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Food & Wine

Citrus-y beers celebrate summer

Citrus-y beers celebrate summer


Derek Wolfgram/Special to the Town Crier
Session beers offer an alcohol content low enough to sustain sipping through a long, lazy picnic. Local breweries are celebrating the citrus hop style now in vogue with other fruit-forward influences.

With the h...

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Your Health

Reading in sign,  ink and song

Reading in sign, ink and song


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A baby girl learns sign language during a program offered Wednesdays at the Los Altos Library.

Visit Los Altos Library’s community room on a Wednesday afternoon and you’ll see its plain gray expanse descend into ...

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Your Home

Gardening for life: Strategies to make it easy

Gardening for life: Strategies to make it easy


Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Succulents are a good choice for a small, low-maintenance garden that needs minimal water. Combine a variety of interesting colors and shapes.

If aches and pains are starting to limit your ability to garden, then g...

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On The Road

A different kind  of driving school

A different kind of driving school


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The Andersons observe Bixby Bridge – located on Highway 1 near Big Sur – from a dirt road during their recent Land Rover Experience Driving School lesson.

It is always exciting to do something youR...

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Senior Lifestyles

Monkey business: Senior Program volunteers lift spirits of sick kids

Monkey business: Senior Program volunteers lift spirits of sick kids


Photo Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Senior Program volunteers – affectionately known as The Monkey Toy Ladies – make sock monkeys to comfort sick children.

Last year, nearly 400 children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital received a special ...

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Wedding To Remember

The Veils of Time

The Veils of Time


Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum

For a new spin on the Town Crier’s “Peek into the Past,” the Los Altos History Museum has been gathering historical local wedding photos and the stories behind them.

Frances Elizabeth Shoup, second...

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Your Kids

Back to School

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?


Courtesy of Hollis Bischoff
This chart compares the rate of Early Decision acceptances with the overall acceptance rate at various colleges.

As students apply to an ever-increasing list of schools, colleges are challenged to predict accurately whether ...

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Underwear or outerwear?: The Living Experiment

A few years ago at a junior high school orientation, one mother asked about the school's dress code. The principal deadpanned, "We tell the students that we do not wish to see their underwear." This drew a huge laugh, because nowadays it isn't clear why they call it underwear since much of it isn't under anything.

I'm no prude, but when I was a teenager, I went to great lengths to make sure my underwear was covered up. Tank tops with spaghetti straps were completely out of the question. I even remember using safety pins to attach my bra straps to my sleeveless tops, because exposing any part of a brassiere simply was not done.

My, have times changed. Apparently bra straps are very much in style, judging by how many of them I see on my son's high school campus. I guess I should be grateful that the girls are even wearing bras, since their skintight tops appear to be sprayed on. Their pants are sprayed on, too, and it isn't unusual to see the skinny little straps of thong underwear peeking out.

To be sure, these girls are darling and have spectacular figures, but oh my! Thank heavens for winter when at least some of them don sweatshirts. With the weather soon to warm, I'm sure we'll be seeing more and more Lily of France. It's a wonder the boys can function.

In all fairness, I should mention that boys are not immune to the peekaboo underwear craze. On any given day if you were to lift my freshman son's T-shirt, you might be able to read the words "It's all about me" on the elastic band of his SpongeBob SquarePants boxers. His affliction is mild, though, compared to many of the boys on his campus whose waistbands fall below - yes, below - their rear ends. Funny how the belts they wear don't seem to help much. These young men have to do a bowlegged John Wayne cowboy strut just to keep their trousers from cascading to the ground.

It's a riot watching these boys try to get around. The rebel in me wants to sneak up behind them and give their jeans a swift little tug, sending those babies to the ankles. It wouldn't take much. I want to tell them, "Listen, Buddy. As a woman who owns high-heeled shoes, I am no stranger to fashion over function, but you guys can't take two steps without almost losing your drawers. 'Sagging,' by the way, makes your waist look really long and your legs look really short. Most unflattering."

Somewhere along the way, it became more of a fashion faux pas for boys to air their knees than their underwear. Clueless clothing designers have forced growing boys to buy cavernous sizes just to avoid the dreaded knee exposure. The result is huge pants that ride ridiculously low on the hips, cover the knees and display Tony the Tiger boxers for all the world to see. This is one silly trend. What teenage boys think is bling bling looks totally dorky in the eyes of anyone over the age of 21.

As far as the girls go, let's blame Madonna. Flagrantly flaunting her underwear as outerwear, Madonna set the trashy standard for America's future pop princesses. Cyndi Lauper, the Spice Girls, Britney Spears - the list goes on and on. Before we knew what hit us, teenage girls across the land were following suit, horrifying their parents every time they walked out the door.

And now, along comes Janet Jackson.

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