Good, better, best



I have never considered the world a scary place. My parents raised me to seek and find the good. I have to admit, some days, it is challenging. I am a newshound. I have a deep desire to know and understand things. I love current events. I love pop culture. I flip on the national news. Nope. Listen to the world news on BBC radio. Nope. Scroll through social media. Nope. It’s just so much bad news. It is too much. The stock market is falling. Omicron threatens to be omnipresent. Gasoline prices are rising. A recession is looming.

The reality is there is always good news. The world, despite it all, is still a beautiful place with wonderful people. At the Pleasanton Express, we strive to bring you the good news. Sometimes we must deliver you bad or sad news, but we always try to do it with heart and care.

This week, please read Rebecca Raves. I love the sentiment of her column, which highlights the most wonderful Bountiful Blessings food pantry and a unique take on advent calendars. Please read our Holiday Give and Go page, which offers the community so many opportunities to give back and receive if you need.

We have two magnificent and magical holiday events in our community this weekend that offer all sorts of goodness. One is Vintage in Verdi which was created nine years ago by the brilliant and mutli-talented Kate Jasik. We featured Vintage in Verdi on the front page of last week’s Pleasanton Express. If you did not read it, go read or listen to it for free at As Kate calls it, it truly is the best and biggest show in the Southwest, with more than 100 of the most unique and fantastical vendors. VNV is an outdoor market for vintage, antique, retro, handcrafted and repurposed items. It is a place to hunt and find those perfect Christmas gifts for you and everyone on your list. Go now and follow Vintage in Verdi on Facebook. Read the Verdilizer in our Farm & Ranch section, which weekly highlights VNV vendors.

The second major event is the City of Pleasanton’s Merry on Main presented by Henson Theatres/ Plestex. This two-day Christmas festival has grown so much since it started three years ago that we created an eightpage special pull-out section to help you and your family plan your night and day. It’s filled with free family fun, including more than 70 food and craft/retail vendors, lighted Christmas parade, a firework show, a Merrier on Main “street dance,” petting zoo, ice slides, live Nativity, Santa photos, the Grinch and so much more.

At PISD Superintendent Dr. Matthew Mann’s memorial, his wife Sara said when his daughters, Kaytlyn and Emily, were little that every morning before they left his Jourdanton principal’s office to go to class, he would say “Good, better, best.” They had to answer back to him, “Never let it rest until your good is your better and your better is your best.” Dr. Mann carried that on as his daughters grew older. So, every morning he would text them GBB and they knew in their heart what it meant.

So, in the spirit of Dr. Mann, let’s do better than good. Let’s do our best. Start this weekend by going out in our community and doing your very best to make magical memories with those you love. Spread love, peace, happiness and joy. GBB!

NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher and Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at

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