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Percussionist John Santos drums up interest in Afro Latin Jazz

Percussionist and band leader John Santos still considers himself a student of the drum even as most consider him a master.

Santos, 59, was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District and now lives in the East Bay, but he has traveled the world researching the...

Girls on the Grid
I Don’t Want Children (or Real Estate) … and That’s OK

Sep 18, 2014
I Don’t Want Children (or Real Estate) … and That’s OK

By Laura Braden I don’t want to procreate or own real estate…and that’s ok. Now before we dive in, let me issue a huge disclaimer to all my girlfriends and sister-in-law: I L-O-V-E your children. How can I not when they have 1/2 of your genetic make-up? I got misty the first time I met them, and it’s fun to buy...

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in these small moments
Party people: An Invisalign giveaway

Party people: An Invisalign giveaway

My lovely friend Cam Bowman, who blogs over at Growing Up Goofy, graciously offered to co-host a fun Invisalign party with me last weekend.
There was fantastic food and sangria (courtesy of Cam’s amazing menu planning, party planning and amazing cooking!).
There were photos.
There were smiles, laughter and tons of questions from everyone.
We ate, drank, aughed and...

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Sean Ferguson’s Corner of the Universe
Born to Race: Fast Track Blu-ray Review

Born to Race: Fast Track Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Branden Sievers
In this 2013 follow up to 2011's Born 2 Race, Born to Race: Fast Track, returning rivals Danny Kruger (MTV Awkward's Brett Davern) and Jake Kendall (Awkward co-star Beau Mirchoff) are forced to cooperate and compete once more, as they both angle for two available spots in...

HealthyCal.org
Most Employers, Like NFL, Don’t Have Policies for Responding to Domestic Violence

Sep 18, 2014

By Mary Flynn Most workplaces (70 percent) do not have a formal policy or program to address violence, let alone domestic violence specifically, despite a survey indicating that 44 percent of adult employees reported personally experiencing the effects of domestic violence in their workplace.

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Finding Our Way Now
Easy Beef Stew: #Recipe

Technically, it’s still summer until the 20th or 21st. However, I think of September as an autumn month. It’s true that the temperature is still way up there and certainly, there isn’t any snow. Still, the nights are cooler and, so how, the air just feels different...

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Chic Little House
My Must See TV

My Must See TV

It's already Mid-September, which means its already time to gear up for Fall TV. I'm excited for my favorite TV shows to return and hoping to fall in love with some new ones. As most of you know, we're cable free and watch...

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Crazy for Crust
Amish Friendship Bread {and starter}

Sep 18, 2014
Amish Friendship Bread {and starter}

This recipe for Amish Friendship Bread comes just in time for the holidays. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Your friends will love it. Trust me. What I should have said is… “Your friends will love it until they don’t anymore and then run away from you because they don’t want any more...

Sean Ferguson’s Corner of the Universe
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray Review

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Jami Ferguson
Socially challenged they remain, but the scientific geniuses of "The Big Bang Theory" always deliver hilarious results. Leonard returns from his North Sea expedition to find that his relationship with Penny involves more beta-testing than he’s ever done in a lab. Howard’s attachment issues with the women...

Cowtown Eats
Dining News: New Food Truck – Cowtown Urban Eatery

Sep 17, 2014

Owned by two brothers who are executive chefs at separate local restaurants, Cowtown Urban Eatery hit the streets for the first time this past weekend. When I spotted the truck outside New Helvetia on Saturday evening, I'll admit I was...

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