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Michael Mihalick December 25, 2013 at 09:36 am
Shell, Thanks for bringing such a wonderful flood of great childhood memories to me! I forgot aboutRead More many of those things until you brought them back to me..I miss Papa..Him and Mom always did so much for us and made so much so special..
Michelle McIntyre December 26, 2013 at 10:43 am
Thanks, I agree.
Emily Lo was sworn in as Saratoga's New Mayor Wednesday. Photo credit: Emily Lo.
Sheila Sanchez December 5, 2013 at 05:01 pm
Thank you, Michelle. Much appreciated.
Michelle McIntyre December 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm
I'm on the hunt for a higher res photo of Emily Lo. I will post it as soon as I receive it.
Sheila Sanchez November 13, 2013 at 12:14 am
Thanks for this blog post, Michelle. It's great! Please also post on Campbell and Los Gatos Patch.Read More Much appreciated.
Michelle McIntyre November 13, 2013 at 11:35 am
Hi Sheila, thank you for the words of support. I have posted it to both the Los Gatos and CampbellRead More Patch. Happy Wednesday!
Courtesy of Michael Elliott and Freedigitalphotos.net
Sheila Sanchez June 27, 2013 at 08:45 pm
Awesome post, Michelle. Can you post this on Los Gatos Patch, too. There are so many dog loversRead More there, too and lots of snakes on the trail! Thank you so much for your support and friendship.
Jens Olson June 28, 2013 at 01:01 am
5.5 people died from snake bites in the US last year? Huh? What does that mean?
Saratoga Boy Scout Troop 566 scouts, ranging in age from 12 to 16 lead the pledge of allegiance at the June 5th meeting where building heights were hotly debated.
MARCIA FARISS June 8, 2013 at 10:49 am
Regarding height limits; there appears to be developer expectations that their requested variancesRead More and exceptions will be granted just for the asking. All property owners are made aware of the City's development rules when they purchase the property. There should be no reason for developers to be granted variances to the height, setback, density and/or parking exceptions. The point that limits are "silly" is true if they're not enforced. That must change! If it doesn't, the same battles will be fought repeatedly.
MARCIA FARISS June 8, 2013 at 10:56 am
Congrats! The years usually fly by and it's wonderful to stop and celebrate anniversaries and otherRead More special events in our lives.
Michelle McIntyre June 10, 2013 at 09:39 am
I've received three scout reports on these issues and the boys have listened to the concerns of theRead More citizens.
Sheila Sanchez May 8, 2013 at 01:41 pm
Not sure if Dr. David Buchholz' tips will work for all migraine sufferers. My sister is one of themRead More and she's tried these, but still suffers from them! I will definitely recommend she reads this book, though. Her headaches are very debilitating. Thank you so much for the post, Michelle.
Michelle McIntyre May 8, 2013 at 08:21 pm
I think there are some bigger triggers and some smaller triggers. I'm less worried about yogurt andRead More more worried about chocolate for example. I really believe in the caffeine-headache connection. But most people won't go so far as to not having caffeine. It's a part of most lifestyles in our society. I wish your sister luck. Maybe the book will help.
Sheila Sanchez May 7, 2013 at 03:58 pm
What great shots, Michelle! Thank you for sharing!
Jeffrey Bachman May 7, 2013 at 07:36 pm
I love Spring and all its surprises!!
John April 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm
AHHHHHHH BURN GO GO LIBRARY MANAGER
Gary Hinze August 25, 2013 at 02:02 pm
The Town of Los Gatos just hired a Police Assistant to calm unruly patrons. The Los Gatos LibraryRead More also works in coordination with the schools, recreation department and local businesses to provide services that give teens opportunities for productive activities. Maybe the Saratoga Library could talk to the Los Gatos Library for ideas.
Michelle McIntyre August 28, 2013 at 04:25 pm
Thanks for the update!
Esmée St James April 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm
Thanks for the tempting dinner menu, Michelle. Guess what I'm having tonight!
Gary Hinze April 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm
I wonder it the library could link with the recreation department. Use one of the isolated rooms orRead More build a new room or whole recreation center next door. Have a game room where kids can make noise when they are done studying and doing their homework. Redwood Middle School is not far away.
John April 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm
FAKE AND GAY
Michelle McIntyre December 12, 2013 at 07:57 am
It seems quieter lately. Also, I saw a sign for a mid-week program inviting children to hang out inRead More the community room with their friends where they can do activities, read, talk or eat. That's a very nice program to help solve this issue.
Michelle McIntyre March 19, 2013 at 11:44 pm
Gary, thanks for the URLs. Great news. Some fast communications cleared something up fast. IRead More "take back" the bully statement, at least for now. Years ago we enrolled my son in a bunch of awesome science programs that fueled his interest in the subject. I think we just need to start doing that again and not rely on science class in public school. Here were the best programs: 1. Rock-It Science in Santa Clara. The kids made their own hover craft and had a really interesting lesson in electricity using a cool purple lightning machine. They loved it! This was through a non profit called "Lyceum" only run by parents. 2. Tech Museum birthday party where the kids made night lights powered by a potato. 3. Cool program at the Intel Tech Museum. They actually have teachers and programs there. We're also kicking around the idea of computer programming class. My son wants to do programming now and I think he'd have fun making his own video games and programs.
Michelle McIntyre March 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm
I do apologize to all of the public school teachers who have to work with these dismal budgets.Read More California is ranked 49th out of the 50 states in per student spending. How can they do a great job with such low amount of funding? I wanted to write this blog post to help other parents because I'm not alone and a lot of people are afraid of bullying and retaliation so they won't give first person accounts of teacher issues. I will try to limit this though, because your advice is excellent and I agree.
Gary Hinze March 20, 2013 at 12:43 am
Youth Science Institute right across Vasona Lake is good for natural sciences. Your son might beRead More able to volunteer there. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View is a great place to visit. Also the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos and the American Heritage Museum in Palo Alto. Don't forget the Oakland Museum of California and the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Most of these have children's programs and classes. Some outreach to schools. http://www.ysi-ca.org/ http://www.computerhistory.org/ http://www.hiller.org/ http://www.moah.org/ http://www.museumca.org/ http://www.exploratorium.edu/
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz February 13, 2013 at 08:20 pm
This is CA, & this has been the coldest Winter we've had in a long time. California's are notRead More used to the cold. Not to mention the strong strain of the Flu, Bronchitis, & Pneumonia we've had this year....WOW! I'm on my 3RD dose of antibiotics fighting Bronchitis! Loving these Sunny days!
Michelle McIntyre February 13, 2013 at 09:37 pm
It was the green Buick, right? I can't seem to get the picture out of my head. Yes, I rememberRead More walking on Lake Erie and Dad teaching us how cold it had to be for how long to make it safe to walk on frozen water. I know it didn't happen very often.
Michelle McIntyre February 13, 2013 at 09:39 pm
Irene: Yes, I totally agree with you that it's odd to be sick when it's 65 and sunny out. I luckilyRead More have had only light colds and nothing worse (knock on wood). Sheila: A Christmas Story was shot in my home town of Cleveland so you know that's a special movie to me and my family! We watch it more than once every Christmas when we have access to a TV.
Kathy Ottenberg February 4, 2013 at 07:20 pm
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and a number of other grains. Some people have 'celiacRead More disease', in which their body does not produce the elements needed to break down and digest gluten (from any source) - therefore, gluten makes them very sick. Other people, for a variety of reasons, have a sensitivity to gluten - it might make their joints hurt and cause bloating. So, of course, they prefer to avoid gluten. In those people, by avoiding the gluten that causes bloating, avoidance helps them to lose weight. For people who are having trouble losing weight, trying a gluten-free diet may help them determine if gluten is causing bloating, and thereby contributing to weight loss problems. Some doctors think that the current, genetically modified (GMO) grains, such as wheat, have been responsible for more of these gluten sensitivities in recent years - since the gluten protein in GMO grains is different than what our bodies have adapted to through evolution. So, hopefully this provides some further info for those confused about the 'gluten-free' issue.
Michelle McIntyre February 4, 2013 at 07:53 pm
This is very helpful, Kathy. I try to be journalistic and somewhat brief in my posts and this adds aRead More really nice opinion with great details. I believe that altering what you eat can truly solve a lot of health problems.
Neighbor February 5, 2013 at 03:18 am
My personal take on gluten is that even a tiny amount causes IBS issues and it leaves my stomachRead More with a super bloaty feeling. Some people say this can be caused from 'leaky gut' but I am not an authority on the subject. I don't necessarily believe that gluten free desserts are going to help you lose weight either, but I do feel much better eliminating gluten from my diet, leaky gut or not. Perhaps it also helps me to eliminate calorie and sugar heavy 'pasty' as well.
Dyan Chan January 28, 2013 at 07:45 pm
I like it, especially 2 and 3. Fun ways to stay healthy, and they illustrate the important linkRead More between body and mind/spirit!
Michelle McIntyre January 28, 2013 at 08:17 pm
I think #2 encourages me to do more girls night out dinners and events because as a wife and mother,Read More sometimes I get too wrapped up in the family thing and don't focus on my friends enough. It turns out that our friends are healthy for us!
Sheila Sanchez January 28, 2013 at 08:44 pm
Thanks for the post, Michelle! It's such a great reminder to strive for balance in our lives. AsRead More I've posted before ... my goal in 2013 is to have a more balanced life. Think of a pizza divided into four parts that need equal time: Sheila, work, friends and family. I recommend it to everyone!
Esmée St James January 15, 2013 at 03:28 am
Definitely it is all about choice, there are many ways to motivate oneself all of which start withRead More our thoughts. Especially the ones that feel good. The constant conversation going on in our head is more powerful than we know. We get what we think about so think about what you want rather than what you don't want. Works like a charm!
Michelle McIntyre January 15, 2013 at 02:10 pm
Sheila, it's awesome that you've started an exercise habit kicked off by an alarm. That uses theRead More B.J. Fogg formula.
Sheila Sanchez January 15, 2013 at 02:13 pm
Thanks, Michelle. Appreciate the encouragement! Keep it coming!
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