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Practicing what we preach isn't always easy. Sure, I tell people to be patient when something hurts: rest, maybe walk or ride a bike instead for a week or two. But would I do that myself?

After several days of downpour the sun came out to play Sunday morning (appropriately), and my day began with a dog walk. I joined my friend Larry and his three-legged dog Maggie for a morning constitutional down Broadway and along the bay in the bird sanctuary.

Sunday was the day of the annual Bird Count and as if to make it easier, the largest number of shorebirds I've seen in Alameda were congregated along the marshy shoreline. It was really glorious. The birds swooped and turned and settled and cooed and twittered and the sun glistened on the water and the world was natural and bright.

The City Council is holding a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 16 and a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 16 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your two-sentence weekly news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Dave LeMoine was inspired by our recent column on the first families of Bay Farm Island to offer his own personal history on The Alamedan.

Dating back to the last two centuries, Alameda’s history has included farmers who worked the land. At Ploughshares Nursery, that history has come full circle.

Happy New Year!

Wait, what? Don't we have a few more weeks?

Ferry terminal closure: San Francisco Bay Ferry is shutting down its Main Street terminal this weekend to relocate the terminal’s ferry dock and install new passenger gangways. The terminal will be shut down Saturday and Sunday and is set to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. The ferry service is encouraging passengers to board at the Jack London Square terminal at 10 Clay Street in Oakland; free validated parking is available at the Washington Street Garage in Jack London Square, at 101 Washington Street. The $450,000 project is being funded by Alameda County’s Measure B sales tax for transportation.

This was the year I had to prove to the State of California that I was still capable of driving a car. Despite the fact that automobile use is a requirement of California living due to the dearth of public transportation, it is still treated as a privilege rather than the right it so clearly is. Caveats aside, I drove to the DMV in Oakland for my appointment.

The Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 9 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly headline review. Here’s what happened this week.

This week, I want to cover some actual local running!