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UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • July 2018 • 3

Upbeat Times Writers Honored!! E

by Paul Andrew Doyle of Santa Rosa, CA•

xcellence arrives in many forms in life, but excellence over a period

of time is rare but common in Upbeat Times. In celebration of the Fourth of July, our 242 year as United States of America, I give a huge thanks to all the members of the Upbeat Times writing team and those that deliver the paper to over 1000 locations throughout Sonoma County. But first and foremost, the writers, who month aſter month write a column about a topic they really cherish and enjoy to write about. In a few past issues I acknowledged a few of my mentors, but there are of course many more peo- ple who have played a role. I was attempting to figure out what to do for everyone who has been there for the Upbeat Times and I’m getting closer to figuring it out.

In no

particular order and amount of time they have writ- ten for me, some of them

over 8 years, I start with Marcia Singer who, with her enormous experience in music & life ex- perience brings us, In A Word, a column of dialogue using var- ious words from the dictionary as a subject of philosophical reflection in the form of ‘Q’s” and “A’s”. Her quest for a never- ending un- derstanding of life is in- spiring. Next, we

have Joanne Mumola Williams (Health

Begins in

the Kitchen) who contacted us many years ago asking if she could contribute recipe’s to the paper focusing on healthy veg- etarian style cooking. She adds

Gluten free recipes that can help many who are alergic to many products. I have person- ally tried her recipie’s and they are really spectacular in flavor! I highly recommend reading her column. It is very detailed and filled with her personal favorites.


Schmidt, “Just Chillin” is an awesome his- torian! Having been raised by a father who cooked end- lessly and worked at the Fairmont Hotel in New York as a chef, she brings Upbeat Times readers a plethora of random history all tied into her headlines she craſtily creates to fit her subject matter, much of it around food and celebra- tions. At nearly 90 years old she is a total kid at heart and a good friend of mine and a jewel of knowledge and kindness!


spoken about Gabe Fraire before,

but him and I go way back

to the

1980’s where he was the editor & I the advertising manager of the Windsor Times in Windsor, CA. He writes about his kids exclusively for Upbeat Times and has a great sense of humor, especially when it comes to the human condition. He is a great man and really has always been there for me and happens to be a wonder- ful conver- sationalist!

In addition he has over 10 books in print! Ron Skaar

is a former chef of the

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” ~ Benjamin Spock UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • July 2018 • 3

Luther Burbank Center and ran his own catering company in the Bay Area and had over 40 employees at one time. He lived in Cloverdale for many years and now lives in Min- nesota where he continues his awesome contributions to the paper as well as furthering his culinary expertise! I met Fish


while do- ing a story on


and how to choose the best golf ac- cessories for the game. I went to a local golf Shop, the Golf Mart on Santa Rosa Ave- nue where Jim gave me sugges- tions on what would be the best fitting club for any individual. We struck up a conversation

and it turns out, he is a golf in- structor and golf PRO at Fox- tail Golf Club in Rohnert Park. He writes the column Golf 101 sharing great philosophies and tips to make the game even more enjoyable. He is also my golf coach and comes highly recommended! Great Guy & Great instructor! Former

owner of Piz- za


in Santa Rosa is my good friend Bar- ry


who has been with Upbeat from nearly the beginning. He writes the column, Te Mort- gage Coach and he is definitely a knowledgeable person who can help you with the latest trends in the mortgage indus- ... continued on page 20

First Humor

This dog, is dog, a dog, good dog, way dog, to dog, keep dog, an dog, individual, dog, busy dog, for dog, 20 dog, seconds dog! … Now read without the word dog. ~

I was working recently in London -- what a thrill, yeah. But I wasn’t used to their money, though, ‘cause I bought this really decadent box of chocolates -- the cashier said, ‘That’ll be 10 pounds.’ I’m like, ‘Rub it in, why don’t you?’


I don’t like when I ask someone for directions and they give me imaginary increments of distance. Like, ‘Oh yeah, it’s just a hop and a skip.’


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