Other Voices: Ode to summers past


This is my favorite place. It’s not exotic – it’s just the barn and field adjacent to my parents’ house, which I’m lucky enough to come home to because my parents still live in the house I grew up in.

Fish out of water


My favorite joke is the one about two fish swimming down a river. They pass a fisherman sitting on the riverbank who calls out to the pair, “Hey fellas, how’s the water?”

“Just fine!” they respond, and continue on their way. Moments later, however, one fish stops, confused, and turns to the other one to ask, “What’s water?”

A Piece of My Mind: A modern-day visionary

On my travels in June, I met a modern-day visionary. His name is Zachary Brown and he is the co-founder, executive director and so far the sole employee of the Inian Islands Institute, a center designed, according to his business card, to provide “Experiential living and learning in the Wilderness of Southeast Alaska.”

Zach was raised in in Gustavus, Alaska, a town of 400 people at the northern end of the Alaskan panhandle, surrounded on three sides by Glacier Bay National Park and on the fourth by Icy Strait. Gustavus is accessible only by boat and seaplane. When the residents of Gustavus feel the need to escape the hustle and bustle of town, they visit the Hobbit Hole.

Haugh About That?: Setting me free

As I stood ready to say goodbye, I shuddered. We’d been through a lot: four children, celebrations, the death of loved ones and my divorce. For 35 years, my girlfriend held my hand through it all, but it was time to let her go.

In 1982, my former husband and I went on the hunt for the perfect house. It was a buyer’s market and properties sat, allowing shoppers time to make their choices. After a month of seeing everything there was to see, we decided on a ranch-style home in a quiet enclave in south Los Altos.

Life in the Hills: Other Voices

Ten years ago, I went kicking and screaming to the Hills of Los Altos from our beloved home near Almond School. I had friends to the right of us, friends to the left – there I was. But then I wasn’t. Up in the Hills, down the long driveway, in our new flag lot on an acre, I was afraid I would never get to know my neighbors that I couldn’t see out my window.

But little by little, the charms of our semirural town of Los Altos Hills have revealed themselves to me. Much of the credit goes to my Portuguese water dogs, first Shasta and now Maverick. Two times a day these friendly, energetic, sweet companions required some kind of exercise, which translates into many hours spent walking around the neighborhood. We met our neighbors, also out walking, driving by or dragging their trash cans to the curb.

Touched by God: The Villaj Idiut

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Father’s Day at Lake Tahoe featured this spectacular sunset. More photos can be found on the Town Crier’s Facebook page (facebook.com/losaltostowncrier).

I have been on this Earth for nearly a half-century. I have always thought, if I died tomorrow, that I’d be OK with it, that I’d lived a full life and seen and experienced more than the average person.

And then I witnessed a sunset in Lake Tahoe on Father’s Day, and it was a reaffirmation of life. To the point that I wondered: What else could be out there that I’ve missed and didn’t know?

No Shoes, Please: A Sunday matinee


Years ago, I was sitting in a theater awaiting a performance of the Broadway hit “Dreamgirls.” Next to me sat a petite, elderly woman – 10 of whom you could easily stuff into the trunk of your car.

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