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disadvantaged youth and young adults.” Donations make their work possible. Contact them at 707-838-6641. Tey are a Cali- fornia Landscaping Contract li- censed organization. Teir young people work in Watershed Res- toration, Invasive Plant Removal, Fire Fuels Management, and Ecological Landscaping. An “atti- tude of gratitude” will be greatly appreciated by giving them con- tract opportunities to show their learned skills. My attitude of gratitude includes

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), the pub- lic

electricity provider for

Sonoma and Mendocino coun- ties, was selected as a winner of the 2019 Best Places to Work in the North Bay. This year, the North Bay

Business Journal recognized 109 companies


Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties that have been affirmed by their em- ployees as exemplary work- places.

Despite still being a rela- tively new agency, the not-for- profit has been able to more than double its staff and grow an impressive list of accom- plishments since first launch- ing in 2014. “We started with a bare-bones office and staff, and in five short years have built a team of amazing, tal- ented and brilliant people that keep providing service to our communities and battling cli- mate change as top priorities,” says CEO Geof Syphers. While SCP’s main goal is to provide more affordable and cleaner electricity services to

residents and businesses, the first-time winner also ded- icates a large portion of its resources to finding ways to give back and reinvest in the communities that it serves. In addition to their Commu- nity Outreach Program, which includes sponsorships, speak- ing

invitations, participation

at events, local board appoint- ments, and donations to local groups and causes, all SCP employees receive four hours per month to volunteer at a nonprofit of their choice. SCP’s culture of commu- nity investment further car- ries over to how the agency supports its staff. Employees receive tuition and textbook reimbursement,

a wellness

benefit, life-event leave, cat- astrophic event time-sharing, personal and professional de- velopment opportunities, and team building activities.

To stay informed of future job openings at the agency, interested persons can visit job-opportunities.

Happiness does not come from football awards. It's terrible to correlate happiness with football. Happiness comes from a good job, being able to feed your wife and kids. I don't dream football, I dream the American dream - two cars in a garage, & to be a happy father. Barry Sanders

love of music. A recent televised “Te Daughter of the Regiment” by Leo Delibes, was broadcast by PBS from the NYC Met Opera. An extremely talented, young cast included Pretty Yende, who proves how athletic as well as mu- sical those hard-working singers have to be. Another stellar PBS series titled “Now Hear Tis” is a dream come true for Scott Yoo, a brilliant violinist. He has pro- duced a dazzling combo of travel and great musical performances around the world. Exceptional.

During my academic past, many decades ago, I wrote a series of articles about notably talented American Indian

artists who

gathered at a market held at the University in Boulder, Colorado one summer. Over 400 artists, from 120 different tribes from North America, even from Nome, Alaska. A kind thank-you from a group of chiefs included two of Chief Dan George’s poems. Now- adays these express my ancient deep sense of attitude of gratitude too. Chief Dan George was of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, a Coast Salish band located on Burrard Inlet, North Vancouver, British Columbia. An author, musician, poet, even an actor in Hollywood films, when young, he held jobs as a longshoreman, construction worker, and school bus driver. His clear, deep voice added to his impression of wisdom. “May the stars carry away your sadness. May the flowers fill your heart

with beauty. May hope forever wipe away your tears.” --And, his best known poem,

...continued from page 4 “My Heart Soars”

“Te beauty of the trees, Te soſtness of the air,

Te fragrance of the grass, Speaks to me,

Te summit of the mountains, Te thunder of the sky, Te rhythm of the sea, Speaks to me.

Te faintness of the stars,

Te freshness of the morning, Te dew drop on the flower, Speaks to me.

Te strength of fire, Te taste of salmon, Te trail of the sun,

And the life that never goes away,

Tey speak to me, And my heart soars.”

Tis is my 75th column for Upbeat Times:

“Happy Tanksgiving” to you and all you love!

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