Once in a while it’s healthy to put everyday reality in the rear-view mirror. Get some separation between yourself and the daily stressors of life. Although, what’s the best way to go about it? The mere thought of air travel spikes the blood pressure. Travel bans, security checks, recycled air; kind of a tough sell right now. Enter the staycation stage left. Staycation officially entered the American lexicon in 2009 and according to Wikipedia is defined as follows. “A staycation, or holistay, is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within day trip distance of their home and does not require overnight accommodation.” I admit a day trip might not give you enough time to enjoy the sites in Point Arena. So, give yourself a few days to create an extended period of leisure and recreation. Need to unwind? Why not wind-up Highway One and refresh your spirit on the Mendocino coast.
The holiday season isn’t just about food and family; it’s also about giving back to those less fortunate. For those who want to give back, support those who are less fortunate and help those struggling with addiction, the Salvation Army is the place to go. Even during a pandemic that has led to a loss of 40 percent of their locations, the Salvation Army on 93 Stony Circle in Santa Rosa still put on quite a show Saturday morning with their Red Kettle Event.
Five years ago, the Unicorns were banned by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) from participating in Scouting activities. These six 10 and 11-year-old girls had been unofficially meeting as a Cub Scout pack doing scouting activities just like their brothers and friends for almost a year without any issues. They even went to a regional BSA competition. They did well. Then someone filed a complaint with BSA’s national leadership. That’s when they were told Boy Scouting was for boys only. If you Google, Ella Jacobs, and Boys Scouts, you can read those stories from five years ago.