Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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Sheri Sobrato of Digging Deep/Resonance House

After many years living abroad and on the East Coast, Sheri Sobrato has, as she says, “come home to my roots,” living in the home once owned by her grandparents. It was here almost three decades ago that she was treated at UCSF for a brain tumor, and the long-time philanthropist’s current focus of attention — helping seriously ill young people — is, in part, an outgrowth of her long survivorship.

“Even before I got sick, I was interested in health issues and children,” the Atherton resident says. “I was a Candy Striper at Stanford and after graduating from college, I volunteered at Ronald McDonald House when I was working on Wall Street.”

She says she first started thinking about doing something in the area of childhood illness when she marked the 25th anniversary of her survivorship.

“It just became apparent I needed to do something and do it now,” she says. “What was missing in helping sick kids was a simple, easy, affordable way for kids to talk directly about what was happening with them. There needed to be a tool that helped them with their journey.”

Digging Deep: A Journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges is the result. Written with Rose Offner, it provides an engaging, fun, and affordable resource to build a child’s emotional strength through journalling. The book – available free to any family who requests one – was recently awarded the Mom’s Choice Award: “The Gold Medal for Young Adult Books in the Mind, Body, Spirit category.”

“The initial journalling activities focus on the struggle with illness,” Sheri says. “But as the journal progresses, it’s really about life, not illness.

“Kids are proud of their stories. Telling them gives them inner strength and powers. They get to bring up topics that they wouldn’t otherwise.”

Sheri believes that her own life is much richer from the experience of being diagnosed and treated with a life threatening illness. “Before I got sick” she says, “I wasn’t connecting with people at the heart level. This was my big blessing after the storm.”

Life-threatening illnesses in childhood are increasingly curable, but often require treatment through adulthood. Sheri formed Resonance House, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, to distribute Digging Deep across the country and better meet the ongoing psychosocial needs of young patients.

“We partner with children’s hospitals, physician offices, medical camps, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, children’s health associations and nonprofit organizations to get Digging Deep to any child who needs it,” Sheri says.

Information on how to donate to get Digging Deep into the hands of more children and how to order the book in volume is available on the Digging Deep website.

Photo by Irene Searles

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Showers, downpours and sunshine alternate in Menlo Park

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Update: Bill discovered another .1″ in his gauges after sending this initial report, bringing his year-to-date to 1.45″. The rain that started Wednesday with off and on again drizzles developed into more serious showers today. The forecast calls for that pattern to continue with heavier rain on Saturday. InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ reports: “There was […]

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Psychologist Constance Vincent writes book about Alzheimer’s Disease fusing family memoir with look at latest research

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Psychologist Constance Vincent is clear about the reason she wrote her book Not Going Gently: A Psychologist Fights Back against Alzheimer’s Disease for Her Mother. . .and Perhaps Herself. If not obvious from the title, she reiterates: “Alzheimer’s is not something we can ignore. There is something we can do, not only to prevent it but […]

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Menlo College community participates in Be The Match Registry® today and tomorrow

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Menlo College students were sticking cotton swabs in their cheeks this morning, all part of a Be The Match® campaign organized by Kezia Molinsky, the college’s Head Competitive Cheer and Stunt Coach, to raise awareness about the need for marrow donors. “A friend of mine’s daughter’s life was saved thanks to a marrow transplant,” explained Kezia when […]

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To find out what’s happening at M-A, check out the twice weekly M-A Today

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There was a steady buzz the Tuesday morning we visited John Giambruno’s TV Communication and Production class on the Menlo-Atherton High School campus. Half the class was preparing to air a live show called M-A Today. The other half was working on Friday’s show. Both air on highschoolCUBE. And while, yes, they are high school students, […]

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Annual Cultural Arts Day at Encinal School celebrates the British Isles

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Cultural Arts Day has been part of the fall curriculum at Encinal School in Atherton for the past decade. This year the spotlight was on the British Isles. There was a lot of ground to cover. In addition to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, the British Isles include over 6,000 smaller islands! “We have students […]

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Margaret and Jamis MacNiven honored for their many years of service to Woodside community

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An abundance of laughter and silliness filled the  Woodside High School Performing Arts Center last night. It was a fitting way to salute two people who’ve provided their community with a steady dose of both over the years, as well as many charitable good deeds Margaret and Jamis MacNiven (pictured with their family), owners of Buck’s of Woodside, […]

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Surprises at both ends of the Menlo Park Farmers Market this morning

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At the Crane Street end of the Menlo Park Farmers Market this morning, shoppers were greeted by a robot while at the Chestnut Street end, they could buy a live Dungeness crab. Yesterday was the first day of commercial crab fishing, and Pietro Parravano had brought back a bountiful catch. “There were plenty out there,” he reported. […]

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J David Cummings writes award-winning book of poems about use of atomic weapons at end of WWII

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J. David Cummings, known as David, is quick to assure his visitors: “I’m all ‘right’ now!” It was his succinct summation of his journey from theoretical physicist to technical writer to award-winning poet, a decidedly right brain activity after years of thinking left. “I actually wrote my first poem in high school,” he explains. “But […]

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Overnight rain is just a dribble in Menlo Park

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Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “.15″ in both my gauges. My season-to-date total is now 1.15″. A hoped for 20″ is a long way away. “I have provided few comparative figures for last year since that rainfall was so paltry. How about giving that data for the 2010-11 rain year when the total was […]

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Lisa Deal brings long commitment to healthcare to her role at Mission Hospice

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From a very young age, Atherton resident Lisa Deal knew she wanted to be involved in healthcare. “I’d go around in my head — nurse to doctor to nurse to physical therapy,” she recalled. “But I don’t remember wanting to do anything else.” Eventually it was the connection with people that prevailed, and Lisa got a bachelor’s […]

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