Sep 24, 2009

Merlin Meets Snoopy

Merlin Meets SnoopyMerlin adores his bright red MerlinMobile, always eager to hop into his traveling dog clubhouse. Having a wizardly namesake, Merlin has a nose for legend. Mention a flying doghouse and he sniffs out the renowned Snoopy, and Red Baron dogfights. Snoopy’s home is Santa Rosa, California where Charles Sparky Schulz drew the Peanuts Gang comic strip for 50 years. The Schulz Museum hosts a cute outdoor garden Snoopy Labyrinth, built by our pal Lea Goode-Harris.

Snoopy was also a fledgling writer, tapping his typewriter on his doghouse roof. Unlike Snoopy, some of our writer friends finished their novels. They brought them to the Sonoma County Book Festival. We went to see, loading the MerlinMobile for an autumn romp and writer rendezvous.

Merlin in Sonoma LabyrinthEn route through the town of Sonoma for the Valley of the Moon, we espied a labyrinth-suspicious garden beyond a church parking lot. With a quick u-turn at the Vallejo Home Sonoma State Historic Park, we did indeed discover a new labyrinth. The First Congregational Church of Sonoma was founded in 1871, and the labyrinth is a recent addition to their Memorial Garden.

Merlin Meets WritersSneaking the back road way into Santa Rosa, we arrived at Old Courthouse Square and hopped out to find our authors. Merlin immediately located one of his favorite writers, Kate Farrell, author of Girl in the Mirror. He had helped with her cover photography and website artwork, which features his favorite model, Karen Tomczak. After a quick photo op with Kate and Teresa LeYung Ryan, author of Love Made of Heart, Merlin spotted the Redwood Writers table. He was enthusiastically greeted by Ana Manwaring, Susan Littlefield, and Susan Bono. Searching for two of his loyal blog followers, Linda McCabe and Ann Wilkes, he interrupted lunch for Guy Biederman, a former fellow Art Works Downtown resident artist. We couldn’t find Molly Dwyer, because she’s in Paris! Great excuse.

Merlin Meets SnoopyLurking on the edge of the fest was Jo Cool, Surfer Snoopy, one of the 95 statues painted by local artists. Merlin was astonished that Snoopy was so huge, wondering about the size of his flying doghouse, and his biscuits. We sniffed Joe Cools along 4th Street, looking for his typewriter.

Merlin likes writers. They’re always eating. He likes helping out at writer events,Merlin Conference Badge especially those of the Marin Branch of the California Writers Club. They have meetings at Book Passage in Corte Madera and gala holiday parties. He earned a guest badge for their Writers Way Conference in the Marin Headlands, by attending more planning meetings than some of the two legged committee members. Whatever the event, Merlin makes sure all the snacks are tidied.
Merlin Writing at the Beach
Writers go to interesting places for inspiration. Wild, untamed places. Road trip places.
Write on! Ride on!

Santa Rosa romp: 84 miles

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