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News

LASD opens registration for online strategy sessions

As the Los Altos School District plans how to spend its $150 million in Measure N bond funds, its initial goal is to broaden community input.

Following an April 22 meeting, the district is casting a wider net in the hopes of soliciting feedback from...

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Schools

Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum

Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Community Health Awareness Council hosted a forum earlier this month where local students discussed the varied pressures they face.

Local students face enormous pressures in their lives, ranging from academic to social, but s...

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Community

Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum

Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum


Alda

Those who laughed along with Hawkeye Pierce on the long-running TV program “M*A*S*H*” would have enjoyed the recent Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series featuring actor Alan Alda.

Alda appeared May 13-15 at the Flint Center for...

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Sports

Eagles, Spartans advance

Eagles, Spartans advance


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High’s Lizzy Beutter registered three hits in last week’s playoff win over Watsonville. She was also the winning pitcher.

Led by Lizzy Beutter, host Los Altos High whipped Watsonville 9-0 in the opening ro...

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Comment

Giving the thumb to what's done: Editorial

In the wake of recent Los Altos-area news events, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-down: To the Los Altos City Council’s decision to put the Walter Singer bust in storage. This is wrong on so many levels – even worse than the initial council decision to tra...

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Special Sections

Planting is possible despite drought

Planting is possible despite drought


Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Wash the soilless mix off the root ball into the same container in which you have placed the clay soil from the planting hole. Remove at least an inch from the top and sides of the plant.

In this continuing dro...

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Business

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Kokko Inc. Makeup Director Meli Pennington, standing, tests different shades of foundation on Los Altos resident Karen Melchior.

Meli Pennington knows cosmetics.

She has painted faces for the pages of Vogue and Glamour,...

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Books

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair


In the 1920s, two married people fall in love, leave their spouses and children and set about living and traveling together. Affairs of this sort were considered shocking at the time. But the scandal was heightened given that the man was Frank Lloy...

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People

GUY WILSON SHOUP

Guy Wilson Shoup, 80, died on April 28, 2015, at his Palo Alto apartment, after a long period of ill health. Born on November 22, 1934, to Margaret Owen Shoup and to Jack Wilson Shoup (the second son of Paul Shoup, widely considered the founder of Lo...

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Travel

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds


Photos Courtesy of Dave Hadden
Los Altos residents Dave and Joan Hadden watched the scenery from the large boat and a smaller Zodiac.

Standing on the beach with hundreds of thousands of penguins is “the experience of a lifetime,” according to Ga...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'


courtesy of Los Altos Stage Company
The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” opens this weekend.

The Los Altos Stage Company caps its 19th season with the musical comedy “Urinetown: The Musical,” scheduled to preview Th...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Lessons in attending the perfect book club


I recently attended a book club meeting of five women. We were reviewing Dan Brown’s “Inferno” (Doubleday, 2013). Without spoiling the plot, I will tell you only that the crux is population control.

I approached the subject matter with interest but no particular personal agenda – or so I thought. I was very surprised at how quickly the topic became very personal among our members – and I confess, too, how when confronted with other people’s adamant opinions, I quickly spiraled into defending an opinion I didn’t even know I had until I was challenged. (“Who is this person?” I said to myself about myself!)

It can be difficult to find the perfect book club. If the group is on the small side, controversy can often become intense and confrontational (if not well managed by the discussion leader).

In larger groups, we may not feel invested enough in what others express simply because we don’t know them very well, and therefore don’t care deeply about their opinions.

Clubs of all sorts can be a great source of self-awareness if we are brave enough to participate. Of course, there is no perfect club. We come together to learn, share and grow in ways that we cannot do on our own.

There can be great pleasure in the give-and-take of thoughts and opinions. It’s an old saying that God in his wisdom gave us two ears and only one mouth for a good reason: We should listen more than we speak and respect the layers of human experience that make us unique as individuals and interesting as a group.

“Perfect,” then, takes on a new meaning. A perfect book club is a place to share a story written by someone else and, in that process, learn more about our own stories – that personal internal dialogue that can give us clues as to why we are the way we are. Sometimes, if we listen closely, we may hear something we don’t like, or no longer agree with. Then we get to experience the rush of power that is truly ours and ours alone: the power to change our minds for the better.

So, the next time you read a book, remember to “read” yourself as you think about the book and talk about it with your club or friends. Silently question your own thoughts and opinions – and if you don’t agree with them anymore, then do a quick rewrite on yourself. We are, after all, the authors of our own lives.

I’m just saying ... after you figure out what you think and feel, don’t read too much into what others think. They are just showing you their stories, too. No book review required.

Sharon Lennox-Infante is a Certified Life Coach who lives and works in Los Altos. For more

information, visit sharonlennox.com.

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