November 2017 Upbeat Times
PROUD & Thankful!
November 2017 Upbeat Times

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ I’m not sure where to start...but here goes. I’m deeply saddened and affected for all of those people I personally know as well as those I’ve never met who have had to go through the major challenge that had moved through our Northern California communities in early October. In fact, there is really nothing I can say, except that not a couple of hours after it all began I heard a frantic pounding at my door around 4 am alerting my family to what was transpiring. I'm already thankful and proud of my community but this brought that proudness up a hundredfold.   Everyone on my street was out, helping others to alert them to a catastrophe unfolding to the north of us, less than three miles away. In almost total darkness a sky as red as a sunset and sounds of explosions and more. I wasn’t even sure what I was witnessing...then neighbors explained. I was shocked and stunned to be honest...and I was afraid.

   I am so thankful I was alerted and that people helped everyone immediately...not even 5 hours into the disaster and my neighbors from India went and bought over 100 pizzas to bring to Elsie Allen High School, one of the many shelters…More

October 2017 Upbeat Times
Sonoma County's October 2017 Upbeat Times

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Did anyone see where the year has gone...by chance? I’ve been searching incessantly for the entire month of September. Well, just before I began the October issue of this paper, I found it! Eureka!

   Who invented time? Wikipedia says, “A large variety of devices have been invented to measure time. The study of these devices is called horology. An Egyptian device that dates to c.1500 BC, similar in shape to a bent T-square, measured the passage of time from the shadow cast by its crossbar on a nonlinear rule.” Excuse me?

   I personally have a T-square at home and it measures in inches. I’ve looked for ‘time’ on it, but to no avail. But, it is interesting, when I use it to measure things...I look up and 10 minutes has gone by! Yep, that’s where it goes. In fact, I saw time fly by the other day as I cleaned the house and vacuumed and washed the dishes and finished working on my kitchen. In fact, days went by and then into weeks.

   The reason I’m....More

September 2017 Upbeat Times
Sept 2017 Upbeat Times is Good News!

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ When you see this circle with the DL, it means that there’s a direct link to the story and or contact information when you read the paper online with your computer or ‘smart’ tablet.

   It’s funny because although I use technology for running my paper, I generally still like to read stuff printed on real paper. I like the feel, the ability to set it down and pick it up without having to charge it! My wife gave me a Barnes and Noble  ‘Nook’ device that’s pretty cool, but a paper novel is novel in itself these days!

    In the next couple of months we are publishing a series of Fall & Holiday Guides that have so much to offer! As usual I will also publish for free, any FREE event you or someone you know is having. You may have a 10-word headline max, and up to 50 words maximum. I normally charge $65 for this, but as a gift back to all of our readers I will offer this gift, one per person, as a thank you!.The only rule is: It must be a free event!     Being a publisher of an all positive paper has many wonderful
attributes. Most of the time this paper runs like a finely tuned machine. Sometimes people will call to..
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August 2017 Upbeat Times
August 2017 Upbeat Times

There was a full team on the field at AT&T Park recently with nine kids from under served neighborhoods across the Santa Rosa region, who got a once in a lifetime chance to play in the big leagues with the San Francisco Giants.  This special occasion on the AT&T ball field was made possible through a program called “Kids Take the Field” with Bank of America and Valley of the Moon Children’s Foundation – an organization that helps create a safe haven for children in need by providing support and educational services. Giants players like Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik joined the junior league players, who received autographed baseballs as well as tickets to attend future......More Here!

July 2017 Upbeat Times
July 2017 Upbeat Times
Santa Rosa, CA. ~ My lungs were being used at full capacity when I  finally ascended Half Dome in Yosemite, California, mid-June of 2017.  Gripping the cables with an iron fist, the last 400 feet tested my exhausted legs, but my will and arms were strong. Nine hours into the hike that began at five a.m. from the 4000 foot base of Yosemite Valley, I finally reached the peak of Half Dome(I woke up at  three a.m. just to get there before the crowds). My legs felt like I had tied lead bricks to them just above my calves and I was only two miles into the hike from the base of Yosemite Valley. My leg muscles were beginning to question what it was I was doing. In 1984, I had backpacked up.....More here!
June 2017 Upbeat Times
Good News June 2017
June 2017 Upbeat Times

Santa Rosa, CA. ~
After 19 years of publishing the Upbeat Times, I have to admit that I’ve found quite a few good usages  for the paper other than reading. Each month, I’m lucky if I get 10-100 returns/left-over copies(and sometimes a few more if they are buried by other local papers, which happens often) from over 1000 distribution locations here in Sonoma County. But, when I do get the returns, I know they go to a good place for sure. One of them is Mel’s Fish & Chips on Hopper Ave in Santa Rosa. Each month we bring a box or more and they use the paper to keep the fish and chips very hot!

   The other day, in my harried state, I left a few  ‘New’ bundles near the back tire of my car. I was going to put them in my trunk later in the morning for restock purposes. Of course I forgot about them. So, when it...More