfulness’ is the artful science of paying attention to what is happening in my experience, right here and now. It can be either a spiritual meditation practice, or secular form of therapeutic stress re- How about an exduction. But anything you are ample? Yesterday morning, I doing works best when your made mindful, mental notes whole self, your presence, is to take filtered water to work brought to it. And both medi- --but then I got into the car tation and mindfulness tech- without my bottle. I was dis-

tracted by a myriad thoughts about other things --can you relate?! Fortunately, when I returned my focus to where I was at the moment, starting up the car, I remembered, “Water!” Mindfulness and mindlessness –both are natural mind states. When you purposely pay attention to –bear witness to – your mental states, you’re doing mindfulness –and perhaps meditation as well, if your motivation is being a better human being. I might even develop the discipline of spending 5 minutes before leaving for work, just being present for the day ahead and make this my morning ‘mindful mediation’ practice. And since ‘energy flows where attention goes’ – I can anticipate a sweeter, more upbeat day ahead. ... continued on back page

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Health Begins in the Kitchen:

2-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe by Dr. Joanne Mumola Williams creator of

SONOMA COUNTY, CA. ~ Although I did not invent this recipe, I just had to pass it along to you in time for Valentine’s Day. This delicious and simple recipe only uses 2 ingredients (4 if you choose to dust it with powdered sugar and garnish it with fresh berries.) Make it with vegan dark chocolate for a gluten and dairy free dessert.

Directions Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 6-inch spring form pan. Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook, in 30-second increments, until the chocolate melts. This can take 1 minute or slightly longer. Separate the eggs. Place the whites in a large, clean, glass bowl. Whip until soft peaks form. This can take a while so be patient. Let the chocolate cool a bit and then, one by one, whip each yolk into the chocolate until well combined. Gently Requirements fold 1/3 of the whipped egg 6-inch spring form pan whites into the chocolate/egg yolk mixture. Then repeat with Ingredients the next 1/3 of the egg whites. 4 large eggs, room temperature And finally, with the last 1/3 of 9 ounces chocolate chips the egg whites. Powdered sugar (optional) Raspberries to garnish (optional) Pour the batter into the greased

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6-inch spring form pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cool on a cake rack for 15 minutes or so. Then, release. You can dress this up with powdered sugar, berries, or a scoop of nondairy ice cream. Happy Valentines Day!

Weird Facts & Trivia - 4 Maryland designated the Smith Island Cake (A layer cake with 8-12 layers) as Maryland’s Official State Dessert in 2008. More than 29% of U.S. school districts have banned bake sales due to anti-obesity regulations. The saying “You can’t have you cake and eat it” (originally “eat your cake and have it”) is first seen in print in 1562 in John Heywood’s ‘Proverbs and Epigrams.’

Yield SIX SERVINGS Per serving: 258 calories, 21 g total fat, 12 g saturated fat, 141 mg cholesterol, 7 g protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 5 g dietary fiber, and 47 mg sodium.

A forerunner of modern newspapers was the Notizie scritte (written notices) published monthly in Venice from 1556.

Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me. Audrey Hepburn

The first reference to “News Papers” in English was in 1667. Under a 1789 Act of George III, it was illegal “for any hawker of any newspaper” to “let out any newspaper for hire to any person or persons”.

A Sonoma County Tradition!

“Turkey always and turkey all ways!”

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UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • February 2018 • 21 rich and malty, with the high of customers. They sold out in alcohol warmth, which gives just 8 hours. Since that time, it a full mouth fill. The strong Vinnie and Natalie have had In western Cyprus, a mudfloral aroma of the hops give, to ration the beer so it will last plaster structure found at the Beer Review is Pliny the Younger, an award- two weeks. site of Kissonerga-Skalia apwinning The annual the Russian River balance. release of pears to have been used as Brewing Company Since it is the Pliny the a Bronze Age kiln to dry malt for brewing beer. Archaeonly offered Younger has By Barry O’Meara once a year, made such ologist Lindy Crewe of the & it becomes an impres- University of Manchester in Paul O’Doyle a challenge sion on So- England and her team excato compare noma Coun- vated the nearly 4,000-yearone year to ty, that they old oven, uncovering ashy another. have done deposits containing carbonPliny the two EcoYounger nomic Im- ized fig seeds, mortars and was first pact Stud- other grinding implements, released in ies in 2013 and juglets. They also found 2005 as a and again in sherds of a large clay pot Winter Ale 2016. The that they believe was a Sonoma County, CA. ~ So- sian River Brewery’s iconic and named Grant, our server was awesome and 2016 study pithos, a vessel in which a noma County has been con- Pliny the Younger. A triple after the ad- very helpful! Great customer service! found that fire was lit and used as an the Younger sidered at the epicenter of the IPA, with triple the hops, and, opted son indirect heat source within and nephew of Pliny the brought in $4.9 million to our craft beer revoluthe kiln. Malt, the team hyElder. With Pliny the community in such areas as tion. In 1977 Jack pothesizes, might have been Elder being a Double hospitality and related services. McAuliffe started stored in the juglets while IPA and the Younger They will be conducting the New Albian Brewthey were in the kiln, and being a Triple IPA, Vinsame impact study this year ery in Sonoma and it nie and Natalie thought and it will be interesting to see then removed to perform the was considered the it only fitting to name what impact the fires may play rest of the brewing process. first Micro-Brewery. it after the Elder’s son. into that figure. Russian River BrewZak Zaikine: Because of social media Russian River Brewery has ery pays homage to A Whimsical Sonoma and beer rating sites, in so much more than just the that by proudly dis2010 the Younger took Younger. Vinnie has covered County Artist! playing the original off and there has been the whole spectrum of styles sign from New Albiand taste. From the an Brewery behind Pilsner of the STS, the bar. to the Lambic style Located in Santa of barrel aged sour, Rosa at 725 Fourth there is something St, in the bright blue building it is higher in alcohol for everyone. You with the beautiful Redwood than a regular IPA. can see his beer’s nomural, Russian River Brewery Crisp and clear and toriety reflected by is easy to find. With a patio with a coppery color, the awards displayed usually filled with happy beer it finishes dry. The and international recdrinkers, Russian River Brew- alcohol level is high ognition. Zymurgy ery is located between D and at 10.25%. The high Magazine has an anE St. Just follow the line of hop content balances New work now at: nual reader’s choice, Bodega Landmark Studio Gallery patrons waiting to get in. the heavy maltiness, 17255 Bodega Hwy, Bodega and Pliny the Elder Russian River Brewery has giving it a medium (707) 876-3477 has held the numbecome the destination for bitter index. Each ber one beer slot for beer enthusiasts from around year, the base malt is Hand Goods Gift Shop the world. You can see the consistent. The only These are the Famous Russian River Brew Company’s seven years in a row. 3627 Main St., Occidental influence peppered across the variation form year beer bites with specialty dips. This article is mainly Just last year they (707) 874-2161 world map, with pins display- to year is the hop dedicated to the beer they make. In future issues of the were beat by anothAlso available are hand signed ing countries visitors have content. Hops be- Upbeat Times we’ll talk more about the food which, er, and only came in of course is perfectly matched for their awesome greeting cards at Andy’s Market second. Recount!! come from to drink Russian ing agricultural, like in Sebastopol and selection of homemade beers on tap! ~ P.A.D. Recently Paul and I Rivers beers, on display in the wine grapes, they Community Market in went to Russian Rivgift shop. They have put Santa can vary from year Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. no looking back. er to try some samples. With Rosa on the map for beer geeks to year. The blending of difChart Readings are offered by I got to experience that fate- so many beers on tap, we had and soon will add Windsor to ferent varietals makes each reappointment. ful year. The taps were flowing to narrow our samplings to just that pilgrimage. lease very distinct. Contact: Zak Zaikine non-stop, filling growlers and a few. The first group on our This February will mark the The Youngers I have tried in (707) 823-9340 ... continued on page 23 13th annual release of Rus- the past have always been a glasses and a never-ending line


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Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Come take a fun cake decorating class at Nancy’s Fancy’s. Our next beginning cake decorating class is Feb 20 and 27th. It’s a two part class where you will learn to crumb coat a cake, learn how to use 12 different metal cake tips, to make borders, flowers, and more. Learn to make your cakes level and beautiful! Impress your friends and family! Call Nancy’s Fancy’s to sign up for one of our fun classes! Mention this add and get a discount! Thanks, Jodie ~ 481-4330

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Star Guitars is your friendly one stop shop for: Guitars, Bass Guitars, Amps, Effects Pedals, Strings, Picks, Accessory’s, Ukuleles, PA equipment and speakers, Music Stands, Rack Units and Cases, Lessons, Complete Guitar Repair, Electronic and Amplifier Repair, Professional Full Setups and Adjustments, and more! We support our local music scene and provide our services to sell local merchandise including: Music CD’s and Vinyl, Shirts, Stickers, and more unusual hard to find items! We are proud to support our locals schools by providing instruments and music related gear. We frequently organize shows locally to support our local musicians. We are located at 109 Third Street, Santa Rosa, California at the corner of Wilson. We hope to see you soon!” (707) 978-4125

10AM to 1PM $15.00 reseve online at or pay at the door. Held at the Sebastopol Grange Hall 6000 Sebastopol Avenue (Same as Hwy. 12) Sebastopol, CA 95472 Three hour lecture on basic beekeeping information on how to get started with bees, use of equipment and what to expect in your first year.

SONOMA FRIDAY MORNING CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKET Sonoma, CA. ~ The ideal market for good natural foods and gifts. MARKET SCHEDULE: FARMER’S MARKET EVERY FRIDAY! DRAWING FOR PRODUCE BASKET ON Friday, February 2, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM, PRODUCE BASKET AWARDED ON Friday, February 9, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM FOR VALENTINE’S DAY, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14. Friday, February 16, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. AND Friday, February 23 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. Greetings from the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers’ Market! Produce from California Farmers. Fridays year-round from 9 AM to 12:30 PM in the Arnold Field Parking Lot, 241 First Street West, across the street from the Depot Hotel.

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Special talk on February 13th Sonoma, CA. ~ Jean Wong and Marc Helfman will be presenting a talk on February 13th at 11:00 am on Yuja Wang who was named 2017 Artist of the Year. The York Times is quoted as saying, “She seems to have everything: speed, flexibility, pianistic thunder and interpretive nuance.” The talk will be at the Vintage House at 264 1st St. East in Sonoma The presentation will include fabulous anecdotes and video clips. The event is free and open to the public.

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Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Armstrong Paper Group is a great choice when you need specialized packaging for your products! And, they are located right here in Santa Rosa! These guys are it! “There’s no day but today!” 2329 Circadian Way ~ Santa Rosa, CA, 95407 ~ Phone: 707-5466300 ~Ask For Steve Armstrong!

I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical. Arthur C. Clarke

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StaR ChartinG by: Zak Zaikine • Editors: Karin O’Keefe-Sack and Melanee Reynolds

Sebastopol, CA. ~ Now we are feeling the uniquely vibrant powers of the water barer sign Aquarius. She pours her abundance of energy upon the Earth, acting as a conduit of interconnectedness. She is by nature a radical and a pragmatist simultaneously. “Straight -across” and “By any means Possible “is her credo. From these two arms, the unifying embrace makes a bowl. Thus, the uniting takes place and we all become one. It isn’t that the stars and planets send out messages directly to us but sort of like an exchange of vibrational frequencies. We all share the Periodic Elements of the universe. So, astrology then becomes a language by which we interpret these rendezvous’ forming a map, grid or natal chart. Maybe a good way to view this could be that we are a large macro hologram of ourselves, multi- dimensional interacting with our micro fractal personal worlds. Out there! Isn’t it. Welcome to Aquarius We all have our own birthday path. Even with Siamese twins – one leaves the womb and takes a breath before the other creating a similar though slightly different birth path. So

then do all of you out there. If karma exists then astrology, like a great book, unfolds the drama of life and you can’t wait for the next chapter. So, let’s stay on a lighter plane even though Aquarius wants us (me) to delve deeper into humanity’s purpose and connect us in a peaceful and loving whole. Certainly, like a good air sign revving up the winds of change and high-pressuring in a grounded sort of way, it passes. Happy Birthday to all of you lovely Aquarians and on her coattails- the dreaming, never boring Pisces. Pisces is our last sign in the twelfth house of the zodiac. She begins the weaving of a gigantic web of creativity shuttled by the two fish swimming in opposite directions. She is Ruled by Neptune and most influential in our creative endeavors. They know few boundaries and there is no task the Piscean cannot do- slated with a helpful soul, always willing to help those in need. They make great nurses, doctors and healers . I myself know several great Piscean writers and artists, but they need a partner-

We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more. Carl Jung

fish, better still they need a selfgoverning agent to market their creations. The Twelfth house is a most mysterious house indeed. If you have aspects here, you will have tendencies of the Piscean and obviously having a Pisces sun will give you an edge in the Dream Time. The trick for you fishies is to have a good escape plan, flight/swim plan to exit uncomfortable situations and encounters. So as the water barer continues to pour her energy upon us and we start the New Year, remember that astrologicallywise the New Year begins with Aries at the end of the third week in March. A very Happy Birthday to enlightened, stable air folks and may your lovely dreams turn to realities as you thank that flow of never boring Piscean energy.


... continued from page 19 samplers were the hoppy beers. Going from the less hoppy to the double IPA we started with Row 2 Hill 56. This is considered a Pale Ale and is singlehopped, with 100% Simcoe hops. As a Pale Ale,. it comes through with a nice hop finish and could pass as an IPA. The next on the list was my all-time favorite Blind Pig. This is my IPA of choice. Its hop profile is very similar to Pliny the Elder only with a little less alcohol, coming in at 6.25%. Pliny the Elder is Russian River’s double IPA and named after the Roman naturalist who identified Humulus Lupulus (Hops), and its properties and uses. Pliny the Elder is said to have perished in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and his adopted son and nephew Pliny the Younger inherited his wealth. Pliny the Elder has a complex blend of ... continued on BACK page

Weird Facts & Trivia - 6 The skeleton of a Pleistocene giant beaver was unearthed by construction workers in 1938 in St. Paul, Minnesota. It would have been about 8 feet long and weighed over 450 pounds. The Beaver (Castor canadensis) was designated as the Official Animal of Oregon in 1969.

The Beaver (Castor canadensis) was also designated as the Official State Animal of New York in 1975.

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THE BEER BOYS: Russian River Brewing Company

... continued from page 19 In 2015, mindful meditation And there’s Dr. Daniel Siegel, hops and high malt that comes was declared the #1 health- M.D. His notes on “basic brain in at 8% alcohol. Pliny the Elboosting tool in the U.S. While research” reveal many aspects der is a definite high mark for a the basics are simple –e.g. of life boosted by mindful medkeeping attention on breath- itation. These are regulation of double IPA, and is well deserving --our busy, rushed actions the autonomic nervous system; ing of all its recognitions and communication; notoriety. and chatter-box thoughts get in harmonious the way. But that’s OK! Just rapport; emotional balance via Working our way to the Belnotice, and bring your atten- the limbic system; flexible re- gian Inspired Ales, we tried tion back to your breathing, sponses to situations; empathy; and Salvation. to this moment. Don’t judge insight; calming fears; height- Damnation yourself. The Zen concept of ened intuition; moral choices; Belgians tend to have more “Beginner’s Mind” (Sho Shin) acting on behalf of the greater of fruity finish and are not as advises being childlike, open, good for all. hoppy as pale ales and lagers. Last I want to mention El- Damnation had a flavor of bacurious, ‘friendly’ towards the task. Even playful! That’s my len Langer, a Yale psychology nana bread. Salvation was not favorite way to dissolve stress prof who’s changed the fields as fruity as most Belgians. I of psychology and learning. and invite in a sweet scenario. Scientific research shows Langer calls us to experience did pick up some hints of chocmany benefits. Check out Jon life’s changing moments with olate and raisins. Kabat-Zinn, renowned for uti- a mindful approach, open to Vinnie has been ahead of the lizing mindfulness to reduce “noticing what’s new” now, the curve and with his use of barpain at his Stress Reduction “variability,” new possibilities Clinic and the Center for Mind- always there. --Not the robotic, rel-aging beers. He has masfulness in Medicine, Health habitually ‘mindless’ way most tered the craft and developed a following. Many of his barCare, and Society [U. of MASS of us focus most of the time. In a word, I invite us all to rel-aged releases draw lines as Med School.] A Zen Buddhist, Kabat-Zinn helped evolve make Mindfulness our practi- long as Pliny the Younger does, MBSR (mindfulness-based cal, meditative path to an enand some releases have been stress reduction) techniques livening, creative, connecting known to sell out on the first –joyful experience. that help reduce anxiety, pain day. and illness. MBSR is now ofLambic style is sour beer usfered at med centers, hospitals, Make each day a Valentine! HMOs -and my ongoing class ing Brettanomyces, Lactobaat Windsor Parks & Recreation. Shining deLight, Marcia cillus, and Pediococcus. These are known as bacteria and are the curse of the wine-maker

and many a homebrewer. It takes time and patience to brew these sour beers, but as I’ve seen throughout the industry, more breweries are adding sour beers to their repertoire. There were three on tap. Sour beers are as the name implies sour. Pucker up, these beers are like a sweet and sour. They’re beers that are unique with a crisp tang, yet refreshing. You can pick up a hint of the barrelaging and the fruit added to the barrel. The sour beers improve with age and are a great beer to cellar and to add to your collection. I would say if you have not tried a sour beer, you need to add it to your “to do” list. If you manage to endure the long lines and get your Pliny the Younger experience, I hope you enjoy it. Next year the new Windsor location will be open and then there will be two locations serving up the Younger. I look forward to the new location – it will be closer to my home! Publishers note: As Barry and

... continued from page 23 I try the beers and write our stories as well as taking the photos, we are also both amazed at the quality & excellence of the hospitality Natalie & Vinnie & their staff have maintained since day one. Not many business owners who own restaurants/ beer pubs/bars take into consideration the importance of who not only greets the patron at the front door must also reflect the entire operations positive communicative attitude of its employees, and all who play a role on the business until the final product is put before the consumer. Having worked in restaurants, opening restaurants and helping restaurants with advertising and promotions most of my life…Russian River Brew Company wins the highest honor of excellence beyond the award-winning Brews they serve. They have the recipe for continued success and we at Upbeat Times are glad beyond words to have them as our friends and as a part of The Upbeat Times for all these years. Cheers! ~ P.A.D.

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February 2018 Upbeat Times is our 20th Year!


February 2018 Upbeat Times is our 20th Year!