Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

Blessings and bagels

In my nightly prayers I bless the fact that here in Sonoma Valley we have the resources and volunteers to create a safety net for our citizens. Please take the time to Google these groups and learn who they are and who they serve. It can be crucial information to help yourself, a family member, a friend and neighbor. Get involved and serve. My apologies if I left any group off this list.

Blessings on those that feed the hungry: Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH); Meals on Wheels; and The Brown Baggers. Blessings on those that shelter the homeless: Sonoma Overnight Support; and FISH. Blessings on those that care for the sick: Sonoma Valley Hospital, and the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center.

Loved this quote: “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” — Virginia Woolf

This Sunday is Homegrown Baking Company Day in Sonoma. Recently the City of Sonoma gave a proclamation to Homegrown for its 35 years of continuous service to our community. Having grown up in New York City, I know fine bagels and at the Bagel Shop, 201 West Napa Street #21 (Sonoma Market Place) they serve up the best. A side note: each and every one of my children survived teething by gnawing on a bagel. Come and join the staff of the Bagel Shop this Sunday, September 1 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. I will read the proclamation at noon. See you there. 
The Sonoma Valley Economic Development Partnership is conducting an online survey of local businesses to get input about how they are faring, how they view the local business climate, and how they are affected by a variety of issues facing business owners. The survey includes 20 multiple-choice questions and is designed to take only about 10 minutes to complete, but also has plenty of “comment” areas for additional input.

The online survey has been emailed to Chamber members and is also available to all Valley businesses through links at and at Results of the business survey will be presented at the seventh annual “Tops in Sonoma” business breakfast forum on September 26.

Save the date: Thursday, September 5 is the next in the Fresh Summer Nights Series in Sonoma, this week benefiting Sonoma Overnight Support. Please come by, say hello and enjoy a great dinner and support SOS at the same time. No reservations needed. The General’s Daughter is located at 400 West Spain Street. For more information go to

A wonderful way to serve our community is to become a member of one of the City of Sonoma’s commissions, boards and committees. Here is the current list brought to us all by our stellar City Clerk, Gay Johann. The City of Sonoma is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Design Review Commission, the Community Services & Environment Commission, and the Traffic Safety Committee. Interested citizens may apply by submitting an application form to the City Clerk.  Application forms are available at City Hall or may be downloaded from the City’s website, Ms. Johann can be reached at 707.933,2216. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Thursday September 5, 2013.  

I am rereading ‘Being a Buddha on Broadway: Access the Power of Your Naturally Peaceful Mind’ by Sonoma resident Bertram ‘Bert’ W. Salzman. At age 50, while at the height of his career in film and television as an Academy Award-winning director, Bert abandoned Broadway and Hollywood to live in a small cottage in the French countryside, spending his time in deep contemplation and meditative inquiry. This book is a truly practical guide to help us reclaim our own spiritual essence. More information can be found at From the book: “There’s a joke about an old New York street fiddler who’s approached by a tourist and asked, ‘How do I get to Carnegie Hall?’ ‘Practice,’ the fiddler replies.” Just one of multiple truths to be found in this book. 

A special Happy Birthday to my wife Jewel and eldest daughter Chandra. Love those Virgos!

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