Guest Column

California Derangement Syndrome

Columnist: Keith Woods
Mar, 2019 Issue

Anyone from the North Bay who travels around the U.S. has probably experienced—like I have—a phenomenon in other states that I label as CDS: California Derangement Syndrome. Or, maybe “Anti-California-itis” is a more appropriate description.


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5 Tips For Better Fitness

Columnist: Deborah Myers
Mar, 2019 Issue

The body you live in wants to move. A regular exercise program can help you move with greater ease and feel more comfortable, but first you must commit to exercise. Get your mind and your body on the same page by adopting the following five healthy habits for better fitness.


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The Spirit of Sonoma County and Seeking Help After Trauma

Columnist: Debbie Mason
Feb, 2019 Issue

Though it’s been more than a year since the 2017 firestorm, we’re still recovering at some level. It’s important to remember that trauma affects our minds, bodies and spirits. Recovery from trauma takes personal commitment, strong intention and allowing the time needed to heal. We need to let our neighbors and family members know it’s okay to seek help. And, we need to be honest about seeking it ourselves, too. Money and time shouldn’t be barriers to taking care of your own mental health.


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A Lesson In Driving

Columnist: Keith Woods
Jan, 2019 Issue

Attention, please. The first meeting of the 2019 class of the IDNB—the Idiot Drivers of the North Bay—is now in session. It’s nice to see all of you here, though I’m a little surprised that some of you are still alive. Darwinism apparently isn’t what it used to be since I thought for sure you would have been killing each other off at a faster rate.


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How to Create a Drama-Free Work Zone

Columnist: Vicky Ness
Sep, 2018 Issue

Morale is down. Rumors are flying. Everyone seems to be unhappy, but nobody wants to step forward and talk about it. So how do you turn that around?

Begin with a more restorative approach to your workplace environment, based on attributes of inclusion, equity, mutual respect and personal accountability.


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Considering a Cannabis Business in the Regulated Marketplace

Columnist: Dan Beck
Sep, 2018 Issue

Legalization and the regulated market present an opportunity for existing cannabis businesses to emerge from the shadows, for new operators to enter the marketplace, and for a variety of professionals and ancillary business to serve the bourgeoning cannabis industry. While the cannabis industry faces an array of regulatory issues including permitting, licensing and compliance requirements, the field is wide open for those looking to get in on the ground floor. Here is an overview of current trends in the emerging market place, the future of banking for the industry, and the North Bay’s position of leadership in the industry.


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Stand Up Straight!

Columnist: Matthew Bernd, D.C.
Aug, 2018 Issue

Chances are when you were growing up, your mother reminded you to stand up straight. Turns out, she was right. The importance of posture as it relates to health and well-being can’t be overstated. In the short term, good posture contributes to a better appearance. Long term, good posture is beneficial to your health in ways you might not expect—from improving oxygen consumption to maintaining good strong bones.


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Teaching with Heart

Columnist: Jeffrey Scharfen
Jun, 2018 Issue

Growing up in a Marine Corps family during the ’50s and the ’60s, I attended six different elementary schools and three different high schools. By the time I graduated from Stuttgart American High School in Ludwigsburg, Germany, I was a disgruntled student, not very connected to the educational process, and certainly, not very connected to my teachers. The young “me” never could have imagined myself as a future teacher. And so, what a surprise, when I first left the practice of law and walked into a classroom filled with Cardinal Newman students. I felt as though my true self emerged. All those years after completing my secondary education, I’d never seriously entertained the thought of teaching.


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Helping Women Cross the Million Dollar Threshold

Columnist: Vicki DeArmon
Apr, 2018 Issue

A study of women-owned businesses conducted by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board last year, revealed that 90 percent of these businesses listed the firm’s proprietor as the sole employee. While many of these business owners are content to maintain their business at this level, others are looking to grow.


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The Wine Label and Your Finances

Columnist: Monty & Sara Preiser
Mar, 2018 Issue

Picture a leisurely trip to the wine store to purchase a bottle of WXYZ Zinfandel. Your clerk says he would be happy to get it for you, but asks whether you prefer the entry level, the Estate, a Reserve, or an Old Vines. Since the price of each category is higher than the last, your simple trip to buy a bottle for burger night is no longer so easy. Should you pay the extra money? Is each wine truly better than the one named before? And, maybe the most important question, “Even if each bottle is somewhat better, is the more expensive one worth the price differential?”


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Guest Column: Ease Chronic Pain Just Om

Columnist: Lorraine Alexander
Feb, 2018 Issue

If you think chronic pain is rare, think again. According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, at the cost of about $600 billion a year. Chronic pain is near epidemic proportion across the U.S.


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New Adventures in Wine Country

As each new generation of tourists arrived, they sought out wineries that offered something different from a standard tasting at the bar. Along the way, cave tours and blending seminars were offered...

Beyond The Bottle

Fine wine comes with certain expectations, and finding it in a bottle with a natural cork and an attractive label is likely to be close to the top of the list. Bottled wine undoubtedly has a certain...

Small Wonders

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