Update December 2017
Every year Eric writes a Holiday Poem and we distribute champagne to sing out the old year and celebrate the incoming new year. This year, with the Sonoma/Napa County fires so uppermost in our minds, we felt it more appropriate to help those who have been affected most.
This years poem reflects the memories of the emotional roller coaster of two weeks this past October. Everyone knows someone as the devastation was horrific. Part of this years thoughts are with Missy and Austin Levy who lost everything except that which matters most. Their story follows the poem. We will be helping them recover their livelihood. Please read and help as you are able.
Eric and I thank you for your support and love this year and many years past. We wish you love, peace, and joy as we look toward 2018 with passion in our hearts.
In love and light,
Patti and Eric
A blog by Eric Dahl
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