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UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • November 2017 • 7 Let The Green Return! by Kimberly Childers • kimberlychilders@att.net


Santa Rosa, CA. ~ There are no words to say. I am hoping gardens are still growing and heal- ing scarred Earth, grey ash covered neighborhoods are almost ghost-like. It is still very surreal! We are all so saddened by the multitudes of losses. Our county re- mains resilient, everyone reaching out to the displaced communities. We have no choice but to move forward amidst the ashes. There is a Phoenix rising, picking up the pieces of our lives and losses, reconnecting with this amazing community. Give thanks! Maybe it’s time to take a yoga class, a picnic on the beach breathing in the salty, fresh sea air. It’s time to visit Luther Burbank Gardens, sipping organic green tea on thick wooden benches, verdant life all around you. Sigh! Drink more water to help purify the body and flush out the toxins.


Local businesses are


counting on you to support them now. Check out plants at nurseries, put up a birdfeeder welcoming the wildness back into our remaining gardens and yards. Share your gar- den harvests with the community


and just ‘be there’ for someone in need of a friend and lend a compas- sionate ear. If you still have a gar- den, a house, a life to reassemble, know that everyone around you is working toward the same goal, to rebuild, recharge and start again.


town and in your own neighbor- hoods, start a compost bin and uti- lize the resources you have avail- able.


Of course there are plants that


colonize after a devastating fire. Fireweed Chamerion angustifo- lium is one such plant. Member of the willow- herb family or evening primrose family it is a large collection of 200 species worldwide. Four, six and up to nine feet tall fireweed produces pink-purple flowers, narrow ed- ible leaves and young shoots making it an important wild food. One plant can produce 80,000 seeds trans- ported by fluffy fibrous parachutes everywhere. Amazing! They can be aggressive in the gar- den so keep an eye on them. In time the Earth heals in many ways so I am imagining a wild meadow full of bloom- ing fireweed, growing quickly, blooming from June until October at- tracting pollinators of


We have food and shelter and car- ing people everywhere to help. Smoke has cleared at long last and quenching rains are starting to fall on the recovering land. Let the re-greening begin and look for activities to get involved in around


all kinds! You decide?! From what I’ve read it’s actu- ally better NOT to seed burned hillsides etc. because native plants will begin to grow deeper rooted and more varied than non-native grass seed, however seeds of native


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A Sonoma County Tradition! “Turkey always and turkey all ways!”


plants and wildflowers will grow to be very diverse collection. Weedy, non-native grassland when mature will burn very, very fast!


Seed-


ing with these grasses after a rag- ing fire can actually cause erosion. Gasp! Studies have shown that when extensive fires have passed, native plants will be the first come up and grow.


It’s Mother Nature’s ... continued on page 31 JOKES & Humor # 3


Two windmills are standing in a field. One asks the other, “What kind of music do you like?” The other one says, “I’m a big metal fan.” ~


A man showed up for a duel armed only with a pencil and paper.


He then proceeded to draw his weapon.


BUYING U.S. GOLD COINS


$1.00 GOLD...............................................................$140.00 & up $2.50 GOLD...............................................................$190.00 & up $3.00 GOLD...............................................................$550.00 & up $5.00 GOLD...............................................................$260.00 & up $10.00 GOLD.............................................................$520.00 & up $20.00 GOLD..........................................................$1,150.00 & up $50.00 GOLD 1851 to 1855..................................$10,000.00 & up


BUYING


SILVER DIMES 1964 & Before...................................... $1.12 & up SILVER QUARTERS 1964 & Before..............................$2.80 & up SILVER HALF 1964 & Before.........................................$5.60 & up SILVER HALF 1965 to 1970...........................................$1.58 & up SILVER DOLLAR 1878 to 1904....................................$17.00 & up SILVER DOLLAR 1921 to 1935....................................$13.00 & up


HALF CENTS 1793-1857 LARGE CENTS 1793-1857


BUYING – OLDER U.S. COINS –BUYING DIMES 1796-1891


$30.00 & up $10.00 & up


FLYING EAGLE CENTS 1856-1858 $12.00 & up TWO & THREE CENTS 1851-1889 HALF DIMES 1794-1873


SHIELD NICKELS 1866-1883 LIBERTY NICKELS 1883-1913 . BUFFALO NICKELS 1913-1938


$7.00 & up $7.00 & up $8.00 & up .40 & up .25 & up


TWENTY CENTS 1875-1878 QUARTERS 1796-1891


HALF DOLLARS 1794-1839 HALF DOLLARS 1839-1891 DOLLARS 1794-1804


TRADE DOLLARS 1873-1885


$7.00 & up $55.00 & up $11.00 & up $30.00 & up $14.00 & up $700.00 & up $45.00 & up


SEATED DOLLARS 1840-1873 $150.00 & up


Williebird’s Restaurant 1150 Santa Rosa Ave


Santa Rosa • 707-542-0861


Restaurant Hours: Monday - Saturday 7:00AM - 9:00PM Sunday 7:00AM - 8:00PM


Williebird’s Retail Store 5350 HWY 12,


Santa Rosa • 707-545-2832 “Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.” ~ Margaret Mitchell UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • November 2017 • 7


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