Category Archives: parenting

A Crazy Thought

Last week we met my cousins Larry and Janine for lunch in Carlsbad. Janine is consistently my biggest blogging cheerleader. For so many years, I blogged every Monday and the words became a story she followed with the ever encouraging … Continue reading

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The Best Present Not Under the Tree

With my oldest son getting married at the end of the year we announced that gifts would come in the form of cash to be spent on that trip surrounding the marriage and not in pretty, wrapped presents under the tree. … Continue reading

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Life, Learning, and Critical Thinking

Jordan and I are both in finals this week, I as an adult student and he as a high school senior. My oldest son and his fiance, both university professors, are also in finals week, but on the giving end … Continue reading

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Hope For Our Babies: #LetsDoThis

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.                              Margaret Meade I … Continue reading

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Standardized Tests as Birth Control?

Last week, my 17-year-0ld, Jordan, headed east to stay with my oldest son, Abe (28) and Kelly, my oldest son’s partner. Both Kelly and Abe are professors at University of Arizona. Both are highly capable, intelligent, and organized doctoral prodigies. … Continue reading

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The Space Between Stories

We will abide for a time in the space between stories. … Charles Eisenstein, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible Lissa Rankin is one of my spiritual mentors, but I have yet to meet her in person. (I … Continue reading

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Jordan Weil Goes to Boys State 2016

When Jordan was invited by his high school to apply for the 2016 Boys State, we had never heard of this program. We soon learned it is put on by The American Legion. After sitting through the Inaugural Ceremony Awards … Continue reading

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Are You a Bucket Filler or a Bucket Emptier?

Last week, my son came home from school and, in an effort to shift the conversation from performance-based learning to intrinsic love for learning, I asked him what he learned about today. Instead of pulling an example from high school curriculum, … Continue reading

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Wearing Masks

When I was a young single white mother of a biracial child living in Los Angeles, I felt like I needed to introduce my child to other biracial children like him. He would say, “Mommy, I want my hair to … Continue reading

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Collaboration, Consensus and Connection

Each child is so unique, so precious. My youngest boy (nearly an adult at this point) is a post-modern leader. He, like Nelson Mandela, leads from behind. He’s all about consensus and the group. He has never been the kid … Continue reading

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