I love this country. I get a little teary when I first see the American flag flying after a trip abroad, or when “The Star-Spangled Banner” rings out over an Olympic podium or a baseball field. My U.S. passport is my most prized possession. I pay my taxes willingly as “the price one pays for…

Having lived in big cities on both coasts, I marvel at the mix of pedestrians, pets, cars and all manner of wheeled transport at the crossroads in some of America’s busiest cities.

I get the post card: “Official Jury Summons.” I am on call for jury duty in Santa Clara Superior Court for a week. The new procedure is to sign in to a website at noon and 5 p.m. to find out whether I am on call to appear the next morning or afternoon.

El Camino Real, The King’s Highway, is a 600-mile commemorative route connecting the 21 Spanish missions in California. Today, many streets throughout the state that either follow or run parallel to the historical route still bear the “El Camino Real” name.

From time to time, people confuse Los Altos with Los Gatos. When I first moved to Los Altos, many of my friends couldn’t quite get my location right. As the “Los” separation is only 16 miles, those not in the know could be confused.

A millennial friend of mine, touring the Gettysburg battlefield with me, asked, “Why are there all these memorials glorifying people who fought for such a terrible cause?” It was a question I had never considered despite many visits to the battlefield.

You’ve seen them, popping up like mushrooms all over Los Altos. My husband and I call them “Oreo houses.” They are typically new construction, often built on spec, with the “For Sale” sign going up as soon as the lollipop trees are in the ground. They are painted stark white, almost always w…

Are you back navigating through your favorite supermarket (or whatever the proper terminology is these days)?

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My friend called me, her voice tinged with panic: “Do you think we should do this, with the delta variant and all?”

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It’s become a cliche to compare living in the year of COVID-19 lockdown to the movie “Groundhog Day,” in which Bill Murray’s character is doomed to relive the same day over and over until he gets it right. I’ve certainly had that feeling, as Laundry Day seems to come around faster and faster…

I was told at an early age that it’s not polite to listen in to other people’s conversations. Unfortunately, I never followed my parents’ advice.

Between work, kids, running errands and trying to relax, I understand it’s hard to find time to practice your family’s emergency preparedness. Although if last year taught us anything, we must make time, because local and national emergencies can affect every part of our daily lives. I’m exc…

Car commercials, automobile ads, sellathons and four-wheeled dream machines are cramming the airwaves these days with heaps of happy families on the road to nowhere. The avalanche of extras in these new mechanical magic carpets include everything from advanced autonomics to zero-interest pay…