French language practice
French tutor, Glen Ellenite, Yannick Ponte, recently wrote to me about a few new services she is currently offering. Along with tutoring students of all ages in proper French, Yannick has added French conversation and wine language for professionals, as well as amateurs. The classes are custom-made for each of her students and involve a fun and easy learning method.
I have one young friend, a Dunbar student, who has been studying with Yannick for several years. She is hoping to attend the French School in Santa Rosa after her graduation from Dunbar. I’m certainly impressed with her conversational abilities in French, a language I studied for a couple of years back in high school. I never became proficient, but I can recite a few lines of poetry. Sadly, that doesn’t help much when you’re trying to communicate with a cranky Parisian cabbie. That’s happened to me a few times, and I think it’s now time for a refresher course with Yannick. She’s kind and gracious, plus simply and elegantly beautiful.
Yannick and her husband, well-known local painter, Don Ponte, can often be found at the local Glen Ellen Farmers Market, which operates all spring and summer at the Grist Mill parking lot just south of town. Don shares prints of his beautiful artwork. Particularly popular are his paintings of our most famous Glen Ellen author, Jack London.
Yannick can be reached at her email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 938-0321.
Remembering Joe Miami
Thank you, once again, to all of my good readers who knew Joe Miami back in the day. I had a good response to my request for stories about Joe. I believe that all of those folks have now connected with Jim Shere, and news will be forthcoming from these historical connections.
We enjoyed our conversations with Judge Pat Herron, who is also a grape farmer. Later, Bob Carver, another good neighbor, called to connect with Jim and share tales of Joe’s earlier days.
Sweetie and I ran into Bob and his sweetie, Blythe, just a few days earlier, as we both departed the Sebastiani Theatre after watching Roger Rhoten’s film offering, a documentary about the making of “Night of the Living Dead.” Leaving the theatre we stood on the street discussing New York City in the upper 90s in the late ’60s – by that of course I mean the region north of 90th Street in the years following 1960. Such times are easily discussed in the safe street-lit evening of current day downtown Sonoma.
Bob and Blythe spent an exciting couple of years in uptown NYC while Bob did postgraduate work at Columbia following a sojourn at Berkeley. We are not sure how those years in the Big Apple blessed his current vocation of grape growing in the Valley of the Moon, though we are sure they did.
Valentine’s Day plus one
Once again, I arrive with early news urging you to mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 15, a Saturday evening. This event is temporarily being labeled as a Valentine’s Dance Party. Perfect planning: if you and your sweetie indulge in chocolates and a sumptuous aphrodisiac dinner on the 14th, at one of Glen Ellen’s world class restaurants perhaps, you’ll be ready to dance it off on the 15th. And there is no better band to bring on that “I gotta dance” groove, than Plan Be.