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The rain started before dawn, and except for a few brief respites, didn’t let up until 4:00 this afternoon.

Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “A fresh .6″. That brings my season-to-date to 7.25”.

Anyone else wondering why U.S. weather forecast of  La Niña through February is looking more like El Niño, at least here on the mid-Peninsula?]

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Is there a poet laureate living in Menlo Park?

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InMenlo has profiled a number of poets who live in Menlo Park, among them Charlotte Muse, J. David Cummings (pictured, right), Jym Marks, and Lynore Banchoff . Might one of them become the next poet laureate of San Mateo County? Applications from published poets who are San Mateo County residents are being accepted now through Aug. 1, 2016; the […]

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For Eugene Robinson, it all boils down to art

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Some people are described as “comfortable in their skin.” Eugene Robinson appears to be comfortable in multiple skins, pursuing multiple vocations and avocations. Novelist. Musician. Fighter. Journalist. Actor. Father. “I guess that’s right,” he replied, when it was suggested that “artist” might best convey the sum of his many parts. “I like the use of […]

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San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carolyne Zinko uncovers a new story almost every day

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Carolyne Zinko is a bit of an anomaly in today’s digital world. She’s worked her entire career in print journalism, currently covering, as she explains, “the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and not so famous” for the San Francisco Chronicle. That beat is far removed from what the Menlo Park resident covered when she […]

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When a rose is not a rose (but enjoying the rain nevertheless)

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Except for a few surprising late afternoon cloudbursts, Sunday saw a respite from the series of rainstorms, after overnight precipitation measuring .1″ according to Bill Russ’s rain gauges, bringing the year-to-date rainfall to 7.1″ Those who didn’t mind the blustery cold wind could get out and about ito see what was blooming, including this Lenten […]

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Lenore Horowitz: Explorer with a camera

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Atherton resident Leonore Horowitz describes herself as an explorer with a camera. “I love to see through the camera,” she says. “I love to meet people through the camera. You can’t just walk up to a person and take a photograph. You need to engage them. Then they relax and you can photograph them.” We […]

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Barry Eisler: Best-selling author of mystery thrillers

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Obsessed with accuracy, Barry Eisler lay down on a wrestling mat, stun gun in hand.  He took aim and fired. “In one of my books, I had someone get shot with a stun gun and it didn’t leave any marks,” said the best-selling author of the John Rain series who has a dedicated page on […]

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Peggy Orenstein on the trouble with pretty and pink — and what you can do about it

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When it debuted late last month, Peggy Orenstein’s new book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, struck a chord with mothers — and fathers —across the country. The catchy title resonated with parents whose kids had been there and done that, or were in the midst of living through the seemingly requisite Princess Phase. But many wondered: […]

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Talking baseball – including those tortuous Giants – with writer Eno Sarris

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Jamaica. Germany. Atlanta. Mountain City, GA. Florida. London. Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Add to the list Menlo Park, CA, where writer Eno Sarris and his wife arrived this past June. Why all over and why now Menlo? “My mother’s a hippie,” he says in response tothe long list of “lived in” places, noting that […]

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Attending Smart Chicks Kick It at the library tonight (9/18)? Here’s what you need to know

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As InMenlo reported previously, the highly anticipated Smart Chicks Kick It tour is making its Bay Area stop tonight at the Menlo Park Library. The unique, author-sponsored event, which is hosted by Kepler’s and the library, features seven of the hottest writers in the teen paranormal romance genre: Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noël, Melissa […]

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Smart Chicks Kick It in Menlo Park: Unique book tour brings hottest names in young adult fiction to town Saturday

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Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, and Alyson Noël are headlining a book tour like none we’ve ever seen — and that’s saying something here, in Kepler’s backyard, where locals regularly get a chance to attend special book-related events and see the most in-demand authors. But what’s different about their Smart Chicks Kick It tour, which takes […]

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