Mattimore, Hank
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Hank Mattimore is the Chair of the Sonoma County Juvenile Justice Commission.

2343 Avenida De Las Brisas
Santa Rosa, CA 95405



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Where oh Where is Love?

Do you recall the scene from the musical "Oliver" when little Oliver gazes out the window to the busy street below and his loneliness at being an orphan flows over into his voice as he sings, oh so plaintively, "Where oh where oh where is love?"

Date posted: 2015-09-23

Alone With a New Grandson

Little Ben and I are having a staring contest. He will win. Nobody in the world can outlast the stare of a two-month old baby. I wonder, for the upteenth time, what is going on in his head. Is he thinking anything at all?

Date posted: 2015-09-05

Mondays at "Juvie"

Monday afternoons at juvenile hall are laundry folding days. A staff person and three or four of the kids are buried in the week's laundry of institutional gray shorts and shirts. Each inmate gets his weekly supply which he takes to his own cell, his uniform du jour.

Date posted: 2015-07-06

Kudos To Cato the Elder

Cato, the Elder, Roman statesman and philosopher, started to study Greek at the age of 80. When questioned by a younger friend why he was taking up a brand new language so late in life, Cato was said to reply "Well it's the only time I have left."

Date posted: 2015-04-06

Some Cool Things About Being 80

Youngins may think that being 80 years old has got to be the pits but, wait a second Sonny, there's lots of perks besides those senior discounts at the movies. Take it from a dude who is living it; it ain't all bad. Here's a few things, most silly, some serious to keep in mind as you travel inexorably on your own personal journey towards the big 80.

Date posted: 2015-03-30

Our Undeclared "War" on Kids

We are a bellicose nation. Even if the cause is just we like to label our initiatives as "wars." In the Kennedy-Johnson era we launched a war on poverty. For the past number of years we have (mostly misspent) our billions on fighting the war on drugs.

Date posted: 2015-03-17

Valentine's Day Story

My late beloved wife, Kathleen, told me this true story of her Valentine's Day visit to her elderly parents many moons ago, I found it touching.

Date posted: 2015-03-17

Return to Wonder

Odd that we elders do not often share with youth the wonders of old age.

Date posted: 2015-01-11