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The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

Opinion: What I gained from two coronavirus outbreaks

Opinion: What I gained from two coronavirus outbreaks

Riley Palmer, Special to the Oak Leaf June 16, 2020

Getting on a plane from Florence, Italy back to San Francisco wearing dish gloves was not how I thought my study abroad experience would end. At 4 a.m March 11, I arrived at the Florence airport with...

I help out many essential workers like Heinrich, who works at the Manazana apple sauce plant in Rohnert Park. Essential workers are often patient and understand the stress I am going through as an essential worker myself.

Checked out: My struggles and sacrifices as a front-line worker

Luke Morrow, News Editor June 13, 2020

The sweat dripped from my forehead and down past my mask. My legs ached and my arms were sore from swiping items across the scanner and repeatedly sanitizing the checkstand with a rag. Everyday from...

Unearthed

Unearthed

Emma Linford, Special to The Oak Leaf June 10, 2020

Let’s talk about the quiet. Because there is a lot said in between words, and that’s stretching out, all gooey gluten out before our eyes as we persist to be trapped inside. Or get to enjoy a staycation....

Abby Selby is a fourth-year SRJC student.

Waiting on a Blank Calendar

Abby Selby, Special to The Oak Leaf June 10, 2020

Day ? the crisp cry each new birdsong delirious⁠—tangled heavy under the weight of every little thing famished, she sings from inside that chimney. Day ?? squandered over the bathtub edge my...

To the Latino Man Standing by My Garden as He Texts

To the Latino Man Standing by My Garden as He Texts

Amy Moore, Special to The Oak Leaf June 10, 2020

from my glass box I can see you’ve got a lot on your mind texts have that way of pulling us in I hope it isn’t bad news your mother’s cancer came back an argument with your wife or sullen teen...

Vida Javdan has been taking ESL classes at Santa Rosa Junior College for three years. She says the quarantine has helped her get involved in her childrens education.

An unexpected discovery

Vida Javdan, Special to the Oak Leaf June 9, 2020

Due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak, many of our regular schedules are affected by the sheltering- in- place. As workplaces and schools are closed, adults and students have no other choice but to work...

The Case for Creativity During the COVID-19 Crisis

Amanda A. Daniels, Special to The Oak Leaf June 9, 2020

Crisis is the mother of creativity and innovation. As such, creativity may well be instinctive by way of crisis. A change in some form or another likely sparks one in accessing a new path that was not...

Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, RJ. Florence Gomes is a first-year International student at SRJC.

What is going on in my hometown?

Florence Gomes, Special to the Oak Leaf June 9, 2020

On March 16th we received the order to shelter in place. This struck me. Before that, I thought maybe it was a fake conspiracy. After the quarantine began, I realized that this situation is for real!...

Nardos Asfaha is a second year SRJC student.

An Exhausted Essential Worker

Nardos Asfaha, Special to The Oak Leaf June 9, 2020

My name is Nardos Asfaha and I am 20 years old. I have been going to SRJC for 2 years now. I am really glad to get this chance to share my story with you. I  hope this coronavirus will end soon. It has...

Duy Pham is a first-year student at Santa Rosa Junior College.

A story during quarantine

Khánh Duy Phạm, Special to the Oak Leaf June 9, 2020

As the spreading of the pandemic, all my future plans have just been changed, delayed, or even canceled and I could not have any better solution to deal with. Everything now is getting worse. I have witnessed...

Fabian Amarillas a fifth year student at Santa Rosa Junior College, and his younger brother, Yancarlo.

A COVID-19 brother’s quarantine birthday celebration

Fabian Amarillas, Special to the Oak Leaf June 9, 2020

With all of the headlines in the news that talk about the deaths, infected, sick or isolated from the world, I can’t imagine the trauma this pandemic is bringing to people around the world. My brother...

Josseline Reyes is a freshman at Santa Rosa Junior College

So close to dying

Josseline Reyes, Special to the Oak Leaf June 8, 2020

Everything has changed Everyone has changed The world has changed My world has changed The virus has attacked my family Two-year-old Dilan was first Then his dad Then his brother And finally...

Struggling to get by: An undocumented student’s story

Gema Perez, Special to the Oak Leaf June 8, 2020

     

Sally is an international student at SRJC. She has attended for the past two years.

Stay home

Sally, Special to the Oak Leaf June 8, 2020

Stay Home through the window blooming flowers in the sky   through the screen waving friends in the room   through the hardship praying for happiness in the world

2020, the unusual year

2020, the unusual year

Lazy Worm, Special to the Oak Leaf June 8, 2020

May 14, 2020 I have dreamed of the days I am with my parents and friends, tasting the gourmet food in China and bringing my kids to visit some historic points in China. But these were broken up by the...

Alma Hernandez is the mother of three wonderful children and a Santa Rosa Junior College ESL student.

A newfound appreciation for time

Alma Hernandez, Special to The Oak Leaf June 7, 2020

I had heard about the word quarantine; did I know what it means? No, I didn’t know the real meaning; until I experienced it first hand during this pandemic. My quarantine has been quite complicated....

Arturo Ruiz is a student at Santa Rosa Junior College.

How quarantine changed my life

Arturo Ruiz, Special to The Oak Leaf June 7, 2020

Every morning I woke up at 6:30 am to take my mom to work, come back and get ready for school; but before going to class, I had to take my siblings to their respective schools and after I went to my institute...

Sung Woo Bakung is a first-semester International student at Santa Rosa Junior College.

What is wrong with 2020?

Sung Woo Bak, Special to The Oak Leaf June 7, 2020

The new decade began, and a new chapter of my life began as well. I just moved to Santa Rosa from Honolulu on January 1st, 2020. However, one day, I read a news article that there was a new virus spreading...

Cesar Preciado and Cachito. Cesar is an immigrant student at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Lessons from a dreadful ordeal

Cesar Preciado, Special to The Oak Leaf June 6, 2020

My name is not important. I'm just another guy watching how our world has changed in just a couple of months. I don't pay attention to what day of the week it is. I've been sheltering in place at home...

May Saw Aye is a third-year student at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Finding peace while in quarantine

May Saw Aye, Special to The Oak Leaf June 6, 2020

There are many people who are unemployed after the coronavirus has spread throughout the world, but they don’t want to be stuck at home for months and months. Therefore, people should search for ways...

Diego Zaragoza is a student at Santa Rosa Junior College.

What I miss on this pandemic situation

Diego Zaragoza, Special to The Oak Leaf June 6, 2020

This is my second year at Santa Rosa Junior college and my educational goal is an Automotive Technician. During my spring break, boom it was officially announced the Social Distancing, because of COVID-19,...

Socorro Nunez is an ESL student at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Run Away

Socorro Nunez, Special to The Oak Leaf June 6, 2020

I have never been in jail, but that’s how I feel with the coronavirus pandemic I feel like I’m in jail and I can’t find my safe place I want to run away I want my normal life again I can feel...

Appreciate what you have now

Appreciate what you have now

Padilla Domingues, Special to the Oak Leaf June 6, 2020

Appreciate what you have now, tomorrow we don't know. Moments of gratitude and appreciation are what I have learned in this pandemic. With the speed with which we live we do not see how beautiful...

Laura Figueroa is an ESL student at Santa Rosa Junior College. She is pregnant with her first child.

Pregnant and alone in quarantine

Laura Figueroa, Special to the Oak Leaf June 5, 2020

My name is Laura Figueroa. I am an ESL student at Santa Rosa Junior college. And this is how COVID-19 has been affecting me during this quarantine. On Dec. 31, 2019, I felt very enthusiastic because we...

The familys emotional support dog. Luci Graves is an SRJC freshman.

Sisterly love: A quarantine story

Luci Graves, Special to the Oak Leaf June 5, 2020

So far quarantine has been no picnic. Personally I am handling it decently. I follow guidelines, I take healthy walks and I am doing pretty good in all my classes. To most it may seem like I am doing great...

Adriana Flores is an ESL student at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Quarantine through the eyes of a blind person

Adriana Flores, Special to the Oak Leaf June 4, 2020

I am a 45-year old blind student at SRJC since 2012. I was very excited taking the ESL 10 course when the classes were halted, and we had to be in quarantine as a result of the coronavirus. As a blind...

Maria Isabel Magaña is a prospective SRJC nursing student.

Disconnect

Maria Isabel Magaña, Special to the Oak Leaf June 3, 2020

  Day 50 of being tucked away, where my thoughts run rampant. I used to wish for days as quiet as the night. Is it too late to take that back? “Shelter in Place”, “Safer at Home” Logic...

At 2 p.m. nearly every day,  cardiac nurse Maddison Jones* leaves home for the unknown to a Sonoma County hospital. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones focuses on self-care, so she can continue to take the best care of her patients at work. I am staying healthy so they can stay healthy by extension, she says.

The new normal: Three front-line workers describe their lives during the coronavirus emergency

Luke Morrow, News Editor June 2, 2020

A restaurant worker, class valedictorian and a nurse all come from different worlds, but are brought together by one thing: how the reality of their lives and jobs changed during the COVID-19 health and...

Lisbeth Daniela Hidalgo, 21, is in her third semester at SRJC taking ESL classes while caring for her daughter and nephew.

On Zoom while parenting two fighting children

Lisbeth Daniela Hidalgo June 1, 2020

Being locked up with my five-year-old daughter is very difficult because she does not understand what the pandemic is. Trying to explain to her why she cannot go to daycare or go to the park is very hard....

Some of the 1000 masks Toni Bacigalupa Albaum, coordinator of Student Engagement Programs in Petaluma, made for nonprofit organizations.

And so I made masks

Toni Bacigalupa Albaum, Special to The Oak Leaf June 1, 2020

The sound of the sewing machine filled the house after work. On the weekends. Each mask takes about an hour to make, a little less if done in an assembly line. Cut. Pin, pin, pin. Sew, sew, sew. Turn...

SRJC art student Anne Louvau fills her sketchbook with scenes inside and outside her own home during the pandemic.

Sketchbook subjects close to home

Anne Louvau, Special to the Oak Leaf May 31, 2020

For the past several years I have carried sketchbooks with me everywhere. Some were tiny enough to fit in a pocket, others were broad enough to capture a landscape. Some had good cotton paper, others had...

SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong with his brother, Danny Chong, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York City for more than three weeks.

Dr. Chong is in the house (literally!)

Dr. Frank Chong, Special to the Oak Leaf May 29, 2020

Life in the pandemic has been nothing like business as usual! Like others I have grown accustomed to a life unlike anything I have ever experienced  in my lifetime. First, on the personal side: I...

Working in a psych facility during a pandemic

Working in a psych facility during a pandemic

Priscilla Navas, Special to the Oak Leaf May 23, 2020

It’s 6 a.m. and the sun is still not up. I gather my glasses, car keys, work keys and I’m on my way out. I can’t forget my mask. I make my 30-minute commute to Novato where I work. I can't forget...

Being Positive Over The Pandemic

Being Positive Over The Pandemic

Ivania Monterroso, Special to the Oak Leaf May 21, 2020

My name is Ivania Monterroso, I have been at the JC for 3 years. I started in an ESL noncredit class and now I am an ESL10 transfer-level English student. I’m married with two kids. My daughter is 16...

Learning From This Pandemic

Learning From This Pandemic

Etsubdink Alemu, Special to the Oak Leaf May 21, 2020

Etsubdink Alemu is a first-year college student at SRJC All I hear and see everywhere is about coronavirus. This pandemic changed every plan I had for the summer and spring break. I had exciting plans...

Adjusting to A New Change

Adjusting to A New Change

Marlene Zavala, Special to the Oak Leaf May 21, 2020

Marlene Zavala is from El Salvador and attends SRJC.   I’ve been looking forward to my ESL graduation since I started to learn English at Maxine Waters, a public school in Los Angeles in 2017....

Eric Peña is a second-year ESL student at SRJC.

The ways I change in quarantine

Eric Peña, Special to the Oak Leaf May 21, 2020

Two month have passed since people were talking about how spend their time during spring break, but the plans changed. Spring break was different from others days because of the virus pandemic. The normal...

Feeling Sick In A Pandemic

Feeling Sick In A Pandemic

Angie Hager, Special to the Oak Leaf May 20, 2020

Since the shelter-in-place started, it has been difficult to cope. I used to be able to go hiking with my friends, I used to be able to take face to face classes, and I used to work about twelve hours...

What’s going on in 2020?

What’s going on in 2020?

Daniel Alamilla, Special to the Oak Leaf May 20, 2020

CoronaVirus is something really scary happening at the moment. The virus is in the air, killing people, making people suffer and so much more. It affects so many people including myself. People can’t...

Ashley Hancock is an SRJC freshman.

Needing Surgery During a Pandemic

Ashley Hancock, Special to the Oak Leaf May 20, 2020

When I heard that there would be a drastic change in lifestyle due to the pandemic, I shuddered in my own skin. I knew that I was suffering from health problems that were making life unbelievably hard...

Peoples Thoughts About the Coronavirus Pandemic

People’s Thoughts About the Coronavirus Pandemic

Fezza Arshad, Special to the Oak Leaf May 20, 2020

I am a student in English as a second language (ESL 100) at SRJC. This is the end of my first year at college. I conducted a survey in order...

Sousiva Ing is a first-year SRJC student.

Rapid change, disbelief

Sousiva Ing, Special to the Oak Leaf May 20, 2020

This pandemic has caused more change than anyone could have ever expected. Things like this don’t always seem to be so concerning until suddenly it flips your whole life around. It changes your whole...

Gallery: Quarantine Shopping

Gallery: Quarantine Shopping

James Cornell, Special to The Oak Leaf May 20, 2020

James Cornell is a Santa Rosa Junior College junior and owner of Jasher Photography. He submitted this photo story titled "Quarantine Shopping" detailing his family's intricate process for buying, sanitizing...

Reading pillow, noise-cancelling headphones covering headphones for Zoom classes and my bed make up my “classroom.”

Lost freedom: quarantine in a toxic household

Anonymous, Special to the Oak Leaf May 20, 2020

As someone who dives into new adventures while maintaining a busy schedule, I use my freedom to exude toxicity. A toxic home life, to be precise. One ruled by narcissistic rules and walking on eggshells. When...

A new opportunity

A new opportunity

Miriam Velazco, Special to the Oak Leaf May 13, 2020

Times are changing because of the pandemic, in ways we never saw, much less imagined. I never imagined going through this new way of life. And all these impressive changes that people around the world...

A staff break at Primrose, a care home for seniors with dementia.

Quarantine at Primrose

Mariela Amezcua, Special to the Oak Leaf May 13, 2020

Two months ago, COVID-19 changed everybody’s lives. We used to have a “normal” life, but now times have changed. From the moment we stopped hugging each other, it generated a big change in our lives....

Mandeep Singh is a second-year SRJC student.

How quarantine changed me

Mandeep Singh, Special to the Oak Leaf May 13, 2020

Shortly after the coronavirus disease (COVID‐19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, I sat in my home thinking about all the things that are going on. The world is in lockdown,...

Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

Ivan Pena, Special to the Oak Leaf May 13, 2020

There are no questions about the horrible things that are happening right now. This quarantine situation has got us real good, like if it was some cruel prank by the gods, some sort of punishment to make...

Alyses skates have saved her from many falls.

Skating to stay positive and healthy in the midst of a pandemic

Alyse Kiara Deatherage, Special to the Oak Leaf May 10, 2020

(Alyse Kiara Deatherage is due to graduate from Mount San Jacinto College in May 2020. She is editor-in-Chief for MSJC’s student-run newspaper The Talon.)   When my second oldest sister and...

Oak Leaf staffer Arthur Gonzalez Martin prepared for work as a gig economy delivery driver.

New economy, new gig

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin, Staff Writer May 7, 2020

It was to be my hump week, the week that I got to make up for being forced to take a week off my day job as one of SRJC’s custodians. And then the new age plague, the Spanish flu 2.0, COVID-19 hit Sonoma...

By an open window

By an open window

Jennifer O'Mahony, Special to the Oak Leaf May 6, 2020

Ten years ago I transplanted an orange tree and put it outside my bedroom window. I vividly remembered the fragrance of orange blossom from a teenage trip to Spain. I wanted to relive that memory. Maybe...

Dr. Douglas Anderson, 71, is a retired clinical psychologist and a student in a wonderful poetry class taught by Prof. Steve Trenam at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Two Poems

Dr. Douglas Anderson, Special to the Oak Leaf May 6, 2020

VIRUS  MORNING I sit again another morning incognito alone quiet home surrounded by bird morning silence adrift moving in my heart this stillness and quiet so quiet in this only bird...

The writer, who asked to be referred to as L, is a fifth-year student and student employee at SRJC.

Being queer and neurodivergent in quarantine

"L", Special to The Oak Leaf May 4, 2020

The quarantine has been a whirlwind of emotions for me: outside of medication juggling with my psychiatrist (due to feeling like I wanted to die even before the quarantine had started); I have experienced...

Tom Chown, who captured this photograph during a walk from his Kenwood home, looks forward to when we can all be back on campus.

Delicate spring in Kenwood

Tom Chown, Special to The Oak Leaf May 4, 2020

Tom Chown fills three roles at Santa Rosa Junior College. He provides photography for public relations events and for the theater arts department and its Summer Repertory Theater series; he  also...

Camille Kantor enjoys spending time with her children during these long, coronavirus days.

Finding joy

Camille Kantor, Special to the Oak Leaf May 2, 2020

I went to a store today. For the first time in a week, I went to a store and low and behold I ran into a friend. This wasn't even a good friend of mine and yet we instantly recognized each other from the...

Chloe Collins is a third-semester student at SRJC.

My story

Chloe Collins, Special to the Oak Leaf May 1, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic, much like the Sonoma County fires, has shown our community members all of the beautiful things we took for granted. From dressing up and eating in a nice restaurant, to shopping...

Shelter in place

Shelter in place

Amy Moore, Special to the Oak Leaf April 29, 2020

Of what, I wonder; laden clouds gather above the dry earth, an ocean of stones.   Shelter we built; wind’s caprice shatters against rock walls, granite labyrinths.   Walls flattened; violent...

Eriks new friend, Cheep Cheep.

Jack London and the bird call of the wild

Erik Jorgensen, Special to the Oak Leaf April 29, 2020

As a full-contact journalist, I often find myself following in the footsteps of my "spirit animal," Jack London. At least, that is what I keep telling myself each time I move to a new city for a new...

Alnihayat Qariba

Alnihayat Qariba

James Kowalczyk, Special to the Oak Leaf April 29, 2020

Alnihayat Qariba   eons ago, on anonymous boulders, the ancients had carved the warning signs we would never see through our opaque lens of inhumanity biota invectors polluted with dis-ease shed...

Life during quarantine

Life during quarantine

Jenna Varner, Special to The Oak Leaf April 28, 2020

My life has completely changed since being quarantined. I was rarely ever home in my daily life because I was bouncing from school to work and to being with friends. Both my parents and I have been home...

After spending almost two months inside my familys new house, one rebuilt after the Tubbs Fire burnt our original home,  Ive realized how necessary it is to slow down and absorb the little moments.

Be careful of what you wish for

Jackie Gutierrez, Staff WRiter April 28, 2020

A few months ago, I yearned for the comfort of my new home, but if I spend one more month here I might lose it. My mind that is. Two years after the Tubbs fire engulfed my home, my family and I finally...

My quarantine

My quarantine

Jennifer Kempf, Special to The Oak Leaf April 26, 2020

I remember for a long, long time I was locked away while everyone else played and danced.   Curled in fetal position crying fat ugly tears as my best years blew away like dandelion spores in...

Carol Davis takes watercolor and poetry writing classes through SRJCs Older Adults Program.

C19 timeline & poems

Carol Davis, Student, SRJC Older Adults Program April 25, 2020

C19 Villanelle Each day I draw the curtains back to see An empty street so early in the day I’m here, behind the glass, can you see me? So much goes on in our community It’s quiet now—...

Black Hole

Black Hole

Judith Vaughn, Special to The Oak Leaf April 25, 2020

Black Hole The bike path, almost bereft of people. One or two loners, mask enhanced, walk their dogs with brisk determination. The smells of spring, fragrant iris, wet dirt, honeysuckle, blossoming...

Gary Buz Hermes teaches a class called Aging Gayfully! through SRJCs Older Adults Program.

Older adults program connects LGBT students during pandemic

Gary "Buz" Hermes, Instructor, SRJC Older Adults Program April 25, 2020

I am an 81-year old gay elder and an instructor with SRJC’s Older Adults Program.  As a long-time advocate for my LGBT peers, I was very excited and grateful when I was hired by the college to offer...

Rhonda Findling is the MESA and Second Chance Counselor/Program Coordinator at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Hope amidst heartbreak

Rhonda Findling, MESA and Second Chance Counselor/Program Coordinator, SRJC April 25, 2020

I listen to the heartbreaking stories of many of my students - those who lost jobs, who don't have adequate tech skills to do online classes, who have children at home, which creates unmanageable stress...

Isabella Riddell sat down with Oak Leaf staff writer Griffin Schouten to talk about whats it like to be pregnant during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Prepare for the worst case scenario of giving birth alone”

Griffin Schouten, Staff Writer April 22, 2020

Following is an interview between Oak Leaf staff writer Griffin Schouten and her friend and fellow  student Isabella Riddell, 22, about Isabella’s pregnancy experience during the COVID-19 pandemic....

Confronting coronavirus as a hypochondriac

Confronting coronavirus as a hypochondriac

Griffin Schouten, Staff Writer April 21, 2020

Abnormally anxious. That’s how the Oxford dictionary sums up the plight of being a hypochondriac. I’d describe my disorder as a carefully compartmentalized super-caution of Western medicine, but “abnormally...

If we all do our part, we can get through this quicker

“If we all do our part, we can get through this quicker”

Maritza Camacho, Special to The Oak Leaf April 21, 2020

This pandemic has really shifted my life unexpectedly.  I had many exciting plans for spring break that didn’t go as planned, like going to the city with friends and watching a concert. Social distancing...

Saddened, but enjoying a new pace

Saddened, but enjoying a new pace

Azelia Mazur, Special to The Oak Leaf April 17, 2020

When I first learned about the shelter-in-place order I was quite alarmed. I would read articles that would lead me into a frantic panic and it would keep me up at night. I learned to keep myself from...

e-commerce frustrations

e-commerce frustrations

Stephen Howe, Staff Writer April 17, 2020

I ordered an Oculus Quest in mid-March around the time that the quarantines started. I’ve wanted a virtual reality headset for a long time, and I felt like this would be a pretty good time to get one....

Entertainment recommendations from sidelined sportswriter

Entertainment recommendations from sidelined sportswriter

Albert Gregory, Special to The Oak Leaf April 17, 2020

In the first days as the world around us began to shut down I spent my time stocking up my apartment with items like frozen food, giant bags of cat litter, a ton of cat food and of course our society’s...

Making the best of it

Making the best of it

Cecilia Landrus, Special to The Oak Leaf April 17, 2020

In the first few days of the shelter-in-place order, my family and I were at a vacation rental in Bodega Bay for my dad’s birthday. Within those first few days, there was a lot of anxiety, questions...

Submit your story: Help The Oak Leaf document life during the pandemic

Submit your story: Help The Oak Leaf document life during the pandemic

April 17, 2020

The Oak Leaf invites all students, faculty, administrators and staff to submit work describing how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting your lives, in an effort to document the college's path through...

Pandemic and perspective: How to make your days tolerable

Pandemic and perspective: How to make your days tolerable

Peyton Krzyzek, Special to The Oak Leaf April 15, 2020

As a student, this pandemic really put my life into perspective. Back when life was normal I would complain about never getting enough sleep, debate whether or not I wanted to wake up early for my morning...

Hidden behind a cloud of smoke during quarantine

Hidden behind a cloud of smoke during quarantine

Willow Ornellas, Special to The Oak Leaf April 13, 2020

Over the course of this quarantine, I will admit it, I’ve been spending my days indulging in the devil’s lettuce and using it as a means of treating my emotions.  Previously, weed had just been...

Pandemic Notes: Parts I and II

Pandemic Notes: Parts I and II

Mark Fernquest, Staff Writer April 8, 2020

Part I Greetings from the edge of the known world! By which I mean human civilization at this uncanny hour. I’m a survivalist from way back, having grown up during the waning days of the Cold War,...

Governor Gavin Newsom announced Sunday afternoon a call for bars, wineries, and brewpubs to close, and restaurants to cut occupancy in half in response to the coronavirus outbreak, as Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt confirmed the countys first locally spread case.

“The Invisible Fire”: Life during the coronavirus pandemic

The Oak Leaf Staff March 15, 2020

The following musings from The Oak Leaf staff describe life in Sonoma County during the coronavirus outbreak. Check back for rolling updates. Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:30 p.m. Kayla Beaton: I...

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