No Date: Memo from the “California Farmer”

From the California Farmer – Pacific Rural Press and California Cultivator

83 Stevenson Street

San Francisco 5, California

95th Year

To All District Managers of the California Farmer:

The Number One problem of California is water.

That’s why the California Farmer devotes so much time to the Reber Plan, and why I served as president of the non-profit corporation which boosts the Reber Plan.

We are wasting more good, fresh Central Valley through the Golden Gate each year than would be required to refill the underground and supply all the surface water needs in the State.

Briefly, the Reber Plan would build two wide earthen dams across San Francisco Bay and create two great fresh water lakes in the north and south portions of the Bay, connected by a ship channel. This would do away with the present wastage of fresh water to push back salt water.

This folder [note: I don’t have “the folder.] is an attempt to tell briefly a story which we keep up to date through the columns of the California Farmer. 

I wish you would carry this to our friends as you visit them. It’s the Number One item in their future.

Very Sincerely,

John E. Pickett

California Farmer

California’s Oldest and Largest Farm Paper

Roy’s Peaches

Thanks Silvia for “Roy’s Peaches”–Do you think the re-sizing is too small? Hi June,

The photo of peaches looks great; thank you for posting – I showed it to Roy. He liked it as well.

I think grief comes in waves and that things get very wobbly once in a while. I don’t think there’s anything to be done. It’s a ‘riot in the heart; nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture’ according to William Shakespeare.

Take refuge in your art, your writing, your garden and people you trust. You’ll be better.


Memorial Day: Here’s the Mourner’s Bill of Rights

This is a wonderful handout I received from “Mission Hospice”

As a bereaved person, you have certain rights that others must not take away from you. In fact, it is the very upholding of these rights that makes healing possible.

1. You have the right to experience your own unique grief.

No one else will grieve in exactly the same way you do. Don’t allow others to tell you what you should or should not be feeling..

2. You have the right to talk about your grief.

Talking about your grief will help you heal. Seek out others who will allow you to talk as much as you want, as often as you want, about your grief.

3. You have the right to feel a multitude of emotions.

Confusion, disorientation, fear, guilt and relief are just a few of the emotions you might feel as part of your grief journey. Know that there is no such thing as a “wrong” emotion. Accept your feelings and find listeners who will do the same.

4. You have the right to be tolerant of your physical and emotional limits.

Your feelings of loss and sadness will probably leave you fatigued. Respect what your body and mind are telling you. Get daily rest; eat balanced meals. And don’t allow others to push you into doing things you don’t feel ready to do.

5. You have the right to experience grief “attacks.”

Sometimes, out of nowhere, a powerful surge of grief may overcome you. This can be frightening, but is normal and natural. Find someone who understands and will let you talk it out.

6. You have the right to make use of ritual.

The funeral ritual provides you with the support of caring people. More important, it supportively sees you off on your painful but necessary grief journey. Later rituals, such as lighting a candle for the person who died, can also be healing touchstones. If others tell you that rituals such as these are silly or unnecessary, don’t listen.

7. You have the right to embrace your spirituality.

If faith is a part of your life, express it in way that seem appropriate to you. Allow yourself to be around people who understand and support your religious beliefs. If you feel angry at God, find someone to talk with who won’t be critical of your feelings of hurt and abandonment.

8. You have the right to search for meaning.

You may find yourself asking, “Why did he or she die? Why this way? Why now?” Some of your questions may have answers, but some may not. And watch out for the cliched responses some people may give you. Comments like, “It was God’s will,” or “Think of what you have to be thankful for” are not helpful and you do not have to accept them.

9. You have the right to treasure your memories.

Memories are some of the best legacies that exist after the death of someone you loved. You will always remember. Instead of ignoring your memories, find creative ways to embrace them.

10. You have the right to move toward your grief and heal.

Reconciling your grief will not happen quickly. Remember, grief is a process, not an event. Be patient and tolerant with yourself. You and those around you  must remember that the death of someone you loved  changes your life forever.


Image Makers Deb & Michael Wong had to turn down dinner at Sushi Main Street,

a wonderful invitation from dear friends Mel and Lettie Domatz-


[Image below: Deb with Michael Wong]

Let’s let Deb Wong explain:

“…Attached is a pic of our friends Letty & Mel Dolmatz.  They are in their 80s now (Mel is 87), energetic and sharp.  We know them from our membership in the Coastal Arts League (I am the secretary for CAL).  They talked about when they met JFK, RFK, and Teddy Kennedy back in the ’60s…among other political luminaries.  They have old photos that they took of the Kennedys.  I could only counter that with my meeting with Hillary Clinton at a Democratic function in Redwood City back in 1992 (no photos -drat!), where I spent my time talking (mostly) to Ira Ruskin, and feasting on the table tidbits.   I was one of the “Friends of Hillary Clinton”, and we had a banner saying that, when she arrived (briefly – she was touching base with many California towns stumping for her hubby). I was embarrassed as hell when the banner rolled out that read: “FREINDS OF HILLARY CLINTON”.  At least it didn’t say “FIENDS of…”   I didn’t make the banner. At least the cake had it spelled right.

“Anyway, Letty & Mel invited us out to dinner at Sushi Main Street, but we were both too pooped to go.  We really have been working hard. My feet swell up at the end of the day, and my shoes get stuck on my feet. Michael gets worn out, and just wants to go home to take a nap.  So, when we had to turn down their offer because it had been a “…long day”, Mel & Letty looked at us “children” pityingly, and waltzed – walked down Main street together, while we creakily poured ourselves into our van to go home.”
Michael and Deb Wong are having their Grand Opening for Spring Mountain Gallery next Saturday, the 30th of May at 2 pm on Main Street. (I’ll get the address later.) We wish them great success!

Robert Church: Local Popular Guitar Teacher is also half of “Me and Robert”

Please check out Robert Church and vocalist Betsy White, click here

[Images below: Robert Church; Robert with “Me”, the pretty vocalist Betsy White]

“Me and Robert’ play at the San Gregorio Store, Camerons, everywhere on the Coastside. I personally know Robert.  Burt liked him a lot, too. When Robert’s not teaching his roster of students, or appearing with Betsy at his gigs,  he works on “sick” computers. Like mine.  



To hear Betsy’s one- minute audition, please click here

The old Catholic Church

Here are views of the old Catholic Church, which stood at the west end of Mill Street, across the way from today’s Mill Rose Bed and Breakfast. The Mill Rose B & B is one of the beautiful places to stay in Half Moon Bay, with exquisite landscaping cared for by the owners, Eve and Terry Baldwin. When you visit their website, you will enjoy what I am talking about—-the natural beauty of this special inn.


(Image below. I think it was in the 1950s that architectural change came to Half Moon Bay. Here is the new church that replaced the old one beloved by the locals.]



Again, I remain amazed at what business people do for us here on the Coastside, their appreciation of where we live—and then adding to that beauty with their generous gifts such as the Mill Rose and many, many other places. Thank you to the Baldwins of the Mill Rose Inn.

I was here when they began their large project of remodeling a small home into what it is today. What work and dedication that took.  To view their website, please click here


Below, are two photos of the old Catholic Church which has been replaced by a more modern, but in my opinion, not as attractive architecturally.