Live Locally. . .

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No gifts, just food, family and friends. Best of all, we pause for a moment to be grateful for all we have.

I would like to express my gratitude for the readers, organizations, and businesses that have supported us these past two years. If you picked up a second copy, sent a calendar listing or photo, or if you trusted us with your marketing dollars—Thank you!

Our seasonal calendars are packed this month to celebrate the holidays at home. I hope you will use the season to shop locally, attend local events, fix up your home using locally owned businesses, and buy gifts that will last all year, not just a day.

My biggest thank you goes out to our terrific My Out & About team. I want to thank all of our fantastic writers: Bev Barnett, Dan Gordon, Debbie Ballentine, KJ Armann, Michael Guerra, our pet writers from United Emergency Animal Clinic, C. Michael Traw, Freddy Howell, Bronwyn O’Malley, Julie Okashima, Erin Loftin, Lori Krein, Debbie Lewis, Pam Finch, Jennifer Shanks, and Brenda Norrie! Each month these folks rise to my theme challenges, meet their deadlines and their reward is only that of reader feedback—so please give it to them—send those emails. Sally Howe has elevated our publication and Natori Coleman, Robert Castillo, and Terje Nordburg — these folks work tirelessly to bring our publication to life.

In early 2015 our first book, Best of My Out & About Silicon Valley, will be available. It will feature favorite columns, our best finds, seasonal ideas and secret places. The book will be available in local shops everywhere. To pre-order or to offer the book in your business, email us at or call Sally at 408-374-9700. We hope it helps you – Live Locally!

Susan Bassi



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