Shanti Emerson is a breath of fresh air on The Union’s otherwise grumpy Op-Ed page

What a refreshing change to read Shanti Emerson’s column on The Union’s Op-Ed page instead of the typical yammering,  grumpy, “get of my lawn,” “anti-this,” “anti-that” diatribes that dominate its pages. (You know who you are).

I’ve gotten to know Shanti over the years (I think we first met at an event at The Center for the Arts), and I have always appreciated her “glass is half full” approach to life, not just our region. I’ve enjoyed meeting her partner, Jivat, too. A very interesting man.

Some excerpts from Shanti’s column:

-“I sold my San Francisco Victorian and bought a ranch style house on Banner. I have always been grateful for that choice.”

-“Music? Of course, all over the place.”

-“Then there is the Nevada County Fair with bands, magicians, paintings, photographs, carnival rides, rodeos, quilts, canned fruits, and animals raised by FFA students, and most of all, Treat Street to get our favorite baked potato, corn dog or chicken teriyaki.”

-“More? Yes, look at all the organizations one can join … interest groups, international service clubs, local nonprofits like Utah’s Place or Women of Worth.”

Then I read the regular disclaimer on The Union’s column and it made me laugh out loud:  “Shanti Emerson is a Nevada County resident and a member of The Union Editorial Board. Her opinions are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board or its members.”

No kidding! LOL.


Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

6 thoughts on “Shanti Emerson is a breath of fresh air on The Union’s otherwise grumpy Op-Ed page”

  1. And on the flip side here’s what I’m talking about. Barry and Tim would be much happier in Harvey, Illinois!

    Barry Pruett, January 19, 2018 at 6:56 AM
    Pelline is a tool. Lol. Many native Californians think that California is all that and a bowl of cherries, but over the past 20 years, the rest of the country went from viewing California as the Golden State to a joke. Now people in California are seeing that and leaving in droves. The next 20 years will be interesting as the debts pile up here and the money leaves.

    March 20, 2018 at 11:34 PM
    Barry you are correct and the younger folks should consider states other than California.
    My family and I moved up here in 1998 and purchased a great property and remodeled it on Old Auburn Road 1-1/2 miles from the Fairgrounds.
    That is great advice for the 20 to 40 year old’s, but I am 74 years old and am set financially and should have bailed when prices were high in 2005-2006.
    Tim Gore

  2. I caught that too Jeff. Shanti’s column was wonderful in describing this area. I felt the same way when I moved here. As to the “Grumpy Old Men”, no one is forcing them to live here.

      1. Wouldn’t they be money ahead if they sold their homes (if they aren’t renting) and moved there?

  3. Great article, Shanti! Even though we do have problems to solve, my guess is that we are one of the most artistically inclined rural county anywhere in the country. I’m always touting our music, theater, and arts scene to people I meet from elsewhere.

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