Glass Full/Glass Empty

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Roni writes in with a tale of “seamless care and skill” provided by the ER team at Sonoma Valley Hospital. Seems her husband was in “tremendous pain” on a recent Friday night – and over-the-counter meds simply weren’t cutting it. By morning the pain was so acute they high-tailed it to the SVH emergency room, where a shot of serious pain killer provided instant relief.

The culprit? Inflamed gallbladder. So, Roni says, the operating room was prepped, a surgeon called and two “angelic nurses” arrived on scene. “A couple of hours later my husband was without his offending gallbladder and riding home to rest and heal,” she reports adding, in amazement, that they were in and out of the hospital in less than 10 hours.

Concluded Roni: “I cannot heap enough praise on everyone who tended to us that day.”


Here’s a glass empty installment that finds Sonoma a bit down in the dumps, no really.

Anna Bimenyimana, of the Bon Marche thrift store on Riverside Drive, reached out to Springs residents on a community social media page last week lamenting the rising frequency of people discarding their junk outside of her store. “It is hurting our business,” said Anna. “We have cameras but now they’re dumping almost close to our street.” She wants to remind the community that nonprofits such as Bon Marche are, in fact, “donation centers,” which community members rely on to donate “nice things.”

“Dumping garbage at our door increases our garbage bill, decreasing the money supporting our mission and makes it hard to meet our payroll obligations to our employees.”

Among Bon Marche’s fundraising missions is to provide clothes and housewares for needy Sonoma children and support efforts to mitigate childhood malnutrition in Rwanda.

We echo Anna’s sentiment when she signs off with: “Dumping and donating garbage to a nonprofit is really wrong!” – Jason Walsh

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