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Crib Notes: The best time to zip your lip

The world is getting so small and so loud that there’s only room for a few soundbites to cycle into the top headlines, reaching across the globe as quickly as gossip spreads across a school blacktop at lunchtime. For good and bad, communication with others is only a thought away. Gone are awkward phone booths, […]

No Comment / September 14, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Meet my friend Curbi

Pokemon or pine trees? GymStops or sleeping under the stars? School has started and the only real struggle I had with my kids this summer vacation was how much was too much time they could spend on devices. During the school year we keep pretty tight reins on their use of technology, but summer vacation […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Keep calm and show some respect

Pray for Orlando. Pray for Dallas. If not one city, tragedy strikes somewhere else on a monthly, now nearly daily, basis. Perhaps we should pray for our youth — that they will find a better way to rebuild our broken nation once they are in charge. This may be too tall an order since many children today […]

Comments Off / July 13, 2016 | Posted in Commentary,News | Read More »

Crib Notes: I love New York

Every summer vacation I’m reminded of the lessons learned when my four kids are away from the classroom, when they have the chance to take their noses out of textbooks and their bodies aren’t set on scheduled time. Our oldest child spent the last week on an eighth-grade trip to the East Coast. First, I […]

1 Comment / June 08, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: A mother’s magic

There are all kinds of mothers in the world. Some are strict, others more laid back. Some mothers are more verbal, expressing their delight or frustration with ease. Other mothers are more quiet, but with a single look their children know exactly what they want to convey in that moment. Some moms are persistent, like […]

Comments Off / May 11, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: ‘American Idol’ was the baby years

Certain songs bring back memories of distinct periods in our lives and so do television shows. When I think of “Days of Our Lives” I think of elementary and junior high school. Shirley Temple was weekend mornings with my sisters. “Melrose Place” makes me think of college. I don’t watch regular TV much as an […]

Comments Off / April 13, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: Town Center … Plaza?

We’ve visited my mom, two sisters and their families in Sonoma for years, but suddenly I’m seeing somewhere I’ve spent countless times, the heart of that town, in a new light because it’s gotten me thinking about El Dorado Hills. The Sonoma Plaza is at the center of Sonoma — a green, shaded park, a […]

1 Comment / March 09, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »



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