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June 18, 2010
Yes, the cyber playground has bullies - Teach kids cyber safety
Bullies exist in nearly every stage of life, with or without access to the Internet. I believe that having regular discussions with your children can be an opportunity to get closer to your child and help them navigate the choppy waters of life, especially now that we live in a digital world. I think that there are truly three cyber-safety issues at hand: cyber bullying, cyber safety and cyber etiquette. It is something we think about often and yet we have not managed to arrive at a final position on how we will ultimately handle this new evolving world our children are growing up in. While technology has created a new playground for modern-day bullies to pick on peers it is not easy to determine how to monitor and best protect them from these new exposures. In some ways I equate this to children’s access to candy, it is nearly everywhere so how I can instill in them the best way to proceed when we are not around to protect them.
June 13, 2010
My Billboard In Times Square (Yes- NYC!)
I am not in a TV series nor do I have any other logical connection to having randomly appeared on a billboard in NYC's Time Square over the Memorial Day Weekend. Yet, that impossible became possible, and on May 31, 2010 I had my 15 seconds of fame.
May 31, 2010
Mi Pueblo San Rafael's Newest Latin Supermarket
Mi Pueblo is Marin County’s newest Latin supermarket/ethnic culinary hot spot. It is a lovely hidden treasure of flavors and seasonings. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the new Mi Pueblo marketing in San Rafael, CA and not only did I love what I saw but I was inspired to create a recipe that I’ve been thinking about for the last year – Tacos Nopales (Cactus Tacos). If you are looking for a fun vegetarian dish to serve I can recommend this one as it received rave in-home reviews.
May 10, 2010
Kiss & Make-up
Following my consumption of Sonia's article, the temptation was too great not to want to experiment with her products. I now have my bag of tricks and a new found zeal for make-up. I remain glued to Sonia's blog for insight and inspiration into a world I have only just begun to broach.
April 29, 2010
The Valuable Things
This incident had me pondering about perceptions of what is important to all of us – we are luckier than those in many parts of the world to have food, shelter and clothing. For me the most important thing is protecting my family, their safety, health and well-being.
April 7, 2010
The Cookie Episode
It was by far the goofiest apology I’ve ever received and yet the most memorable. Oddly enough, fast forward 15 years later and I do love these cookies but I would never consider them in lieu of a formal apology but it was my one and only infamously unforgettable apology.
March 19, 2010
I'll never learn how to read: A story-tale
It’s 7:20AM on a rainy day in 1975 and tears are streaming down my face as I got into my mother’s avocado colored ’67 Mustang convertible to head over to my first grade class in the Bay Area suburb of Greenbrae. In sheer frustration and fear I exclaimed, “I’ll never learn how to read!” I assure you, I was frightened on multiple levels- falling behind in school, others realizing that outside of school assignments I could not really read, that it somehow made me less smart and more challenged – coming from a divorced family and being relatively shy I already had a few stigma’s to surmount.
March 15, 2010
I am JUST not ready
I am not ready to move from the mindset change from raising young children to young adolescent(s). I am not ready to find ways to answer those challenging questions and yet I find myself in a corner. I am ill prepared and feeling awkward.
February 10, 2010
In a world of germs should we also sterilize our children’s behavior?
In a world of germs, swine flu and personal space have we lost sight of the goodness around us? Do we want to curtail loving behavior and sterilize our children’s behavior? Do we reconsider home schooling because then we could impart our values without risk of offending others? I do ‘get’ that we have to be careful but with so much already removed from our schools aside from the funding, I would welcome my son being in a loving and nurturing environment. I take the blame, perhaps I over kissed and hugged him, I couldn’t resist his adorable cheeks that often times smelled of Oreos and I did hope that the extra love and kisses would make him into a caring and cuddly being but I suppose the greater society has deemed those traits to be negative on some level.
January 27, 2010
What if you are ‘THAT Marin County Mom’ and they just don’t know it yet?
Women and technology While I hate to preach on ‘all things Marin’ there are moments, just like those moments when I grew up here, that I don’t quite fit in. Growing up Northern Marin there were a lot of hippies. Then, that word faded away, especially during the dot com boom and more people transitioned into the Martha Stewart/Pottery Barn way of life. But over the last nine years, the pendulum of life began to swing back the other way. The challenge, I am not swinging back. I hate to be overly trendy in how I eat, the movies I watch, the TV shows I follow…I guess when it is no longer the new early adopter/alternative type of opportunity, I am much less interested...So always having a love for technology, when the dot com age hit, I didn’t run from it. When it fell, I embraced it further, and I still love it today. The problem is….that is not the accepted norm around these parts.