This Month’s FEATURES

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The Spirit of the Old West Corralled at Blackhawk

Danville’s Blackhawk Museum, which exhibits some of the world’s rarest classic automobiles, has acquired an extensive private collection of American West and Plains Indians historic artifacts for a new permanent exhibition titled, “SPIRIT OF THE OLD WEST,” to open in late fall. This vast collection of Western and American Indian artifacts has remarkable historic importance. […]

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The Prospective College Road Show

Oh, to be a high school junior living along the I-680 corridor. A typical East Bay high school junior is between 16 and 17 years old, has probably just come into possession of a car and is undoubtedly thinking about their college options. Life is good and they have the world in front of them. […]

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Flick Nation Review: Boyhood

As we leave behind a mostly forgettable (raccoons excluded) Summer and transition into (cue trumpets) prestige season, a number of awards contenders will attempt to salvage in quality what the 2014 box office has thus far lacked in quantity. If festival buzz and early reviews are to be trusted, The Imitation Game, Gone Girl, Foxcatcher […]



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9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent: A Love Story of a Different Kind

Every day, 45 million Baby Boomers are taking care of their elderly … [Read More...]


Little Red Wagon

I’m a sucker for a feel good movie. I’m even a bigger sucker for a “Purpose … [Read More...]


Music of the West and Famous Singing Cowboys

To most people Western music conjures up thoughts of cowboys, Indians, the … [Read More...]



Fructose: The Carb That Makes You Sick

Life always seems to be better in hindsight. I’m thinking of 25 years ago … [Read More...]


Step Up Your Eyebrow Game

What’s the main difference you notice between the make-up you do for … [Read More...]


Our Magnificent Immune System: How Can we Save it?

Whether or not you’re Godly or Atheist, I think we can all agree that man … [Read More...]

Getting Well

Natural Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow

What is Golfer’s Elbow? Golfer's elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is … [Read More...]



Getting Squashed

I always relish the gentle change of seasons, but the transition from … [Read More...]


Raccoon Round-up

Q. Last fall, we had a problem with raccoons as they tore up the lawn to … [Read More...]



He Said / She Said with Robin and Shawn

Dear HSSS, My 17-year-old daughter got a texting-while-driving ticket. I … [Read More...]


OUTSMART Unhealthy Sugar Cravings

It's October and here we are again—the month when Halloween candy … [Read More...]


ALIVE: More Than a Magazine

Next month we will celebrate our anniversary—nine terrific years of unique … [Read More...]


We Just Can’t Stop Talking the Problem of Domestic Violence

I’m trying to make sense of an email I have gotten. This guy was pretty … [Read More...]


Stamps In My Passport

When putting together these brief travel vignettes for ALIVE, I try to … [Read More...]

ALIVE Restaurant Guide

Santa Cruz Ale Works

Today we take another trip. Not quite as far as we have gone in the past … [Read More...]


Fall Fashion

Fall 2014 brings new trends to add to your wardrobe. First, start with the … [Read More...]


FDR: Not a Trivial President

Ken Burns may have outdone himself with the 7 part series on PBS entitled … [Read More...]


All About Brows: What Do Your Eye Brows Say About You?

Throughout history eyebrows have played a significant roll in fashion and … [Read More...]