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Kate Hennessy will share memories of her grandmother, the activist Dorothy Day, on  Sunday, October 14, at 3:00 pm at the Arrillaga Recreation Center, 700 Alma St. in  Menlo Park. Admission is free.

Her memoir about her notable grandmother is titled Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty. Published in 2017, the book illuminates in intimate detail the life and work of Dorothy Day (1897-1980) — the iconic, celebrated, and controversial Catholic whom Pope Francis called a “great American” before Congress in 2015. Her cause for canonization is in process.

Day’s life has been revealed through her own writings as well as the work of historians, theologians, and academics. What has been missing until now is a more personal account from the point of view of someone who knew her well. The memoir is a frank and reflective, heartfelt and humorous portrayal of a matriarch with a close but complicated relationship with her daughter and only child, Tamar Hennessy, as well as her nine grandchildren.

Hennessy said her book is more than the story of Dorothy Day. “It’s also the story of my mother, Tamar, Dorothy’s only child,” shedsaid . “It came out of the period after my mother’s death in 2008, when I realized that if my mother’s story wasn’t told, a very essential element of my grandmother’s story would remain untold.”

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Rotary Connects on Oct. 10 features Don Peppers

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The Rotary Club of Menlo Park invites people to join them for a local networking event featuring speaker, Don Peppers. Don, a best-selling business author, is ranked by SatMetrix as the world’s most authoritative expert on customer experience. He will discuss ideas out of his book Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage, including: Why technology […]

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Stanford Professor Karen Offen is First Friday speaker on Oct. 5

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In the maelstrom of news surrounding the #MeToo movement, gender diversity in technology, the drive to place more women in the C-suite and boardroom — and even in the discussion around Supreme Court nominations — the topic of women’s empowerment is front and center. And it has never been louder. At this important moment in time, […]

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Author and tennis teaching pro Marcus Cootsona pens a political thriller

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Local teaching tennis pro Marcus Cootsona is up to it again. He’s written his third novel, the first not set around tennis. Instead, Initial Force tells the story of Severin Force, a covert operator who goes to work for an “off the book, commando dream team.” “I realized that for a long time I’ve been fascinated […]

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Hear trailblazing lawyer Barbara Babcock talk about the first woman lawyer in the West

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Trailblazing lawyer Barbara Babcock will talk about her own career, and that of Clara Foltz, the first woman lawyer in the west on September 24 at from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library. She will discuss her book Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz as well as her memoir, Fish Raincoats: A […]

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Consultant Dan Olsen shares what he’s learned in the Lean Product Playbook

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Menlo Park resident Dan Olsen started coding on a Commodore 64 as a teen, but it wasn’t until he landed at Stanford Business School that he discovered there’s a career field called product management. “It fit me because it’s at the intersection of technology and marketing,” he said. “Then I got lucky enough to get […]

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Local writer Rebecca Bloom co-authors “The Anti-Cook Book”

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Menlo Park resident Rebecca Bloom is a lawyer turned writer. Her writing “partner-in-crime” and one-time college roommate, Shelly Onderdonk, is a veterinarian. It’s natural that the two, neither chef nor food critic, would combine for a new book, The Anti-Cook Book. And not to be mis-understood: They are not against cooks, meaning the people who […]

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Learn how local streets got their names on July 2

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Join Bo Crane, author of the book The Streets of Menlo Park, as he shares information about the origins and namesakes of our local streets.  Discover the fascinating stories and biographies associated with the names — how the streets were named, and who lived on them. Bo’s talk takes place on July 2 at 7:00 […]

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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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Temple Grandin talks about her new book at Kepler’s Literary Foundation event

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In an appearance sponsored by Kepler’s Literary Foundation, Dr. Temple Grandin was in Menlo Park last week talking about her latest book, Calling All Minds, and her life in general, taking questions from a sold-out audience that included elementary and middle school children at the Hillview Performing Arts Center. The author of numerous books, Temple […]

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Local author Maggie King pays a visit to local book club

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One local book club, which has been meeting for over 20 years, hosted Menlo Park author Maggie King, who we profiled on InMenlo earlier this year. Book club member Julie Brody forwarded some thoughts about the meeting written my Deborah Fitz, which are excerpted below. “We had a very animated discussion of [Maggie’s novel] An […]

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