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Sonoma County, CA. ~ “I love it, I love it,” squeals a pretty dancer wriggling across the tv screen to- ward her new car, seem- ingly thrilled to promote an updated auto line.


competition among auto comp anies these days! How oſten do

we use the word “love”---and re- ally mean it? Tere are, no doubt, as many answers to that question as there are human beings on this globe. “It depends…” might be the beginning of a safe response. In addition to breathing, swal-

lowing sufficient water to please the powers that be that I won’t be “dehydrated,” eating enough, but

being aware of “the dangers of sugar and salt,” having a roof over my Einstein-hairdo head, I need to admit that I probably could not survive without hearing all the kinds of music “I love.” And, I re- ally mean: “love.” Lullabies sung by my mother’s

warm and tender voice still echo beautifully in my memory bank. Too oſten, I am told, my parents thought I was a “goner” because of the many illnesses I had dur- ing childhood. How could I ever forget the soſt nightlight glowing with my mom singing very soſtly and my dad gently strumming his old mandolin, also providing a fine low baritone backup, in their effort to help me get some snoozing in spite of high fever. Teir loving music making was the magic cure, always. Fairy tales, folk tales and myths

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LOVE…“A Bushel and a Peck” by Ellie Schmidt of Santa Rosa, CA.~

fed my childhood imagination and real love of world literature. Since my folks were fans of opera, it was an adventure of discov- ery, at age nine, to go along with them to expe- rience a Met Opera per- formance of “Der Rosen- kavalier” (Te Rose-Bearer) by Rich- ard Strauss. Along with “Te Barber of Seville” by Giacomo Rossini, these two are the operas I most love.


oodle ooh doo/ A doodle oodle oodle ooh doo.” (A bushel is 32 dry quarts, equal to 4 pecks.) But, the loving folks hugging their kids and grandkids know it is way more than that.

love of mu- sic,

wide, is love of


chocolate. yourself

a favor, if you aren’t on the list for King Arthur Flour c a t alogues from River tion,

White Junc- Ver-

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back, I have to laugh, when I re- alize how all of the librettos I studied are really about all kinds of love, liberally laced with com- plications of yearning, happiness, sometimes jealousy, deception, danger and hatred, and oſten downright goofiness. Really not too different from all sorts of other love songs in many popular forms. Seems many young people of

today even recall, with a lot of nostalgia, their grandparents’ fondness to sing to them an ex- tremely popular song recorded by a “crooner,” Perry Como and a musical theater star Betty Hutton, in 1950: “A Bushel and a Peck,” written by Frank Loesser. It was first featured in Loesser’s musical on Broadway: “Guys and Dolls.” Juke boxes and jitterbug dancing, even a 2017 State Farm insurance ad “loved” that song. You can hear a couple of scratchy versions of “I love you a bushel and a peck/ a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck/ A hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap/ A barrel and a heap and I’m talkin’ in my sleep…/ About you, about you/ You bet your purdy neck I do/ A doodle

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you’re out.

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are a lot of warm-hearted, very hard-working folks that deserve a true, shout-out of loving thanks for their patience, smiles, and genuine help.

Petite Lory, usu-

ally busy at the Deli Counter of Safeway at 4th Street, and her colleagues, Brett and tall Sean, and Kenny Prosser, mgr. make the grind of shopping a pleasure. Newly organized, Valley Heat-

ing has a fine mgr: Craig, who sent out our newest hero: Eric Haas, who restored heat to our freezing fingers right at Christ- mastime! Uniquely capable Is- rael is remarkably knowledgeable and helpful at the Operations Aviation Center location of Ex- change Bank. For all things technical, our and you’ll

expert to turn to,

be happy you do too, is Chris ...continued on page 27

I have many valentines. My mom and my sister and my directors. I got calls from all of them. And my friends. I respect what Valentine's Day stands for because it is about love. Michelle Trachtenberg

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness. ~ Henry David Thoreau

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Weird Facts & Trivia - 2

When raindrops fall on clay or dusty soils, they trap small air bubbles on the surface which raise upward and burst out of the droplet. This then produces pockets of scent into the air where they are then carried by wind. This is what causes the familiar smell of rain, which is called ‘Petrichor’.

Mawsynram in the Maghalaya State of India takes the title for the wettest place in the world. Receiving an astonishing average of 471 inches of rainfall every year - which compared to the UK’s 45 inch average, is quite large.

Rain consists of sulfuric acid or methane, which can also be found on other planets in the solar system.

Dueling is legal is Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

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