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625 God, grant me the wisdom to remember that I'm not you. (Secret Santa too)

Day 625 Wednesday, December 1, 2021

God, grant me the wisdom to remember that I'm not you

The New Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change,

which is pretty much everyone,

since I'm clearly not you, God. At least not the last time I checked.

And while you're at it, God,

please give me the courage to change what I need to change about myself, which is frankly a lot,

since, once again, I'm not you, which means I'm not perfect.

It's better for me to focus on changing myself than to worry about changing other people, who, as you'll no doubt remember me saying,

I can't change anyway.

Finally, give me the wisdom to just shut up

whenever I think that I'm clearly smarter than everyone else in the room,

that no one knows what they're talking about except me,

or that I alone have all the answers.

Basically, God, grant me the wisdom to remember that I'm not you. Amen


First Saturday Creek Cleanup is BACK!

We look forward to joining again as a community for a cleanup of Santa Rosa Creek along the Prince Memorial Greenway. Traditionally, before the onset of the pandemic, neighbors, scouts, students, and families have gathered on the first Saturday of every month to help care for the creek. All ages and abilities are welcome.

All tools and equipment are provided. Please wear close-toed shoes and bring your own water and snacks. Masks are required. Work continues in light rain, heavy rain cancels.

December 4, 2021

10:00 a.m. - noon

Meet at Olive Park footbridge, 1698 Hazel Street, Santa Rosa

Secret Santa

This year, I’d like to ask the Emmaus Community for their help again with the Christmas program that I do with the clients that use Sonoma Overnight Support for food, counseling, laundry, showers and health needs. Several people helped last year and some called after we had already done all the distribution.

Our distribution date this year is Dec 18th and we’ll serve about 200 special dinners.

We have about 200 - 250 clients but I am sending you about 50 names.

You can help in a variety of ways:

Here’s a link to a spreadsheet we can all share. Simply choose someone you’d like to buy a gift for and fill in your name in the “Adopted By column” GOOGLE SAVES YOUR CHANGES AUTOMATICALLY.

Here’s the link:

1. Select a person or persons (family units are marked 1 of 2 or 3, 2 of 2 or 3, 3 of 3, etc you may choose to buy for one person in the family, 2 or 3 – it’s up to you.)

Buy the gift and Patti will arrange to pick up the gifts, wrapped or unwrapped, but labeled with name.

You can also order gifts (from Amazon or Costco or wherever you like to shop) and have them delivered to my address, please have a gift receipt with the person’s name on it.

Let Patti know who is selected.

Patti's address is 18885 Carriger Road, Sonoma, CA 95476,

phone (707) 217-8481


2. You may decide to send a check to cover: Select a person or persons and send a check to me made out to Secret Santa to cover the cost, I will have someone shop for the item.

3. Make a donation to Secret Santa (tax deductible) and send the check to me. We keep the checks collected for Sonoma Valley separate and true up with Secret Santa, later. They’ll help cover what Sonoma Valley doesn’t cover.

Any questions, please feel free to call Patti England

My address is 18885 Carriger Road, Sonoma, CA 95476, phone (707) 217-8481 or email:

Technical issues with the spreadsheet please call David Carlson at 707.293.7159

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