It’s been about a year since I stopped serious ambling around town on foot. The combination of advancing age and the feeling that “it’s okay to slow down, not to fight, to just let it happen,” gave me permission to allow desuetude to take hold. I’m lazy so I did not object and let nature take its course.

Then something changed. I’m not sure what it was, but a week ago while falling asleep I heard my inner voice saying, “You need to start walking again.” As I drifted off I thought, “Well, we’ll see if I am motivated in the morning when everything looks different.”

A new marketplace will open for one day at the Hangar 1 Distillery, 2505 Monarch St., on Alameda Point. Called “Head West” the distillery plays host to a blend of makers, crafters, designers, small brands, local shops, creative installation artists, speciality service providers and local charities displaying their wares and services.

Head West founder and curator Jimmy Brower also owns West Perro — a desert-inspired lifestyle brand based in Oakland. 

Discuss public safety in face of mass violence on Oct. 14 

The names of the places are etched in our memories forever: Dayton, El Paso, Gilroy, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Yountville, Orlando, San Bernardino, Isla Vista, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Fort Hood, Oikos, Virginia Tech, Columbine and many other locations of mass shootings in the last two decades. 

Back in June, the San Francisco School Board (SFSB) voted to spend up to $600,000 to paint over a high school mural depicting the life of George Washington. One has to ask, “Was the $600,000 price tag due to the anticipated cost of the paint, the labor or the environmental impact study?”

This month is slated to be a busy one on Webster Street. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) will host the annual board of directors election and membership meeting. Join us for tasty bites courtesy of Cafe Jolie and mingle with fellow business owners.