Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

Make do or do without

Monday night, the Sonoma City Council passed our 2013-14 budget that was just over 14 million dollars. Sad to say there were only three citizens present. I want to thank Pat Pulvarati, Nancy Simpson and Richard Dale for being there. Traditionally folks don’t come out for the budget vote, but is it crucially important to each and every citizen in Sonoma and Sonoma Valley. Given all the focus on the city’s finances currently, it amazes me this morning even more.

From my buddy Wally Breitman, host of the “Morning Interlue”’ show on KSVY (Monday-Friday, 9-10 a.m,) here is a valuable quote about the Great Depression. If you don’t know what the Great Depression was here’s the motto: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” I am certainly a child of Depression-era parents. My dad was born in 1911 and my mom in 1917. The above motto was a major factor in our house and still informs my everyday approach to life. So many of our issues around water, fuel, jobs, credit cards and much more can be counter balanced by conservation of resources. Think about it. 

Today I am venturing over to Santa Rosa for a meeting and interviews for the interim executive director of Sonoma Clean Power. No, I am not driving myself; our City Manager Carol Giovannatto, a NASCAR level driver, will attend the meeting with me. I am doing a poll of folks I meet to find out what they know about Sonoma Clean Power. This decision to move from PG&E to Sonoma Clean Power will be coming back to our city council on Monday, July 15. I strongly suggest that, you dear readers, gather as much information on this transition as possible. It has very large ramifications for Sonoma and Sonoma Valley. Just Google it and please get back to me at or 938.8623. I can’t wait.

I want to welcome my brother by another mother, Avram “Avi G” Goldman, as my new radio partner on Que Pasa Sonoma, heard Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. on KSVY 91.3 FM. Avi plays stellar music and is a incisive interviewer. This show, under one name or another, has been on the air for many, many years and I’m glad for sure it still is. If you’d like to come on, use the above email to get in touch with me. I am helping Stevie Steele book the morning show, so contact me for that as well. 

In the past I have performed many weddings for locals and visitors. With the recent ruling by the Supreme Court, which I endorse with my whole heart, I am very willing to perform a beautiful wedding ceremony for gay, transgender, lesbian, bi-sexual and straight couples. I also have done memorial services, baptisms and anniversaries. It’s an honor I take very seriously, so please contact me if you want more information. I am always open to incorporating poetry, dance, music and your own words into making it real, personal and lovely. 

I am still working on my own challenges of alcohol, cigarettes and lack of exercise. I have been losing some weight but, as my daughter Eden says, “You are not getting any younger, Dad, and a kid needs her father around.” Right you are, daughter. I am open to any and all positive input so keep me in mind. You can find me at my office hours 5:30-7 p.m. at the Tuesday Farmers’ Market. I’m on the west side of the horseshoe in front of City Hall. I am willing to help you with your issues and remain open to listening to you help me.

Last weekend I went to a memorial service and members of the Threshhold Choir sang for us all. Here is a description of what they do from Caitlin Cornwall, one of their angelic members. “Threshold Choir brings two or three women to the bedside of someone who is ill or dying, at the invitation of the family, and sings gentle songs of comfort, acceptance, and love. Threshold Choir began on the Marin County coast, and has spread across the continent. Our local choir is the Valley of the Moon Threshold Choir.” The choir is taking a bit of a summer break, but keep it in mind if you would like to consider joining, or if you hear of someone who would benefit from bedside singing. To learn more, see or email” Human beings can be so transcendent it gives me hope that love will truly rule our world.
Save the date: My lovely wife Jewel is teaching a 5Rhythms Movement workshop with Jonathan Horan at the beautiful Westerbeke Ranch (where we first met) August 1-4, 2013. The workshop is entitled “God, Sex & The Body” and for more information and registration you can go to or email More details to follow. 

My quote this week is from John Lennon, a 20th Century sage and poet.

“When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” Amen brothers and sisters. Go out and be happy, too.

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