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Disparate Housewife

Colleen Rustad: wife, mother, entrepreneur

10 Things you might not know about Butter & Egg Days

There’s no doubt that the entire Petaluma community rallies around the Butter & Egg Days Parade…and has for generations. For the 3,000 parade participants, it’s an opportunity to take a spin around the block like a celebrity, waving at the crowd as they march or ride in the parade. For the 25,000 spectators, it’s a grand time cheering on friends, family and other community members as they pass by. Even if you’ve grown up with the parade and seen the… Read More »

A round of applause for Cinnabar Theater

Last Sunday, Steve and I went to Cinnabar Theater for a matinee performance of Time Stands Still from Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Donald Marguiles. Cinnabar has been presenting its unique brand of theater since 1972. In Cinnabar’s intimate setting, the audience experiences the drama as if it were taking place one’s own living room -  albeit a room with a theatrical lighting grid and populated with charismatic performers. The blurb for Time Stands Still describes it as “…a moving and often hilarious story of… Read More »

It’s a small world

In about six weeks, our daughter Jennifer will be stateside again after two semesters spent studying abroad in Shanghai. She tells us that she and her classmates are amazed that that their time is coming to an end – it has gone so quickly. Some of the students are lamenting that “We only have six more weeks!” Other kids are more in the glass half full mindset:  “I miss Trader Joe’s, being able to bake chocolate chip cookies, and the… Read More »

Tracking down railroad history

In preparation for the Butter & Egg Days special section in the Argus Courier, I had the opportunity last week to interview a few members of the NWPRRHS. Yes, that’s a mouthful – it stands for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society. Because this year’s parade theme centers on the impact of trains both in our history and future with SMART, it was only fitting that this group be honored as the parade’s Grand Marshal. Before meeting with the NWPRRHS,… Read More »

A salute to Petaluma’s Military Antiques and Museum

Petaluma is known for authenticity. You don’t have to look any further than our iron front buildings. Constructed in the late 1800s, Petaluma’s architecture isn’t plaster façades slapped onto 20th century reproductions. And community celebrations such as Butter & Egg Days and Rivertown Revival  honor our genuine agriculture heritage and river history. What’s another impressive example of authenticity in Petaluma? Military Antiques and Museum at 300 Petaluma Blvd.N. The store has an inventory of more than 10,000 items representing military history starting… Read More »

Dirty jobs

I’m going to take a few minutes today and write in praise of lawyers and CPAs. These are certainly professions that are oft maligned. Who hasn’t heard CPA’s pejoratively called “bean counters?” And I know that I’ve laughed at my share of lawyer jokes; the most recent one had to do with sharks, lawyers, professional courtesy…you get the drift. Stereotypes aside. I think preparing taxes and legal documents have to be some of the most tedious jobs on the planet… Read More »

Now showing on Netflix

When Steve and I come to the last episode of a Netflix series that we’ve gotten immersed in, I always feel a sense of loss. It’s embarrassing to admit mourning the end of a TV show – the judgmental side of me says that grieving should be kept to real-life people, not squandered on a screenwriter’s fantasy. But when good writing, acting, and production quality make the characters and situations of a movie or series feel real, it’s hard to… Read More »

Lagunitas on Tap

So I’m standing at the corner, waiting to cross the street at East Washington and Petaluma Blvd. N. when a millennial on a bike pulls up next to me and breathlessly asks for directions to Lagunitas. I’m not sure if he was having a beer emergency or if he just didn’t want to be late for the 4:20 start of the band in theTapRoom, but he was definitely a man on a mission. It caught me a little off guard… Read More »

The force is in Petaluma…at Rancho Obi-Wan

You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to be transported to the awe-inspiring world of Star Wars. Who would have thought that in rural west Petaluma, about 10 minutes from downtown, on property that once housed a chicken ranch, you would find Rancho Obi-Wan, a museum housing the world’s largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia. Created by former Wall Street Journal LA bureau chief and current Lucasfilm Fan Relations Advisor Steve Sansweet, the 9,000 square foot museum houses… Read More »

On the cat walk

It was about a year ago that we noticed a very fluffy gray cat hanging around our house. If we approached her, she would chirp and scurry right over on her stubby little legs to be petted. After a few minutes of stroking her head and cheeks, she would flop onto her back so that we could pet her tummy – rolling and stretching for as long as our knees would hold out as we crouched down to lavish attention… Read More »