Monthly Archives: January 2013

“Grandma, are you a Girl?”

“Grandma, are you a girl?” My three-year-old grandson and I were sitting on the floor, like we usually do, playing with trucks, trains, and duplo blocks, creating various scenarios: fires to put out, meals to make and eat, building a … Continue reading

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Ah, Europe: France to Shop, Germany for Lunch, Switzerland for Dinner!

This is part three of my Swiss Sampler. We took the train from Davos to Basel.  Pine trees surround the track , giving glimpses of the sunlit mountains and the cross country  and downhill ski trails. I had all I … Continue reading

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Dabbling at Davos

Nestled in the mountains, about 75 miles (118 kilometers) southwest of Zurich, Davos is a pristine ski resort. Crisp air and bright sun grace each day; temperatures drop at night. There’s one main street lined with little shops; buses run … Continue reading

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Swiss Sampler: Geneva & Zurich

Traveling, especially when tagging along on a business trip, upsets my exercise routine. Add a place like Switzerland, where chocolate is served every minute and my eating habits suffer too. I bemoaned my worry about extra calories to my friend … Continue reading

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Ed Kane: Pearl Harbor Survivor

December 7, 2012 marked the 61st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I interviewed Ed Kane, 92, about his experiences for JerseyMan magazine. Kane is one of about 3,500 remaining survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack.  Prepared to talk … Continue reading

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“Breathing out the Upsetness”

While visiting our son Jacob this week, his 16-month-old daughter, overtired as we walked around a local park, started to fidget and cry in her stroller. Jacob picked her up and asked her if she wanted to “breathe out the … Continue reading

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California Teachers Divest Funds from Gun Makers

Teachers in California, resisting calls that they should be armed in the classroom with something more than their lesson plans, are taking a stand against guns by  aiming one of their most potent weapons—their wallets. The California State Teachers Retirement … Continue reading

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And the last semester begins…

Lydia returns to college today for her last semester.  She’s had a good winter break: family and friends, yoga, traveling and shopping, basketball games and job interviews. When she’s around my basketball knowledge increases.  I’m quizzed while eating breakfast: name … Continue reading

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Babes in Utero Learning Languages!

Attention parents: Forget nursery school for your little ones.  Forget early language school.  Don’t bother worrying that they should learn Chinese by age 1. It’s too late. According to a new study, you missed the chance to give your cherished … Continue reading

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Stash Pile Knitting

I raided my and my mother’s stash piles for some recent knitting projects. I finished what I’m calling the butterfly sweater for my daughter-in –law. The original pattern called for a front panel that we decided we didn’t like so … Continue reading

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