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.

Letters to the Editor

Downtown park would be community asset

I am writing to express my excitement about the prospect of a permanent open space downtown, as proposed by Los Altos Community Investments (LACI).

By the time this letter is published, I hope the Los Altos City Council will have approved negotiating with LACI to construct this park.

Editorial: Give the gift of reaching out

The best gift you can give this holiday season is to help someone you don’t know.

Despite what all those car ads with the bows tell you, the spirit of Christmas lies not in materialism, but in the gift of love. Above all else, give your family and friends love. Give help to those who need it. And smile quietly with the satisfaction that you’ve made a difference. No one needs to know. You helped because it was the right thing to do.

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.

Letters to the Editor

Smaller dams would better serve flood control

According to the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s map, the district has the responsibility of controlling the flash flooding of Steven’s Creek and Permanente Creek. As a result, the district has a plan to make a detention basin at Rancho San Antonio Park. This $50 million project is slated to start this month, as reported in the Town Crier.

If you are familiar with Rancho San Antonio Park, you will notice, looking at maps of the detention pond area, that at least one-quarter of that mapped area is steep hillside (the east side of the project pond).

Other Voices: Eager to work for LASD students

The recent passage of Measure GG to renew expiring parcel-tax funding for our schools reminded me just how grateful I am to be part of a community that deeply values education.

As I step into my new role on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, I am excited to continue this area’s rich history of academic excellence and tackle issues facing our community. Enrollment growth is far and away one of the most pressing issues. Having served as co-chairwoman of the campaign to pass Measure N in 2014, I am honored to hit the ground running to address this important issue and solidify a long-term plan that can serve current and future generations.

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.

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