Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

With a fresh eye

I like my new name for this column ‘Making The Rounds’ and want to thank my editor Val Robichaud for coming up with it. It works for me. I love making the rounds of the council meetings, the Tuesday and Friday Markets, shopping at Sonoma Market, Safeway and more frequently at Whole Foods. I really think its cool that folks are reading this column, and when they comment on a specific thought or statement it makes my day.

Last week I wrote about the personnel challenges I am facing. The caring I feel towards the folks of Sonoma and Sonoma Valley is reflected by the caring shown to me this week. Offers for walks to help with exercise, a wonderful offer for a healing massage to help me chill out, diet ideas and suggestions on health, success stories on citizens who have stopped smoking, all go to my heart and soul. I’m here to help you all and it’s so gratifying that its reciprocal. 

The Fourth of July Parade was so cool! I loved the parade so much that I went through twice. My daughter Eden and I rode with the City Council and City Manager in the antique fire truck. How cool is that? So many smiling faces and waving hands, children with eyes of wonder and delight reflected back at us. Eden and I also carried the KSVY and SVTV banner. So much fun and a delightful memory for a father and daughter. If anyone has a cool photo of us please send it to me at A giant shout out to Cynthia Tarr for her stirring rendition of the National Anthem at the Sonoma Community Center’s Patriotic Ceremony. Just awesome and real. Cynthia teaches at the Center and you can get all the information at or call 707-938-4626×1.

Tuesday night’s Farmers Market was just another building block in the structure of Sonoma. A perfect night sitting on the big lawn in front of City Hall listening to the musical sounds of Three On A Match, who play at Meritage Restaurant on a regular basis as well as all around Sonoma Valley. I never made it over to listen to the jazz in the Amphitheater but I could hear it and feel it. I was joined at my table by folks who needed space to inform citizens about Sonoma Clean Power and the success story with our neighbor Marin Clean Energy. Tune in on SVTV Comcast 27, stream it on or better yet come in person to the July 15 Sonoma City Council meeting where we will be voting on joining Sonoma Clean Power. Big decision and major ramifications on everyone who lives and owns a business in the City of Sonoma. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and the agenda is available at
Here is a list of upcoming events of interest to us all. 

Sonoma Valley State Assembly Member Mariko Yamada will be the featured speaker at the Sonoma Valley Democrats’ General Meeting on Monday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m., in the Seven Flags Club House, 300 International Boulevard. There will be time for questions and answers. Everyone is invited and there is no charge to attend. Please bring a potluck snack to share. For more information contact Beth Hadley

Sonoma’s own band The Cork Pullers will sing the National Anthem at AT&T Park on July 24 Go Giants, Go Cork Pullers!

On Saturday July 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center, the City of Sonoma (we’re such the good guys and gals) will be holding a Laundry To Landscape Graywater Class. For more information or to sign up for this class email or call 707-938-3332. 

I am a big proponent of empowering young women and I am pleased to promote “Girl Rising,” a new film by an Academy Award nominated director, Richard E. Robbins, about the power of education to transform lives and the importance of investing in girls’ education.  The film spotlights young women from Nepal, Peru, Haiti, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, India, and Cambodia. Providing narration are actresses Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, and others. At the Sonoma screening of “Girl Rising” you will have the opportunity to learn about two organizations supporting girls’ education: Chicuchas Wasi in Cusco, Peru; and Power of 5 in Kathmandu, Nepal. A portion of every ticket sale will be donated to the 10X10 girls’ education programs, making a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable girls in the world. To learn more about the film, go to To reserve your tickets, go to: The film will screen on Monday July 22 at 7 p.m. at the Sebastianin Theatre, 476 First St. E. Bring your friends, join the movement, help educate girls.

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 

In closing I want to dedicate this song/poem to my wife Jewel Mathieson. I do love you more.

There are places I remember 
All my life, though some have changed 
Some forever not for better 
Some have gone and some remain 
All these places have their moments 
With lovers and friends I still can recall 
Some are dead and some are living 
In my life I’ve loved them all 

But of all these friends and lovers 
There is no one compares with you 
And these memories lose their meaning 
When I think of love as something new 
Though I know I’ll never lose affection 
For people and things that went before 
I know I’ll often stop and think about them 
In my life I love you more 

– Lennon-McCartney

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