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Author and Menlo Park resident Lisa Kay Solomon When writing her new book, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations That Accelerate ChangeMenlo Park resident Lisa Kay Solomon didn't know Hillview Middle School principal Erik Burmeister. Through a neighbor, she was asked to join the Design Team that Erik had formed. "The irony is that he's exactly the kind of new leader that we talk about in the book," said Lisa, who is co-author along with Chris Ertel. "At the first meeting of the Design Team I attended he started the meeting by saying, 'Welcome designers.' That put us in the state of mind ready to create things." According to Lisa, she's putting on her "Terry Gross/Fresh Air hat" when she appears with Erik at Kepler's on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm. "It's a great opportunity to let Erik tell his story to the whole community," she said. "His arrival at Hillview coincided with the opening of a beautiful, new campus. The school was in a good place with no urgent problems. Moments of Impact"So Erik asked the question: 'How can we better serve our students.?' And rather than trying to reinvent everything, he focused on three things. "He was also willing to recognize the constraints of being a public school principal with its Board and teacher unions. But he wasn't willing to be defined by that. Designers see constraints as opportunities." Lisa's two children aren't old enough to attend Hillview, but the local public school system was one of the main reasons she and her husband moved to Menlo Park from San Francisco after they became parents. "The schools and the number of pumpkins people had on their porches," she laughed. "To me, that's a real indicator of a sense of community." While Lisa's professional focus is working with executive teams and the book is directed at business leaders, some of its principles can be applied to parenting. "In a Ted talk [viewable on her website], I bring up the notion of ground hog day conversations," she said. "That is, having the same conversation over and over. As parents, we all can relate. "But in our family we visually map our responsibilities, so it's clear who is responsible for what. And we get out of the ground hog day conversational loop." Acknowledging that there is innovation in Silicon Valley, Lisa points out that innovation takes leadership. "These are leaders who are collaborative creators, leaders who don't have all the answers. "The book is very intentional about talking about how to have strategic conversations. At the back, there is a 60-day starter kit so that people can put the book's principles into action. If you're reading this book, you can do it!" Photo of  Lisa Kay Solomon at Kepler's by Irene Searles

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James Franco has been described as a “polygamist of inventiveness” a label given to him by one reviewer of Franco’s latest book,  A California Childhood, which he came to Kepler’s in Menlo Park last night to promote in conversation with his mother, Betsy, an author of children’s books who has made numerous appearances at the bookstore […]

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Academy Award Nominated Actor James Franco will be appearing at Kepler’s in conversation with his mother,  author and actress Betsy Franco, discussing his new book A California Childhood at 7:00 pm on May 13. In the book, Franco plays with the concept of memoir through personal snapshots, sketches, paintings, poems, and stories. Franco was born […]

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The first thing we needed to clear up when we visited 12-year-old Katie Mishra was the meaning of “GUK”, a key term in her recently-published first novel. “I’m a GUK and so is the book’s heroine, Becka Donovan,” she explained. “We’re grown up kids (GUK), no longer children but not yet teenagers. Becka is based […]

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We received this email from M-A student Karina Torres Maldonado: “Last night a group of Menlo-Atherton High School students, including myself, attended the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor’s book signing event, hosted by Menlo Park bookstore Kepler’s. Many of us thought she was such an inspiring and successful woman and were extremely […]

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Kepler’s hosts event dedicated to Kathi Kamen Goldmark on May 31

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Authors Victoria Zackheim and Ellen Sussman will be joined by their peers at Kepler’s on Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 pm, reading from Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death. The free event is dedicated to the memory of Kathi Kamen Goldmark, the author and musician who died of breast cancer on […]

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Colt Rosensweig tells the story of beloved Michigan gymnastic coach in just-published book

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Well before she graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and went off to attend the University of Michigan, Colt Rosensweig had a passion for sports and a dream of becoming a sports writer. Topping her sports list was baseball. In fact, she decided to attend Michigan because it was close to her beloved Detroit Tigers. As […]

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The documentary film Wake Up will be shown at Kepler’s on Saturday, Nov. 5, part of the Cinema Connect series. The screening will include a discussion with filmmaker Jonas Elrod. A description of the film reads: “Jonas Elrod was leading an ordinary life until he woke up one day to a totally new reality. He […]

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Peninsula-based filmmaker Michealene Risley’s documentary Tapestries of Hope will be shown at Kepler’s on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 pm. The full-length film chronicles the story of human rights activist Betty Makoni and the Girl Child Network (GCN) in Zimbabwe. Michealene’s chance meeting with Betty led to their work together to create a story that […]

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Donia Bijan: Chef turns writer with publication of Maman’s Homesick Pie

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Locals who remember Donia Bijan best from her decade at the helm of L’Amie Donia in downtown Palo Alto might be a bit surprised to hear two of the three things that sustain her now that she’s been away from the restaurant business seven years. “To stay balanced, I have to swim, I have to […]

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