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Crib Notes: What raising a puppy has taught my kids about parenting

When I was 6 years old my parents told my three sisters and me we were adopting a baby boy. When I got off the school bus the day of our much-anticipated special delivery my mom was there to greet us. “Meet your new little brother,” she smiled, pointing to what would become our faithful […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Let’s separate the issues with Common Core

Do the Common Core State Standards provide the rigor American education as a whole lacks? Or are they a step back for academic progress, dumbing our kids further down the educational food chain? Some even believe they’re a sinister scheme to nationalize the education system and do away with states’ rights. The only thing federal […]

1 Comment / November 16, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: The smoke and mirrors of GPAs

In his essay ‘”Where All Grades are Above Average” former Duke University professor Stuart Rojstaczer wrote, “The last time I gave a C was more than two years ago. That was about the time I came to realize that my grading had become anachronistic. The C, once commonly accepted, is now the equivalent of the […]

Comments Off / October 06, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: The smart phone standoff

At long last we’ve found a happy medium. My seventh-grader got his much-desired smart phone this summer and everything I dreaded about it hasn’t happened (knock on wood). He’s not on it 24/7 or even head down, zoned out, while we’re in public places. That was our first social stipulation about getting such a device. […]

Comments Off / September 09, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: The Hundred Foot Journey is just what we all need

As political, social and religious wars rage around the world and we hear of the bloodshed of children, the most innocent among us, most other topics seem petty to discuss. Yet the new film “The Hundred Foot Journey” is just what the world needs right now. I’ll even predict this movie will be nominated for […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Summer Lessons

As we sat around the campfire in Santa Cruz last weekend I pulled out an old Girl Scout goody for the 11 kids in our party. My Aunt Tilly, she died last night, she died last night, did she die?  At first the kids didn’t know what I meant, or why sometimes the answer is […]

Comments Off / July 03, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Every Sunday could be Father’s Day

My uncle is in the end stages of ALS and was moved into comfort care this week. Though my dad has four daughters, the family he created with my mom, he’s said it’s a lonely feeling to be losing the last remaining member of his original family. At 67 years old, my dad’s even used […]

1 Comment / June 05, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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