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 3758 article(s) for InMenlo.


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We met author Karen McCann in 2012 soon after her book, Dancing in the Fountain: How to Live Abroad was published. Given her emphasis on travel writing, we were surprised when the Menlo-Atherton High School alumni reached out to us about her latest project, Women of the American Resistance, which includes both a book and website.

What prompted this turn to political activism we wondered? The answers are straightforward.

Growing up in Menlo Park, Karen was surrounded with political people visiting her father, Edward M. Keating, who founded Ramparts magazine, a political and literary magazine much associated with the New Left movement in the 60s and early 70s.

“While famous political activists were often in our home, as a teenager it was the actor Robert Vaughn who really got my attention,” Karen laughed. “He’d come north to participate in a march my parents helped organize in San Francisco.”

Karen was in the U.S. when Donald Trump was elected President but was at her part-time home in Seville, Spain, for both the inauguration and the first women’s march.

“That five million [mainly] women participated got my attention,” she recalls. “I realized the most important conversation of my life was going on right now, and I wanted to be in the middle of it.”

Both in the book and on the website, Karen outlines what people can do if they want to see political change both this November and the subsequent Presidential election. The first, she says, is change via the ballot box.

“Join the League of Women Voters,” she suggests. “Volunteer with them one day a week registering voters. There are elections being won by just a very narrow margin.

“If voter registration doesn’t feel like your calling, then look at all the things that are under attack — gay people, women, the disabled. Choose one that speaks to you. Take a stand because our rights and our democracy are being assaulted on 1,000 fronts.

“I believe we may actually come out of this by making improvements in our society — making democracy stronger and fairer and more humane.”

Karen’s book is available on Amazon; book sale revenues “go to Planned Parenthood in the name of anti-choice White House officials,” according to the author.

Photo courtesy of the author

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Spotted: Raising a pint for Malcolm on Freewheel Brewing Company’s 5th anniversary

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Good vibes aplenty were on display at Freewheel Brewing Company last night when the community came out in memory of founder Malcolm McGinnis on the occasion of the pub’s 5th anniversary. Malcolm, who passed away in September 2016, founded Freewheel with Englishman Pete Krausa (pictured right with Irene Searles, Malcolm’s widow) along with fellow Menlo Park […]

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Albert Camarillo looks back on four decades teaching Mexican American history at Stanford

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Growing up in Compton, California in the 50s and 60s, by his own admission Albert Camarillo was not a particularly good student. “But a light went on in sixth grade when I had my first male teacher,” he recalls, sitting in the living room of his Menlo Park home. “Another inspiration was my older brother […]

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More on The Oasis from author of the book on Camp Fremont

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The building that houses The Oasis, which will close on March 7, has a history that predates its 60 years as a beer garden. Emails Barbara Wilcox, who wrote a book about Camp Fremont during World War I: “[The building] was one of several Camp Fremont YMCAs during the war. Every unit had its own YMCA. […]

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Menlo Park beer & burger institution, The Oasis, set to close March 7

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The Tougas family, who operate The Oasis, announced via Facebook that the much beloved Menlo Park beer and burger spot will close on March 7. Here is their announcement: “To all of our loyal customers and to the greater Menlo Park community, “It is with heavy heart that we announce the closing of our beloved […]

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Elephant seals strutting their stuff at Piedras Blancas captured by photographer Robb Most

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What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than to head to Piedras Blancas to see elephant seals, particularly since that day just happens to be the peak of the mating season, according to the Friends of the Elephant Seals website. If that wasn’t InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most’s exact thought, it’s close enough. Accompanied by […]

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Freewheel Brewing Company celebrates the legacy of Malcolm McGinnis – and its 5th anniversary

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On Thursday, Feb. 22, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, Freewheel Brewing Company will celebrate its 5th anniversary and the legacy of its founding brewer — and Menlo Park resident — Malcolm McGinnis, who passed away in September, 2016. There will be a special bottle release of Gone Fishing. All proceeds from the sale of this […]

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Spotted: A heartfelt note of hope

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A neighbor discovered this note while out walking her dog near the fire station in west Menlo Park. It’s heartfelt and touching. And that seemed reason enough to share.

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For Ted Robinson, becoming a sports announcer was always number one priority

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Editor’s note: It was great to hear Atherton resident Ted Robinson’s commentary during the short track speed skating competition at this year’s Winter Olympics. Given that this is the 11th Olympics that he’s had announcing responsibilities, we thought it would be good to rerun an interview we had with Ted back in 2012 where he […]

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Spotted: Dazzling display of ranunculus at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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How could you not stop at Tony Cozzolino’s dazzling display of ranunculus flowers at this morning’s Menlo Park Farmers Market. It may still be winter but the “rose of spring” had arrived! Equally dazzling were his tulips, many of which were still sealed shut, waiting to open until they landed in a buyer’s home. We […]

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What’s going on with the new “senior zone” signs on Santa Cruz Avenue?

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Motorists and cyclists may have noticed new “senior zone” signs on Santa Cruz Avenue between Sand Hill Road and the “Y” where SCA and the Alameda split. We’d covered Ron Snow and the neighborhood organization, SAFE, last August and figured he’d know about the illuminated signs. We were correct. “The senior signs are rooted in […]

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