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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Slowing time: The Rockey Road

It’s difficult to think of my husband as a grown man. When we met, he had blonde hair that was kind of long, big green eyes and was on the skinny side; he looked like a surfer and was oh, so cute. We were barely in our 20s and he was my boyfriend, not my manfriend. Now, my husband still has blonde hair – OK, with a little gray mixed in – he still has beautiful, big green eyes and he has added some nice muscle to that skinny body. He is still oh, so cute. But I don’t remember him turning in his boy badge for a man badge. He’s still the same guy I met 24 years ago. He looks a little different, but it seems that time has stood still for him.

When something gives, something takes, and while time has stood still for my husband, time has sped up for my son. In just four short years, my little boy will technically be a man. I’m catching my breath from saying that.

I savored the moments with my baby as best I could in anticipation of the time he would no longer fit on my lap or when his voice would change so much that I’d hardly recognize it on the phone. I dismissed all of the advice directing me to let go and make him be independent, even if he wasn’t ready. I knew back then that time was going to fly by, and I held my son a little closer every time an older parent reminded me of that rude fact. With all my might, I held on to our time.

But the time still slipped through my clutched fingers, and now I find myself fighting even harder to slow it down. I spent most of my summer waiting for the reality of my son starting high school to hit me, hard. At the same time, I braced myself with the understanding that my perception of life is up to me. If I could keep focused on each day’s words and moments, I could slow time a bit. If I really listen to my son talk instead of listening while reading mail or cleaning the kitchen, I could attach the inflections in his voice to the slight movements of his face. I could take note of the subtle changes instead of being shocked when they’d developed behind my back.

I’m glad to have stumbled on to this new way of thinking, now, when I still have another lifetime ahead of me. My son and my beautiful daughter, who I can’t even begin to think of as a woman, still have many phases to go through and will always need my husband and me. Maybe we can’t wipe their tears away in a rocking chair anymore, but we can soak it all in, even when they are just talking about their day.

Coincidentally, as I write, I am listening to Dave Matthews Band. My husband, my manly husband, and I have been fans since before our son was born. The song playing right now, “Everyday,” is one my son loved and sang when he was 2 years old. We have been taking our children to Dave concerts since they were toddlers, and when we saw the band again a few months ago, we were taken back through the years with every song.

I am thankful for the times I can watch my children sleep, or gaze out of the window at my husband in the garden, or dance with all three of them to Dave songs. The years are flying by, but I will do my best to observe with deliberation as my children grow into adults, by taking the time to focus every day.

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