• Dennis Kostecki Sausalito
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The closing of Sausalito’s 60-year-old movie theatre is going to be a tremendous loss for the community and for its loyal resident moviegoers. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1998 and aware of the importance of cinema for all ages (and with an occasional opera to boot) the cultu…

  • By Mike Read Novato History Museum
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Stanford University is to receive the “Cease Firing” telegram that ended the world war. The telegram was sent by Major George D. Beaumont and was sought after by the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress and other organizations, but the valuable document has been elected to go to Stanford University.

  • Bill Leeman Local Essay
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To get rid of some of the fat that has accumulated lately around my face and neck, I figured I better do something, lest I be mistaken for a big tub o’ guts.

  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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The Anglican Communion, for the uninitiated, is a confederation of Christian groups that makes up the third largest Christian organization in the world. The largest is the Roman Catholic Church, the second is the Eastern Orthodox and the third is the Anglican Communion. 

  • John Philipp Just My Take
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Here’s the way Super Bowl reportage should be conducted. The Marinscope Community Newspapers could score a huge coup by having an actual on-site reporter in San José to email exclusive stories direct from the action.

  • By Elaine Hamill One Thing or Another
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My husband and I increasingly find ourselves on email lists to receive grim, unsolicited advertising for walk-in bathtubs, retirement seminars with free meals but limited seating, burial insurance, discounts on cremation, MediCare supplements, and the occasional Rolex watch look-alike or mail-order Russian girlfriend. 

  • By Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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In the last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama paused no less than 77 times for planned standing ovations. Here’s the dirty little secret: Presidents since Ronald Reagan have issued advanced texts of their State of the Union speeches … with cues to the audience inserted for when to applaud.  

  • Compiled by Mike Read Novato History Museum
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The boys class of the Presbyterian Sunday school will hold a candy sale at H. Pini & Co.’s store on Tuesday, January 13. Proceeds will be used to help pay for a flag that the Sunday school is raising funds for.”

  • By John Philipp Marinscope contributor
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In this day of instant communication, total transparency and immediate access, a time where a tabla rasa has morphed into a tablet library, I think it’s time to slow down, take a deep breath and salute the local bookstore. I have Book Passage at Corte Madera in mind because it is the store I am most familiar with, and because they are an excellent representation of the total literary experience — discovering, reading, listening and learning. 

  • By Marty Orgel Marinscope contributor
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This is a story about an aging parent, a mom, and the emerging sandwich-generation here in Marin and across the world. It is a story about middle-aged adults with elderly parents and dependent children still at home. 

  • By Elaine Hamill Marinscope contributor
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So we’ve got this new girl in our lives. Her name is Alexa, and she sits on the kitchen counter.

  • By John Philipp Marinscope contributor
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Making New Year’s resolutions is a lonely business. You can create lists, have discussions with friends, and read celebrities’ vows on the Internet. But you make or break promises to yourself on your own.

  • By Steven Kalas Marinscope contributor
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September 1999 – I’m sitting at an elementary school lunchroom table across from my middle son, a first grader. He’s torn through his peanut butter sandwich and ritz-bits crackers with a chocolate milk chaser. Time for desert.

  • By John Philipp Marinscope contributor
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A recent hospital bill reminded me of the time I checked into a hotel with my kids and forgot to tell them to stay out of the mini-bar. A few mornings later, our checkout invoice arrived under the door complete with charges for a multitude of sodas, a plethora of candy bars and, if my math is correct, several tons of Macadamia nuts. 

  • By Marty Orgel Whistlestop
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Two new trends are developing when it comes to charitable gift giving. And it could be good news for seniors in Marin. One trend is that more and more donors are getting directly involved with organizations they support, from volunteering onsite, to reviewing who sits on charitable and non-p…

  • By Steven Kalas Marinscope contributor
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All the great tales begin with it. All the best stories are thusly introduced. Countless times did my mother speak the familiar words as she read folk and fairy tales to me at bedtime:

  • Novato Mayor Pat Eklund
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I was pleasantly surprised to see the article entitled “Eklund sets new direction for Novato” published on the front page of Novato Advance in the Dec. 16-22 issue.

  • By Peter Richmond Marinscope contributor
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Given who she was, I don’t know with any certainty, but I can guess. ‘Emma,’ above, refers to the author of the well-known poem that is prominently placed on the Statue of Liberty. In part, it reads,

  • By John Philipp Marinscope Newspapers
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As I sat on the sofa recovering from Thanksgiving dinner, I started thinking about how, once again, I found myself in the middle of The Holidaze. Do not try this at home — thinking is a dangerous activity on a full stomach.

  • By Steven Kalas Human Matters
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I wonder if anybody back then intended the glaring irony of placing The Feast of the Nativity (Christmas) squarely on the winter solstice – the longest, darkest, often coldest night of the year. Think about it.

  • By Fred Mayer Marinscope Newspapers
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As most of you know, for most people driving represents freedom, control and independence. It enables us to get to the places we want or need to go. It is important economically: some of us drive as part of our job to and from work. Driving is a complex skill. Our ability to drive safely can be affected by changes in our physical, emotional and mental conditions, as well as texting on your phones.

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  • By Alison Hermance WildCare Bay Area
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Although it may be tempting to share your carbohydrate-rich treats with the animals like ducks or other animals that enjoy them so much, you’re not helping the animals by feeding them.

  • Compiled by Mike Read Novato History Museum
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The high school mass meeting in the Community House, drew a large crowd of interested citizens to hear the discussions and action on the proposition of Novato school district joining the San Rafael high school. A. M. Winstead, president of the Chamber of Commerce, called the meeting to order, and after stating the object of the gathering turned the gavel over to J.R. Thompson, chairman of the committee appointed to investigate all facts possible in the matter.

  • By Steven Kalas Marinscope contributor
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A two-year-old having a tantrum on the floor at Kohl’s is as successful in communicating what he wants. There is no reasoning, no understanding, no room for negotiation or discussion.

  • By John Philipp Marinscope contributor
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This December my mother will be 100 years old. It seems a timely occasion to make some suggestions for her next 100 years. It’s never too late to learn new tricks, regardless of all the adages to that effect. Here’s the first draft of my birthday letter to her. Any suggestions would be welcome, except typos. I’ll leave the typos for her to find and correct me on.

  • By Elaine Hamill Marinscope contributor
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Yet another gunman, armed with a semiautomatic rifle and some misguided religious rage, shoots up a Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three and wounding nine. No surprise when it turns out he lived alone in a trailer on the outskirts of Nowhere, and was known for domestic abuse, peeping tom attempts, and soliciting S&M on the Internet.

  • By John Philipp Marinscope contributor
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Apparently, rules are for wimps. This is my considered opinion as an astute observer of the American society. We love to put rules in place — for other people. When it comes to us, we usually give ourselves an exemption, allow ourselves to cut corners and consider our personal view as the deciding “second opinion” even in complex medical situations.

  • By Steven Kalas Marinscope contributor
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Thanksgiving Day is, hands down, my favorite American holiday because it’s the one holiday that commercial greed cannot yet find a way to significantly exploit. Not even institutional religion can find a way to exploit it. It’s just so ... pure.

  • By Erika Vaughn Aging in Marin
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I finally have a job I truly love, a role that allows me to come into work with a smile on my face and in my heart. As Whistlestop’s Meals on Wheels Supervisor, I get to see first-hand how welcome our meals are and the good our drivers do when they make deliveries to recipients who are isolated and homebound.

  • Compiled by Mike Read Novato History Museum
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As will be seen by advertisement in another column, the Traveler’s Service Station, situated at the corner of Redwood Highway and Olive Avenue, will be opened to the public today, under the management of Benson & Verzar.

  • By Peter Richmond Marinscope contributor
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As I write this, I am weeping. Once again, for no valid reason, some individuals — I won’t call them people because I don’t want to denigrate the term — have taken it upon themselves to cold bloodedly murder innocent others. The events in Paris are beyond any sane comprehension. Cowards —monsters — using explosives and AK-47’s attacked multiple places in the City of Light, killing dozens and wounding hundreds, all in the name of their perverted religious and political beliefs!

  • Compiled by Mike Read Novato History Museum
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Every county in the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway district, with the exception of Mendocino, gave the bridge bond a handsome majority. Del Norte, furthest away and will receive the least benefit, favored the project.

  • By Steven Kalas Marinscope contributor
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Of my favorite insecurities is my fear of being perceived as glib. Truth is, my preferred persona is glib. When it works for me, it comes off as casual, easy, nonchalant. Not stiff. It puts people at ease. When it doesn’t work, it comes off as unthinking, unreflecting, cocky. The inability to take things seriously.

  • By John Philipp Marinscope contributor
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The Bridgeway Gym changed the soap it uses in the shower dispensers. The greenish yellow soap is now somewhere on the blue-purple spectrum. The change pushed me over the edge. Enough already with change!

  • By Elaine Hamill Marinscope contributor
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The late, great, former New York City mayor Ed Koch was known for a fair amount of humor and chutzpah. (That’s alliterative, if you’re reading it right.) 

  • By John Philipp Marinscope contributor
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I’m a believer that one holiday a quarter is all that is healthy, considering stress and the weight factor that seems to play into all holiday celebrations no matter how strongly we promise ourselves we will eat lightly, or wisely or have only one helping of desert. 

  • By Steven Kalas Marinscope contributor
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Wee dawn. The airplane rages down the runway toward a Mojave Desert sunrise beckoning orange and purple and other colors of hope. To this day I retain a boyish fascination with aircraft, face plastered against the window, still astonished that metal can fly. The Boeing 737-700 series has 4 m…

  • Compiled by Mike Read Novato History Museum
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The election Tuesday created great interest and the people cast a splendid vote of the registration. The Golden Gate Bridge bonds and the Sheriff contest were the cause of the big vote cast. The Golden Gate Bridge went over big, and Walter B. Sellmer was given a majority in Novato of 93 over Alex Mc- Curdy. There were 663 votes cast in the three precincts. Daylight saving and the Sunday closing law were badly defeated.

  • By Fred Mayer Marinscope Newspapers
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In a recent interview with the Lisa Santora, Associate Public Health Officer of Marin County, I asked her the following questions regarding the flu season and why people should be vaccinated in Marin County. After administering free flu vaccines at Novato High School on October 17, she provided the following answers to my questions.

  • By Peter Richmond Marinscope contributor
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Reunion! The word is laden with meaning — some good, some perhaps not so much. But there’s always something there for all who come. I just returned from the beautifully foliaged state of Vermont and my 50th college reunion.

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