This Month’s FEATURES

Summer Writer’s Block

It’s not a big surprise that my annual summer writer’s block is back. I’ve come to expect it. When summer rolls around, every orifice in my body tightens up when it’s time to extract something creative for this fine magazine. I’ve found it tough coming up with magic when I’m wearing flip-flops and board shorts […]

And Then I Wrote…

This month my lovely bride and I will celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary by taking a ten day cruise to Alaska.  When the travel agent asked what we looked forward to the most, we both replied, “Being pampered.”  Both of us have had some physical problems this year, so we simply want to rest and […]

Mallet Instruments

Some of the most unique and varied sounds of a percussion section in bands and orchestras come from the melodic mallet instruments. These instruments add exciting sounds and rhythms to the ensemble. They include the popular Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone and Glockenspiel. I would venture to say that not too many people know the difference between […]

Assistance League Scholarships

In the fall, these determined visionaries will attend such institutions of higher learning as Diablo Valley College, U.C. Davis and Princeton. Congratulations, Scholarship recipients of 2016!  Kneeling (L to R) Sharofidden Abdugapparov, Scholarships Co-Chair Cindi Segale, Christopher Yi, Jomari Fernandez, Barune Thapa, Scholarships Co-Chair Lesley Salo; middle row (L to R) Erica Wagoner, Justine Rawlings, […]



Diablo Fine Jewelers in Alamo

After nearly 45 years in business, the well recognized landmark of uncompromising quality and personalized service in Alamo—Mark Kahn Jewelers—is excited to announce its transition to the next generation, as Diablo Fine Jewelers. Built upon the rock-solid foundation of professional expertise and integrity so well established by Mark Kahn, Mark’s daughter, Julie Kahn-Crowder, along with […]


He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

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Hail to the Zuke

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The Last Man on the Moon

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Ego: The Enemy of Progress

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Natural Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries

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He Said/She Said with Robin and Shawn

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2016 Acura RDX A Responsive Crossover!

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Enjoy Your “Free” Copy

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Organic Perfumes Verses Synthetic Perfumes

I have had the pleasure over the years to travel to the South of France to … [Read More...]

He Said/She Said with Robin and Shawn

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