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.

has written 3875 article(s) for InMenlo.


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A Menlo Park resident of 50 plus years, Shirley D’Andrea took watercolor classes from Steve Curl after retiring as a family therapist 15 years ago. “I painted until there was no more wall space,” she said. “I couldn’t see any point in having them all stacked up!”

But Shirley’s hands are evidently not meant to be idle. After checking out a book from the library about fairy houses written by Sally J. Smith, she immediately started building them.

“They hold my interest,” she said. “It’s the mixture of fantasy, design and the fun of creating them totally from scratch.”

The houses are now scattered around her home as well as sprinkled throughout her spacious backyard. To make them, she collects redwood and eucalyptus bark and occasionally sends away for other building materials.

What she’s going to do with the houses, she’s unclear. “Maybe I’ll just build until there’s no more counter space to hold them!” she said with a smile.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018

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Menlo Park family gets caught up in World Cup fun in St. Petersburg

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Author/chef Donia Bijan and artist Mitchell Johnson, along with their son Luca, watched Iran beat Morocco 1-0 at a World Cup match in St. Petersburg yesterday. Emails Mitchell: “We’re in St. Petersburg for a week, but we just get to see the one game which miraculously Iran won in the last minute. Iran hadn’t won a […]

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Spotted: Magical lanterns at Peninsula School graduation on Thursday evening

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Emailed Karin Heck: “All the neighbors on Peninsula Way across from Peninsula School were emailing about how magical the evening seemed (and it was also pleasant for the neighbors!). Photo of giant lanterns in the oak trees at night taken by Greg Goff — enjoy!”

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Spoken Art: Poetry Reading & Art Reception set for June 18 at Menlo Park Library

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Join the Menlo Park Library for a celebration of poetry and fine art, featuring poets of all ages from all across San Mateo County on June 18 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The evening includes readings of selected poems from the winter Spoken Art submission period, a chance to view the artwork that inspired the […]

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Jim Caldwell’s exhibit of paintings at Art Ventures Gallery is called “The Shape of Water”

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Architect and artist Jim Caldwell, who we first profiled in 2014, admits that fans of his landscape paintings think of “oaks on golden hills,” but he’s interested in expanding his subject matter such as he’s done in recent years with paintings of the San Joaquin Delta and New Zealand. The 20 or so paintings on […]

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Father’s Day special on EZStart® Charcoal Chimney invented by Menlo Park resident Bill Mince

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We visited with Menlo Park resident Bill Mince when he was still developing and testing his EZStart® Charcoal Chimney, which eliminates the use of lighter fluid and the need to pour out hot coals. Adds Bill: “By using the EcoStart® Disk, made of environmental friendly pulp paper we eliminate chemical odors from lighter fluid and flying […]

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Update on community effort to buy Alpine Beer Garden

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Lucy Neely sent out this email about the community effort to buy Rossotti’s: “Portola Valley Community Roadhouse, LLC offers our gratitude for your support the last couple of weeks, and our apologies for not being able to respond to all inquiries! We will write back soon. “The deadline for submission of Letters of Intent to […]

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Spotted: Stevie Nicks “coming home” to the Peninsula

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Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame, returned to the Peninsula this past weekend to perform at a private party in the redwoods up the hill from Menlo Park. According to those in attendance, she talked to the audience that she had “a feeling of coming home.” That could be due to the fact that she […]

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Mosey the dog finds two happy homes in Woodside

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Mosey, a six-month-old mix of Cocker Spaniel, English Retriever and Golden Retriever bounded up the long driveway of Jane Tight’s Woodside home as only a puppy can do. His aim: Greet his other owner, Nancy Serrurier. Jane and Nancy, friends since raising their respective families in Menlo Oaks, both yearned for a dog since relocating […]

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Spotted: Dozens of turkey chicks atop Big Dish

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Jogging along the ridge leading to the Big Dish this morning, a number of pairs of turkeys and their offspring emerged from the tall grass, eyeing the oncoming human traffic that was coming in both directions. Looking left and then right, the eventually scurried across to the other side. Note to Menlo Park Dish users: […]

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Seniors bid adieu to Menlo-Atherton High School at school’s 67th commencement ceremony

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On Thursday afternoon, 476 students participated in the 67th commencement ceremony at Menlo-Atherton High School. Commented principal Simone Rick-Kennel: “What a sense of community yesterday! We have more graduates every year, and the spirit to celebrate everyone of them was am-azing. Students choose which staff member gives them their diploma so we had over 80 […]

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