Spiritual Life

New book uncovers latest conversion of the Valley of the Heart's Delight

In the years since the Valley of the Heart’s Delight evolved from orchards and vineyards to computer chips and code, a plethora of articles, films and books have documented the phenomenal transition. Los Altos resident Skip Vaccarello joined the gathering gang emigrating from the East Coast to become vice president of operations with VisiCalc and soon established himself as one of the many innovative and knowledgeable members of the computer technology revolution.

He, too, has published a book about the astounding conversion of Silicon Valley, but his perspective reveals the neglected but no less remarkable revolution quietly infiltrating the unique horde of immigrants. He eschews reporting on his personal successes or those of the new migrants, instead exploring and exposing the subtle transformation currently spreading throughout the area in his book “Finding God in Silicon Valley: Spiritual Journeys in a High-Tech World” (Creative Team Publishing, 2015).


LAUMC hosts Harvest Craft Faire

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its annual Harvest Craft Faire 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The event will feature a large selection of handcrafted items, made by more than 55 artisans and church members.


Faith and self-sabotage: Waiting for the other shoe to drop

Sometimes our own faulty thinking can sabotage our happiness. For instance, when something wonderful happens, we may find that we can’t fully enjoy it because our minds immediately begin to tell a story that goes something like this:


Healthy marriages preserve the couple at the heart of a family

I’m watching the marriage of my friends disintegrate. It is painful to watch, and the bad thing is that it didn’t need to happen. You can chalk this article up as general marriage advice, and not specifically a Christian message. But as I believe God likes and blesses marriages, Christianity strives to support healthy marriages all around, too.

Anyway, to my friends. What happened is unfortunately commonplace. In a healthy marriage the primary bond, the primary relationship in the family, is between mom and dad. All other relationships in the family revolve around the bond between spouses, like planets orbiting the sun. What can happen if families aren’t careful is that mom can form a new primary bond with a child or the children, leaving dad on the outside of the family looking in. This isn’t the part that breaks families up. It isn’t good, but everyone can live with this situation for a while.


Spiritual Briefs

Christ Episcopal Church celebrates Oktoberfest

Christ Episcopal Church has scheduled a family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.

The event will feature the Sunday Seven Accordion Band, German food, beverages and children’s activities led by teachers from Ventana School.


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