International Writers Magazine: Wine Country Sojourn
Spirit and song in Sonoma
Dale Roberts in deep country
should I begin? Hmmm. guess I better take you to the beginning
to understand this story.
1979 to 1986, I was an Intelligence Analyst with the US Army's
Sometime in February
of 2005: I was in Border's Books and came across a great UFO article
in regard to what Military Intelligence knows about UFOs. Excited, I
wrote a letter to the editor, I think the magazine was Atlantis Rising.
The letter was published. Then some editor from some Italian magazine
read the letter and contacted me via email and wanted to do an interview
with me for their paranormal magazine and website. I granted their wish.
From there, a lady named Carla Heine who has a show called Strange Wine
on KSVY.org in Sonoma read my interview and asked if I could appear
live on her radio show that broadcasts Pacific Western time from 11pm
to 12 midnight. I appeared on her radio show not only once, but four
times discussing the topic of the Military Intelligence connection to
UFOs and even other paranormal subjects such as ghosts, poltergeists,
ley lines, shadow creatures, and more.
Carla Heine wears many hats. She is a ghost buster, ghost hunter, paranormal
investigator, psychic, Sonoma ghost historian, Sonoma historian, radio
personality, chauffeur driver and even works at UPS. Carla provides
Twilight Tours- Ghosts and Legends of Sonoma, where the adventurous
can visit 13 mysterious sites and historic buildings. It's a 2-hour
tour for up to 6 guests. If anyone is interested, you can contact the
hostess Carla Heine.
As I became acquainted with Carla, I told her I had some interesting
friends, that she should get to know and invite on her radio show. I
introduced her to Jeff Scott Clifford, a scientist that works for the
State government and is very knowledgeable about quantum physics. I
introduced her to Gloria Ramos, a published romance novelist that once
lived in a haunted house growing up in the Philippines. Jeff has appeared
on Strange Wine once and Gloria has a future date with the radio
Present Time 10/23/2005: Carla with the backing of KSVY.org gave us
a limo tour of Sonoma historical landmarks. Carla brought her friend,
a teacher of creative writing Linda Runyan. Linda was quite the character,
a wizard of the English language and metaphors. After Carla gave us
a tour of Sonoma, she stopped off at the Kathmandu Fall Festival.
At this festival we were introduced to special guest Ongda Chhiring.
Ongda's claim to fame is climbing Mount Everest 3 times and reached
the top three times. A very humble man that sought out the adventure
and accomplished it. The guest of honor was Ngawang Sherpa, the first
person, with one leg missing, to reach the top of Mt. Everest. He achieved
the height of 29,029 feet to become world famous. To learn more about
the Kathmandu Fall Festival, go to their website at: www.cmaf.com
or email them at: Kathmandufallfestival@yahoo.com
The Kathmandu Fall Festival displayed Tibetan dancers and their music.
The people of Sonoma and neighboring counties were there to celebrate
the presence of the Tibetan community and raise their conscienceness.
The Tibetan people came to Sonoma and founded places like Green Goddess
Trekking (a travel bureau) and various restaurants. Many Tibetans started
their careers as students in Sonoma's culinary institutes. At the festival
there are many beads, jewelry and imported Tibetan souvenirs to give
the visitor an idea of the lifestyle of a Tibetan. Carla walked me a
few feet from the festival to show me the gravesite of a famous Sonoma
cat named Toot Toot, born in 1953 and died in 1981 by the bad terrier
that killed Toot Toot, by knocking him off a window sill. Toot Toot
was famous for knowing when trains would arrive and hung out with train
workers. He was found on Christmas night and with his new found fame,
even gained some television exposure. Toot Toot has a real tombstone.
While at the festival, I sampled Momo (a spicy Tibetan potsticker),
it was scrumptious. When we left the festival, we adventured off in
Carla's limo to the Art Farm owned by local Sonoma artist Irene
'Cunma' Morgan. Irene displayed her works of original hand painted artwork,
mostly depicting American Indians. I was amazed at the exquisite beauty
of her art. Irene is a 4th generation Portuguese. She also is known
for receiving the Lion's award for best cook in Sonoma. Irene cooked
up a huge feast for her friends, that consisted of seasoned turkey,
shish kabob, sausage and chili, tossed salads of every kind, good ol'
American hotdogs, spaghetti and other assorted delicacies to tease the
pallet. Of course, since Sonoma (Valley of the Moon) is known for its
wines, there was a variety of wine at Irene's get together.
Irene made her favorite cocktail for her guests that consisted of the
following ingredients: Rose's lime, 7-Up, mint, ice, Splenda, tequila
and lime slice. A concoction that dazzled the tastebuds, but knowing
that I would have to drive Jeff and Gloria home, I limited myself to
only one drink. Irene ended the night by playing her guitar and singing
some Country tunes. One song, Carla and Irene sang a duet. This was
a wonderful and refreshing experience, to mingle with the natives of
Sonoma, to understand their way of life and enjoy the beauty that Sonoma
has to offer. We didn't encounter any ghosts, but we did encounter the
hospitality of the people of Sonoma.
© Paul Dale Roberts October 2005
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