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Top 37 Reasons to Explore Marin County

37 Reasons
to Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and Explore Marin County- w
elcome to sunshine, green, fresh air, free parking…

1. Best Place for fresh air, sparkling water, majestic Mt Tam with 6400 acres of hiking/biking, strolling, bird watching, hang gliding…exploring-  trails, breathtaking vistas, green hillsides, ferries, dining, fine shopping – the ultimate getaway

2. Best Book Stores – Book Passages of Corte Madera

3. Best- to the beach –  Short HikeTennessee Valley

4. Best Hike @ 0900 Sunday – Phoenix Lake

5. Best Hike-@ 1000 Wednesday – Alpine Lake

6. Best Hike @ 0800 Saturday – Ring Mountain – (gold level)

7. Best Chinese Restaurant – Tommy’s Wok – Sausalito

8. Best Breakfast/Atmosphere – Fred’s Place

9. Best Sunday Brunch with Bicycle parades Poggio – Sausalito

10. Best Movie Theaters – The Rafael in San Rafael

11. Best Volvo Repair – Auto 280 – San Francisco

12. Best Project Manager / Personal Assistant – Kerryon

13. Best Green Cleaners – Clean Look

14. Best Library nestled  in a stunning redwood grove  – Mill Valley

15. Best Seafood/Chain- Pacific Catch – Corte Madera

16. Best Mexican/ Salads – Picante in San Rafael

17. Best Band: The James Mosley Band – The Marin Band

18. Best Handymen – Bob Podesta and Bill Smullin

19. Best Movie Theater – The Rafael ~ 4th St  San Rafael

20. Drug Store – Updated- Rite Aid on Blithedale 

21. Best Bank- Blithedale Branch ~ Bank of America

22. Best Hiking Author Marin County Guide – Barry Spitz

23. Best Guitars – Schoenberg – Tiburon

24. Best Newly Invented “Pizza and Pinot Noir Package” – Poggio

25. Best Everything (under the sun) Hardware Store – Goodman’s

26. Best Poetry Center – Falkirk- San Rafael

27. Best Local Plein Air Artist – Michael Rodman

28. Best Car Wash- Lucky Drive Larkspur Brushless Car Wash

29. Best Acupuncturist – Dr Barbara Custer

30. Best Italian/Chain – Pasta Pomodoro – Mill Valley Strawberry Shopping Center

31. Best Water Heaters – Water Heaters Only

32. Best Columnist – Page Larkin

33. Best Lumber Store – Rafael Lumber

34. Best Acting -Voice Coach – Terry McGovern

35. Best Film Festival –Mill Valley Film Festival

36. Best Paint Store- Tamalpais Paints

37. Best Comfort Food – Driver’s Market in Sausalito



Shopping for a date? Three classic come on’s

Everyday…everywhere…an opportunity for Flirting…

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Flirting at the Grocery Store? fruits-82524__180Suddenly Single: If you are newly-single and think Active Flirting can only take place in a bar or at speed dating event – think again. Every day is an opportunity to meet new people. There is no expiration date on flirting. On your next trip to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway – get your Flirt On. Here are three true stories- twisted to protect the innocent.

Wine – The next aisle over:

A woman, standing in front of the Merlot selections. A guy walks up – no wedding band, she says, “Hey, does Merlot go with barbecued steak or just Pinot Noir?” He says, “Cabernet. And the Rosenblum is good. Do you like wine tastings? Rosenblum Cellars has this great Wednesday night wine tasting.  It is pretty cool and a mere ferry ride away- in Oakland. You should check it out.” She, captivated – listens, continues with…

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Girls just want to have fun… and facts

pretty-woman-635245__180Women can reach a level of instant communication in line at Safeway or crossing the street at Union Square.

All it takes is one sentence, like “I love your shoes.” These four little words from one woman to another can open a fleeting, 60-second, heart-to-heart conversation and then, bam! We’re on to the next totally, sincere, succinct conversation with another total stranger. Such is life.

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Granted, our conversations could be as deep as a thimble: “Who does your hair?” “Your purse is open.” Or we ask directions. As needed. All day long we stop strangers for directions. On the Spanish Steps, across from St Peters, on Lombard Street or Santana Row.

We ask questions and we ask directions. (Karyn K, lost and driving a rental car in Washington DC, asked a taxi driver to lead her out of our nation’s capital. She didn’t want to waste time on GPS or MapQuest, She simply paid the driver – no fuss, no muss.


Our motto is, “When in doubt, ask questions.” This is part of female DNA.

While volunteering at the San Francisco Film Festival, I had a coffee break with another woman, GiGi.  (Note: a lot of women volunteer at film festivals.) In no time, we discovered we had dated the same Lothario.

Months earlier, we had both been on She started to warn me about Philip the millionaire chef. I told her I, too, had dated The Chef. Then he announced he was off to Kenya for safari and would be back in three months. Never heard from him again.  No loss, no magic.


Months later, The Chef called her and told her he was going helicopter skiing in Gstadd and she never heard from him again. Bored,  she Googled the guy. She discovered the flamboyant San Francisco native, a true character, left not -a-trace-despite elaborate stories about his famous family. Nothing could be found. The Chef disappeared until he didn’t and he was back on


GiGi of unlimited funds and insatiable curiosity hired a private detective-only to learn the Chef was a Tenderloin Tenant, not a Nob Hill resident and more of a transient than a chef extraordinaire. He was a weaver of a web of lies.

I had moved on and was in a delightful romance with a dancer-English lit major-writer, who earned his keep ghostwriting biographies for jilted politician’s wives.  He was making a killing.

GiGi felt it was her duty to warn other women about The Chef-the weaver of lies. It is what we do women, we _me667_n

Now you know: beware The Chef

Tell me your story:


Dating in San Francisco sucks: top three reasons

Summer in the City…buzzkill or minor thrill?

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San Francisco may very well be a world-class city; one of the most desirable places to live and the

‘Crown Jewel of California,’ but it sucks to have to “date” here.


The Top Three Reasons:

  1. The Weather
  2. The Parking
  3. The Traffic

#1. Sunny California is a PR Hoax

In June, July, and August, you pull on your heavy coat, muffler, gloves and boots. The groaning foghorns haunt the early morning air – keening. And warning you about the weather of the day: thick, wet, gray, and fog – again. Your hair will be a mess. Curly hair goes “all frizz.” (Tip: BART over to sunny Berkeley and shop at the mind blowing Berkeley Hats for a warm summer chapeau.)

Don’t even try meeting on Nob Hill in the summer months- be prepared for whipping winds and freezing fog as you cross the street from the Big Four, or the Fairmont’s…

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Summer in the City – take me out to the ballgame or museum!


“Summer is a great time to visit art museums, which offer the refreshing rinse of swimming pools – only instead of cool water, you immerse yourself in art.” Jerry Saltz

giantsYou choose: The San Francisco Giants Baseball and the race for tickets or


Check out the Free Days at San Francisco Bay Area Museums

Asian Art Museum 
Free – first Sunday of every month.

Bay Area Discovery Museum 
Free – first Wednesday of every month.

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive 
Free – first Thursday of every month. 
$7 – after 5pm every Friday

Burlingame Pez Museum 
Free – first Thursday of every month.

Cable Car Museum 
Free – always.

California Academy of Sciences 
Free – check calendar, SF resident days vary check calendar.

Cantor Arts Center 
Free – always.

Cartoon Art Museum 
Pay What You Wish – first Tuesday of every month.

Chabot Space & Science Center 
Free – first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders.

Check Out SF Family Pass 
Free – always, SF Public Library card holders check out the Family Pass for free admission to 24 attractions.

Children’s Creativity Museum 
Free – check calendar.

Chinese Historical Society of America 
Free – first Thursday of every month.

Conservatory of Flowers 
Free – first Tuesday of every month.

Contemporary Jewish Museum 
Free – first Tuesday of every month, check calendar, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders. 
$5 – after 5pm every Thursday.

de Young 
Free – first Tuesday of every month, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders.

Free – check calendar.

Japanese Tea Garden San Francsico 
Free – every Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-10am.

LACIS Museum of Lace and Textiles 
Free – always.

Legion of Honor 
Free – first Tuesday of every month, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders.

Marin History Museum 
Free – always.
Musee Mecanique 
Free – always.

Museo ItaloAmericano 
Free – always.

Museum of the African Diaspora 
Free – check calendar.

Museum of American Heritage 
Free – always.

Museum of Anthropology 
Free – closed until fall 2015 for renovations.

Museum of Craft and Design 
Free – first Tuesday of every month

Museum of Performance and Design 
Free – always.

Oakland Museum of California 
Free – first Sunday of every month, ages 18 & under every Friday 5-9pm. 
Half Price – every Friday 5-9pm.

Randall Museum 
Free – always

San Francisco Art Institute 
Free – always.

San Francisco Botanical Garden 
Free – every morning 7:30-9am, second Tuesday of every month, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years.

San Francisco Fire Department Museum 
Free – always.

SF Camerawork 
Free – always.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 
Free – closed until 2016 for expansion.

SFO Museum 
Free – always.

San Francisco Railway Museum 
Free – always.

San Francisco Zoo 
Free – check calendar (residents only).

San Jose Museum of Art 
Free – check calendar, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders. 
$5 – after 5pm third Thursday of every month.

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art 
Free – always.

San Mateo County History Museum 
Free – first Friday of every month.

Sake Museum 
Free – always

Tech Museum of Innovation 
Free – first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders 
Half Price – last hour of every day.

Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena 
Free – third Thursday of every month, 5-10pm, Yerba Buena museums and neighborhood venues.

Wells Fargo History Museum 
Free – always.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 
Free – first Tuesday of every month.


Go, Giants!

<ouch!> Parking at At&T park is $35


Hello, darkness – my old friend


“People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Dating 101: Six Hot Spots


Chances are – if you are reading this- you are Suddenly Single and on the look out for interesting, new places to try in San Francisco. The City is famous for provocative people, fabulous food, and eclectic venues.

Hot Spots? We’ve got ’em! Try one ….try them all…

  1. Feeling Brazen? Brazenhead Restaurant, the intimate Marina hideaway, boasts ambiance, amazing menus – divine specials – a lively bar. Great bartenders. The perfect first dinner date spot
  2. Friendliest bookstore in San Francisco? Bird and Beckett –in the hip and lively Glen Park district. Check out their literary and jazz joint schedule.
  3. Feeling Spooky? Dying to see a haunted house? Now is the time for all good ghouls and boos to sign up for the Ghost Hunt walking tour. It’s fun, it’s a scream, and it’s spooky. Six nights a week at 7 PM Price: $20. An excellent tour of lower Pacific Heights. Jim Fassbinder, the guide is brilliant and witty and very scary.
  4. imagesYou’ll Haight it  after a primo dinner with tapas and Caribbean small plates at Cha-Cha-Cha dance over to The Tornado in the Haight. Famous for 50 beers on draft. Their Oh, Happy Hour starts at 11:30 am and goes until 6:00 pm. Come on, come on, get happy.
  5. Best Jazz in San Francisco? San Francisco Jazz Center is mecca. Star-filled shows with the likes of Ahmad Jamal, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Snarky Puppy, David Sanborn & Bob James. The world-class Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival is a do-not-miss-event.
  6. Friday Night in the Park? See: the de Young Museum at GGP– “Friday Night Events” Get thee to the Party… From 5pm until 8:45pm it’s a party with a no-host bar, great music, and a modicum of the best ever art…


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Great pick up lines? Go West!

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Pretty Funny Pick up lines

1. He said, “Your eyes match my Porsche.”

2. “Hey pretty woman. I agree with Mae West about trying anything once and twice if I like it, three times to make sure. Wanna kiss twice?”

3. Overheard: “I think a full body massage is the best way to get to know someone, right?”

4. “Hey, handsome, if a man’s kiss is his signature – can I get your autograph?”

5.  “Greetings. Thomas Wolfe wrote, “You can’t go home again.” But, Babe, you can come to my home anytime.”

6. Howdy. I heard you were a girl who can’t say “No.” Is that right?


The all-time Queen of One Liners, double entendres was Mae West. If you need an opening remark, a pick up line or  a great quote. Go West!


Opening Line

Romeo, Romeo, what turns you on?


The Romeos (Retired Old Men Eating Out) meet at Zuni Cafe every first Tuesday for lunch and laughs.
The average age of this coterie is 65. Teddy, 80, is ebullient with a quick wink and a great smile. Eight guys sit around tables pulled together and drink really good wine and share a meal and jokes. You are a very lucky person if they catch you laughing at their lightning fast repartee. That was my good fortune.

The self-appointed Alpha Romeo, George, invited me to share a glass of wine with “The Boys” Platters of food and three bottles of Copain Pinot Noir were on the zinc-covered tables. The group of friends was engaged and and very entertaining. In the course of an animated conversation, I revealed I was completing a book called, “Sex in the City for Girls over 50” This simple announcement was met with thunderous applause and promises to buy dozens of copies for the Romeos, their cronies, kith and kin.

I liked these guys, a lot.

Love never dies of starvation…maybe of indigestion.


When I asked the boys what they did to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the topic of aphrodisiacs came up immediately. They listed the usual: oysters, chocolate, wing of bat, eye of newt, chocolate covered cherries from Peet’s. Libido, lingering around lingerie and Champagne were bandied about. These good friends laugh a lot and tease even more.

Make Someone Happy

After banter and bravado, Teddy leaned in and said for the last 10 years the dashing Romeos had served lunch at St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen every Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Now, that’s a turn on, right?

Happy Valentine’s Day means happy hearts.

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Behind the Red Door-Taize-a night to remember


Date Night Suggestions: Wednesday in San Francisco

door-122654__180Behind the Red Door: Taize at Trinity

You enter the pitch-black, church (Trinity Church)  lit only by a burst of ruby red candles lining the altar and an array of glowing, golden candles flickering on the side altars.

You have found Taize. Pick up a lighted votive candle and a handout. Take a seat in the front of the serene, beautiful, stone church.

The Wednesday 7:30 PM event starts with a reading (it could be from Rumi, Thoreau, Wayne Dyer, the Bible)

The exquisite lead singer may begin with stunningly beautiful, hypnotic chant.

Sometimes the people in the pews are vibrant and other times quiet and meditative. There are no rules.

Sit close,  share the candle, and chant along with the rapturous singing.

It is truly a night to


The Story Behind a Door

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