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November 14, 2014

It all started with a couple of turkeys. No, this isn’t a story of the first Thanksgiving. It’s the tale of a Berkeley writer who decided to raise her own backyard Butterballs. (more…)

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imageNovember 7, 2014

In the world of slobbering kisses, dogs beat cats every time. But when it comes to stress relief, cats have the market cornered, thanks to the country’s first cat café – right here in Oakland. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: September 24, 2014

It’s officially autumn — and not a moment too soon. We are desperate for rain, cooler temps and those mellowcreme candies shaped like pumpkins and tri-colored teeth. I’m already munching my way through a bag of Brach’s Autumn Mix, and it’s not even October. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: September 19, 2014

Oakland has always marched to a different drummer. But who knew we were the mecca of world percussion? Musician Robert Wallace thinks there are more drummers here, per capita, than anywhere else except — maybe — Salvador, Brazil. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: August 15, 2014

In late July, I wrote about a culinary wave headed for Montclair. Make that a tidal wave. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: August 8, 2014

Not many people are named after a pizza. But in the early 1990s, my friend and her husband named their newborn Zachary. It seemed like a no-brainer, being both a popular baby name and the couples’ favorite Rockridge pizzeria, Zachary’s. (more…)

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MONTCLARION: August 1, 2014

It’s been a long time since I’ve checked out Lake Merritt at night. I really need to get out more.

The change is impressive. There are cafés and people everywhere – a beautiful blend of humanity coming together to celebrate the near-perfect weather in Oakland. (more…)

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