FLY ON, DON: The delightful and ever fascinated Don Emblen, Sonoma County's former poet laureate, was still writing right up to his death a week ago at age 90.
He titled one of his last works, "As the Flight of Words."
Canada Geese lift off Bodega Bay
as certain words, all in a row,
lift off the smoothest page,
the lightest tongue.
Their sentence take the form
of an arrow
striving upward, outward,
under the beating urgency of wings.
The lead goose honks but once:
it could be a question,
or an order,
or just the clearing of the throat.
Depends upon its punctuation.<em>
SHE WENT BY "SAM" and she was 5 years old when I met her 30 years ago. I watched Samantha Swartz, the daughter of good friends, grow up in Santa Rosa, graduate from Montgomery and launch an exciting career in television.
The publishing world now knows her as Izzy Rose. She's written a book, "The Package Deal: My (not-so) Glamorous Transition from Single Gal to Instant Mom." It's remarkable how it came to be.
Sam gave up the life of a single TV news producer in San Francisco to marry and move to Texas with a divorced father of two boys. Fairly overwhelmed by her new role as a stepmom, she started a blog that quickly grew into a national conversation among stepmothers.
On the blog, she called herself Izzy Rose. Her sometimes-wrenching, often-hilarious tales caught the eye of a New York literary agent who urged her to write a book. She did, and Random House's Three Rivers Press snapped it up.
Sam, or Izzy, will talk about her adventures and her book at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Copperfield's in Montgomery Village. An excerpt about using "the L word" in regard to her new stepsons:
"When Hank and I first got together, I guessed there were many who assumed -- or, like Hank, hoped -- that I'd instantly fall in love with his boys, too. But that wasn't the case. . . . I was tickled by the things they said and did. But that didn't mean I was going to be first in line to donate a kidney. I know this sounds pretty awful, but let's be honest -- how many stepmoms love their stepkids at 'hello?' "
ALL A-TWITTER: A curious thing happens if you tap in the new URL, www.youtwittermyface.com. You find yourself at Making It Big, Cotati's retailer of plus-size clothing.
Here's why. The other morning, MIB's computer wiz, Bob Amiral, and his son, Alex, were listening to KGO in the car. Co-anchors Ed Baxter and Jennifer Jones were discussing how San Francisco Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom is using all the social media -- Twitter, MySpace, Facebook -- to promote his positions and campaign.
Traffic guy Stan Burford joked that all those networks should be merged somewhere, maybe at www.youtwittermyface.com.
Bob Amiral liked the sound of that. As soon as he got to a computer, he typed in the URL and saw that he could register it for $7, which he did. He linked it to Making It Big.
Next day, KGO's morning crew checked that address, then groused that some clothing company in Cotati had snapped it up. MIB's Lila Van Meter got on the air with Burford and everyone made up.