Live Happy Paper Crafts Closing in Danville

355 Hartz Ave, Danville

The stationery and crafting store Live Happy Paper Craft, which opened a little over a year ago on Hartz Ave. in Danville, is closing January 27th. They are only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday and over the weekend everything was 45% off. Contrast with almost every other store offering “up to” X% off” and one should give them kudos them for their straight-up sale!


Science Cafe: The Science of Stress at Lafayette Library Jan 25th

Science Cafe: The Science of Stress:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, January 25th, 2017
7:00 – 8:00pm | $10

Ori Hofmekler discusses the science of stress and how to put hormesis into powerful practice. Hofmekler’s latest book, The 7 Principles of Stress: Extend Life, Stay Fit, and Ward Off Fat is a call to action–a manifesto of living life to its utmost evolutionary potential, under stress, as nature intended.

Supported by cutting-edge research, Hofmekler redefines the term “nutrition” as it reveals the stress-mimicking nutrients that yield the same benefits of fasting and exercising. At the book’s core is the biology of stress and the way it affects all key aspects of life from feeding and sexual behavior to mental and physical performance.
Ori Hofmekler is the author of The Warrior Diet and the first to introduce the concept of intermittent fasting in practice. Hofmekler presents his approach in workshops targeting groups from special agents, air marshals, and SWAT to university professors, students, and fitness advocates.


GEN Korean BBQ House Signage Up in Concord

1353 Willow Pass Rd, Concord

In October we learned that GEN Korean BBQ House would be coming to Concord where the old Sizzler used to be on Willow Pass Rd. and the signage is now up as they get ready to open, hopefully soon. Check out their menu here and Concord Facebook page here.

From their website:

The character for GEN simply means, “The beginning”, and we welcome you to join us in the art of Korean barbeque. We are looking to transcend the norm of Korean BBQ by fusing different flavors that we have found using ingredients from different parts of the world.

Things to Do

Iconic Rheem Theatre Closes in Moraga

350 Park St, Moraga

A few years ago the iconic Rheem Theatre in Moraga was set to close before it got a reprieve and ended up remaining open, until now. Their final day open was yesterday but according to this East Bay Times article, Mayor Dave Trotter said that, “Moraga has a shared goal of getting the theater reopened in the near future.” I love the art deco design of this theater and hope to see it reopen, but realistically, is there any chance this will come back or is this the final good bye?

Email from Rheem Theatre:

It is with great sorrow that this Sunday, January 7, 2018, will be our final movies showing at the Rheem Theatre. It is not economically feasible to continue to operate the theater. We have an agreement with the property owner to keep everything intact in hopes that a reasonable solution can be found soon.
We have put our hearts and souls into maintaining and making the Rheem what it is today.
Thank you all for your support and patronage over the last 8 years.


Vintage Paper Fair in San Francisco Jan 6th – 7th

Photo by Flickr user edbierman

Vintage Paper Fair:

Golden Gate Park
County Fair Building
9th Ave and Lincoln
Saturday, January 6th – Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Northern California’s Finest Selection of Postcards, Trade Cards, Stereoviews, Photography, Labels, Brochures, Victorian, Transportation & Sports Memorabilia, and All Manner of Curious, Beautiful and Interesting Old Paper!

Question of the Day

Friday Question of the Day – What do you think of the “Raw Water” Craze?

Photo by Flickr user shog9

When I read this New York Times article about the burgeoning popularity of raw water in the Bay Area and elsewhere I have to admit I smiled. Considering these people consider fluoride a “mind-control drug that has no benefit to our dental health”, as well as a “deathly toxic chemical”, is it any surprise they think raw water is the greatest?

Here is one more quote from a raw water proponent about filtering water:

“You’re going to get 99 percent of the bad stuff out,” he said. “But now you have dead water.”

He said “real water” should expire after a few months. His does. “It stays most fresh within one lunar cycle of delivery,” he said. “If it sits around too long, it’ll turn green. People don’t even realize that because all their water’s dead, so they never see it turn green.”

What do you think of drinking raw water? Is there any validity to it or is this playing with fire?