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Spiritual Life

Baha'i perspective highlights extremes of wealth in local area

From the viewpoint of someone who has recently moved to Silicon Valley, the region’s contrast between the extremes of wealth and poverty is astounding.

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Spiritual Briefs

LAUMC hosts Christmas craft-making event for families

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled “Creekside Christmas” for families 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in the church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The event will feature Christmas crafts, music, games and snacks.

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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).

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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.

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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:

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