He’s so Cool. Rock-n-Roll Daddy.

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Toby. San Rafael. 2015.

Doesn’t Toby look like a rock star?  He is, he’s a 5th grade teacher with a tremendous passion for music.

We met Toby at The Sweetwater Music Hall, owned by Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. It was before moving to Marin, and I couldn’t believe my luck to find such an amazing music venue – Miami had hardly any. It was comforting to meet Toby, and realize he had hung at my childhood house with one of my brothers – probably listening to punk and jamming on my brother’s Ludwig (I can’t use the word “jamming” without sounding like a total dork).

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Originally from Miami, Toby carries that Miami swagger in combination with a Rock-n-Roll look, very present in Northern California.

Toby, his wife Kathleen and his crew continue to be active in the Bay Area music scene – and having kids hasn’t slowed them down – their daughter is exposed to huge amounts of music and has been a part of the music community since inception. Wouldn’t you love to have this guy as your teacher?

Toby proves you can be a dad and a rock star -it’s amazing to see a passion like music shared with the next generation. It’s kind of like me sharing my love of donuts with my boys – it’s such a passion of mine, and I feel like I’m giving them so much – sprinkles, sugar, fat, stomach aches…. 

April, Come She Will. Haute Drop-Off Mill Valley.

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Kris. Mom of three, writer, lover of large accessories, April 2014. Mill Valley, California.

Fashion Notes: Yellow Sandals: Frye, Cut off Shorts: Free People, Tank: LA Made, Pocketbook: Diane Von Furstenberg, Earrings and Necklace: Harp Designs by Shelly Harper (an Oakland, CA designer)

This shot was taken in Mill Valley, California, which is about 15 minutes North of San Francisco right over the Golden Gate Bridge.  This town has quite a history for being a creative mecca drawing in musicians, artists and writers..making Mill Valley have a bohemian feel, even if it currently is one of the most expensive places to live in the States.

In the 1960’s many beatniks called Mill Valley home, even if it was temporary – such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.  Mill Valley is home to the famous Sweetwater Music Hall, with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead as one of the owners.  The Sweetwater has an incredible list of talent that plays on their intimate and special stage, in a few weeks Michael Franti will be performing on that very stage.

Mill Valley, although a town now quite wealthy, still holds true (or at least from my perspective) to its liberal, artsy, bohemian and creative history – -so maybe it has many signs of materialism, but it has heart, a creative one.  Walking around this pristine looking town, with it’s gorgeous Redwoods and natural beauty, you will spot lots of residents riding different types of bikes, scooters and things with wheels, In which I don’t even know the name. (and believe me some of these “wheels” cost more then a car)

Kris and her family enjoy the mix of an urban town center a long side indescribable amounts of nature, such as hiking, mountain biking, surfing and whatever else you are interested – and believe me, in this area, its all been done.  Kris not only puts fingertips to keyboard as her words flow beautifully, but she is an avid trail runner  – whatever that means 🙂 well, it means she runs seriously hard terrain.

 

Chugging California "Cool" Aid. Mara in Huffington Post.

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“…..Differentiate between homeless, hipster, or Berkeley professor. It sounds easy but it isn’t. They all have beards, wear Clarks, and share a similar scent. I’m pretty sure I’ve dropped a dollar into the coffee cup of a Nobel Prize nominee, and asked a homeless man if I could survey his class at Berkeley.

Click on this link to read my full piece in The Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/chugging-the-california-k_b_4061291.html