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Publishers' Corner: 12/15/2015

Blessed are the column writers

I was driving home the other night, thankfully not going too fast, when there in the headlights was a possum, determinedly but not swiftly crossing the road. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one alive until that moment, and thanks to our “Living With Wildlife” columnist Sharon Ponsford, I know that despite its rather creepy appearance (long snout, hairless tail), the possum is a gentle and beneficial member of our ecosystem. It was all in her Aug. 1, 2013, column about “The Awesome Opossum.”

Being a coffee drinker, I was happy to read in Cat Senet’s “Fitness For All of Us” column (Nov. 15) that my morning Joe contains polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. OK, so the article was really about tea, but still…

Every month George MacLeod finds something new to tell us about the life of a vineyard in “Journey To Harvest.” If not for him, I would know nothing of veraison, Brix, and terroir, and I wouldn’t understand the subtitle of his book of the same name, which reads, “How to Grow Great Grapes, Make Distinctive Wines & Live Forever.”

In “Understanding Your Relationship With Money,” Donna Colfer relayed the inspiring story of her Aunt Helen, a nun who was forced by circumstances beyond her control, to leave her order and become a teacher at the age of 50, and still managed to save for a comfortable retirement (Nov. 1, 2015). Donna consistently reminds us that financial security is within our grasp.

Last year Shannon Lee stepped up to the plate and took over the Glen Ellen column “Glen Ellen Telegram.” Now we know what’s going on at Dunbar School, the Glen Ellen Fire Department, the Glen Ellen Historical Society, and various and sundry locations and events around town.

Steve Albert always manages to make me feel guilty about the gardening chores I’m neglecting, through his comprehensive “Kenwood Garden Almanac.” But it’s easy to look for the nature alerts he points out, like December’s gorgeous Toyon berries and flowering Manzanita.

In a column that often points out the dysfunction of the average family, “Elderlaw Advocates” Len Tillem and Rosie McNichol try to steer us all away from the common pitfalls of estate planning, or the lack thereof, and they do it with an entertaining combination of cynicism and humor.

And Jim Shere’s thoughtful and wise counsel is especially comforting in times of national and international turmoil. This is especially true for his “Living Life Well” column in this issue of the paper (page 19).

We’re also the lucky recipients of the occasional “Local History Lesson” from Arthur Dawson, which reminds us that rowdy vacationers and fires of historic proportion are nothing new, and in this issue describes the almost mystical pull of Sonoma Mountain on people throughout the years (page 17).

The point is, our columnists do a great job of providing us with a wide variety of topics and information, and they do it with style and intelligence. And they make their deadlines!

We can’t thank you enough!

This is the last issue for the year, and we don’t publish a Jan. 1 issue of the Kenwood Press, so we will not be back in your mailbox until Jan. 15. In the meantime, Happy reading, and Happy Holidays!

– Ann and Alec

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