How to Select a Great Gift for Any Occasion

Throughout human history and culture, gifts have played an important role in all sorts of different civilizations, cultures, and instances. Of course, one important aspect of gift giving is understanding that there are very different gifts to be given in different situations. For example, one would not give the same [...]

By | March 10th, 2019|0 Comments

The Challenge of Giving Good Gifts

I know how difficult it is to be a mother. You have to raise your family and make sure that you shower them with gifts from time to time. However, I have always found it difficult to give the right gift. Though I know that my family will appreciate what [...]

By | March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Wedding day bliss

Sometimes when you’re in the thick of an event, your brain is so consumed with the tasks at hand, that it is only after the dust has settled and life has returned to a predictable routine that you can assess what just happened and begin to get some perspective. Was [...]

By | August 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Working it out

I think it’s fairly common that if we’re tired or feeling a little run down, that we start questioning whether the energy we put into a particular area in our life – family, work, personal pursuits – really makes any difference. I suppose I was in that state of mind when I [...]

By | July 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Meals on Wheels delivers

Every so often I notice in the newspaper that Meals on Wheels, a program offered by Petaluma People Services Center, is in need of more drivers. If you’ve thought about doing some community service work, I would like to share a little of our experience as MOW drivers in the [...]

By | July 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Happy Father’s Day 2016

Last week, I stopped by Papyrus to pick out a Father’s Day card for Steve. Based on what I saw depicted in the cards, there are three things that dads are interested in: barbecuing, beer, and golf. That’s the best that the greeting card industry can do? What about all [...]

By | June 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Not married to tradition

We’re happy and excited because a few weeks ago, our daughter Valerie got engaged and quicker than you can say, “Never mind a long engagement. Let’s get on with starting our lives together,” she and her fiancé Devin had set an August wedding date. As their wedding plans are starting [...]

By | June 5th, 2016|1 Comment

Saluting “Petaluma’s Salute to American Graffiti”

I had a chance to talk to “Petaluma’s Salute to American Graffiti” organizer John Furrer last week about the 50% chance of rain that was forecast for Saturday. That's the day when 450 classic cars - many of which are convertibles and all of which are polished, waxed, and buffed to mirror-like [...]

By | May 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

A tribute to Sybil Sullivan

On Saturday, we got the sad news that Sybil Sullivan, my friend and former co-worker at the Petaluma Visitors Program, passed away on Friday night in Washington State with her only son at her side. Born on October 13, 1918, Sybil was exactly 97 years and 7 months old when [...]

By | May 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Welcome home from China

Since our daughter Jennifer Lynn left for Shanghai at the start of the fall semester for her year studying abroad, I have recounted some of her adventures – and her parents’ anxieties – in my blog. On Friday, we picked her up from the airport and it was an emotional [...]

By | May 1st, 2016|1 Comment