January 19, 2018

Young Love

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By Ann Van De Water I’ve been thinking about Romeo and Juliet lately as I’m teaching it to 8th graders.  In Romeo and Juliet, the title characters so eloquently and maturely express their feelings when even most adults are usually nervous and say stupid things on their first dates. I saw a survey recently that asked women what topics their… Read more

The Most Beautiful and Imaginative Schools in the World


“Architects and local governments around the world are now fighting the good fight against dismal, uninspiring schools and the groundbreaking results are re-shaping the learning experience for our future generations. From a colorful kindergarten in Slovenia made out of toy planks that lets kids play with and manipulate their environment…” Read more 

California Children Could Soon Have More than 2 Legal Parents

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In response to “America’s evolving families,” where for the first time married couples dropped below half of all households in 2010 according to the Census Bureau, there is a bill written by Sen. Mark Leno D-San Francisco that could soon be law. SB1476 would make it legal for California children to have more than two legal… Read more

Do We Really Live In More Dangerous Times? By Lillian Sanderson

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There was a time when parents would tell their children how easy they had it because of available public transportation.   Now we can tell our grandchildren the reverse.   When I was a child, 10 or 12 years old, my friends and I could take a bus anywhere in my city with a friend… Read more

Movie Review: Mr. Popper’s Penguins

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Hollywood has certainly modernized the 1938 children’s book written by Richard and Florence Atwater, making Mr. Popper on film a savvy businessman with intimacy issues rather than a poor house painter stricken with wanderlust.  Instead of having a wife and kids who balk at his eccentricities, the movie wife and kids still don’t get him,… Read more