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“How to Raise a Boy: Nurturing the Emotional Lives of Our Sons” is the topic at a Common Ground Speaker Series at Trinity School in Menlo Park (2650 Sand Hill Rd.) on March 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Non-member schools attendees are asked to pay $20 per ticket at the door. Tickets are free to Common Ground member school families. Reserve online.

Over the past two decades there has been an explosion of new studies that have expanded our knowledge of how boys think and feel. In How to Raise a Boy, psychologist Michael Reichert draws on his decades of research to challenge age-old conventions about how boys become men.

Reichert will thoughtfully outline how a relational approach to parenting and mentoring boys can nurture their virtue and strengthen their resilience. He articulates that those in charge of boyhood – parents, educators, coaches – need to challenge masculine stereotypes and myths and create a new paradigm for raising a boy who is resilient, emotionally astute, and morally grounded. His perspective affirms the goodness of boys and offers a roadmap for all those who care for them.

Michael C. Reichert, PhD is an applied psychologist who has studied and worked with children in a variety of contexts for over 30 years. His research focuses on developmental resources and on helping schools and organizations overcome historic myths and biases that confound children’s possibilities. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives, a research center comprised of independent schools in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania employing a participatory action research model.

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Meet local mystery author John Billheimer on Feb. 19

Ladera resident John Billheimer is coming to the Menlo Park Library on Feb. 19 to talk about Primary Target, the sixth book in his Owen Allison mystery series, as well as Hitchcock and the Censors, a nonfiction book tracing the rise of movie censorship. He’ll be speaking at the The Mystery Readers Group from 7:00 […]

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Atherton resident Gregory Lowe talks about his book on Feb. 4

Atherton resident and retired SLAC physicist Gregory Loew discusses his book The Human Condition: Reality, Science and History on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:00 pm at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village. To learn more about the book — and more about Gregory — read the InMenlo interview.

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Poets Night returns to Café Zoë on Feb. 4 – and continues every other month

Poets Night will take place at Café Zoë on Feb. 4 at 7:00 pm, continuing on the first Tuesday of every other month, with featured readers (often), open mic (always), and a light cafe menu. Emails Lisa Rosenberg: “For February, in addition to whatever poems you plan to share, we especially welcome love poem(s) you’ve written, read, […]

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Author Julie Lythcott-Haims speaks at Sacred Heart Schools on Jan. 30

Author of New York Times bestseller How to Raise an Adult & Real American: A Memoir Julie Lythcott-Haims will give a talk on January 30 at Sacred Heart Schools (SHS) as the first guest in a new annual “Sophie’s Scholars Presents” speaker series, which aims to amplify speakers with a social message. The event, which […]

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Engineer turned author John Billheimer writes both fiction and nonfiction

Growing up in Huntingon, West Virginia, author and film buff John Billheimer became a fan of Alfred Hitchcock. “I was an usher at the local movie theater, and the first Hitchcock film I saw was Dial M for Murder,” he recalls. “I still remember the gasp from the audience when the murder scene occurs. Hitchcock […]

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Camper in Menlo Park hosts cookbook author Erin Gleeson for a “forest feast”

That a restaurant named Camper is offering a cocktail hour and three-course “forest feast” shouldn’t be surprising. That will happen this Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 6:00 pm and feature cookbook author Erin Gleeson, whose latest book is The Forest Feast Mediterranean. Attendees will receive a copy of the book. Cost is $100. You can reserve […]

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Author Nick Neely chronicles his 650-mile California trek in “Alta California”

Today marks the 250th anniversary of European discovery of San Francisco Bay by Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolá. Author Nick Neely grew up in Portola Valley, named after Portolá, but realized how little he knew about the history of the Peninsula as well as broader California history. So he set off to learn it with […]

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Art meets science when Lisa Rosenberg tackles “A Different Physics: The Poetics of Discovery”

How do poetic and scientific exploration create access and insight between domains? Can art created within the worlds of science and technology broaden expectations and possibilities for engagement? Formally trained in physics and poetry, Menlo Park resident Lisa Rosenberg looks at the processes of inquiry and making, with a lens of commonality and shared territory […]

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Author/theologian Jim Wallis appears in Menlo Park on Nov. 2

Author/theologian Jim Wallis will discuss “Reclaiming Jesus” in conversation with The Rev. Frannie Hall Kieschnick — focusing on  how we can offer an alternative to the polarizing bitterness and anger in our nation — at Trinity Church (330 Ravenswood) on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10:00 to 11:30 am. In his latest book, Christ in Crisis: […]

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Retired SLAC physicist Gregory Loew writes a book about The Human Condition

We arrived at Gregory Loew’s home in Atherton to talk about his new book, The Human Condition: Reality, Science and History, but our conversation was initially derailed by the news that Steph Curry had purchased a home a couple of houses away for $31 million. “It’s crazy because I paid $67,000,” Gregory chuckled, admitting that was a […]

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