Hank Mattimore is the Chair of the Sonoma County Juvenile Justice Commission.
2343 Avenida De Las Brisas
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
My mind is all over the place. Can you relate? I'm like a kite on a windy autumn day, flying this way and that way.
Date posted: 2013-12-04
The Creator has his own plans for our lives and the lives of wounded teens and traumatized vets and ill-nourished children. We are part of the plan and God or the Universe or the Spirit invites us to be part of the solution but we are not the whole show.
Date posted: 2013-11-11
My brother Dan and I were reminiscing the other day about Dan's high school basketball career.
Date posted: 2013-11-03
My wife Kathleen passed almost eight years ago, but she is with me still. I don't think of her all the time but at certain times, I feel her presence and know that she is still with me on my journey.
Date posted: 2013-09-21
Religion is getting quite a bit of media coverage these days. The election of a new Pope for the Catholic Church made quite a splash. TV and other media enjoy speculating on what effect Pope Francis will have on the worldwide membership of the Catholic Church.
Date posted: 2013-08-27
There is a sleeper of a movie out now with the unlikely title of "What Maisie Knew." Based on a Henry James's short novel, it tells the story of the breakup of a marriage seen entirely through the eyes of a sad and wise little girl named Maisie.
Date posted: 2013-07-13
What is the saying? "No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child."
Date posted: 2013-06-22
Every year, the Juvenile Justice Commission of Sonoma County sponsors an essay contest for youth caught up in the Juvenile Justice System, whether residing at Juvenile Hall or in one of the group homes or alternative schools scattered throughout the county.
Date posted: 2013-05-18
Legacies come in different forms. For the rich and famous, it is wonderful that they can leave libraries and papers and all the things that make people sit up and notice them for all they have done. I have no quarrel with that but I am in awe of a man who showed up in the life of a kid who was starved for affection and respect and love and gave him all three. Now there's a legacy.
Date posted: 2013-04-29
It was quiet as the Trappist monks lay to rest the body of Brother John. But then, it's always quiet at a monastery. The monks thrive on silence as much as our modern world hungers for noise.
Date posted: 2013-04-20
A Latina mom comes into the meditation chapel with her little girl. The girl, who looks to be about ten-years-old, kneels with her mother. Mom brings out a prayer book and mother and daughter kneel close together reading from the same book.
Date posted: 2013-03-26
We need to really SEE these kids; put ourselves in their tennis shoes. It is not their fault that they find themselves in foster care. And, like the man on the stair, wishing they would go away will not make it happen.
Date posted: 2013-03-16
The God I believe in has another name. The name is both simple and profound. Everybody knows what it means, because like the air we breathe, it is everywhere. God's other name is love.
Date posted: 2013-02-18
The words in the title are taken from an excellent book by Clair Huffaker called the Cowboy and the Cossack. Set in the period of history when the Tsar ruled Russia with an iron fist, the story is about a cattle-trading outfit from Montana who sold a herd of 500 long horn cattle to a group of anti-Tsarist rebels in Russia.
Date posted: 2013-01-17