Trompe L’ Oeil and the Palo Alto Street Art of Greg Brown

It was such fun living in Palo Alto in the 1970’s—in the “pre-Silicon Valley-era” before real estate prices and greedy ambition rarified the place forever. Downtown Palo Alto was just a cool place—small and totally walkable . . . a mix of funky shops, book stores, coffee and tea shops, fancy … Continue reading

The Stanford University Angel and a Murder Mystery at the Moana Hotel (Part 2)

After the death of her husband in 1893, Jane Lathrop Stanford became sole trustee of Stanford University. For the next ten years, she involved herself in the daily running of the institution. She worked closely and often butted heads with Stanford University president, David Starr Jordan—particularly over issues of academic … Continue reading

The Stanford University Angel and a Murder Mystery at the Moana Hotel (Part 1)

I remember the first time I stumbled across the statue of the weeping angel on campus. I had no idea that the entire Leland Stanford family (father, mother, and son) was buried right there, in a dusty and secluded grove of oaks between two towering palm trees. This part of Stanford (at the … Continue reading

FILOLI . . . “Fight for a just cause, Love your fellow man, Live a good life.”

Thirty miles south of San Francisco—and about 100 yards south of the Pulgas Water Temple—is the entrance to Filoli, a magnificent country estate surrounded by stunning formal gardens.It was the retirement home of Grass Valley’s Empire Mine magnate, William Bowers Bourn, and his wife, Agnes. As owner and president of … Continue reading