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Getting High in Menlo Park

Our future is up in the air. Altitude figures prominently in Menlo Park's November ballot measure. The 'Save Menlo' initiative revamps - some might say 'elevates'...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Aug. 17, 2014
Last comment by Sam Tyler, on Aug 18, 2014 at 11:35 am | 1 comment | 566 Views

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To 'Save Menlo' – Save Caltrain

Aboard Caltrain's 4:56 evening southbound a fellow passenger approaches to talk about the rail line. We agree it's a great thing. He urges me to write more about...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Aug. 7, 2014
Last comment by housing advocate, on Aug 16, 2014 at 2:13 pm | 3 comments | 969 Views

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Aging and Training

Anyone who knows Caltrain knows Dexter. He is the archetypal conductor. Dexter could convincingly punch tickets on any American railroad...forever, it seems. Which...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jul. 30, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Aug 6, 2014 at 10:12 am | 2 comments | 601 Views

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A Street Fair by Any Other Name

It's reliably enjoyable, not to mention multifaceted and diverse...Menlo Park's public event of the year, the Connoisseur's Marketplace. And it's happening this...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jul. 17, 2014
Last comment by MenloShopper, on Jul 22, 2014 at 9:34 am | 3 comments | 788 Views

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World Cup Blues

My friend Julia opens the door to Peet's downtown, and she is fighting back tears. I would rush to her side, but a friend is comforting her. My brain scours the...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jul. 9, 2014
There are no comments yet. 388 Views

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Affordable Housing – We Can't Afford to Blow It

There's good news for Menlo Park on this, our day of independence, and it comes from the state legislature.... California raked in $872 million in cap-and-trade...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jul. 4, 2014
Last comment by Susanne Chang, on Jul 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm | 2 comments | 828 Views

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Age-Appropriate Behavior

"We're 67, darling. We're practically dead." This from one of my British cousins, currently driving a van around Greece with her husband and discoursing heavily...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jun. 27, 2014
There are no comments yet. 894 Views

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Save Menlo – Let's Get Real

A few years ago, I stumbled out of bed and made my jetlagged way to Menlo Park's Sunday farmer's market. Someone handed me a leaflet. Save Our Farmers Market. Alarmed,...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jun. 16, 2014
Last comment by ReadyForRisk, on Jun 20, 2014 at 10:59 am | 9 comments | 1583 Views

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Mysteries of Disabled Travel

What's no mystery is that we all grow older, travel gets harder...or does it? Maybe not. For the travel industry keeps adapting to our aging populace. So, as long...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jun. 8, 2014
There are no comments yet. 792 Views

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Downtown's Collision

Aside from leafy streets and property values, can't our fair suburb have some verve? Downtown's next small experiment – widening spaces for sidewalk cafés...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on May. 31, 2014
There are no comments yet. 945 Views

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The Real Work of 'Saving Menlo'

Precisely who wants to 'Save Menlo' – and from what? Some middle-aged property owners asked me to sign the recent petition. No downtown merchants seem to...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on May. 21, 2014
Last comment by Jane, on May 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm | 13 comments | 2067 Views

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Attack of the Memory-Killing Tomatoes

I don't know how they kill my memory,,,but I know why. To make me forget how much money I annually dump into home gardening. What's a writer guy in a wheelchair...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on May. 16, 2014
There are no comments yet. 975 Views

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'Fading Gigolo' Shines at the Guild

'Fading Gigolo,' now at the Guild, pleasantly defies expectations. This charming little film directed by John Turturro misleads with its title, and even its costar,...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on May. 9, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1649 Views

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I Was Internet Scammed

Utterly embarrassed, I admit to falling for an Internet phone scam. Well, not quite. I bailed out just in time. Still it was a close call. Busily at my desk one...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on May. 2, 2014
Last comment by software attorney, on May 7, 2014 at 9:27 am | 1 comment | 1695 Views

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Lascivious 'Lilith' at the PAC

For those who made it to the M-A Performing Arts Center for Sunday's matinee of 'Lilith the Night Demon,' congratulations. The San Francisco Choral Artists event...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on May. 6, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1568 Views

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Downtown Collides with Reality

Homeward from a long trip, the airport van reveals Menlo Park's quiet charms...and one not so quiet. A rush-hour train blasts across Ravenswood Avenue. There is...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 29, 2014
Last comment by whatever, on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:29 am | 2 comments | 1289 Views

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Life, Death and Rails

I try to avoid high-risk behavior...yet my last-minute dashes for Caltrain's 8:39 morning express border on suicidal. It's easy to forget that trains defy rules...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 20, 2014
Last comment by Paul Bendix, on Apr 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm | 3 comments | 2555 Views

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Life, Death and Rails

I try to avoid high-risk behavior...yet my last-minute dashes for Caltrain's 8:39 morning express border on suicidal. It's easy to forget that trains defy rules...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 20, 2014
There are no comments yet. 0 Views

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Medical Madness

The American healthcare 'system' is a kind of madness. And even a marginal improvement could make a big difference. That's why I'm sympathetic to Obamacare. My...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 18, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1720 Views

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Menlo Park's Youthful Future

An unusually warm evening in downtown Menlo Park and families with little kids are out in numbers. It's Wednesday, and the Off the Grid vans must be doing some business....

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 11, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Apr 16, 2014 at 3:05 pm | 6 comments | 25247 Views
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Touring the Southern California “Ivies:” Pomona and Cal Tech
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Chai Brisket
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Sometimes "I'm Sorry" Doesn't Cut It
By Cheryl Bac | 4 comments | 917 views

Couples: Parallel Play or Interactive Play?
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Getting High in Menlo Park
By Paul Bendix | 1 comment | 566 views