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Page 10 The Cloverdale Reveille June 27, 2019 www.cloverdalereveine,com Continued from Page I "A lot of designers come in and say, 'You need to get rid of this' or 'You need to get rid of that.' I don't believe that. I think your stuff is your stuff and if you like it, we may need to make adjustments, but if it brings you happiness then we need to find a home for it," she said. For Griffitts, the joy of interior decorating doesn't come with filling a space with entirely new things, it comes with helping her clients find a fresh perspective on the items that carry memories: Though changing up a business, especially in this way, poses some risks, Griffitts is hoping her customers will see her through the move. "I'm hoping that I've been here long enough and in keeping my same phone number and same email, that people will know just to call me," she said. "Is there a concern that it's out of sight, out of mind? Yes. But there's also the hope that my business is established enough, and I know enough people, that it will continue to grow." Regularly seeing her customers, established and loyal, is what Griffitts will miss the most. It's easier to regularly see people when you have a storefront on the boulevard. "That's the hardest part -- my customers have become friends," she said. "And I won't be here for them to just pop in and say hi." Griffitts' friends and customers will miss her, as well. While she was talking about how much she enjoys seeing everyone, a customer seeing the red "Store Closing Sale" signs hung up on the outside of the building came into the store in tears. She was driving by, she said, and told her husband to stop the car so she could see why the store was closing. She calmed down, however, after Griffitts assured her that she wasn't leaving town and she wasn't giving up decorating-- she's still available for appointments and reachable via her phone (707-894-8665) or by an online appointment (thefinishingtouchesids.com). For now, she's working on selling off all of the retail that has her store filled to the brim, and the pieces in her storage unit. As items in the store sell, she's going into the unit and restocking the shelves. Griffitts anticipates that the store's official closing day will be July 27. A FINISHING TOUCH -- Jeannie Griffitts brick and mortar location on July 27, but decorating business. Photo Zo~ Strickland is closing up her shop's will continue her interior Continued from Page 1 citizen, it can be a green card or a work permit card, days, the library will treat the something with a photo on it," item as if it's lost and the Holley said. patron will be charged with a For both Holley and fee. Vantrease, one of the main Sonoma County Library is reasons behind these shifts in also changing what it takes to the system comes down to get a library card. Instead of taking down barriers that having to provide a photo ID may be preventing people and proof of address, would- from using the library. Now, be patrons will only have to those with a photo ID who provide a valid photo ID. may not have proof of "It doesn't have to be a permanent address -- those drivers license or passport-- who are shelterless, displaced it could be a membership by fires or even here for a few card, it could be a school ID months during harvest will be with a photo; if you're not a able to use library services. LIFEGUARDS: YMCA is looking for those interested Continued from Page I YMCA had held a training course earlier in the week For people who may be that yielded eight interested in becoming a participants. However, lifeguard for the YMCA but they're still looking to hire are worried about the $50 more people. training course fee, Head said "Even though there's that the YMCA will challenges in this field, it's a reimburse the $50 upon great job for the right completion of the course and person," she said. being hired by the Y. She said Those interested in they will also waive the fee if becoming a lifeguard for the it's a financial burden for YMCA should contact Pam someone. Rockey at 707-545-9622 ext. As of press time, the 3126. OPINION Cannabis Country Cannal con to museum T 7" udos to the Museum of Sonoma County for this summer's bonanza JL :~,marijuana exhibit. It's called "Grass Roots," and it's subtitled "From Prohibition to Prescription." It opened June 15, runs until Sept. 15 and is supported by two dispensaries, Mercy Wellness and the Sonoma Patient Group, as well as Lagunitas Brewing Company, Rogoway Law Group and two cannabis manufacturing companies, Cannacraft and Fiddler's Greens. Eric Stanley, who has an master's degree in history from Sonoma State University, is the co-curator of the exhibit, along with Brian Applegarth, who graduated from UC Irvine and who aims to promote pot tourism and to educate northern Californians about the pot past and the pot present. "The exhibit is a feather in the cap of the museum," Applegarth said. "There's a lot of important cannabis history in Sonoma County." I've known Applegarth for a year or so and have listened to many of his tales about cannabis pioneers like Pebbles Trippet and Mary Jane Rathbun, better known as "Brownie Mary" because she delivered baked goods with cannabis to AIDS patients at San Francisco General Hospital. From my perspective, the cannabis past is a mixed bag of villains, rebels, idealists, farmers, cops and some truth tellers. We've all stumbled together to the strange and wonderful place we now occupy. If there are heroes, they're deeply flawed. Three years ago, in 2016, the Oakland Museum of California hosted a cannabis exhibit, just prior to the passage of Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana for anyone 21 years old or over. The Oakland exhibit was organized around three pivotal questions about cannabis that were meant to provoke conversations and discussions: Sacred plant or cash crop? Simple seed or evil weed? and Creative edge or slippery slope? Those questions suggest that it's one or the other, rather than both. In fact, for some, cannabis is both a sacred plant and a money-making crop, a spur to creativity and also a substance that can create a dependency. Simple seed and evil weed is a cute rhyme, but hardly anyone these days regards marijuana as "evil." In my eyes, all plants are sacred and so is life, itself. That perspective, which isn't original with me, would probably be endorsed by Alexander Carpenter -- alexander.carpenter@icloud.com -- who leads the Sonoma County Cultivation Group (SCCG) and the Green Market Exchange (GME). Recently, Carpenter told me that "Cannabis is an entheogen that connects us to God." Readers of this newspaper who want to hear his views on subjects such as "sharing cannabis," "enriching consciousness" and what he calls the "control fraud racket" can attend the weekly Tuesday night meetings at 6741 Sebastopol Ave. in Sebastopol that he facilitates. The meetings are free and open to the public. The discussions, which I have occasionally attended, can be lively. They also provide an opportunity to meet west county cannabis cultivators and exchange information and agricultural products. Two comprehensive documents and a flyer by Carpenter -- with the headline "Grow Six Big Ones" -- are available to anyone who shows up on Tuesdays at 6741 Sebastopol Ave. The compact flyer explains that cannabis is "a wellness therapy, a medicine, a sacrament" and can also be "just for fun," though Carpenter hopes that users and consumers get beyond the giggles stage. Sonoma County District One Supervisor Susan Gorin doesn't grow marijuana or use it and hasn't ever enjoyed the giggles stage. "I am not a fan of cannabis," she recently told a group of cannabis cultivators and enthusiasts at HopMonk in the town of Sonoma. Gorin added that members of her own family who use cannabis have to drive to Cotati to buy it at a dispensary. She called that fact "an accessibility issue." Gorin reminded listeners who might have forgotten, "We live in a democracy." She also depicted the dark side of cannabis. "We have had violence, trespass, environmental destruction and an unregulated market," she said. Those topics will not be emphasized at the Museum of Sonoma County. On the whole, that's a good thing, though I hope that the dark past won't be entirely whitewashed. The 2016 Oakland cannabis exhibit was effective in part because it was interactive. Visitors were encouraged to put on gloves and touch real marijuana plants and to smell the scents from several different strains of marijuana. They were also directed to a booth, called a "cannabis confessional," where they would remain anonymous and share their "personal experiences with pot." Hopefully, the exhibit at the Museum of Sonoma County will draw people out, encourage them to speak frankly, and to be honest with one another and themselves. Jonah Raskin, a professor emeritus at Sonoma State University, is the author most recently of "Dark Day, Dark Night: A Marijuana Murder Mystery." Photo Zo~ Strickland EQUITY EVENT -- On June 21, the Cloverdale Regional Library opened its doors to teens interested in creating collages about issues that are important to them. The library had the whole spread -- magazines, patterned paper, loads of glue -- and the modest group of teens in attendance had intense focus as they collaged. Alejandra and Danielle Garcia were two of the people who participated in the event, which is an offshoot from the library's summer teen reading program. Danielle's collage followed a flower aesthetic, while Alejandra said her creation was geared toward addressing "my body, my choice." Photos Season Briggs LIVELY LESSONS -- Kids have been learning about a variety of things during Cloverdale's summer school. On June 19, the Cloverdale Fire Department (pictured above) came to talk to kids about their work, answer questions and help them cool off with a spray from the fire hose. This week, someone from Bubble Science came to school to teach about the science of creating bubbles and assisted each student in making their own large bubbles.