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Crib notes: To be a younger sibling

My younger sister had to be scrappy while we were growing up. In our loud family of six, she could have either gotten lost or fought hard as the baby of four girls to be heard, which is what she did. Once, when she was about 5-years-old, we were returning home from somewhere, the whole […]

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The message of “Won’t Back Down” gains momentum

Is education reform the civil rights issue of today? That’s the question being asked more frequently and it’s getting louder as parents, teachers and concerned citizens aren’t willing to sit back in resignation and accept that our nation’s public school system is collectively failing. The new movie “Won’t Back Down” begins with a heart-breaking scene […]

Comments Off on The message of “Won’t Back Down” gains momentum / October 05, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: Democrat or Republican, teach kids what it means to be American

What should I have told my children before our city honored Staff Sgt. Sky Mote last month? What does one say about a young hero who made the ultimate sacrifice and made such a large impression in his too short 27 years? Many of us didn’t even know Mote, or his parents who are both […]

Comments Off on Crib notes: Democrat or Republican, teach kids what it means to be American / September 09, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ethos Soccer makes great strides

One year ago they didn’t have practice fields or even entry into the area competitive league, but midway through Ethos soccer club’s inaugural season the approximately 100 kids that comprise eight competitive teams of U10- U14 players are shining in regional tournaments while living the organization’s creed of “character, commitment and community.” With a staff […]

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Kids need our guidance, not more legislation

As 12 people senselessly died and scores of others are wounded in the aftermath of the Colorado theater shooting, some say the lesson we should glean is to treasure every moment with our loved ones because this fragile life is fleeting.  Debates have, once again, surfaced about gun control.  Some wonder whether the gunman, 24-year-old […]

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Crib notes: Boys are now the ones slighted

Certain themes in education were trendy as I earned my teaching credential in the mid-1990s. Gender equity in the classroom was heating up as studies showed boys hogged all the attention in classrooms, while girls fell silently behind. Boys either had the confidence to speak up in class, or they subconsciously demanded attention by acting […]

Comments Off on Crib notes: Boys are now the ones slighted / July 06, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

50 shades of destruction to our kids

I can see why “50 Shades of Grey” has enamored grown women everywhere. The story of recent college graduate Anastasia Steele’s dark and sexually charged relationship with extremely wealthy, dashingly handsome Christian Grey has only one hitch — Grey’s kinky, S&M fetishes are non-negotiable if Ana wants to be his girlfriend.  Christian is as deviant […]

4 Comments / June 08, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »