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The year of no fear: Haugh About That?

Arriving at the popular exercise venue SoulCycle, I noticed that the lobby was filled with young athletes dressed in fashionable Lululemon workout gear that aggressively stretched against their bulging muscles.

Realizing that I was the only person of mature status in the room, I grabbed my daughter Jenni’s arm and asked nervously, “Am I in trouble?”


The Villaj Idiut: Mined games

This is a story about obsession.

It is a story about anger and justice and revenge and righteousness and arrogance and hubris and criminality. It is all that. That is true.

Haugh About That?: The gift you can't return

 

With my nimble fingertips ripping through the paper, I couldn’t wait to open my Christmas surprise. Mom had been alluding to it all week – how cute it was, how wonderful it would look on me and that it was the perfect color for my complexion. Throwing the paper onto the floor, I tore the box open, pushed the tissue aside, then gasped in horror.

A new start: A Piece of My Mind

I attended school for 17 formative years, so I usually think of my personal new year starting in September. The “Happy New Year” greeting in January seemed like a weak attempt to create a festivity amid the darkest time of the year, not related to when real new beginnings were happening.

Pea-brained regulation: The Villaj Idiut

At this time of year, with all of the unhealthy food rolling around, I love to get a salad.

There is, to me, nothing like going to a salad bar to get a piece of lettuce and pile on top of it a pound of cheese, some croutons, a few braised short ribs, some croutons, a couple of those tiny corn on the cobs, some croutons, one or three pig’s knuckles, some croutons and a backhoe full of blue cheese dressing.

No Shoes, Please: Healing massage

 

Twice a month, I get a massage from Josh, who activates a lot of healing in my body. But make no mistake: Josh is no spa date. In fact, his massages are pretty painful. He doesn’t smooth out the knots; he bludgeons them to death with inordinately strong, persistent hands. He breaks down everything: scar tissue, twisted muscles, rumpled ligaments – you name it, he will work at them with hardened fingers until previously frozen tissue becomes pliable and smooth.

Editorial: December already, and we're all thumbs

Hard to believe, but we’re already into the month of December and heading toward the end of the year. It’s been a busy time in the wake of last month’s election, holiday activities and some key ongoing issues our local officials continue to grapple with. So without further ado, we offer the following thumbs:

Thumbs-up: To the volunteers of the wonderful Festival of Lights Parade Association for putting on arguably the best event of the year in downtown Los Altos. This year’s event, held Nov. 27, featured more than 60 entries, including the new circus-themed train sponsored by the Town Crier. Our publisher Paul Nyberg donned his engineer’s suit and steered the train along the parade route, lined with one of the biggest crowds in recent memory. Thanks to the loyal parade organizers, the parade provides great entertainment, especially for the little ones, and usually goes off without a hitch. The annual parade is a big part of what makes Los Altos special, and we shouldn’t take it for granted.


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