Category Archives: parenting

Holiday Shopping: Gun Control

Making your holiday shopping lists? Already hitting the stores and online sites? Have you considered adding a bulletproof backpack for your children and grandchildren? When my kids went to school, I packed their lunches and hoped they had whatever else … Continue reading

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Four Books & A Movie

When asked about what he looks for in a novel, actor and writer Tom Hanks told the New York Times, “ Authenticity. I want to see the world accurately, and history examined is search of the details of truth.” Hanks’ … Continue reading

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Grandma Reading: Lemony Snicket!

When I saw my eldest grandson (age 7 1/2) reading The Bad Beginning, the first in Lemony Snicket’s 13-volume “Series of Unfortunate Events”, I asked him a couple questions. While I’d heard of the series and author, I never had … Continue reading

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Trump’s Vocabulary

As a child, I discovered the thesaurus and loved finding synonyms for words. My parents had the old-fashioned kind, organized conceptually instead of alphabetically, and I spent hours making word lists. As a writer, I love the thesaurus. As a … Continue reading

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Books for Young Activists: Never too Early

As a grandparent, I’m finding it difficult explaining current events to our grandchildren. They’re aware of the election results and know where we stand. They hear rumors from classmates about what may or may not happen. We try to avoid … Continue reading

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Defying Trump

Here’s the letter I sent today to my Federal, State, county and city elected officials. Feel free to borrow whatever you want. Use this site to find addresses. Some you have to use the contact forms; others you can email … Continue reading

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Women’s March: Next Steps

So we donned pink pussy hats, made posters, and marched. We amassed in numbers beyond expectations and capacity; turning marches into rallies when we couldn’t move another step. So what’s next? People are grappling with what to do, how to … Continue reading

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