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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Terri Mainwaring and Bonnie Jacobs, authors of Call Me Grumpa

Terri Harris Mainwaring’s grandfather was not even a touch grumpy. This writer can vouch for that as she remembers him coming to talk at Hillview School in the late 50s and early 60s about his days as an errand boy for Thomas A. Edison.

So why did Terri, who went on to graduate from Menlo-Atherton High School before heading to Arizona for college and a career in education, write her first book of children’s fiction (with co-author Bonnie Jacobs) titled They Call Him Grumpa.

They Call Him Grumpa“A good friend’s grandson calls his grandfather ‘Grumpa,’ and we thought it was hysterical.  She told us fun stories of what a grump her husband was and how that name stuck!

“So many of Bonnie’s and my friends are grandparents, and most have Grammys that dote and spoil and Grandpas that like to complain and pretend not to like the changes that little ones bring to their lives. They act grumpy on the outside but are anything but that when spending quality time with their darling grandchildren.”

Terri was a teacher, principal and then administrator for K through 12 during her career in education. She long wanted to write, and when she retired, she joined a writing club. “We had an amazing teacher who would give us assignments and then we’d write and write and write,” she recalled. “We’d critique each other’s work. Everybody always had something wonderful to add.

“We did that for three years. That culminated in Bonnie and I getting the assignment to write a non-fiction book for Arizona Agriculture, Bee’s Amazing Adventure. It’s still read aloud by farmers who visit classrooms shortly before Thanksgiving.”

Next up for Terri and Bonnie: a book about a grandmother.

Photos courtesy of Terri Mainwaring

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Menlo Park Downtown Block Party sports a new look this year

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What ever street you entered the 10th annual Downtown Menlo Park Block Party this year, you were likely treated to a new look from previous years. There were people wearing virtual reality goggles courtesy of Oculus, a Facebook company, with lines to give it a try. There were folks making pretty floral bouquets, courtesy of Menlo Park-based […]

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Free Menlo Park screening of “Being Mortal” is part of national dialogue on end of life decisions

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A PBS film adapted from the best-selling book Being Mortal, by physician Atul Gawande, M.D. (pictured), will be shown in Menlo Park at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 17, 2016 as part of a nationwide dialogue about individual goals for end-of-life. The screening will be at Trinity Church (330 Ravenswood Ave.). After the film, audience members can […]

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Menlo Park’s downtown block party set for Wednesday, June 15

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Menlo Park’s downtown Block Party, sponsored by the City and the Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Wednesday, June 15 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm on traffic-free Santa Cruz Avenue.  This year is the 10th Anniversary of this popular event. Enjoy music, food, classic cars, big city trucks, kids zone and four bands, with the Sun Kings (Beatles Tribute band) playing […]

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Great start to summer with jazz at Portola Vineyards

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Jazz concerts at Portola Vineyards are another signal that summer is here (if not officially). The first headliners of the season were saxophonist Michael O’Neil and vocalist Kenny Washington who treated the audience to lots of favorites ranging from Georgia on My Mind to Stella By Starlight. One bonus of this concert series is the venue itself, a […]

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Menlo Park father and son bring baseball and basketball together

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Menlo Park resident Andrew Missan and his son Jonah were at the Giants game on Saturday when, as Andrew emails, “someone snapped this incredible picture of my son about to catch a ball thrown to him by Brandon Belt [Belt can be seen in lower left of photo] at the exact moment that Steve Kerr […]

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Spotted: Colorful Calla Lilies at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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From the folks who bring “oh, those flowers” to the Menlo Park Farmers Market  during the winter months come Calla Lilies in amazing vibrant colors to kick off summer. This morning’s market is brimming with multiple varieties of squash and stone fruit. And with salmon season in full swing, Pietro has tasty fillets perfect for putting on […]

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Spotted: Early afternoon fun at Nativity Carnival

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The “early bird gets the worm” proved true at the Nativity Carnival today. Arriving just as it opened at noon meant zero lines and mellow crowds. Rides range from very mild (enjoyed by one young boy) to fairly mellow (the dragon roller coaster) to scary teen delights. There’s a good mix of standard carnival food as […]

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Sight and Sound concert aims to blend music, technology – and emotion

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Combine a pianist with a violinist playing music by English “Impressionist” composer John Ireland in concert with active participation by the audience using Sensemo and you get the world’s first experiment in live music, art and hi-tech. That’s the promise of Sight and Sound, which will be performed June 18 at 7:30 pm at the Community […]

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Cafe Zoe hosts art show created by vets as part of art therapy at Menlo Park VA

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For about seven years, a group of vets has been gathering once a week at the Menlo Park VA for PTSD art therapy led by Lisa Giovannetti. The purpose is to give voice to their experience and support them in coping with symptoms and developing skills. While the resulting artworks have been displayed at the VA, this is […]

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Nativity Carnival kicks off summer this weekend in Menlo Park

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The 36th annual Nativity Carnival, benefitting Nativity Parish in Menlo Park, runs from June 10 to June 12. Hours are 5:00 to 11:00 pm on Friday, June 10; Noon to 11:00 pm on Saturday, June 11; Noon to 6:00 pm on Sunday, June 12. Admission is free. Featured are 14 carnival rides, games, live entertainment […]

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