Monday, October 7th, 2013

Once upon a time most humans lived in small communities where everyone knew your name. They were dependent on each other and if you called the only butcher for a hundred miles a moron, you might not be eating meat for a while. Then big cities came along and civility suffered a setback. Now you could insult the butcher and there might be another butcher a few blocks over, but it's still hard to insult someone to their face. It takes a certain amount of psychic energy to work up an... read more

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

I am a vegan. (Is it “a vegan” or “vegan”? Not sure but I’m going with “a vegan.”) When I tell people that - and it seems I have to tell a lot of people that because – I don’t know, maybe because everyone eats - I always get the same questions, the same! It’s like someone hands them a script. I thought I would write the answers down here so no one has to ask me anymore. Before I get started though, I have a question for you. Why does this topic engender such strong feelings in... read more

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Friday, September 6th, 2013

Good teachers can make a world of difference and they probably don't always realize when they do. My favorite class in high school was organic chemistry. Upon reflection I realized that it was my favorite class not necessarily because of the subject (which I mastered well enough) but because of my teacher, Mr. Crawford. He is a shining example of the difference a good teacher can make for a {relatively} difficult subject, and sometimes even in the life of a student. I then... read more

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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

I took four days off and went to Yosemite last weekend. Not such a big deal for someone who lives in L.A., but I've never been there and I've lived in California since 1993. Shame on me because Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I'm someone who lives and breathes and {tries} to impart on young children the importance of nature and being outside. And as anyone who knows me knows - I'm a bonafide treehugger. I spend so much of my time cooped up in my office... read more

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Monday, January 14th, 2013

3 Rules in Deciding When to Hang On And When to Let Go Did you ever notice how grass seems to grow everywhere but where you want it to? The initial garden design for my front yard included three bordered grassy paths converging to a mermaid fountain. The problem was, the grass kept dying. 

I had asked myself many times if I should keep trying to get that grass to grow. And I did because I’m very persistent and proud of it. But wait. Shouldn’t persistence be about more than just... read more

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