George Swan was back in the Sebastopol, bearing gifts.
He's worked as a hospital administrator all around the world since he left that post at Palm Drive Hospital about 40 years ago.
George was in town to visit longtime friend Muriel Kingsbury, who'd worked back then as his administrative secretary. Having downsized recently in Denver, George brought Muriel a couple of pieces of Sonoma County art he no longer has room for.
Muriel gasped at one of them. It's a nice reproduction of a watercolor of the Frizelle Enos feed store.
The painter was Lenore Carrion, who lives right around the block from Muriel. And Lenore's husband, Al, preceded George as administrator of Palm Drive.
Muriel asked George if he knew Frizelle Enos burned down in July. He had no idea.
Muriel loves her new piece of art, a charming small-town shopping scene. She's eager to compare it to the store that rises from the ashes.
IT'S A BEAUTY, but the great, redwood canoe crafted in a Santa Rosa yard by a team of Native Americans early this summer wasn't among the hand-hewn craft that completed the annual 100-mile “Paddle to Quinault” on coast of Washington State.
L. Frank Manriquez and the other members of the crew decided at the outset that their canoe was up to journey but that they themselves were not sufficiently experienced to safely take on the rough ocean conditions.
Still, Manriquez, a member of the Tongva tribe, and her fellows found value in creating the 18-foot, 400-pound craft and meeting up with the Native Americans who made scores of canoes for the gathering and mass paddle.
“We came from different tribes but we all came from the same experience,” she said. “This was another step toward finding out who we are. Well, living who we are.”
Manriquez, 61, and the co-creators of the canoe will take it to Doran Park to train with it and prepare for one day paddling it in the journey of discovery off Washington.