Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

Personal power, public power

On July 17 my son Moses Zion celebrated his 23rd birthday. We had our family party this past Sunday. I had a deeper realization that I have a family that evening. In the hustle and bustle of each and every day, I lose sight of the bonds that tie us. My daughter Shoshana and her family of grandchildren Anthony, Jimmy and Penelope were there, as were Moses’ lifelong friends Darby and Noland, Eden his sister, Breanna her good friend, and Jewel and I. We BBQ’d some awesome steaks, with corn, salad and his favorite dessert from Scandia Bakery.

I am in a process of slowing down, of taking newfound time to see more clearly. I am a reactor type of personality, not open to reflection. I am so fortunate that life has a way of providing just what is needed. I have always known that I love my family but it’s different when you allow yourself to sink into the moments when that love is manifested around you. Once you open the door to love you are forever changed. The next months here in Sonoma are going to be very challenging. I am dedicated to not allowing gulfs of discontent to soil my newfound peace of mind. I will keep you all informed. 

The City of Sonoma has signed on with Sonoma Clean Power. It was a long process, but with patience we got a better deal. It’s far from being completely realized, but your council voted unanimously for it. Sonoma Clean Power will provide service to residents and businesses in three phases starting in 2014, with most customers in 2015 or 2016.  You will receive written notice in the mail at least 60 days before service is provided, and will have the option at that time to stay with Sonoma Clean Power or opt out and stay with PG&E.  The written notice will provide rate information and easy instructions for opting out, but you cannot opt out before you receive the enrollment letter.  The cost for opting out in the first four months is free.  After that, switching providers will incur a $5 charge for residential customers and a $25 charge for commercial customers. Here are the details of an upcoming forum at Sonoma Veterans Building: Monday July 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 126 First St. W. Geof Syphers, Sonoma Clean Power CEO, will present information on Sonoma Clean Power and will answeri questions from Sonoma’s residents and businesses. Please visit the Sonoma Clean Power website at for more information, including an event calendar.

Here is a message directly from my wife Jewel Mathieson: “New Opportunities — We are offering a special opening night orientation for those that are still considering taking the whole workshop on Thursday August 1 with Jonathan Horan from 7:30 to 10 p.m., $50.”Jewel will be offering her 5Rhythms WordDance workshop on Sunday August 4t from 10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn practical and magical techniques to inspire your writing practice, $45. For these two options contact Jewel directly at or call her at 707-480-5639. My wife is a world-class poet, dancer and teacher and lives right here in Sonoma. How cool is that?

 Avi Goldman and I are the co-hosts of “Que Pasa Sonoma” heard on KSVY 91.3 FM each Wednesday from 2to 3 p.m. We are hoping to enlist folks into a ‘name that show’ contest with multiple prizes included. The show’s mission is to play amazing music, Avi’s speciality, bring on interesting members of the community to talk about important issues facing all of us, and give a heads-up on the weekend too. Please contact me at  or 938-8623. You can call us on air at 933.9133. Hosts just want to have FUN!

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce had a Sonoma Stakeholders Series meeting with Congressman Mike Thompson as the featured speaker. Mr. Thompson has been a fellow politician that is a leading example for me on how to do this job right. My take away quote from that morning is his comment on Obama Care, “Being a woman is a pre- existing condition.” Amen for sure Sisters and Brothers. 

I’d like to close with a poem by Jewel Mathieson from “Connections — The Five Threads of Intuitive Wisdom’” by Gabrielle Roth.

directions to a poem

From Main Street
Its best to leave well before dawn
Weather permitting, drive into the storm
Cross the bridge where the hemlock grows wild
These roots make the best medicine
Don’t follow the track
Take the tunnel at the end of the light
Dig along fault lines
Press yourself between rocks and hard places
Wait for the undertow
When you think you’re lost, you’re there.

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