Mon01262015

Enchanté and 'Je Suis Charlie': Editor's Notebook

When it opens in a matter of weeks, Abby Ahrens’ Enchanté Boutique Hotel will mark the first hotel in the history of downtown Los Altos.

It seems elegant, fun and whimsical. Visitors are sure to enjoy their stays.

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The finishing touch: Haugh About That?

Examining my reflection in the full-length mirror, I carefully added a few finishing touches. First, the crystal, dangling earrings and cocktail ring; next, a gardenia-encrusted bonnet, beaded handbag, crimson red lipstick and blue eye shadow. Last came the pièce de résistance – a gray faux mink wrap and 2-inch plastic high heels. Even at 4 years old, I understood that an outfit wasn’t complete without the right accessories.

As the granddaughter of a silent-movie actress, being ready for your close-up was ingrained in my psyche from birth. Neither my grandmother nor my mother ever left the house without being completely dolled up and fluffed. Whether it was to the grocery store or a lavish party, they constantly looked like they stepped out of the pages of Vogue magazine.

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Predict the unpredictable in 2015: Editor's Notebook

For those loyal (thank you) Town Crier readers who have perused the paper for years, you’ve probably noticed by now that some of our front-page stories don’t change much from year to year. The Kiwanis Pet Parade? A requirement. The Festival of Lights Parade? A must.

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Bedridden: The Villaj Idiut

Every year, it’s difficult to shop for a Christmas present for my wife.

It’s not her fault. It’s mine.

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Holiday cheer: No Shoes, Please

Admittedly, the holidays are not my favorite time of year. I don’t like sharing streets and parking lots with a zillion other people who need to get their shopping done. I don’t like being reminded by a holiday doomsday countdown clock how little time I have left. I don’t like feeling burdened by the obligations of the season: cards, decorating, gift-buying, travel arrangements, feeling warm and fuzzy. In general, I don’t like requirements – Why do I have to be merry and bright? Why can’t I just be me, satisfied and dull?

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Lessons learned: A Piece of My Mind

Those of you who have been following my column for some time may remember a year ago when I wrote about my brother’s terrible accident, a fall from an extension ladder that broke both wrists and crushed his face. A year later, I am welcoming him as a guest columnist by passing on substantial parts of his Christmas letter, complete with some New Year’s resolutions that I hope we can all think about.

My brother’s words:

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Word play: The Villaj Idiut

This sounds like an oxymoron, but I have come to hate the word “like.”

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