Happy new year! We complete our review of the posts that caught the most reader attention in 2011, looking at number one through ten. Special thanks goes to photographer Scott R. Kline whose work for InMenlo is showcased in more than one post, including the portrait of Leonore Rooney Daschbach at right that accompanied InMenlo’s most read post of 2011.
1. Leonore Rooney Daschbach: Reflections on a life well spent in Atherton
A resident of Atherton since age six, when her family moved into the house she still lives in, Leonore Rooney Daschbach remains steadfast in her appreciation of the town she’s made her life in. “Horses, dogs, and an occasional child — it’s been a wonderful life. I love it here.” Note: Leonore’s “occasional child” translates into six children born in 10 years!
2. Update: Butterscotch Bakery is on the go
We first talked to Kathleen Jensen in July 2010 when she’d just launched her baked goods business. Thanks to a renovated Red Cross truck, she and her husband took Butterscotch on the road in January 2011.
3. Photographer Scott R. Kline reflects on Burning Man – and shares some of his photos
InMenlo contributing photographer Scott Kline attended Burning Man for the second year in a row in 2011. He wrote that “Burning Man is a social experiment that reveals many of the best traits inherent in people: generosity, creativity, open-mindedness, tolerance, cooperation and a huge capacity for experimental fun.”
4. A Menlo morning coffee tradition that’s lasted 40 years
Jym Clendenin, a retired SLAC physicist, was one of InMenlo’s earliest contributing writers. He often stumbles on stories “hiding in plain sight,” such as a group of local men who’ve been having coffee together for 40 years, currently at Le Boulanger on Santa Cruz Avenue.
5. Barry Eisler: Best selling author of mystery thrillers
There’s a ton of talented people plying their trade from their homes in Menlo Park and Atherton. Author Barry Eisler is one them; he writes the best-selling mystery novel series featuring the John Rain character. (Photo with post by Scott R. Kline)
6. Catching up with John Paye about life as a parent
Three-sport player at both Menlo School and Stanford, John Paye spoke about growing up in Menlo Park, his work at Paye’s Place and his many parental duties. “In 20 years, I’d still like to be living here, watching my grandchildren grow up, and coaching their teams,” he says. (Photo with post by Scott R. Kline)
7. James Fadiman: Talking and writing about psychedelics
Longtime Menlo resident Jim Fadiman has been a teacher, counselor, consultant, writer, and photographer. Our visit with him focused on his talent as an author and his expertise on psychedelics. When we spoke with him, his book, The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys had just been published. (Photo with post by Scott R. Kline)
8. Learning about Synapse School from Anabel Jensen
We visited with Anabel Jensen at Synapse School, which she co-founded with Karen Stone-McCown. The school combines the Six Seconds emotional intelligence educational model with the helical learning model established by Gigi Carunungan, who serves as the school’s Program Director. For the uninitiated that means, among other things, no textbooks.
9. James Manganaro opens Bridgepoint Music Store in Menlo Park
Menlo Park got its first ever musical instrument store when Menlo resident James Manganaro opened Bridgepoint Music in August. Says James, a classically trained tubist: “Eventually I’d like to bring musical education into the store, giving lessons in soundproof rooms. I guess you could sum it up by saying I’m trying to build a music store that is like a music store is supposed to be.”
10: Menlo Park’s Bead Lady and her secret treasure house
To the delight of neighborhood children, Marilyn the Bead Lady scatters beads and other treasures in the front yard of her home a couple a times a week. “Some parents have rules about how many beads their children can gather,” said Marilyn. “But rules or not, the kids are great. We all have a good time.”