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also been incredibly fortunate to not have suffered incredi- ble loss in the most recent fires, can never, ever forget the terrible events. Cer- tainly, and quite incred- ibly, thanks


to the constantly amazing bravery of the first responders, and to the marvelous medical services carried out at St. Jo- seph Memorial Hospital, this latest round of fires claimed no lives. Everyone living here is profoundly grateful to each

by Ellie Schmidt of Santa Rosa, CA. ~

o one who lives in Santa Rosa since the horrible fires of 2017, and has

and every amazing responder. One can never clearly put

into words what the loss of one’s home means to those who have had that happen. Tey are the very brave souls who, when i n t e r v ie we d , manage to say: “It was only stuff. We are grateful we lived through the ordeal.” Now, that is the ultimate expres- sion of positive, hopeful thinking. ---During this sea- son of what seemed, for a long time, to be one of merriment and celebration, let us


sure every moment together with family and friends, and also, reflecting on that, with

donations to the genuine, es- tablished fund raising groups that


are helping who

and are always grateful for do- nations. Memories of special foods

play a part in each of our lives during the annual holidays, regardless of one’s partic- ular background. An ar- ticle recently claimed that only 29% of Amer- icans have ever traveled outside our country. Hmmm. Tat may ex- plain the fascination we have with many different ethnic foods that reflect countries with which we are

lost so m u c h

and shockingly had their lives so brutally upended. Te Sal- vation Army alone prepared and served thousands of meals

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not familiar. And there are so many new dishes described in immense detail in the mul- titude of magazines devoted to culinary arts. “Cooking in” is described these days as not only fun to do with family and friends, but, shrewdly, it saves money too! When my family and I moved

out of New York City, decades ago, we first moved to a college town in Pennsylvania, not too ...continued on page 27


Jokes & Humor # 2

A police officer stops a minivan full of elderly ladies being driven by an old gentleman because they’re only going 25 mph, stop- ping the mid-day traffic. The policeman asks the driver why is he going so slow.

“Well that’s the speed limit, isn’t it! There was a sign saying 25 and everything!” the driver defends himself. The policeman sighs, “No, sir, that’s the number of the highway you’re on. It has nothing to do with the speed limit.” -

“Oh, so that’s what it means…” says the driver, looking shocked.

The officer looks at the rest of the van and notices the ladies are looking some- what frozen and stiff. -

“What’s up with the ladies?” he asks the driver. -

“Um…” the driver scratches his head, “you see, we just got off highway 150…”

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