November 24, 2017

Child poverty on rise

child poverty

Child poverty rates in the U.S. are on the rise, but health and education trends are showing improvements—including teen pregnancy reaching a historic low, according to the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Read more  

The best summer school

summer lessons

By Julie Samrick As we sat around the campfire 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… Read more

Home at Last: Family dog found after 20 months in the wild

Dog found after 20 months in the wild

By Julie Samrick   On Oct. 6, 2012, the Braun family’s golden retriever Murphy, startled by a gun shot, bolted into the Tahoe National Forest near an off-trail campsite at Hell Hole reservoir.   Over the next two days they scoured the area for Murphy but that Sunday evening they went home to El Dorado Hills in the… Read more

Every Sunday could be Father’s Day

Father's Day inspiration

By Julie Samrick 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… Read more

What does working full time really mean?

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By Penelope Trunk What I regret is the four years I worked 80-hour weeks running my startup and put my kids in daycare. (I called it school, but I know there is no distinction between school for four-year-olds and daycare for four-year-olds.) I was making mid-six figures for most of that time, but those years… Read more

VIDEO: Author Kelly Corrigan’s Mother’s Day note to you

kelly corrigan's mother's day note

Watch the Mother’s Day note you deserve…  

Prep school grads busted in drug ring

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Timothy Brooks, 18, and Neil Scott, 25, may have looked preppy, but they had intentions of making it as drug kingpins. “It’s crushing to me,” the defendants’ former lacrosse coach told Philadelphia Daily News as he struggled to hold back tears. “I feel bad for their families. It’s a sad day.” Nostrant said that Brooks, who graduated… Read more

Things to stop doing to yourself

things to stop doing

This list of  30 things to stop doing to yourself from lifebuzz.com may be targeted to adults, but I think they equally apply to kids finding their way in the world too. #1. Stop spending time with the wrong people.– Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of… Read more

Autism linked with environmental toxins

toxins

While the underlying causes of autism are still not fully understood, many health experts believe that genetics, environmental factors or a combination of the two are to blame. Now, a new meta-analysis has revealed that toxins in the environment may play a much more significant role in the formation of this neurodevelopmental disorder than previously… Read more

Skipping grades is rare, but it might just save the world

skipping grades

By Jay Mathews When Linda Mc­Veigh began second grade at Kit Carson Elementary School in Lawndale, Calif., her teacher saw she was far ahead. She had learned to read at age four from her 12-year-old aunt. The blonde 7-year-old from a rural Oklahoma family was funny and talkative. Her math scores were very high. The… Read more