Dear Abby: Cause of family’s separation is no business of co-workers
Dear Abby: As a child, I suffered a lot of abuse from my parents until I finally, at 13, opened up to a teacher. I was removed from my house and spent the remainder of my youth in various foster homes. I never felt like I had a home or family until I was an adult and made my own. I have cut all ties with my biological family, as I am happier and more sane without them. They have never shown remorse for their abuse, and I feel my children’s safety would be jeopardized if I were to rekindle a relationship with them. The problem is, co-workers and sometimes even strangers at my retail job ask me about my children’s grandparents.
Horoscope for Monday, 7/23/18 by Christopher Renstrom
ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): It's hard to be open to input when you're trying to get a project off the ground, but a split focus can also be stimulating.
Anton Arensky’s chamber music gets a rare, well-deserved hearing at Music@Menlo
The day is coming, or so I hope, when the chamber music of Anton Arensky takes its proper place in our concert life. This is music that almost never gets performed, and yet every time a piece of Arensky’s surfaces it turns out to be a small masterpiece of inventiveness, expressivity and grace. It happened again on Saturday, July 21, during a concert at the Music@Menlo Chamber Festival devoted to music from the Russian urban hub of St. Petersburg (or, for a relevant interlude, Leningrad). In a vivacious rendition at the Center for the Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, Arensky’s String Quartet No. 2 from 1894 revealed itself as a work that should be in regular rotation.
Mission District’s Gray Area exists where art, technology intersect
By the time Josette Melchor had made her way to San Francisco in 2005, she had already created Gray Area, a gallery and studio space, in a warehouse in Los Angeles. But it was in the Bay Area, in a new home in the Tenderloin, where the nonprofit’s identity really came into relief. Melchor, much as she did in Los Angeles, would spend her free time connecting with artists and curating installations. But now, to pay the bills, she also found herself doing hardware sales for a technology company. As she switched between the two — her job in tech and her work in art — the intersections between the two became more and more apparent. “I started to see the connection between code and paint,” she says.
Friend’s husband, kids wear out welcome in annual visit
Dear Abby: “Charlotte” and I have been friends for 16 years. She lives several states away, so we see each other only once a year when she and her family come to town for a long weekend. Beyond this annual get-together, communication is pretty much limited to social media. I have known Charlotte’s (now) husband for 16 years as well, and never cared for him. He seems to get worse every time I see him, and it has reached the point that I can barely stand to be in the same room with him. Unfortunately, Charlotte’s kids take after their dad. They are spoiled, nasty, mean children and a bad influence on my young son. Charlotte and her family were in town for their annual visit recently.