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›› LETTERS Well, at least semiautomatic weapons aren’t to blame According to, Paxil and Prozac may both cause side effects such as “new or worsening mental or mood changes (e.g., agitation, panic attacks, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility, exaggerated feeling of well-being).” If that is the case, can these drugs also cause murderous impulses? According to Fox News, it has been found that the Columbine High School shooters were either on “selecLike Paxil and Prozac, watching tive serotonin Fox News can also result in ‘new or reuptake inhibiworsening mental changes.’ tor” drugs or detoxing from them at the time of the mass shooting. One father reported, on Fox News, that his otherwise “sensitive” and loving son had an “out of character” personality change and became aggressive, wielding a gun at school while on SSRIs. He also said that his son had hallucinations and mental blackouts while on SSRIs. Considering the recent movie theater shoot-out by James Eagan Holmes in Colorado, I think people should be alert to the concerns. While I cannot advise anyone about medications, I do suggest it’s important, as a society, that we be aware and talk to our doctors about possible side effects. As a daughter of a former pharmaceutical salesman, what scares me is that doctors are informed by salesmen, who themselves are given the “facts” by a corporation raking in mass profits. There was a moral reason why my father quit the field. Sophia Leicht, Novato

It’s so hard to find a good capybara specialist these days... I was intrigued by Julie Vader’s article on exotic pets [“Goodnight, Inappropriate Pets,” July 20] as my husband and I started up our own reptile rescue nonprofit, Lynx Bay Nursery, due to the abundance of unwanted reptiles and the lack of knowledge individuals have of reptile husbandry. I agree with almost the entire article except for Dr. Bacon’s comment about all first visits [to Central Marin Cat & Exotic Hospital] being free. Our first visit to the office was most definitely not free and I can back that with a bill. Aside from being a disgruntled old customer of theirs, I agree that owning and caring for exotic pets should be left to professionals or those with great experience. My husband and I have come into the care of unwanted reptiles that are considered beginners’ pets and they were cared for improperly and neglected. This is due to the fact that most individuals get in way over their heads, never thinking about how much and how long of a commitment it is to care for these animals. These same individuals think there is a market for these creatures and try to breed them, which is what most animal advocates are trying to avoid. Breeding reptiles isn’t a small task and in some instances leads to injury or death and causes new strains of viruses to emerge. What makes owning exotic pets even harder is that there is a lack of specialists to help treat and spread information. There are two businesses in Marin that cater to exotic pets, one being extremely pricey and the other doesn’t have as much experience. In San Francisco there is another animal hospital that helps exot-

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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› ics but even they charge an exorbitant amount. Money is definitely an issue for most people, especially in this economy (including for us and our nonprofit) and they are shocked when they see the total of an examination, screenings and medications coming out to nearly $200-plus for one pet. After that first visit you’re expected to come in for another checkup, and that is what scares people, it’s the anticipation of another large bill. UC Davis, where almost all veterinarians receive their certification, has an exceptional facility that specializes in exotics and though it may be an almost two-hour drive it is well worth the cost and they are just as efficient in their work as certified veterinarians. After all, they are in training for that certification. On another note: Wild animals have become part of this growing fascination because they are wild. That should be all the more reason why people should take into consideration that although they are cute and stunning, they are not domesticated and therefore should be avoided as pets. No matter how you look at the situation, popularity of owning exotic pets has been and is on the rise. I think it helps to emphasize that there are places where you can retrieve information and assistance— and the article did just that. I hope that it benefits people all over and spreads awareness.

It’s not your lender’s job to deny you a loan you can in no way repay! Regarding the recent letter from Robert Bishop [“Scales of Justice Lean to Side With Most Gold,” July 27], who lost his home because of a dishonest mortgage broker. Mr. Bishop: You sound like an intelligent man, but no one forced you to borrow the money! Michael Sapuppo, Larkspur

An even more reasonable man would have first tried handcars I can see the SMART train is a disaster before it starts. $360 million budget that they don’t have. So let’s see what is the interest on $360 million. To be paid for by a quarter-cent sales tax, really. How much will it cost to ride the train? If it’s too much, no one will ride the—how many trains?—nine. It’s only a one-train track, that means there will be one train after another, all piled up, lord knows where, then, shuttle back, one behind the other, probably all empty. Must be the fed running this project. A reasonable man would lease some used rolling stock, fix up the crossings and try it. No they went shopping first, then they shuffle paper for four years. I give up. Leonard Korinek, San Rafael

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But what we lose in cancer findings we’ll gain in free toasters... The American Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop in Mill Valley is losing its lease at the end of August due to a substantial rent increase by the landlord of the East Blithedale shopping center. This is a loss to the local community and a blow to this efficiently run nonprofit that raises money for cancer research. There is a public hearing on Aug. 13 at 7pm in the Mill Valley City Hall to discuss the lease, which may go to another bank. There are already two banks in the small center! What is next? Our local post office in the center? Beverly Windle, Mill Valley


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Open season on foreclosures Occupy Marin and the battle over income inequality by Pe te r Se i d m an


he Mill Valley couple whose struggle to avoid foreclosure became a focus for Occupy Marin have been evicted. In July, Occupy Marin rallied support for Patricia Goff and her husband, John Graybill, who were trying to avoid being forced from their Mill Valley home. They were facing eviction the second week of the month when Marin County Superior Court Judge Faye D’Opal granted them a two-week reprieve. Occupy Marin organized an action and rallied about 30 people who gathered at the City Plaza on Fourth Street in San Rafael to urge the bank that held the mortgage on the home, Wells Fargo, to modify the couple’s home loan or allow them to rent it so they could stay in their home. Forestalling eviction was particularly important to Goff, who had been injured in a car accident. Goff and Graybill had fallen victim to the type of questionable loans that were pervasive in the real estate market. “We had a boot over our heads since Oct. 27 of last year,” says Goff, “which was when we were going to potentially be thrown in the street. We had no money, nowhere to go, and I was very seriously ill and disabled. It’s been going on all this time.” Goff says she knows the ways of the financial world, but she “never expected to be treated in this just mindless manner.” Wells Fargo says it views foreclosure as a

last resort, and the company has a policy of trying to help customers who find themselves in difficulty. But in the end, that didn’t help Goff and Graybill. Goff says the fact that she was disabled forestalled the foreclosure, along with some mistakes in paperwork at the bank. Then, after receiving the two-week reprieve, the couple returned to court in an attempt to halt the foreclosure action, but the court rejected the move for lack of new evidence. (Goff and Graybill now sublet a small place in Larkspur.) Goff says they have prepared a lawsuit, which has not been served yet, charging that the bank last year failed to follow rules in the federal Home Affordable Modification Program, “the loan process that we were actually in [last year] when they did the foreclosure.” Goff claims that the bank failed to allow required time before the end-game foreclosure. “They did the foreclosure, and we happened to find out by [getting a letter] in the mail from some company” that specializes in saying it can help people facing foreclosure. The issue of banks “dual tracking” in the foreclosure process (proceeding with a foreclosure while the homeowner is pursuing a loan modification) is addressed in the state’s new Homeowner Bill of Rights, which actually consists of a series of related bills, including AB 278 and SB 900. The legisla9 > tion, signed by the governor July 11,


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Report released on Farallones yacht tragedy The panel investigating the tragedy aboard the yacht Low Speed Chase has issued its report on the incident that took place during last April’s Full Crew Farallones Race, which left five people dead. The investigation included interviews with surviving crew members and witnesses from other yachts in the race, as well as crews of previous races. The report says that, while risk exists with any sea voyage,“prudent seamanship” can mitigate many hazards and that the panel “does not believe that this [Farallones] course was selected with an understanding of the associated risks.” The vessel had reportedly sailed far closer to the Farallon Islands than any of the other yachts in the race. After nearing the islands, the report says, the Low Speed Chase was hit by a pair of tremendous waves—only one of the eight crew members, Nick Vos, managed to stay on board. Two of the thrown crew members—Bryan Chong of Tiburon and the yacht’s owner, James Bradford, 41, of San Francisco—managed to swim ashore; when the yacht ran aground Vos came ashore to help the others. The five sailors who drowned include Larkspur’s Alexis Busch, 26; Kentfield resident Jordan Fromm, 25; 32-year-old Lawrence Berkeley National Lab researcher Elmer Morrissey; Belvedere resident Marc Kasanin, 46; and Irish boat technician Alan Cahill, 34. Quarter-cent parks tax headed to ballot Marinites will get a chance to show their support—or lack thereof—for the county’s parks this fall, as the Board of Supes on Tuesday unanimously voted to put a quarter-cent parks-funding sales tax on the Nov. 6 ballot. The measure will need two-thirds voter approval and, if passed, will fund county parks, open space and agricultural land preservation. A quarter-cent sales tax would bring in about $10 million in annual revenue—20 percent of that would go toward the purchase of agricultural easements (to curb farmland subdivision); 15 percent toward city park and recreation departments; and 65 percent to the county parks department. According to a Godbe Consultants’ poll of 606 likely voters conducted in June, prior to the state parks scandal, 67.5 percent of Marinites would support a quarter-cent sales tax to fund county parks and open space—enough to pass the required 66.7 percent majority needed for tax measures. The fate of the initiative was in doubt last month when news broke about the state parks’ $54 million in hidden assets, but community leaders representing open space, farmland preservation and the cycling community turned out at the supervisors’ meeting this week to urge the board to leave the decision to the electorate. It remains to be seen what effect, if any, the state parks scandal would have on the Godbe poll numbers. But the mess in Sacramento moved Sonoma County officials last month to ditch plans for a park-funding quarter-cent sales tax measure of their own—though that proposal was tied more directly to both county and state parks. West Marin physician Gleber dies following long illness Dr. Eileen Gleber, a primary care physician on the staff of Marin Healthcare District’s West Marin Medical Center in Point Reyes Station, died July 31, after a long illness. She was 62. Gleber joined the West Marin Medical Center in 2007 after serving on the staff at Petaluma Valley Hospital. Her colleagues say she brought “energy and spirit” to the people of West Marin. 9 > AUGUST 10-AUGUST 16, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 7

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1. Among Marin’s favorite restaurants are the following—complete the name. 1a. In Mill Valley, the Buckeye ___ 1b. In San Rafael, Sol ___ 1c. In Sausalito, Sushi ___ 2. What European volcano has been erupting almost continuously for the past 3,500 years? 3. Biologically, is a peanut a nut? No, it’s a what? 4. What American music artist in 2006 earned a Guinness World Record as the first entertainer to sell more than 100 million albums outside the U.S.? 5. An oyster requires about how many years to produce a perfect, cultivated pearl: closer to one, five or 10? 6. A music composition performed adagio will move at what speed? 7a. Pictured, left: Published in 1950 by writer C.S. Lewis, this fantasy novel became one of the all-time best-selling books for children, today published in 7a 7b almost 50 languages. It’s titled The Lion, the Witch and the ... what? 7b. Pictured, right: This book was the first released and best known of left series The Chronicles of ... what? 8. What Indian prime minister was assassinated in 1984 by two of her bodyguards? 9. Pictured, below: Ships passing from the Mediterranean Sea southward through the Suez Canal (and eventually to India) will pass through what long sea, then what large gulf, before hitting what larger sea eastward to India? 10. Can you name four to five sports in which opponents stand on opposite sides of a net? Follow-up to last week’s question: Marin cities with alternating vowels and consonants; my answer was Bolinas, Novato, Tiburon. Along comes geosleuth John Machin who adds to our list: Olema, Tocaloma and San Geronimo, 9 and importantly, his hometown, Lagunitas. BONUS QUESTION: Of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates...or none of the above...which one was a two-time Olympic champion in the grueling “pankration” competition that combines boxing and wrestling...and very few rules? Howard Rachelson invites you to live team trivia contests on Wednesdays at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael, and a Team Trivia Fundraiser for the Marin History Museum on Saturday evening, Aug. 18, at the Boyd Mansion (current Elks Club) in San Rafael. Contact and visit

VLast  Saturday, a team of Heroes worked together to save 11 ducklings from harm’s way. The Marin Humane Society began receiving calls at approximately 2pm about a mama duck and her babies waddling across the southbound side of 101 in Novato, near the Atherton exit. Sgt. Michelle Rogers, an animal control officer, responded immediately to the scene. Two CHP officers stopped traffic by parking their cruisers across the freeway and then helped Sgt. Rogers corral the ducks. Onlookers described chaos, with baby ducks running in all directions. Finally, all 11 were inside the Humane Society truck and on their way to WildCare. Unfortunately, the mother duck didn’t make it, but the juveniles are expected to recover fully and will soon be released to a safe habitat.

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candals are like waves: They come fast a kind of “honor system” when it comes to and recede even faster, and there’s always special-fund money, trusting departments another one waiting to break. Such as to provide accurate information about how when we found out that the supposedly pen- much cash they have and where it’s stashed, niless California Department of Parks and with little or no oversight. (By contrast, all Recreation “misplaced” $54 million, learned general fund money is cross-checked and that this is a systemic, accounted for.) In all, statewide problem—and the special fund totals then forgot about it, all in nearly $40 billion, so the span of a few weeks. that $54 million may One guy who hasn’t be merely the tip of forgotten? Marin’s Asthe financial iceberg. semblyman Jared HuffAfter the revelation, man D-San Rafael, the heads rolled—state odds-on favorite to reparks Director Ruth place Lynn Woolsey as Coleman resigned and our District 2 congresher right-hand man, sional rep in November. Michael Harris, was (Woolsey is retiring and canned soon after— Huffman is in a runoff and Gov. Jerry Brown against Republican Dan was left looking inRoberts, who finished Huffman, shown here in Alaska, hopes some good competent at best and will come out of the worst scandal to rock the state second in the nonpar- parks since, er... ever. complicit at worst. tisan June primary but, Still, Huffman inlike the other 10 cansists, this could wind didates, was still trounced by the outgoing up being a “good news story.” assemblyman.) Huffman cites a recent decision by Gov. As chair of the Assembly’s Committee Brown to earmark $20 million from the on Water, Parks and Wildlife, Huffman has parks fund for maintenance and improvestumped hard for state parks, dozens of ments. “That’s the kind of move that can which were targeted for closure because of restore confidence,” he says. “But they have alleged budget woes. This spring, Huffman to move quickly, get this out in the light of sponsored the State Parks Stewardship Bill, day. [Then] they can use this to show voters aimed at funneling resources to parks and how serious they are about any kind of stabilizing the department. “This bill gives misconduct with regard to public funds.” the state additional tools it needs to help Huffman insists that Californians’ support keep state parks open and provide for more for parks is “unshakable,” although he admits sustainable management of parks in the that the state’s credibility is on the ropes. future,” Huffman said in May. “It’s going to take time to build that Today, his rhetoric is less lofty. trust back up,” he says. “People have a “It’s disgusting, there’s no other way to right to be angry.” characterize it,” Huffman told us in a recent The wave may have receded, in other interview. “We need to get to the bottom of words, but it left an indelible mark in the this and clean house.” sand. < The problem, we now know, is that the Got a local story you’d like to see uncovered? Email state Department of Finance operates on




proposal. For many progressives, the effective aftermath highlighted the possibility that grassroots action still can work despite the power Wall Street and the big banks hold over American society. As Occupy Wall Street spread and gave birth to Occupy movements in cities and towns across the country, progressive groups became local focus points for community action. The Marin MoveOn Council was involved from the start in forming Occupy Marin, says Johnstone, a San Anselmo resident. Members of the Marin Peace & Justice Coalition also were there at the start. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those were the two largest groups who were there at ďŹ rst big Move Your Money rallies,â&#x20AC;? she says. That effort urged people to close their accounts at the big banks and deposit their money in community banks and credit unions. The grassroots nature of the Occupy movement has political pundits in a twist because no strict hierarchy exists. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean the movement totally lacks organization. Johnstone participates in what she calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;inter-occupyâ&#x20AC;? calls during which she talks with occupiers across the nation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on foreclosure now, and [I can] really keep my hands on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in all different parts of the country and how people are approaching the issues and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effective. We are deďŹ nitely connected. Even if [Occupy Marin doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t] go and participate in all actions, we stand in solidarity.â&#x20AC;? 10 > Store Hours: M-F 9-8 U SAT 9-7 U SUN 10-7 508 TAMALPAIS DRIVE U CORTE MADERA, CA 94925






< 7 Open season on foreclosures is built on the foundation of a national mortgage settlement between 49 states and lenders. Among its provisions, the legislation prohibits lenders from proceeding with foreclosure while a homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for solutions other than foreclosure are under review. Goff says that was the case when Wells Fargo proceeded with foreclosure. But the legislation didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help Goff and Graybillâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take effect until Jan. 1. Occupy Marin is calling for a moratorium on foreclosures until the law takes effect. Although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too late for Goff and Graybill, it could prove beneďŹ cial to other Marin homeowners facing bank eviction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foreclosure has been one of the major issues for Occupy because it is one of the major economic issues in the country,â&#x20AC;? says Occupy Marin spokeswoman Barbara Bogard, a Mill Valley resident. Other homeowners have contacted Occupy Marin to seek help as well. Foreclosures have declined across the country and in Marin, but the foreclosure rate still poses a serious threat to the economy and to the many homeowners in ďŹ nancial crisis. In June, Marin saw 57 notices of sale, according to Foreclosure Radar. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a 57.14 decline from June 2011. Foreclosure Radar also reports that in June of this year, Marin saw 90 notices of default, a decline of 15.09 percent from June 2011. Even with the good news of the downward trend, those who face foreclosure ďŹ nd little solace in the macro numbers. The Occupy movement sees foreclosures as just one symptom of ďŹ nancial inequality that eats at the heart of democracy. Occupy Oakland came across the bay to support Occupy Marin in rallying behind Goff and Graybill. The effort received national notoriety resulting in a media feast that featured afďŹ&#x201A;uent Marin and foreclosures. But Marin has been far from immune in the foreclosure contagion. And for some here, the situation is harder psychologically than elsewhere, says Bogard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In some ways itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more difďŹ cult here because people who go through it here are so embarrassed about it. They are ashamed. We have many people going through it here who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to admit it. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to take action. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to do anything about it because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to tell anybody about it. They are humiliated.â&#x20AC;? Occupy offers support. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We see ourselves as providing community,â&#x20AC;? says Bogard, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and creating a situation where nobody has to go through this alone.â&#x20AC;? Pat Johnstone, an organizer with the Marin Council of, also is a spokeswoman for Occupy Marin, a connection that highlights the lineage of Occupy Marin. In October 2011, MoveOn joined the Occupy Wall Street movement in protests that swept the country and called attention to practices at the big banks. One trigger was Bank of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to charge customers $5 a month to use their debit cards. The chorus of objections that reverberated across the country convinced the bank to table the

< 7 Newsgrams â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eileen was an improbable, compassionate, and astonishing physician and colleague,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Colin Hamblin, of the West Marin Medical Center.â&#x20AC;&#x153;She gave care equal to three physicians.â&#x20AC;? Michael Whitt, founder of the WMMC, credits her with helping keep the doors open when the clinic was in danger of closing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She devoted her life to her patients in a way that is uncommon today. She will be sorely missed,â&#x20AC;?said Whitt.

Preservationists whittle away at sale of lumber company A possible buyer is hoping to carve out a deal for the Mill Valley Lumber Co., which turned off its circular saws after 120 years earlier this summer because the wood-chopping business simply wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cutting it financially. The Cerri family has owned the buzz biz since the late 1990s and they say the lumber mill, located at 129 Miller Avenue near the downtown, has struggled as a business since the economy tanked in 2008.Word is that Mill Valley residents with a penchant for historic preservation have stepped forward with an offer that may or may not match the $1.8 million the Cerris originally were asking.The deal is confidential until close of escrow next month. The lumber company had its genesis in 1889 when the Northwestern Pacific Railroad built a line from its Tam Junction stop deep into the valley at the base of Mount Tamalpais.The railroad ambled down the center of Miller Avenue and over Corte Madera Creek and terminated at what is now the downtown plaza. It was along this last stretch of track that Mill Valley pioneer and shipping magnate Robert Dollar had settled in the 1850s. In 1892, Dollar took a look at the building boom around him and promptly converted his parcel of land into a lumberyard. In 1912 it merged with Dohertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lumber Yard, a rival just a half block up the railroad tracks, to become the Mill Valley Lumber Company. Hal Brown finally gets his bench! The Hal Brown Bench has only been officiallyâ&#x20AC;&#x153;dedicatedâ&#x20AC;? in its new digs at Creek Park in San Anselmo since Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and already itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the most sat-upon benches in Marin. The town of San Anselmo held its bench dedication Aug. 4 in honor of the late Ross Valley supervisor who died of cancer March 2.The bench is located at the Hub with an unobstructed view of San Anselmo and the greater Ross Valley. In attendance were several of Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family members, as well as his longtime aideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and his successor on the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Katie Rice, San Anselmo Mayor Tom McInerney and former Mayor Peter Breen, who played a big role in securing the bench. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hal had many things named for him,â&#x20AC;? notes San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce President 10 > Connie Rodgers,â&#x20AC;&#x153;but he always wanted a bench.â&#x20AC;? COUPON






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< 9 Open season on foreclosures When Occupy Wall Street burst on the scene last year, the topic of political conversation concentrated on reducing the deďŹ cit as the sole avenue to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nancial and psychological health. But progressives who would form the Occupy movement and who had participated in organizations such as MoveOn saw things differently. Rather than focusing myopically on deďŹ cit reduction, they said, society must confront income inequality, which has not seen the current level of disparity since the 1920s. While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to earn as much as he or she wants or is able, say advocates of easing the inequality, enacting laws that slant tax policy and ďŹ nancial rules toward the rich and the corporations at the expense of the middle class is a road we shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t continue to travel. History, they say, shows that at the end of that road comes societal rebellion and chaos. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy maintaining a high level of activism, and the Occupy movement has shown signs of fatigue. (Declining interest from the national media contributes to the perception that the movement has declined.) When Occupy Marin ďŹ rst formed, says Bogard, a rally could attract hundreds of people. Now, when Occupy Marin holds one of its weekly general assemblies on San Rafaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s City Plaza, between ďŹ ve and 15 people show up, she says. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean the movement is dying. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an ebb and ďŹ&#x201A;ow to social movements, notes Johnstone, and Occupy is no exception. Bogard says Occupy Marin retains the capability of turning out large numbers for a speciďŹ c action, such as the rally to help Goff and Graybill in Mill Valley. Although participation in speciďŹ c events may vary, as people are attracted by some actions and not others, the heart of Occupy as â&#x20AC;&#x153;an experiment in democracy has not died,â&#x20AC;? says Johnstone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And bringing attention to the effects of big corporations in our lives, which is the common thread through all of the Occupy [organizations] has not died.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of the conversation that the Occupy movement has helped bring to the fore during the last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a conversation weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having in this 2012 election period, especially with how much

money ďŹ&#x201A;ows into elections. Democracy is really at stake here because of big money and corporate money.â&#x20AC;? The foreclosure issue, Johnstone says, comes from the ďŹ nancial institutions not having â&#x20AC;&#x153;the willingness to work with the people and keep people in their homes.â&#x20AC;? A recent move among political activists, including the Occupy movement, may be pushing local politicians into taking action. On July 31, the Berkeley City Council unanimously passed a resolution asking Alameda County to investigate eminent domain as a way for homeowners to retain their properties. And Berkeley isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only city in which activists are proposing an eminent domain plan. Getting support from the Occupy movement could help insert eminent domain proposals into the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consciousness, much as the movement put income inequality on the lips of virtually every Democratic politician this election season. Just howâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and whetherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to participate in traditional politics is an ongoing debate in Occupy groups across the country. On one hand, those opposed say the movement could fall victim to the same kind of co-option that has subsumed the Tea Party, which originally formed at the grassroots level to espouse small government but was quickly transformed by big money into a new political machine. But others in the movement say thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place for the inside/outside game. The real issue, says Johnstone, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is how do we reclaim democracy for the people.â&#x20AC;? Many in the movement, she adds, believe the system â&#x20AC;&#x153;is so brokenâ&#x20AC;? that working within it is an ineffective strategy if the true goal is transformation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I happen to not be one of them. I think that the ultimate occupation is the vote. If we start taking back our power and start coming out in numbers [to vote] it could make a real difference.â&#x20AC;? Whether the Occupy movement will remain a potent force that frames the conversation and exerts pressure on the system from the outside, or occupiers also choose to work within the electoral system, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is an ongoing conversation that takes place at many a general assembly,â&#x20AC;? Johnstone says. <


Boy did he. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how Breen told the story in the pages of the Pacific Sun last spring: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once upon a time in San Anselmo, we were revitalizing the downtown streetscape. As a part of the effort, we sold sidewalk benches to the public. I believe that I was mayor at the time. Hal reminded me that he had made a major contribution already to the effort, and he asked me about maybe a bench just to remind folks that he had helped out. I told him that it seemed to be a worthwhile acknowledgement of his support. I sent down the request in the normal channels in town.To this day the bench has not appeared, and at least 10 times since then he wondered where it was. Finally, when I was mayor again, I had the chance to do even one better than a bench. I was able to get the council to dedicate a bridge replacement on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Little Brown Bridge,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; fully aware the (big) â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Brown Bridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; had already been named in his honor on Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hill several years earlier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got Hal down to the dedication on a ruse that he was dedicating the bridge to a long deceased town supporter. He came down in his finest â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bridge dedication outfit,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; sweatpants and a blue sweatshirt! He pulled aside the cloth covering the plaque naming the bridge after him, and quietly said to me,â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Where the hell is my bench?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Here it is, big guy.

The Wood-man cometh Woody Allen isâ&#x20AC;&#x153;playing it againâ&#x20AC;?in Marin, as the renowned filmmaker shot scenes for his latest project this week in Belvedere,Tiburon and Larkspur. The 76-year-old Academy Award-winning directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest project is mostly set in the Bay Area and is a riches-to-rags story of a wealthy East Coast woman who loses her fortune and relocates to her sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house in San Francisco.The confirmed cast includes Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins and, er, Andrew Dice Clay. Peter Sarsgaard is rumored to be another marquee name on the cast list. According to the movie-shooting locations website, the Marinshot scene involved an â&#x20AC;&#x153;upscale, conservativeâ&#x20AC;? party filmed in a private house in Belvedere. Additional scenes were filmed this week in the Paradise Cay neighborhood of the Tiburon peninsula and at the former Escalle Winery on Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur. Marin Art & Garden Center prunes CEO In what officials are calling aâ&#x20AC;&#x153;restructuring move,â&#x20AC;? the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross has let go its chief executive officer. Chris Kelley had been at the Art and Garden Center since February of 2011, but the increasingly tough fiscal landscape for the 67-year-old community gathering place warranted the move, say MAGC officials. Kelleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s departure will save the nonprofit more than $100,000, narrowing the facilitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; revenue shortfall to $116,000 toward meeting its $600,000 budget. The Art and Garden Center offers classes, holds music events and hosts weddings.The Ross Valley Players perform in the MAGCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barn Theatre, and the Marin Society of Artists, the Ross Historical Society and the Marin Master Gardeners utilize the 11-acre grounds as well. MAGC is planning a big fundraiser to be held Nov. 11â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Veterans Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of this year called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remember the Marin Art and Garden Center.â&#x20AC;? Former sanitation head not out of the tank yet... Former Ross Valley Sanitary District general manager Brett Richards is back in the news after abruptly resigning last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this time itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to do with the $350,000 the district loaned him for housing when he was hired four years ago. Richards resigned the last week of July, shortly after questions were raised about the loan.There is no record of Richards buying or owning property in the area. Several district residents, RVSD attorney Jolie Houston and San Anselmo Mayor Tom McInerney requested that Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian look into the matter. Berberianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office will try to determine if the loan â&#x20AC;&#x153;for certain purposes was in fact used for other purposes.â&#x20AC;? Misappropriation of the funds is a felony, punishable by two to four years in prison. Berberian emphasized that at this point there is no proof of impropriety. In his resignation letter, Richards cited problems working with the district board, specifically Frank Egger and Pam Meigs, as his reasons for leaving.

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ost people toss around the term “road rage” lightly, often referring to the grumpy old man tooting his horn behind us in the Sir Francis Drake right-hand-turn lane. But a quick look at daily headlines around the country shows that serious incidents of driver hooliganism are definitely speeding up. Bus commuters must thank their lucky stars that the energy often used to drive defensively through hordes of angry, vehicle-wielding madmen can be used instead to read a book while crawling through the Novato Narrows. Drivers new to the crowded Bay Area highways may often suffer from anxiety as they learn to navigate through hundreds of Priuses and SUVs clogging the turnpike. And let’s not forget the many Marin cyclists who see it through a more serious lens—collisions with angry drivers do more than leave dents in our Trek frames. Road rage can leave cyclists seriously injured. Or worse. So what, if anything, can be done about road rage? How can we bring a higher level of awareness to mainstream commuters who often dismiss or misunderstand the effects it can have? With these questions in mind, we reached out to Novato psychologist Bob Nemerovski. Nemerovski, 47, is one of Marin’s few—perhaps the only?—experts on the topic of road rage (he specializes in men’s issues, anger and anxiety—road rage-related or not), and has spoken extensively on the topic. He even leads local seminars to educate and inform the general public. We asked him to shed light on a topic we should all be pondering before we’re driven over the edge by that jerk who just cut us off at the Lucky Drive exit.   


You probably could have developed an expertise on a lot of things— why road rage? I have been fascinated by this very potentially dangerous phenomenon for many years. In part because of what I have seen in the media, in part because of what I have witnessed in person—and, in one case, threatened by a weapon-wielding rager. But mostly because of the many stories I have heard from friends and

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family who have been witness or victim to road rage AND those who have expressed great personal concern for the intensity of their own anger while driving. I chose road rage for my doctoral dissertation topic and was astounded by the massive response I received to my requests for subjects. In my psychotherapy practice, I have been surprised by the number of people who have come in for other issues but later revealed that they feel road rage—some are proud of this. What would make someone proud to intimidate me just because I forgot to use my turn signal? The answer to this important question is complex. An episode of road rage depends on the intellectual, emotional and personality makeup of each individual

driver involved as well as other factors such as each person’s current life circumstances and stressors, coping skills, the situation on the roadway at the time—for example, unexpected congestion—local driving norms, each driver’s comfort in the vehicle such as temperature, and many more potential factors than you have space for. However, one’s tendency to develop frequent and intense driving anger is a key factor in the genesis of road rage. In fact, one of the pioneers of road rage research has gathered solid evidence for a personality trait for excessive driving anger. Some people are genetically predisposed to ride my tail? There are many psychological models for the genesis of anger. For my research and clinical work, I use a model I call

the T.I.F. model. This stands for “threat,” “injustice” and “frustration.” If we feel threatened, whether it be physically or psychologically—such as when our selfesteem might be deflated—we are prone to feel anger. In the car, this can happen when we are tailgated or someone cuts us off. If we perceive an injustice, such as someone breaking the law or violating a social rule, we are prone to feel anger. On the road, this can happen when someone doesn’t take turns merging. When we are striving to achieve a goal and that goal is frustrated by others, we are prone to feel anger. This happens when we get stuck behind a slow driver when we are late for work. What is the public’s greatest misunderstanding about road rage? People don’t realize it, but driving is



< 11 The fast and the furious a social activity, and it consists of countless subtle interpersonal interactions per mile. However, when physical elements of the automobile—such as its cocoon-like protective shell, the power and control provided by sophisticated in-car systems, and awesome horsepower—are merged with the many images of power, freedom and invulnerability broadcast by widespread advertising, drivers gain a false sense that they “own the road.” When thousands of individuals on the road at once believe this, frustration, conflict and anger are inevitable. You mean others believe they own MY road? When we are off the road and we encounter others whose needs compete with our own—for example, joining a long line at the local Starbucks—we engage each other in a process of civil communication, both verbal and nonverbal, that allows us to work it out peacefully. Internal morals and external pressures such as social and legal consequences and fear of retaliation appear to manage to keep most non-driving conflicts between strangers aggression-free. Why would that change in the driver’s seat? When we have a conflict over competing needs on the road—like when two lanes merge into one—the physical and logistical properties inherent in automobiles, for instance, sound insulation and demands on the driver’s attention, and road travel itself, such as the distance between cars and the speed of events when navigating through traffic, get in the way. These obstacles result in the inability of drivers to hear one another’s speech or accurately interpret facial and other nonverbal communications. This makes any form of message between drivers—such as horn honking or hand waving—ambiguous and subject to misinterpretations that often lead us to believe that we are being mocked, criticized or threatened, all of which can lead to high levels of driving anger and aggressive behaviors.

blood pressure, stroke, That one-fingered decreased immune salute is rarely functions and other misinterpreted. medical problems. Another important factor that contributes Can friends and to driving anger and family make a road rage is anonymity, difference? Like, which has been shown “Jeez, Dad, can in several prominent you stop chasing studies to lead to a psypeople down with chological state called the Hummer?” “d e i n d i v i d u a t i o n ,” I hear more from which is believed to refamily members who duce our inhibitions are worried about the to perform antisocial road rage behaviors of behavior. Essentially, a loved one than from i f w e b e l i e ve n o o n e can identify us, we are Nemerovski, the face of road rage—road rage road ragers themselves. This is because people more likely to engage in studies, that is. with road rage may have antisocial, even hostile the tendency to externalize responsibility behavior. for their potentially dangerous behavior by blaming other drivers who anger them and Sounds similar to bloggers. [they] psychologically avoid seeing their Another common source of driving own role in road rage. Their friends and anger is when one gets in the car already family become concerned about the potenfrustrated or angry, perhaps as the result tial for injuries and death to themselves and of a disappointment at work or a troubling other passengers. This concern can lead to a argument with a loved one. The anger that variety of relationship problems. one suppresses from expressing at the boss or his or her spouse can more easily find What about mental health issues— expression when triggered by the behavior of other drivers on the road. This is referred are these people simply crazy? This has been studied extensively in to as displacement, which means that we terms of either aggressive driving or drivare redirecting our anger toward new, less ing anger, and there is no overwhelming risky targets. evidence for there being one personality style, set of traits or disorder that is asDoes road rage affect one physically? sociated with these constructs. Some have It’s no different from the bodily arousal linked road rage with the DSM diagnosis people experience when they get angry— “Intermittent Explosive Disorder,” but fight or flight symptoms including inalthough some road ragers may qualify for creased heart rate, numbness, temperature that diagnosis, the majority would not, in change, sweating, muscle tension, tight my opinion. That being said, in my study chest, stomach discomfort, etc. There I looked at the impact of how different are also cognitive impairments for many people explain and evaluate the behavpeople when angry, including impulsecontrol problems, short-term memory loss, iors of other drivers. I found evidence to suggest that drivers who are more likely lapses in judgment. Persons with frequent to excuse, accept or explain away the ofand high levels of anger tend to experience high levels of stress that have been shown to fensive behavior of others on the road are increase risk for cardiovascular events, high less prone to driving anger and road rage; while drivers who are likely to blame and judge others for their seemingly offensive behavior are more likely to develop driving anger and road rage. This may seem obvious, but knowing that how we think about another driver’s behavior impacts our levels of anger gives us the power to be more mindful and better manage our thoughts and emotions on the road.

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In the words of the late Rodney King: “Can’t we all just get along?” I found support for a link between a driver’s ability to take the perspective of other drivers and lower levels of driving anger. An example would be understanding that someone who is tailgating may be late for work and anxious, and not necessarily trying to be hostile. This makes sense. If we can put ourselves in the shoes of other drivers, we are more capable of understanding their behavior and staying calm. If we

SLAMMING THE BRAKES ON ROAD RAGE “The roadway is a sort of moving community, and we are only one of many who are on our way somewhere to do something that is uniquely important to us,” reminds Bob Nemerovski.“Just as we don’t all rush en masse into the local coffee shop and shout out our drink orders without any semblance of order, societal rules and common courtesy, we can truly all get along on the road and get to our destinations in an orderly, safe and peaceful manner.” Here are the Top Ten ways to cage your rage: 10. Think socially rather than selfishly, and try to imagine the other driver’s perspective—e.g.,“I bet he’s late for work like I was yesterday. I’ll let him pass.” 9. Play it safe and smart—move to a different lane; pull over and calm down. 8. Don’t be a vigilante—let the highway patrol, not me, punish dangerous drivers. 7. Practice acceptance—”let it go” or FIDO—”forget it; drive on.” 6. Use humor—Tell yourself,“He must be rushing to get to his driving school class!” 5. Exercise altruism—purposely allow others to merge and pass. It feels good! 4. Reduce your stress and anger triggers—practice mindful breathing; listen to relaxing music instead of aggravating talk radio; put down the phone; etc. 3. Enjoy the ride—focus on the scenery; enjoy the company of your passengers. Instead of making good TIME... make time GOOD!) 2. Leave 10 minutes early so you won’t be rushed and stressed. And the No. 1 way to avoid road rage... 1. Take public transportation or ride a bike! —Dani Burlison

can’t appreciate their situation, then we are more likely to get offended, angry and even rageful if their driving bothers us. The top three “road rage cities” are New York City, Dallas and Detroit. Where’s Marin on that list—fourth? The Bay Area is usually not listed in the rankings of road rage cities. A number of studies have shown that daily commuters have LESS road rage than those who drive during non-commute hours and areas. This is because commuters expect certain delays so they plan for this emotionally; plus they realize they are all in the same boat. These studies found that road rage is more likely when drivers are expecting clear roads and driving the speed limit, or more, but then are surprised by unexpected slow traffic, construction and any behaviors by other drivers that appear to impede their travel. < Drive your road rage solutions to Dani at

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super-group string-band Fiddlers 4 (with Michael Doucet, Darol Anger and Bruce Molsky), seamlessly fusing psychedelicized Hendrixesque solos with Doucet’s Cajun roots music and Anger and Molsky’s oldtimey bluegrass stylings. 5. He can be seen in the music video to Tornado Rider’s super-kinetic “Golden Apple Dance” wearing just-ripped cutoffs and a felt Robin Hood cap, juggling golden apples and floating in a summery pond while playing the cello (don’t try that at home, kids). 6. During live performances with his band Tornado Rider, Eggleston often crowd surfs while playing mad rock cello solos. 7. He led an avant-string ensemble called the Wild Band of Snee (which also featured singer Aoife O’Donovan, a fellow traveler in the progressive bluegrass band Crooked Still), named after a mythical kingdom populated by fanciful characters that would be right at home in a Dr. Seuss book or an acid-induced vision. 8. He once said this (in the Marin-based Teen Strings magazine): “When performing, I definitely like to try to transcend

Eggleston is positioning himself as the Robin Hood of modern cellists.

thought. Some people call it being ‘in the zone;’ it’s this thing where I stop analyzing everything and just get really connected to the music and sink deep into the beat. Things seem to move in slow motion and

I feel in that state that I can put my whole self into what I’m playing. I feel that the sneakiest elf and goblin sounds are right at my fingertips and my whole imaginary land (of Snee) is singing through me. Sometimes I get the chills, too. These moments are rare, but they make all the work worth it, for me.” 9. And then he said this: “I think getting to this magical zone is about making sure nothing separates your mind from your instrument. It takes really knowing your cello to be able to just sing through it. I guess you have to spend so much time with it and just be so comfortable playing it that it’s literally an extension of you and just a big, hairy canvas for your imagination. The most important thing I’ve learned is the importance of originality and being you. I met the father of my mind once. He looked like a yellow walrus minus the tusks. It was very inspiring. He showed me his personal works of art and I am now not afraid to wear elf shoes or wild hats on stage because that’s part of my whole scene. It’s about being brave and breaking the mold, because in any style of anything, the best and most guaranteed special thing one can give the world is one’s own personal spin on things. Whether it’s the way you slither through a Bach suite or writing wild music from other dimensions, or playing cello in a slimy, rootsy way, it’s all the same.” 10. He performs as a member of the new Darol Anger and the Furies on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 8pm at the Dance Palace, corner of 5th and B streets, Point Reyes Station. $11-$22. 415/663-1075. < String Greg along at


â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, AUG. 10 NFL Football Sure, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the 49ers. But the Olympics arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even over. Call your congressman! CBS. 6pm. Ice Spiders These are giant mutant spiders attacking an Olympic ski team.Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Winter Olympics, another violation. (2007) SyFy. 6pm. Ghost Adventures Tonight, the paranormal investigators visit an Irish pub that was once a mortuary, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s haunted by the dead, the dead drunk and some really cheesy St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day decorations that they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother to take down. Travel Channel. 9pm. The Orgasm Diaries Some of the entries are longer than others. At least, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what she said. (2010) Sundance Channel. 9:35pm.

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aving been present at three local sons), a carpenter/wood craftsman also in his premieres of plays by the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hotâ&#x20AC;? 30s, still aches from a divorce and is frustrated young New York-based writer that his powerful sexual urges donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t match his Annie Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Body Awareness at the Auability to express himself when trying to serora Theatre last March, The Aliens at S.F. cure willing partners. Lauren (Marissa Keltie) Playhouse in May, and now Circle Mirror is a 16-year-old high school student suffering Transformation, an Encore Theatre/Marin from extreme depression brought on by an Theatre Company co-production (which unhappy home environment. And, ďŹ nally, I attended at its ďŹ nal preview)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;I can say James (L. Peter Callender), the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adwith some conďŹ dence that she is one of the ministrator, is embroiled in marital conďŹ&#x201A;icts more original and distinctive new voices in that threaten his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cohesion. American theater. Please note that I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t said anything That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean, however, that everyone about group leader Marty (Julia Brothers), will ďŹ nd her work appealing. At the Q&A with who ostensibly is guiding her troubled ďŹ&#x201A;ock director Kip Fagan following Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mati- toward a resolution of their issues, but in fact nee, while there were plenty of the enthusi- has undisclosed problems of her own that astic responses that you contribute to the genexpect at these sessions, eral sense of tension. NOW PLAYING there was also a sprinkling Playwright Baker Circle Mirror Transformation of dissent from audiemploys a ďŹ lmic docruns through Aug. 26 at Marin ence members who comumentary styleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;brief Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., plained of being annoyed scenes with purposely Mill Valley. Information: 415/388by the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slow developunďŹ nished end5208 or ment, many blackouts and ings, characters who lack of resolution. speak in incomplete So, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right? No sentences interspersed way of telling, since one personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orchid is with lengthy silences, a concluding â&#x20AC;&#x153;10 anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dandelion (to use a rather tortured years laterâ&#x20AC;? rundown on what happened to simile). One thing is certain: Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s miniher characters. Visiting director Kip Fagan malist style, like its counterpart in MTC destages it on scenic designer Andrew Boyceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signer Cliff Caruthersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; choice of soundscape amazingly realistic rendition of a typical musicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which repetitiously builds layer multipurpose rehearsal room, Christine upon layer without any identiďŹ able climaxâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Crookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s costumes capture the essence of the takes getting used to. In all honesty, I have to various personalities. count myself as a fence-sitter. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all done in the interest of verisiCircle Mirror Transformation, which de- militude and it mostly works. But is that rives its name from a common actorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; train- enough to make compelling theater? And ing exercise that requires participants to as- what about the intrusive minimalist oversume the identities of other group members, lay? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still on the fence. < really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a plot. Instead, Baker uses Contact Charles Brousse at a quasi-documentary approach to trace the interactions and emoA jaw-dropping moment from MTCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest. tional changes that occur among four participants and their leader in a multi-week creative drama workshop offered at a community center in the ďŹ ctional town of Shirley, Vermont. Each of them has his or her own issues to work through. Theresa (Arwen Anderson), once a 30-something aspiring actress, has abandoned the professionally ultracompetitive, socially chaotic New York theater scene and now is uncertain about her future. Schultz (Robert Par-


Ursidae, gone tomorrow... Pixar flick taps into primal fear of being eaten by bears, says Pierce Gonzalez by Davi d Te mp l e ton

Writer David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a movie review; rather, it’s a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture.

pares, to the tale of a selfish man whose fate becomes wrapped up, literally, in the culinary creations of a local baker. As a writer and teacher of the power of the personal folktale, Pierce Gonzalez has been curious about Brave, the new Pixar film we’ve come to see today, for which we’ve endured numerous he world has become a little pre-show previews packed with complicated too complicated,” Karen Pierce fluff to get through. Gonzalez whispers, underscorBrave, Pixar’s first story built around a ing the final few frames of a preview for female character, is a Scottish fairytale, of the fluffy film Ice Age: Continental Drift, in sorts, in which an adventurous princess which a number of animated prehistoric named Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonanimals exhibit an array of ald), resisting her parents recognizable human neuattempts to marry her off roses, psychoses, phobias, “If you look back in the to a neighboring clan, unfixations and affectations. oldest fairytales,” Pierce leashes a series of disasters “If those were people, it Gonzalez says, “kids are and near-tragedies in her would be disturbing,” she attempts to change her points out, softly, her eyes eaten up all the time. fate. Essentially a motheron the screen. “But because It’s a fear that appears daughter fable, the bulk of they’re animated animals, in all of those stories.” the story explores the relawe think they’re adorable. tionship between Merida See what I mean? Even our and her mother, the queen fluff has become too complicated.” (Emma Thompson), after a spell has Cotati resident Pierce Gonzalez is a writer, transformed various members of the royal journalist and teacher, and is the founder of family into bears. FolkHeart Press, a small publishing company “I walked away with a greater appreciafocused on books that explore the art of tion for the phrase mama bear,” laughs folklore and folktales. Her new book, Black Pierce Gonzalez. “The phrase refers Pepper Visions: Original Folktales & Stories to parents who become primal and You Can Eat, was just published. The book is instinctive in protecting their children. a collection of highly imaginative and visually You do not want to mess around with a arresting short stories by Pierce Gonzalez— mama bear.” the majority of which revolve around food, In the film, the classic “hero’s journey” from the opening piece about an abandoned is turned on its head. woman whose grief and anger is transferred Merida’s hero’s journey isn’t about iniinto the black pepper she obsessively pretiation into the tribe, or into the world or into adulthood. Her journey isn’t a blessed hero’s In her book, ‘Black Pepper Visions,’ Karen Pierce journey, where the tribe Gonzalez has penned a series of folktales that takes her to the edge of the all center around food. village and wishes her well on her adventure. In Brave, she is propelled out of her village by her own anger and her desire to change her own fate—because, otherwise, there was going to be no hero’s journey for her. There was only going to be a wedding. “If Merida had not allowed herself to become angry,” she continues, “to become righteously angry at what was happening to her, she would never have run away, she would never have had the journey that leads her into the kinds


In ‘Brave,’ the young heroine must overcome a classic ‘hero’s journey,’ and figure out why her family has all turned into bears.

of self-discovery she has. A hero’s journey takes you out into the world, where you are fortified only by what you can internally bring with you—your values, your wit, your resourcefulness, your faith, your truths, your sense of the world.” When Merida escapes, she is innocent and naive. “But at the end, she has achieved a kind of wisdom she’d never have learned otherwise. At the end, she realizes that she has made choices that weren’t working out, and that it was her responsibility to make things right again.” Pierce Gonzalez finds the choice of bears as the spirit animal of the story to be especially interesting, since bears do eat humans. In the ancient folktales, the fear of being eaten is a major theme. “In some of the very early Grimm’s fairytales,” Pierce Gonzalez says, “back before they were cleaned up and made appropriate for Disney movies, the mother who eats her children is an actual character. Cannibalism and motherhood, or grandmotherhood or step-motherhood, was a theme that came up a lot—especially with step-motherhood, of course. Stepmothers are one of the major recurring villains in those stories.” That theme, the potential of Merida’s mother-bear to eventually eat her, is hinted at early on in the movie, when we see the young Merida playing with her mom, who lovingly threatens to gobble her up. “If you look back in the oldest fairytales,” Pierce Gonzalez says, “kids are eaten up all the time. It’s a fear that appears in all of those stories.” Though there is no cannibalism in Pierce Gonzalez’s book of short stories, the focus on food leads me to ask her

about the image in Brave of the enchanted cake. When Merida escapes the castle, she encounters a woodcarver whom she recognizes as a witch. After bargaining with the spell-maker to give her something that will change her mother’s attitude, the witch presents the princess with a cake, promising that whoever eats it will be changed forever. “Food is always a major metaphor in folk stories,” says Pierce Gonzalez. “Food is life. Food is everything. It represents nature, and it is a composite of the world around us. The food we grow, the trees and fruit within our reach, how we harvest our crops, the way we cook and prepare those foods, all of that is a part of our environment. So if there is anything magical in the world around us... it’s going to end up in our food, baked right into it. “And that magic—the lessons of life and the lessons of nature—it always ends up transforming us—one way or another.” < Find out more about Karen’s books, and FolkHeart Press, at

Children being gobbled up by trusted adults was a favorite theme of the Brothers Grimm—yet rarely translates into box-office gold as a Saturday kiddie matinee.

It’s your movie, speak up at ›› AUGUST 10-AUGUST 16, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 19


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Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Bonnaire in ‘La Cérémonie,’ playing Sunday at the Rafael as part of author Mick LaSalle’s tribute to French film actresses. O Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (1:31) The globally renowned Chinese dissident artist is the subject of Alison Klayman’s insightful documentary. O The Amazing Spider-Man (2:16) Prequel reveals how teen screw-up Peter Parker became everyone’s favorite human arachnid; Andrew Garfield stars. O Les Ambitieux (1:30) French dramedy about the complex affair between a Parisian book editor and one of her (junior) authors. O Beasts of the Southern Wild (1:33) Highly acclaimed film fest fave about life in a Louisiana bayou as seen through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. O The Bourne Legacy (2:05) A novice secret agent with dreams of being the next Jason Bourne is forced to go on the run, spooks on his tail; Rachel Weisz and Albert Finney star. O Brave (1:35) Disney cartoon about an impetuous princess, an eccentric witch, troublemaking triplets and an ancient curse that threatens their kingdom. O The Campaign (1:37) Political farce about the sleazy, slimy, mud-slinging congressional battle between unlikely foes Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. O La Cérémonie (1:52) Claud Chabrol’s edgy Ruth Rendell adaptation about the cat and mouse relationship between rural postmistress Isabelle Huppert and country maid Sandrine Bonnaire. O Charlotte’s Web (1:53) Cartoon version of E.B. White’s timeless tale about the friendship between a spider and a pig features the voices of Dakota Fanning, Oprah Winfrey and John Cleese. O The Dark Knight Rises (2:45) Bruce (Batman) Wayne emerges from self-imposed exile to take on a ruthless terrorist as well as the fabulously feline Catwoman; Christopher Nolan directs Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway. O Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (1:34) Wimpy little Greg Heffley tries to navigate the shoals of summer vacation (camp, parttime jobs, public swimming pools) with the expected horrific results. O Didine (1:43) An impulsive mademoiselle finds love and friendship in the course of returning a teddy bear to its owner. O The Expendables 2 (1:42) Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude van Damme, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and the Arnold…any questions? O Farewell, My Queen (1:40) Sumptuous


French costume drama about Marie Antoinette’s clever if coldblooded plot to escape the encroaching mob by switching places with her lady in waiting. O La Fille Mal Gardee (1:58) London’s Royal Ballet presents Dauberval’s timelessly frothy tale of love, bumbershoots and cranky widows. O Hope Springs (1:40) Longtime marrieds Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones try to reignite that long-lost spark and spice at a cutting-edge couples retreat; Mimi Rogers and Steve Carrell costar. O Ice Age: Continental Drift (1:34) Manny, Diego and company find the long trek home beset by high seas and rambunctious pirates! O The Imposter (1:35) Docu-thriller about a 13-year-old Texas boy who vanished and reappeared three years later in a Spanish village with a different face, a new accent and many unanswered questions. O The Intouchables (1:52) True tale of the bond that developed between a disabled French aristocrat and his caretaker, a black Muslim ex-con. O Moonrise Kingdom (1:33) An island community is turned upside down when two 12-year-olds run off into the wilderness to make a life of their own; Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand are among the clueless grownups. O Nitro Circus: The Movie (1:28) Nitro Circus’s death-defying daredevils perform an array of awe-inspiring stunts for the amusement of you, the audience. O ParaNorman (1:33) A weird little kid on speaking terms with the dearly departed is the only guy in town who can vanquish a battalion of ghosts, witches and zombies bent on destruction. O The Queen of Versailles (1:40) Documentary focuses on Florida billionaires David and Jackie Siegel and their obsession to build the biggest, most ostentatious mansion in the USA. O RiffTrax Live: “Manos” The Hands of Fate (2:00) The interplanetary wiseasses of Mystery Science Theater 3000 aim their verbal stilettos at what is often considered the worst film ever made. O Ruby Sparks (1:44) A novelist with writer’s block creates a character so lively and inspirational, she appears out of thin air and in the (comely) flesh. O Step Up: Revolution (1:39) The dancing demons of a cutting-edge flash mob take on a real estate tycoon who wants to level a historic Miami neighborhood! O To Rome With Love (1:52) Woody Allen kaleidoscope about interconnecting lives in the Eternal City; Ornella Muti, Judy Davis, Penelope Cruz and Roberto Benigni star. O Total Recall (1:58) Remake of the Schwarzenegger sci-fi classic stars Colin Farrell as a blue-collar dreamer whose life is upended when he goes on a brain-implant fantasy vacation; Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel costar. O The Watch (1:38) Four middle-aged suburbanites are all that stand between planet Earth and total annihilation at the hands of cleverly disguised alien invaders; Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughan star. <

›› MOViE TiMES NAi Weiwei: Never Sorry (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sat 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sun 2, 4:15 Mon-Tue 4:15, 9 Wed-Thu 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) +++ Century Northgate 15: 3:45; 3D showtimes at 12:25, 7:05 Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG13) ++++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:30 (producer Josh Penn in person at 7pm show) Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7, 9:15 The Bourne Legacy (PG-13) Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Century Regency 6: 10:30, 12, 1:35, 3:10, 4:45, 6:20, 7:55, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 12:40, 2:40, 3:50, 5:50, 7, 9, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 7, 10 Sun-Thu 1, 4, 7 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 12:40, 3:50, 6:45, 9:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:50, 6:45, 9:40 Sat 12:30, 3:50, 6:45, 9:40 Sun 12:30, 3:50, 6:45 Mon-Thu 3:50, 6:45 Brave (PG) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 1:45, 4:20, 6:55, 9:30 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 5:45 Sun-Thu 4:45 NThe Campaign (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25, 8, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:50, 5:25, 8, 10:20 Mon-Thu 7, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 10:50, 12:05, 1:25, 2:40, 4, 5:15, 6:35, 7:50, 9:10, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7, 9:15 Charlotte’s Web (G) ++1/2 Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am CinéArts at Marin: Tue noon The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) ++++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:30 SatSun 11:45, 3:20, 7, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 10 Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 3:25, 7, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 3:25, 7, 10:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 12, 1:30,


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3:45, 5:15, 7:20, 9 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) ++ Century Northgate 15: 11:10, 12:30, 1:50, 3:05, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:50 Tue, Thu 10:05, 12:20, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:10, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Sun-Thu 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:15, 9:30 NDidine (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon 7 (author Mick LaSalle in person) NThe Expendables 2 (R) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm Farewell, My Queen (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 NHope Springs (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:35, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Mon-Tue 7:15, 9:50 Century Regency 6: 11, 12:20, 1:40, 3, 4:20, 5:40, 7, 8:20, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Sat 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Sun 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:10 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 4:40, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 2:15, 7:15 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:35 The Imposter (R) +++1/2 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat 2:15, 5, 7:30, 10 Sun 2:15, 5, 7:30 Mon-Wed 5, 7:30 The Intouchables (R) ++ Century Regency 6: 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Sun 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Tue 11:05, 1:50, 10:05 Thu 11:05, 1:50, 4:35 NLa Ceremonie (Not Rated) +++1/2 Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (author Mick LaSalle in person) NLes Ambitieux (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Tue 7 Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13)

+++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12, 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55 CinéArts at Marin: Fri, Sat 12:20, 2:40, 4:50, 7:15, 9:30 Sun, Mon, Wed 12:20, 2:40, 4:50, 7:15 Tue 4:30, 7:30 Thu 1:30, 4:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 8 Sun-Thu 7 Nitro Circus: The Movie (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:40; 3D showtimes at 3, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 NParaNorman (PG) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm The Queen of Versailles (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Wed, Thu 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Mon-Tue 4:30, 6:45 NRiffTrax Live: ‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 8 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 8 Royal Ballet: La Fille Mal Gardee (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sun noon Tue 7 Ruby Sparks (R) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Step Up: Revolution (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 4:50, 10:05; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 7:20 To Rome With Love (R) ++ Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7:10, 9:55 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 9:55 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Wed 4:30, 7:10 Total Recall (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:15, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 10:45, 12:15, 1:40, 3:10, 4:35, 6:10, 7:30, 9:05, 10, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 1, 2:25, 4, 5:30, 7:05, 8:30, 10:05 Tue, Thu 10:10, 11:35, 1, 2:25, 4, 5:30, 7:05, 8:30, 10:05 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Tue 1:20, 4:10, 6:50, 9:40 The Watch (R) ++ Century Northgate 15: 5:50, 8:30

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules.

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

Film Night in the Park presents Kermit the Frog in ‘The Muppet Movie’ Saturday night at 8pm in San Anselmo’s Creek Park. Donations appreciated; popcorn, candy and soda pop available for purchase. Call 272-2756 or visit for info.

SUNDiAL Highlights from our online community calendar— great things to do this week in Marin

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information.

Live music 08/10-11: Danny Click’s Texas Blues Night Blues. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 08/10-11: God Street Wine With Lo Faber, lead vocals, guitar; Aaron Maxwell, lead vocals, guitar; Dan Pifer, bass; Jon Bevo, keyboards and Tom Osander, drums. 9pm. $27. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 08/10-12: Terrapin Hoe Down With on Graboff, Tony Leone, Phil Lesh, Ross James and Mark Karan, Grahame Lesh. 7:30pm Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 08/10: Brass Express Part of the Jazz and Blues by the Bay Fri. night outdoor music series. Lawn seating. 6:30pm. Free. Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito. 289-4152. 08/10: Devin the Dude Hip hop. 10pm $25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 08/10: Jamie Clark Original, Americana, pop. 9pm.-midnight.. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/10: Miracle Mule Gumbo honky tonk. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 08/10: The Doc Kraft Dance Band Dine and

dance outdoors. 7:30-10pm. No cover. McInnis Country Club, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 601-7858.

08/10: The Nickel Slots,Todd Morgan and the Emblems Original music utilizing elements of American music including 1920-30s jazz, modern pop and rock. pm. $15-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 08/11: Buddy Owen Birthday Bash Blues. 10pm. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 4591091. 08/11: Chrome Johnson Rock, blues. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 08/11: El Radio Fantasique Alternative original arcade. 9:30pm.-1am. $5. Old Western Saloon, Main St., Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1661. 08/11: Kalahari Experience With members of Zulu Spear. 8-10pm. $15 advance, $20 door San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 415-488-8888. 08/11: Saturday Live 1-4pm. Lau, Brazilian Jazz. 5-8pm. Gini WIlson, “duchess at the keyboard.” 9pm Freddy Clark and Wobbly World, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, funk. 1-11pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/11: The Pulsators Funky New Orleans, R&B. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria

BEST BET Still summertime, livin’ still easy... As the sun begins to set on summer, a leisurely way to spend this sweet mid-August Saturday afternoon is by attending the SAN RAFAEL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL. With live jazz, food from Bay Area chefs and vino from favorite local wineries, the festival offers a daytime getaway sans the long drive to wine country. Located on the 11-acre grounds of the Falkirk Cultural Center’s historic 1888 Queen Anne Victorian, the food and wine festival also features local artisans with craft booths proffering jewelry, art and other goodies for purchase. Stroll through the afternoon with wine in hand this Saturday, Aug. 11, 1-5pm. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. Sober drivers pay $15 to nosh on edibles and wine tasters pay $25 for both food and wine.—Dani Burlison Gonna party like it’s 1888...

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1-5pm. $5, kids free. Maple Lawn Estate, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael.

23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 08/17: Wendy de Witt “The Queen of Boogie Woogie Piano.” 9pm.-midnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 331-2899. Fridays: Live Music @ Max’s Rock. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Cafe, 60 Madera Boulevard, Corte Madera.

08/12: Sunday salsa with Orquesta Borinquen Salsa music. 5-10pm. $10. Sausalito Sea-

Sundays: Town Center Summer Music Series Town Center Summer Music Series every

horse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/12: The Tickets Band Part of San Anselmo “Music in the Park.” Original Rock and blues. 1-4pm. Free. Music in the Park, Creek Park, San Anselmo. 08/12: Tim Hockenberry Two shows: 2 and 7:30pm. $28-41. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 08/14: James Moseley Quartet Jazz blues R&B. 7-10pm. no cover, dinner encouraged Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 08/14: Noel Jewkes and Friends Saxophone. Jazz. 8-11pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/15: Biller Barnett and Meese Ambient original and covers. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 08/15: Jimmy Dillon Band Concerts in the Mill Valley Depot Plaza features a Rock and Roll evening. Suitable for all ages. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair. 6-7:30pm. Free. Mill Valley Depot Plaza, Throckmorton & Miller Aves, Mill Valley. 721-1856. 08/15: Jugtown Pirates Bluegrass, original Americana with tight three part vocal harmonies. Featuring Zack Brough. 8pm. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. 08/15: Marcello and Seth Tango. 8-11pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/16: Chris Lujan M-Tet Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 08/16: Daria Jazz vocalist. 8-11pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/16: Soul Pie Rock. 10pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 08/16: WIllie and the Locos Gypsy boogaloo. With Bill MacPherson, bass and vocals; Nee Sackey, keyboards; Kevin Flournoy, drummer; Cole Berry, percussion. 8pm. $18-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Sunday afternoon beginning June 10th through September 30th from 2- 4pm in the center court area in front of the Elephant Fountain. Fun for whole family. Free. Town Center, 100 Corte Madera Town Ctr,, Corte Madera. 924-2961 .

Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 08/12: Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks Barbecue on the Lawn show. Gates at 3pm. 4pm. $22-25. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

08/12: Music on the Magnolia Terrace: The Fibrillators Funk, rockabilly, reggae. Bring a picnic.

08/17: Concerts Under the Oaks: The RaveUps Yardbirds 60s tribute. 6-8 p.m. Free. Oak Plaza, 5800 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. 479-3212. 08/17: Jeb Brady Band Blues, R&B. 8 p.m. No cover. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 08/17: Johnny Z and Trenz ’50s-’70s and beyond. 8:30pm.-12:30am. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Harbor and Clubhouse on Horseshoe Cove, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319.

08/17: Roy Obiedo and the Urban Latin Jazz PRoject Jazz. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady,

Concerts 08/10, 12 and 16: Sandra Simich and Pablo Galdo Classical four hand piano repertoire with works by Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Schubert. 7pm. Aug. 10 and 16 at JB Pianos, 540 Irwin St., San Rafael. 5pm. Aug. 12 at San Domenico, 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. Donations at door: Adults $15, children $8

08/11: The Kalahari Experience: Voices of South Africa Conceived and directed by Gideon Bendile. 8pm. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888.

Dance 08/12: English Country Dance Graceful folk dances of the English countryside. Live music, experienced callers, refreshments. No partner or experience needed. Wear comfy shoes. Second and fourth Sundays. 2-4:30pm. $12. Pickleweed Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 485-3077. 08/16: Dance at Sweat Your Prayers Dance to Ecstatic World Music on beautiful sprung wood dance floor. Join the tribe and let go of stress, worry and tension as you express your most creative self. Beginners welcome. 7-9pm. $15. San Geronimo Community Gym, 1 Lagunitas School Road, San Geronimo.

08/17: Tara Firma Summer Barn Dance Celebrate summer. With caller Andy Wilson. 7-10pm. $15. Tara Firma Farms, 3796 I Street, Petaluma. 707-765-1202.

Theater/Auditions 08/09:-12: NTC Auditions - Nunsense Auditions Thur. 8/9, 7-10pm., callback Sun. 8/12, 6-9pm. Bring one Broadway song; accompaniment provided. Cold read. Check website for character description. All roles except Sister Robert Ann are open. 7-10pm. Pacheco Plaza Old Bank Bldg, 402 Ignacio Road, Novato. 299-1273.

08/13: Audition for Macbeth at College of Marin With director W. Allen Taylor. Prepare two minute monologue not from “Macbeth.” 7-10pm. College of Marin Drama Dept., corner of Sir Francis Drake & Laurel Ave, Kentfield. 485-9555. 08/16-09/08: ‘Our Country’s Good’ Porchlight Theatre Company presents this outdoor AUGUST 10 - AUGUST 16, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 21


Ingram; Anna Case-Hofmeister, photography. 1-4pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

Through 08/18:‘Journey: Chronicles in Clay Exhibition’ Terra Linda Ceramic Artists chronicle

Hold that tiger Showbiz sources put the gross receipts for THE HUNTER, released last year and starring Willem Dafoe, at less than the cost of a Stockton condo. This is a great mystery to me because the film succeeds on so many levels— as taut corporate Martin earns his stripes. espionage thriller, as a drama of family and the ties that bind, and as a Hemingway-esque hunting allegory set in the wilds of Tasmania. Dafoe plays Martin, a shadowy sniper hired to bag and tag the elusive Tasmanian tiger, thought (for real) to be extinct since 1936 but now rumored to exist in relict numbers. (The tiger’s DNA contains a potent neurotoxin that a pharma company believes patentable.) Martin’s arrival in a remote logging town gets noticed—by the hostile locals, by demonstrating environmentalists and most significantly, by the bohemian family he settles in with, still reeling from the disappearance of their father/husband in the hills above. Frances O’Connor, Sam Neill and two amazing kids round out a congenial supporting cast that makes vivid for Martin an alternative life that’s there for the taking. But it’s Dafoe’s craggy introspection—the guy was born for this part—that gives tension to the stretches of solitude and natural beauty. A welcome DVD bonus track backgrounds the film’s production, as well as the fabled tiger.—Richard Gould

production. A British officer in 1780s organizes a stage play with a cast of misfit and illiterate prisoners. Picnics welcome. 7:30pm. $15-30. Redwood Amphitheatre, Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross . 2511027. 08/17-09/23: ‘The Liar’ Marin Shakespeare Company presents the West Coast premiere of a new comedy set in the flamboyant cavalier period about a charming man who’s a pathological liar. Picnics welcome. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave., Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 499-4488 .

Through 08/12: Marin Shakespeare Company: ‘King John’ Rarely performed rousing story of battle for the English throne is an action packed history play. Picnic welcome. 8pm Fri.-Sun. Showtimes vary. Visit the website for detailed performance information. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave., Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 499-4488 .

Through 08/26: Circle Mirror Transformation During a six-week adult Creative Drama class, four strangers and their teacher learn more about themselves than they do about acting. $36-57; under-30 $20, rush $15, senior discount available Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

Through 09/30: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Marin Shakespeare resets its outdoor production of this dream like tale in Hawaii. Picnics welcome. Visit the website for specific performance dates, days and times and info on special ticket options. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave., Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 499-4488 .


Comedy 08/14: Mark Pitta Tuesday comedy night. With special guests. 8pm. $16-26. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Art 08/10-09/30: 14th Annual Box Show Opening reception 3-5pm. Aug. 12. Closing party/live auction 3-6pm. Sept. 30. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. 08/11: China Camp Oil Paintings Four noted oil painters will offer 50% of sales proceeds to Friends of China Camp, in an exhibit of their artwork at “Heritage Day” event in the historic village at China Camp. 11:30am-4pm. Free. China Camp Historic Village, 899 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael. 882-9795.

08/12-09/01: Marin Society of Artists ‘Summer Harvest Show’ Juried MSA member mixed media group exhibition. Reception 2-4pm. Aug. 12. 11am-4pm. No charge. MSA Summer Harvest Show, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., (Marin Art and Garden Center), Ross. 454-9561.

08/17-09/13: Pacific Sun Photo Contest Winners Exhibition View the winning entries for our 2012 Photography Contest. Photos will be on display in the back dining room. 11:30am-9pm. Cafe Arrivederci, 11 G St., San Rafael. 485-6700 ext. 306.

Through 05/17/2013: Wind Art Exhibition Lyman Whitaker, sculpture. Free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 455-5260 ext. 1. Through 08/12: July Exhibtions Works by Don Ed Hardy; “Trees Dreaming,” Una Hayes

08/11: Guided Tour of St Patrick’s Larkspur Tour of the historic Larkspur Church. Learn the history back to the late 1890s. 4-5pm. Free. St Patrick’s Church, 114 King St., Larkspur.

their personal journey working in clay. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. www. or www.terralindaceramics. com Through 08/19:‘Horizons’ Artwork by MarinMOCA artist members will be featured in the main gallery exhibition. Works by Richmond artist Jeffrey Sully will be in the Hamilton Gallery. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 637-9730.

08/13: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Fall Open House Dr. Henry Shreibman, Direc-

Through 08/22:‘Duende: Junkyard Melodies’ Solo exhibition of new paintings and mixed

08/10: Andrew McCarthy Special Book Passage

media assemblages by Marin County artist Tim Weldon. During the opening reception of his solo show the artist will share his creating process. Reception 4-6pm. Aug. 4. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454.

Through 08/26: Mary Harden’s ‘Master Artist’s Treasures From The Garden’ Botanical art that is not often seen; one that exalts plant matter as it exists within an ecosystem, with all its holes, rips, insect bites, dried leaves, withered seed blossoms, and empty seed pods.. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

Through 08/29: Andrew Spalding:‘Have a Look-See’ Solo exhibit of photography by Andrew Spalding. In the Valley Room of the Maurice Del Mue Galleries. Reception 4-7pm Aug. 12. 10:30am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francs Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 ext. 252. Through 08/30:‘Realm of Dreams’ Barbara Andino-Stevenson and Phyllis Thelen will present their own individual and collaborative works. Free. Alemany Library, Dominican University of California, Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. 482-2453.

Through 08/30: West Marin iPhoneography Show: A New Generation of Image Making Photography. Free. Toby’s Gallery, 11250 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. Through 09/28:‘Organic Intentions’ Mari Andrews, annealed steel wire sculpture; Mary Button Durrell, works made solely from tracing paper and wheat paste and Patricia Lyons Stroud, sculptural works from wood, cement and beeswax. Reception 5-8pm. Aug. 10. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St. , San Rafael.

tor of Academic Development in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, will be the host. 10am-noon. Free. Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 458-3763.

Readings Travel Writers Conference event. In conversation with fellow editor Don George. Actor, director, and travel writer Andrew McCarthy discusses “Lights, Camera ... Travel.” 8:30pm. $10. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/11: Oksana Marafioti A Travel Writers and Photographers Conference special event. Oksana talks about “American Gypsy.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/11: Susan Orlean Special Event of the Book Passage Travel Writers Conference. In conversation with Don George. Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief) presents “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.” 8:30pm. $10. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/14: Jennie Fields Fields reads from “The Age of Desire,” which provides a glimpse into the life of Edith Wharton and the scandalous love affair that threatened her closest friendship. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

08/14: Marin Poetry Center Sixteenth Traveling Show Reading of the season hosted by Mark Meierding and featuring Ella Eytan, Patricia Garfield, Heidi Joseph, Melanie Maier, Yvonne Postelle and Charlotte Schmid. 7-9pm. Free. BelvedereTiburon Library , 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 889-5295.

08/15: From the Left Bank to the Left Coast Celebrate the release of just published anthology “Vignettes & Postcards, Writings From the Evening Workshop at Shakespeare and Company, Paris.” With three of the contributing authors. Refreshments provided. 7-9pm. Free. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth St., San Rafael. 482-0550.

Through 10/05:‘Puzzled:Image, Art, & Metaphor by Brain Injury Survivors’ Presented by

08/16: Marin Poetry Center Seventeenth Traveling Show Hosted by Sandra Cross featur-

the Brain Injury Network. Gallery is open weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. The Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr. at Bon Air, Greenbrae. 461-9000.

ing David Beckman, Kathryn V Gronke, Jodi L. Hottel, Mark Meierding, Paul Watsky and Terri Glass. 7-9pm. Free. Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes. 889-5295. 08/17: Laura Lippman The author reads from her new novel “And When She Was Good.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Talks/Lectures 07/10: Lecture Health Cavallo Point Lodge Hosted by Dr Brad Jacobs, nationally recognized integrative medicine expert, author, and speaker. Every second Tuesday of the month. Topics vary, lectures are complimentary. Beverages and light snack 5:30-6:30pm. Free. Cavallo Point Lodge , Healing Arts Center & Spa 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. 624-5217.

08/10: Peace Activist Reports on Ecuador Task Force on the Americas President Camilla Schneider will report on a recent delegation to Ecuador and meeting with President Correa. Nationalization of extractive resources will also be discussed. 7:309:30pm. $5-10 donation. First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Dr., San Rafael. 924-3227.

Film Events 08/10: ‘Film Night in the Park: The Artist’ This winner of five Academy Awards, follows a silent film star and young actress as they find love in the time of “talkies.” 8pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756.

08/11: ‘Film Night in the Park: The Muppet Movie’ (1979). A host of characters befriend Kermit and Fozzie as they head for Hollywood in the original classic film. 8pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756.


08/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Film Night in the Park: Surf Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Turfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Two films serving up a taste of land and sea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Cyclesâ&#x20AC;? is the story of the bike, from its creation to its demise. Sea film TBA. 8pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. 08/17: Occupy the Bay documentary Local filmmaker Kevin Pina presents his film about the Occupy Movementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique activies in the Bay Area that have gained national and worldwide attention. 7:30-9:30pm. $5-10 donation. First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Dr., San Rafael. 924-3227.




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Community Events (Misc.) popular summer family event. Bring blankets or chairs. Each week features Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest musicians playing great music. Purchase food & beverages. Kids play area with jumpee and more. 6:30-8pm. Free. The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 388-6393. 08/10: Friday Nights on Main Live music, outdoor dining and dancing. 6-9pm. Free. Main St., downtown, Tiburon. 435-5633. 08/10: Picnics on the Plaza Picnic for dinner with live music and farm stand. 5-8pm. Free. San Anselmo Town Hall, downtown, San Anselmo. 258-4661. 08/11-12: Fundraising Recycle Sale Support your local artists at the Marin Recycle Sale fundraiser Household goods, vintage-exotic clothes, dolls, comics, books, art, posters, prints and more in Woodacre. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Recycle Sale, 40 Railroad, Woodacre. 339-1378. 08/11: China Camp Heritage Day Join the Friends of China Camp in celebrating the history


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of China Camp and its new role as park operator! Activities for the entire family including tours, music and entertainment and an art show. 11:30am-4pm. Free. China Camp, 100 China Camp Village, San Rafael. 488-5161.

08/11: Community Education Free Preview Day Discuss classes with community education instructors and warm up with coffee, tea, and cookies while discovering all that Community Education has to offer. Free parking. 10:30am-noon. Free. College of Marin Indian Valley, 1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 485-9305.

08/11: Community Education Free Preview Day and Early Bird Registration Discuss classes with community education instructors and receive help from staff with registration for Community Education classes. Free parking and refreshments will be served. 9:30am-noon. Free. College of Marin Kentfield Campus, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9305.

08/11: Second Annual Uke Jam and Piko Fundraiser Hawaiian style ukulele music jam. Free song book, booths, vintage goods, Hawaiian food and raffle for Kala Ukes and other items. Bring your ukulele! Noon-4pm. $20. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 300-7804.

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08/10: Crosspulse Duo The truly delightful Evie Ladin and Keith Terry can really inspire the imagination and their kind, musically educating works are cool for family. 1:30pm. Free. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes. 663-1075. 08/11: Rhythm Child Interactive Drum Circle Sing-A-Long Focused on building kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; confidence through music and rhythm, using drums and other instruments. Rhythm Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music is upbeat, friendly, and always optimistic with catchy drum rhythms. 10:30am-noon. Free. Marin Country Mart Farmers Market , 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 461-5715.

08/11:Young Performers International â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music Makes you Smarter.â&#x20AC;? Interactive music fun with instrument making from recycled materials, free music lesson, microphone technique, karaoke, rhythm composition and music games for children ages 2 to 92. Led by Bay Area music educator Leela Pratt along with YPI interns and students. 2:30-4 pm. Free. The Village at Corte Madera, Corte Madera. 420 2960. 08/15: Corny Crow Show With ventriloquist Steve Chaney. 7pm. Free. Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 453-8151. 08/15: Movie Nights on the Green â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.â&#x20AC;? 6-8pm. Free. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 461 5700.

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Megumi delights with folktales from her childhood bearing messages about facing fears and healing wounds. 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Amphitheater, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292 x106.

08/17: Pajama Night Kids put on their pajamas and enjoy pizza, crafts, stories and face-painting fun. 6-9pm. $25-30. Doodlebug, 641 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 456-5989.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 08/15: Docent Training Program Orientation at Audubon Canyon Ranchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Martin Griffin Preserve Prospective volunteers are invited to a special reception to highlight Audubon Canyon Ranchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (ACR) 22-week Elementary School Nature Education Program at its Martin Griffin Preserve. 10am-noon. Free. Martin Griffin Preserve, 4900 Shoreline Highway 1, Stinson Beach. 868-9244.

Ongoing: Mt.Tamalpais Habitat Restoration Learn about Mt. Tamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique plant and animal life while contributing to their continued survival. This program focuses on invasive species control and native planting. Tools, training and inspiration for the outdoor work provided. Volunteers receive a free day parking pass. Meeting location varies. Call or visit website for event details. MMWD - Sky Oaks Headquarters, 49 Sky Oaks Road, Fairfax. 945-1128.

Home and Garden Saturdays Through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange Bring the excess from your garden to exchange with other gardeners in San Rafael! 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Sun Valley Park, K & Solano St., San Rafael. 419-4941.

Saturdays Through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange 9-10am. Free. San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 419-4941.

Saturdays Through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange 10-11am. Free. Volunteer Park, Evergreen & Melrose, Mill Valley. 419-4941. www.

Saturdays Through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange 9:30-10:30am. Free. Boyle Park, 11 East Drive, Mill Valley. 419-4941.

Food and Drink Thursdays: Downtown San Rafael Evening Market Fun evening market with fresh produce, live music, food, treats, craft vendors, jumpies, rock wall. 6-9pm. Free. Downtown, Fourth St., San Rafael.

Thursdays: Ross Valley Farmers Market Every Thurs. at the post office parking lot in the town of Ross. Features local farmers with organic fruits and veggies, cheeses, and bakery goods. 3-7pm. Free. Ross Farmers Market, Ross Common, Ross. 382-7846. Tuesdays: Novato Farmers Marktet Treat yourself to flavor packed produce, a serenaded dinner, and a twilight stroll through downtown Novato. The market also features activities for children. 4-8pm. Grant Ave., Downtown, Novato. 472-6100.

Tuesdays: Tamalpais Valley Certified Farmers Market Local and regional farmers, bakers, and vendors showcase fresh, diverse seasonal foods, flowers and more. Bring your own bags! 3-7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley, Tam Junction, 215 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 382-7846.

Wednesdays: Fairfax Farmers Market Wear some flowers in your hair at this charming market featuring West Marin farmers, food purveyors, and artists. Bring your own bags to help keep the event green. 4-8pm. Bolinas Park, Broadway Blvd and Pacheco Ave, Fairfax. 472-6100.

Support Groups Fridays: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Fellowship of individuals who are recovering from the disease of food addiction. 7-8:30pm. Free. United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley.

Wednesdays: Women with Metastic Cancer Attitudinal Healing group led by experienced staff helps thoes dealing with the emotional stresses women experience while fighting metastic cancer. They join to find peace and acceptance. 10:30am-noon. Free, donations welcome. Adjacent to Marin General, 1350 S. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 457-1000. <

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Clever ideas are your forte this weekend. Your mind is actively absorbing information while simultaneously working on sharing your knowledge. You are, in fact, a bright student AND a generous teacher. After the weekend, your ruler (motivated Mars) closes in on ambitious Saturn. This is your week to make something happen. Whether working on a professional goal or a personal one, success is within reach. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) No matter how much security you derive from material possessions, true comfort comes from being with those you value emotionally. You encounter opportunities to make heartfelt connections this week. Some of these require a loosening of the purse strings. You may need to change your focus from how much something costs to how much it is worth. In other words, spend a little more money to enjoy a lot of extra pleasure. It’s like giving a big tip to the universe... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Even you intellectual types can let your emotions take over sometimes. This weekend is filled with mood fluctuations. Not happy with the way you feel? Wait a few minutes, you’re bound to feel a different way. Meanwhile, your ruler in the dramatic sign of Leo insists that whatever you want to discuss is the most important topic of the moment. However, unless you’re warning your companion to watch out for the grand piano about to fall on his head, that may not be true... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Venus in your sign is meant to be pleasurable and possibly a bit decadent. It’s your chance to bask in popularity while getting what you want via charm and diplomacy. The key to enjoying this delightful influence for the next four weeks is simple. You take a mental and emotional vacation from your worries and fears. Expect the best to happen. Believe in the love that comes your way. Trust that change is good. Order the premium wine... LEO (July 22 - Aug. 22) This is one sociable birthday week for you. The weekend should be spent with your most humorous pals, since laughing will be high on your list of priorities. After Sunday, your inspired imagination brings you creative visions that, when acted upon, have the potential to transform your upcoming year from ordinary to extraordinary. Meanwhile, you are seeking a deeper connection with your significant other. Study the Kama Sutra together. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 21) The curious Gemini Moon brings many questions to the surface regarding what you want to do with your life. Take some time on Saturday to make a list of what dreams you hope to accomplish and what unpleasant duties you prefer to avoid. After the weekend, use your ruler (clever Mercury in the creative sign of Leo) to conceptualize your perfect future. Like they say, first you must visualize before you can manifest... LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct.22) This weekend, being far away from home brings a sense of satisfaction and cheerfulness. So, if you have an opportunity to get out of town, take it. If you can’t leave right now, then at least explore your options for a future journey. Just thinking about it should lighten your mood. Meanwhile, your ruler (persuasive Venus) is making you popular with the VIP crowd. Hence the pile of gala event invitations in your mailbox... SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) You are being driven by unconscious motivations this week. What you believe to be real may in fact be a fantasy. It is difficult to know whether your situation is concrete and tangible or simply a flight of the imagination. While this has certain pitfalls associated with it (your plan to move to Chicago gives way to leasing a castle in Scotland), it also can turn what once was only make-believe into truth. Welcome to Scotland... SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 20) If tempted to overload your weekend schedule, please reconsider. It’s your lunar low and your energy level may not be at full capacity. It is, however, the perfect weekend to relax with your sweetie, which makes up for missing a tennis match or two. After the weekend, you are able to easily read what other people expect from you. Not only does this help you deal with the public, it creates a positive impression on your professional associates. CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) One can get a bit lazy when Jupiter occupies the house of diet, health and exercise. Optimistic Jupiter suggests that ice cream is low calorie and floating on a raft is no different from swimming laps. You briefly wise up this weekend when the Moon in the logical sign of Gemini analyzes this hypothesis and finds it lacking in accuracy. Monday and Tuesday are days for soul searching and reflection. Doing this while floating on a raft is optional. 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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129895 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PHOENIX PHOTOGRAPHY AND MEDIA, 62 TRINITY DR., NOVATO, CA 94947: PAUL ANTHONY GONSALVES, 62 TRINITY DR., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 10, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 10, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 20, 27; August 3, 10, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129935 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PAK MAIL #148, 454 LAS GALLINAS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: BAASURI CORPORATION, 454 LAS GALLINAS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is

being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 20, 27; August 3, 10, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129932 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CREATION ANALYTICS, 25 PLUM TREE LN. #10, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: RICHARD A. FIERO, 25 PLUM TREE LN. #10, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 20, 27; August 3, 10, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129674 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TERRA LINDA 76 & PRO-CARWASH, 921 DEL PRESIDIO BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: PARMINDER SINGH GREWAL, 818 ESTANCIA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 12, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 20, 27; August 3, 10, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129883 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WARREN LAW GROUP PC, 63 EL PAVO REAL CIRCLE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: WARREN LAW GROUP PC, 63 EL PAVO REAL CIRCLE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 20, 27; August 3, 10, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129924 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALL SEASONS TREE CARE, 337 WOODHAVEN DR., VACAVILLE, CA 95687: URIEL BARRON, 337 WOODHAVEN DR., VACAVILLE, CA 95687. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 12, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 12, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 20, 27; August 3, 10, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129973 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOFITEL MASSAGE, 514 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHING MEI WONG, 165 MING CT., NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 28, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 19, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 27; August 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129959 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STUDIO C, 699 FOREST WAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: CARLA E. BROOKS, 699 FOREST WAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 18, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 18, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 27; August 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129992 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN HOTELS LLC., 706 MEADOW SWEET DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: MARIN HOTELS LLC., 706 MEADOW SWEET DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by a limited partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 23, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 27; August 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130004 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MADERA FURNITURE, 1585 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: JAYME DEAN STUBBINGS, 231 SAN FRANCISCO BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94860. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was

filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: July 27; August 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129838 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOPHIA’S PARADISE; JEWELRY & MORE, 26 MEDWAY RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ERICKA A. BARILLAS CORADO, 345 BAHIA LN., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; DOUGLAS MUNDO, 345 BAHIA LN., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130010 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE PASQUAN LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, 18 EUCALYPTUS RD., BELVEDERE, CA 94920: STEPHAN L. PASQUAN, 18 EUCALYPTUS RD., BELVEDERE, CA 94920; PAMELA PASQUAN, 15 PROSPECT AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a limited partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 11, 1997. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129864 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CARMEN ECOLOGICAL CONSULTING, 145 ELDRIDGE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: WILLIAM JOHN CARMEN, 145 ELDRIDGE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 5, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129849 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAUSALITO TACO SHOP, 1115 BRIDGEWAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: BREE THATCHER, 304 SACRAMENTO WAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 3, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130030 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAMBOO STUDIO, 720 BAMBOO TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ANDREW WOLOSHKO, 720 BAMBOO TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; ANNA WOLOSHKO, 720 BAMBOO TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129937 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as IMPROVCONSULTANTS, 116 VILLA AVENUE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LISA SAFRAN, 116 VILLA AVENUE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 11, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129976 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUCK NICKELS, 78 MADRONE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: LAWRENCE R. CRAGG, 78 MADRONE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130039 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HEAR SO GOOD, 2154 4TH ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LEE M. WEISSMAN Au.D AUDIOLOGIST PROFESSIONAL CORP., 2154 4TH ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This

business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129963 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SWEET LIFE PRODUCTIONS, 17 GROVE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CAMILLE GOLDBERG, 17 GROVE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 18, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129998 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BADRI’S DESIGN, 355 ORCHID DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: FUTEMEH HAGHANI, 355 ORCHID DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130073 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FOUNTAIN SPA, 817 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: THU TRAN, 2145 W CHERRYWOOD LN, ANAHEIM, CA 92801. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130092 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE SHIP’S STORE; FOG CITY HARBOR SHOP, 100 BAY ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: NORMAN PEARCE, 576 14TH ST. #2, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103; ROBERT RUBY, 150 FORREST AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a co-partners. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 2, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 6, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129972 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THOMPSON PACIFIC CONSTRUCTION, 10 HOTELING COURT, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: PETER THOMPSON, 10 HOTELING COURT, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting

business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 11, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 19, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129995 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOL DOC MUSIC, 2845 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: JEREMY RUSSELL SOTO KNUDSEN, 2845 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 23, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130007 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EVIL OCTOPUS, 319 OAKDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: PETER R SHUMAR, 319 OAKDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 23, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1203236. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JASYMIN MARIE SOLDATOS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JASYMIN MARIE SOLDATOS to JASMYN MARIE SOLDATOS. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: September 10, 2012, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: July 16, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: July 20, 27; August 3, 10, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1203204. TO ALL

INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SARAH ROSSI, 1012 2ND ST., NOVATO, CA 94945 filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ALYSSA LEIGH PARSEGIAN to ALYSSA LEIGH ROSSI. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: September 17, 2012, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: July 11, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNERâ ™S LIEN and will be held at: SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday â “ Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: GAIL/STEPHAN GOLDBERG: UNIT #D-88; GOLRIZ JAHANGIRI: UNIT #RA18; SANDRA SMITH: UNIT #D-49. Pacific Sun: (August 10, 17, 2012)

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My girlfriend of eight months has ADHD (attentiondeficit hyperactivity disorder). She was diagnosed about 10 years ago, in her early 20s. She takes medication that helps her focus better at work and has steps (like writing everything down) to avoid forgetting important things, stay more organized, etc. Despite this, she is very disorganized and often gets distracted. (I sometimes catch her checking out when we’re right in the middle of a phone conversation.) She often runs late when we are supposed to be someplace and forgets things—minor things as well as major things. She can also be very impatient. There are a lot of great things about her and us, and we do love each other. Still, when she forgets about me or is totally unready (as in, unshowered and wearing a towel) when I come to pick her up, I can’t help but feel like not quite a priority to her.—The Boyfriend


There are surefire ways to get a woman’s attention, like kneeling and pulling out a big gleaming rock. For an ADHD woman, you may also want to hire one of those street-corner sign-spinner guys to stand next to you in a chicken suit jerking a big arrow at the ring. This should substantially improve your chances of hearing a simple yes or no instead of “Oh, no, I think I left my stove...we should order Chinese. Did I charge my cell phone? Look, a spider!” ADHD is a stupidly named disorder. Those with it don’t have a deficit of attention; they just have problems controlling the allocation of their attention, explains researcher Martha Bridge Denckla, M.D., on People blame ADHD on too much video-gaming, too much television, sheer laziness and even the use of green chalkboards and yellow chalk. (Therapist Susan Tschudi, author of Loving Someone with Attention Deficit Disorder, heard that last one on the radio; a caller was convinced it had caused her son’s ADHD.) Researchers can’t say conclusively what causes ADHD, but Tschudi notes that there’s strong evidence it’s a “neurobiological disorder in which the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine are not regulated properly and cause the brain to underfunction,” leading to problems “staying focused, sustaining effort, managing emotions, and accessing working memory (that is, remembering).” Having ADHD is like trying to think while being attacked by a flock of crows or having 16 squirrels in your head, all scampering off in different directions. I know this firsthand, because I was diagnosed with ADHD about 15 years ago and take Adderall to make the little squirrels sit at their little desks so I can focus and write. Unfortunately, Adderall isn’t a life-wide miracle cure. As my boyfriend likes to joke when he’s asking me about something important: “Do I have your divided attention?” People dating those with ADHD tend to take its effects personally. In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget that your girlfriend has a mind like a steel sieve. When one of her attentional shortcomings makes you feel like she’s messing with you, you might ask yourself whether she’s messing with her wallet when she means to put it back in her purse but instead puts it back in the freezer. That said, it’s important that ADHD be used to explain only ADHD-related behaviors; she can’t be all “Oh, my attention wandered, and so did I—into bed with your best friend.” (She may have the attention span of a tsetse fly; she doesn’t get to have the ethics of one.) For your relationship to work, you both need to try harder, but in different ways. You need to accept that she isn’t a regular-brained person, and she needs to avoid acting like she probably does in the world of the regular-brained—by hiding it when her attention wanders off. (You can’t have a life with somebody if she’s always pretending she’s heard what you just said.) She also needs to admit it when she’s feeling too impatient to discuss or do something. (Better than pushing herself and snapping at you.) She needs to see that she’s on time when it’s important to you, and you need to have perspective when she comes to the door in a towel when it’s not. Ultimately, making things work comes down to the most basic of basics—love—and wanting to be together so much that the tradeoffs seem worth it. As I’ve noticed in my own dog needs a bath. Kale. Like Pauline Kael but spelled differently and also it’s a vegetable. Do you think the Iranians have nukes? Sorry...what was I saying about ADHD? < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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