• John Philipp | Just My Take
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The urban mythology goes as follows: If you are male you can probably change spark plugs, barbecue a steak with your own special sauce, and mow a lawn without killing any family pets. What you can’t do is laundry.

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JR Hildebrand of Sausalito has qualified for the Indianapolis 500 in the 15th position. Hildebrand graduated from Redwood High School. The race takes place Sunday, May 29, and will be the 100th running of the storied race.

  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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I once frequented a cricket pub in England. The matches were displayed on multiple TVs, the walls smothered with memorabilia of games gone by, and of course, rows of beer taps that begged for a tug or two. For a brief time there, I may have looked like a bloke who knew a thing or two about cricket.

  • Steven Kalas | Human Matters
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She’s my girl. She arrives on Thursday, and ends up spending the long weekend at my house. Being a gentleman, I offer her my bed. My youngest son offers her his bed. Ooh, a little rivalry here?

  • Steven Kalas | Human Matters
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And what I am is painfully self-conscious. The vital blood in my veins seems replaced with some sluggish, plastic emulsion. I walk in like a competent bi-pedal primate; now I’m moving more like a G.I. Joe action figure. I feel my face grin and blush like it’s someone else’s face. Against my will, I begin to channel a familiar foe. An ancient enemy. A demon, whose name is Geek.

  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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I’m a newspaper man, so forgive me when I tell you that I don’t buy the saying “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.”

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1Rep. Jared Huffman walked back his full-on support for Hillary Clinton this week. Rep. Huffman is a super delegate. On his Facebook page he previously had said: "I believe Hillary is our best candidate ... I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and pledging my support." After hearing many complaints from Bernie Sanders supporters in his district, Rep. Huffman now says: "Initially when I endorsed Hillary Clinton I spoke a little more definitively about my superdelegate vote than I should have." He said he will now support the candidate who wins the most delegates.

  • Steven Kalas | Human Matters
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The man and the woman are engaged to be married. But I don’t think they’re gonna make it. And they’re gonna blame it on their children.

 

  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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Well, I got my first Marin parking ticket. It happened in downtown Mill Valley where I fed the meter with three quarters, which I thought would be plenty of city tribute for a quick coffee with ad reps Dianna Stone and Carrie Knight at the Equator coffee shop.

 

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1 Former football standout for Marin Catholic High School Jared Goff was selected first in the draft last week in the National Football League. The Los Angeles Rams picked him. After Marin Catholic, Goff played at UC Berkeley. In Marin, Goff led his school to the state title game, one North …

  • David Wain Coon College of Marin President
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This week COM announced it would be providing free fall 2016 tuition for the first 500 Marin County high school seniors who apply for the 90th Anniversary Scholarship.

  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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Let me get this straight: The employees of the U.S. Postal Service in Oregon, where medical marijuana is legal, will read local newspapers to bust people for advertising pot.

  • Steven Kalas Human Matters
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How do we measure the quality of our lives? Numbers amassed in a bank account? Our portfolio of real estate, as if we were playing a real-time game of Monopoly? The places we shop for clothes? The car we drive? The neighborhood in which we live?

  • Sherman Frederick | The Marin Forum
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When Jim Harrison died, the New York Times carried his obituary. It began: “(His) lust for life – and sometimes just plain lust – roared into print in a vast, celebrated body of fiction, poetry and essays with that ardent abandon explored the natural world, the life of the mind and pleasures of the flesh.”

  • Jane Williams | Marin Essay
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Editor’s note: Jane Williams is a junior at San Marin High School. The following piece won a Gold Key, the highest award, in the Critical Essay category of the 2015 Western Region Scholastic Arts & Writing Contest, competing against high school students throughout the Western United Stat…

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  1. The Golden State Warriors basketball team will go for the record for wins in a single season on Wednesday, April 13, against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs last Sunday to record their 72 win of the season. That ties the record set by the Chicago Bulls in the 1995-96 season. The game Wednesday begins at 7:30 p.m.

  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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Time will judge Barack Obama’s overall presidency. However, on one point – the leading of America to a more constructive political environment – he’s been a disappointment. 

  • Steven Kalas | Human Matters
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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.

 

  • Sherman Frederick | The Marin Forum
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I’ve not thought much about the right to drink raw milk, but my stand on the topic would probably be a little like a version of the Dos Equis commercial: “I don’t drink milk often, my friends, but when I do I drink it raw – and who the hell is government to tell me I can’t.”

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1 It was cake and cookies all around last week as the Stinson Beach post office celebrated its 100th birthday on Friday, April 1. The post office has moved several times over the last 100 years before settling on the current structure in 1961 at 15 Calle Del Mar.

  • Kristina Hoffman Ross
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It was announced that Marin County is the healthiest county in the United States. This study was based on outdoor places to hike and recreate as well as access to health care and quality food. It was noted that being one of the most affluent counties in the nation definitely contributed to the healthy lifestyle.

  • Peter Richmond | As I See It
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There’s an old time honored idea that’s been a part of our culture for the large part of our two centuries as a nation. Some consider it quaint. Some accept it as a fact of life. But most folks agree that it’s part of the bedrock upon which our lifestyle and culture are based.

 

  • Edward Losey Novato High Student
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For over 1,400 years, war and terror have been waged within and beyond the Middle East in varying degrees to impose sometimes extreme interpretations of Islam on corresponding unbelievers, in some cases under the threat of death. That ancient war and terror have reached our country during recent decades in the form of mass shootings, fatal bombings, and airliners flown from our airports into major city buildings.

  • Penny Davey Novato
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Would like to compliment you on the new Novato Advance layout and printing. The format and text and articles were all an improvement. Thank you for the upgrade!

  • Steven Kalas | Human Matters
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Even as I type, I’m still surrounded by boxes. Chaos. I’m hungry, but any possibility of dinner hinges upon me finding the can opener. Yeah, like I know where that is.

  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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Here’s the problem with the new rules for dogs inside the Golden Gate National Recreation Area – not one dog was properly consulted.

 

 

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1California legislators and unions struck a deal last week to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The deal would boost California’s minimum wage to $10.50 an hour next year and then incrementally raise it to $15 by 2022.

 

 

  • Steven Kalas | Human Matters
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My lineage is very Welsh/Saxon/Scot. My maternal family tree, especially, is intense decorum and stuffy English good manners combined with this tribal earthiness and bawdy revelry. More to the point, when we get together there is wine, laughter, cursing, off-color jokes and sick humor. Family gatherings are one continuous Monty Python sketch.

  • John Philipp | Just My Take
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In the decade since the hurricane twins, Katrina and Rita, blew through the Gulf Coast and FEMA botched the recoveries, the media has been “disaster something” 24/7.

  • Sherman Frederick | The Marin Forum
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Every place wants its own identity. But, who wants to be known as “ground zero” for ticks?

  • Judy Arnold| County Connection
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One of the things that makes Marin County such a wonderful place to live and visit is our Parks. Marin County Parks has released their annual report for the fiscal year 2014-15 which provides a broad overview of department goals and achievements. I thought I would share some of the highlights with you here.

  • Steven Kalas Human Matters
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I’m convinced a skillful, competent therapist is not about helping you feel better. He/she is about helping you find and tell the truth. Truth might or might not yield better feelings. But truth invites integrity, from which flows a paradoxical combination of peace and vitality – serenity and a new energy for living well.

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1Buying tobacco for people under 21 years of age will be illegal in San Francisco beginning on June 1. The new rule was approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors last week. The city joins New York, Boston about 100 other cities in the ban.

  • Sherman Frederick The Marin Forum
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There is a cause for everything, big and small in the kingdom of San Francisco.

  • MARIAN SCHINSKE Executive Director
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NovatoSpirit is grateful to the Marin community. We hosted a month-long fundraiser in February, requesting donations to help impoverished Novato children participate in dance and sports programs, and raised $26,215!

  • MIKE AHERN Novato
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Thank you, Derek Wilson, for your news story on health insurance, and the affects the legislation has had on opening access to services for a large number of underserved people, as well as a providing the insurance to reimburse facilities for services rendered. Certainly an important need an…

  • ROGER WILHELM Novato
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It bothers me when I see the American flag at half-staff with the state flag underneath. It is my understanding that proper flag etiquette is for the state flag to be removed or flown on another pole.

  • Steven Kalas | Human Matters
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My parents would often say it when they dropped me off to visit a playmate or my grandparents: “Be good.” Their tone was not ominous; rather, encouraging. Cheery. And my response to their admonition was reflexive and enthusiastic: “I will!”

  • Sherman Frederick | The Marin Forum
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Oh, the disadvantage of speaking plain English, especially in California where the mother tongue is peppered with an irritating gobbledygook of unnecessary abbreviations.

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1Parts of Marin County received 7 inches of rain over the weekend as a winter storm pounded the Bay Area. Most of the region measured 2-4 inches of rain while Monterey and Santa Cruz counties logged as much as 10 inches. Rain is expected to continue this weekend.

  • Steven Kalas Human Matters
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Did you know that Sasa Sestic of Australia is the reigning World Barista Champion? Well, he is. Neither Sasa nor his agent would return any of my calls requesting an interview.

 

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