My new favorite place to run

Helen PutnamMy new favorite place to run

A jackrabbit, snake, lots of geckos, a horse and a parrot. My Friday morning run through Helen Putnam was as beautiful as always. Only 3 miles or so, but lots of verticals, and an interesting assortment of wildlife!

It was a perfect way to start the weekend, and a great warm-up for our long hike at Mt. Tam on Saturday.

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Sundays With Terry–It’s All About Local

Sunday breakfast is all about the ritual of exploring Kansas City neighborhoods and finding local restaurants, coffee shops and cafes. There is something truly special about finding one-of-a-kind places to eat. It supports the local economy and gives us the opportunity to really savor the tastes of Kansas City. In recent weeks, we have visited a variety of fascinating coffee shops that are worth a second visit:

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YY’s is within walking distance of the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, but miles apart in attitude. It is a “dive” in the best sense.  The food is good, the maple syrup is real, and the few customers who fit in the confined space  seem to represent a microcosm of Kansas City.

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The Roasterie in Brookside is “Bean Baron” Danny O’Neill’s coffee shop that features his own locally roasted coffees, and a wonderful assortment of rolls, croissants and even desserts.  It is wonderfully suited to the charm of neighborhood near our home.  Danny travels the world in search of great coffee beans and has worked hard to perfect the art of fine coffee.

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Hi Hat focuses on the Pembroke Hill School crowd.  Parents drop by Hi Hat after dropping their kids off at school.  Students visit the coffee shop before and after school.  Too small to have much room inside for customers, except in the coldest weather there are often people gathered on the tiny front porch visiting and enjoying coffees, frozen drinks and muffins or rolls.

We have so many great places to explore here in Kansas City. It’s not only important to support our local businesses, but it’s just so much fun!

Sebastopol, CA to require solar power on new homes, buildings

What a cool idea. Solar panels on top of each and every newly constructed home or building! I recently had a discussion with some cohorts here in Petaluma about how great it would be if people would just start using all the rooftops in the city to generate power using solar panels. Well, sounds like Sebastopol has the same idea.

As I read in the Press Democrat’s online article from May 8th [1], Sebastopol City Council recently voted unanimously to require solar power systems on new homes and commercial buildings. Sebastopol is now the second city to make such a move, following Lancaster, CA, which is located in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Nice work, Sebastopol. I’m sure there will be a number of details to work out moving forward, but I’m excited about the idea of using alternative energy in Sonoma County.

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[1] Story covered by Staff Writer Guy Kovner of the Press Democrat. You can go to the website at www.pressdemocrat.com and search under the “Politics” section. Or click on the hyperlink in the body of this post above to go to Kovner’s article.

(Photo courtesy Wiki Commons)