Posts Tagged ‘ Sonoma ’

See Augie? It IS A City!

2011.03.20
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IN 2008, A LOCAL CITY councilmember proposed changing our urban appellation from “City of Sonoma” to “Town of Sonoma” — reflecting the bucolic values to which we cling with blue-jean-and-Stetson stubbornness. That task proved a quixotic one, but good for a fortnight of local wag-stoking.

And now, this from the travel section of this morning’s San Francisco Chronicle, page P6: a nice piece about Sonoma Valley’s Glen Ellen touts the hamlet/burg/village as “an alternative to the bustle of modern Sonoma.” (Italics added.)

There it is, in black and white. Our little Anatevka-among-the-vines has gone from “Slownoma” to “Gonoma.” Next: Public WiFi, traffic jams and sunglasses.

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Invitation to a Study

2011.03.18
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FRANCE STREET TORAH STUDY
SATURDAY, 3/19/11, 10 am-noonish
Torah Portion: Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36)
Haftarah: Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23
Neal & Ann’s House
(707.933.9430 for directions)

“Tzav” means “command.” It’s the same root as “mitzvah” which, though sometimes translated as “connection” or “good deed,” carries the contextual connotation of “sacred obligation.” (These aren’t necessarily exclusive meanings.)

Of course, “obligation” implies “breach.” Most of Judaism’s breaches are classed as mistakes — error — mark-missing. But mistakes are not necessarily a bad thing, according to Reb Patrick from the “jungerfrummen” website PunkTorah (http://punktorah.org/):

“…Let us take a moment and consider where where we may have missed the mark. What have we done, not in the past year, not in the past month, not even in the past week, but today! Where have we missed the mark today? Were we angry with a loved one? Did we curse at another driver on the road? Did we ignore the needs of those suffering around us? Did we act in frustration or deceit?

“Think about these things and realize that in our mistakes is the power to repair. Through these mistakes lie the power to not only repair what we have broken, but to help repair others as well.

“Hashem has given us a gift, not of being able to miss the mark, but of being able to realize where we have missed, step back up to the line, and aim again. And in this time, I pray we all hit the bullseye.”

(Read more: Parshah Tzav)

From his mouth to G?d’s ears.

Shabbat shalom,

Neal.

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Uncle Says

2011.01.03
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Readers’ Books is located at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Random Acts is 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, January 8. Admission (whether you’re reading or not) is $5. For more information, see: Random_Acts.pdf

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Nathanson Creek Wind Symphony

2010.12.29
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THE OLD OAK TREE SWAYS
like a punch-drunk in the wind.
Please don’t crush our house.

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Meanwhile, In The Blog Next Door

2010.12.23
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MY CREATIVE WIFE, ANN, HAS created something potentially important at http://sacredwilderness.net/2010/12/laughing-out-loud/ for those who wear their pride on sleeve, chest or coffeecup.

Fig. 1.

Mesmerizing, isn’t it? Act now and put this design on a T-shirt, tote bag or refrigerator magnet at http://www.cafepress.com/inyourhand. If applicable, Live The Acronym! and if commitedly applicable, let Sonoma Valley make your destination wedding dreams come true.)

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Pithyism #38N122W

2010.12.14
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NOTHING HAPPENS IN THE WORLD without someone from Sonoma County being involved in some way. (Those who know, know.)

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Podcast: Saturday Night Neal

2010.11.15
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AS PROMISED, HERE IS MY first podcast of my first public reading this past Saturday night at Readers’ Books‘ monthly open-mic event. It’s just over 4-1/2 minutes/megabytes, and — as it was recorded on “Mr. Happy,” my reporter’s battered micro-cassette unit — is a bit “hot” for the first nine seconds. (It’s also missing my name, which the emcee mispronounced. Doesn’t everybody?) The reading was two small Prosatio Silban pieces and whatever else would fit the allotted five minutes.

Thanks to everyone who read, cheered, and/or smiled happily. Enjoy the ‘cast! and support your own local bookseller! and wait ’til next month when I plan to do it again — with Ann participating, yet.

- STREAM: Neal @ Random Acts
- DOWNLOAD: 20101113RandomActsNeal.mp3

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Media Buzz #2

2010.11.11
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THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ME reading a couple of my shorter pieces will apparently take place during a two-hour open-mic event Saturday night at Sonoma’s leading bookstore.

Billed as “Random Acts,” and staged from 5 to 7 p.m. in Readers’ Books outdoor Reading Garden, the monthly exercise in instant entertainment is open to anyone with cash and creativity — musical, poetic, or ranty.

“It’s five dollars, and you put your name in a hat,” Random Acts organizer Catherine Seveneau said earlier this week, adding that the would-be spectacle then has five minutes “to do whatever.”

Seveneau said Saturday’s production will be Random Acts’ third; the previous two drew more than two-dozen participants. Your humble metaphorager is looking forward to an evening of stomach-clenching excitement, and hopes to see you there!

Random Acts begins at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13. Readers’ Books, one of the few independent bookstores remaining in this wasteland of instant clickery, is located at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Tickets not required.

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Media Buzz #1

2010.11.08
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Fig. 1

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Election Day Haiku

2010.11.02
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God who hears all, please –
Don’t let the idiots win.
Please. Please. Please. Please. Please.

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A Haiku For The SF Giants, After Seeing My First Giants Game Last Night

2010.10.28
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Tim Lincecum’s face
Passionate with the sad news:
Strike one. Two. Three. Next!

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Haiku: First Rain

2010.10.22
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6:30 a.m.,
And behind my coffee cup,
Earth sips her new skies.

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