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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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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

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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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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