Dear Tracy, I am sorry I can’t make your bachelorette party later this month. I would like nothing better than to kick up my heels with you and dance, to celebrate the next wonderful chapter of your life. But you see, it’s May. It was the writer T.S. Eliot who called April “the cruelest month,” […]
As with many American households, spring means baseball at our house. My husband is coaching our older son’s team this time in the rotation and my younger son gets to be on the Cubs with a bunch of his first-grade buddies. And just as each new baseball season begins full of hope, when teams and […]
It was sunny and warm inside Oak Meadow Elementary’s gymnasium Friday afternoon, despite the dismal weather outside, where 300 people packed the house for the first Heritage Festival. Event organizer and Oak Meadow parent Cigdem Askin envisioned holding such an event since her fifth-grader first started school back in kindergarten, but with three younger children […]
LUCKY LITTLE ONES — Kendra Tanner, 5, left, and Gracie Story, 4, of El Dorado Hills plan to look for shamrocks and rainbows after learning about St. Patrick’s Day at Miss Sue’s Little Lambs preschool.
“What are you learning today?” Buckeye Union School District Superintendent Terry Wenig said she will miss asking this question most after she retires this June. Twice a week Wenig visits the classrooms of the 5,200 students that make up Buckeye’s five elementary, two middle and two charter schools — a highlight of her job. Born […]
I’ve been a mostly consistent “The Bachelor” viewer during its 15 seasons. I was hooked when the second season couple, Aaron and Helene, got engaged during the finale. My romantic side bubbled as he swung her around in a tropical location after proposing to her and offering her the final rose. I sat in wonder, tuning […]
An audible gasp was heard on every playground across America as parents debated Yale Professor and self-professed “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua’s recent article “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” Chua described what recipe creates the stereotypically successful Asian child, and it’s diametrically opposed to what she calls the soft model of Western parenting. Where a Western […]