For Your Weekend

Happy Friday! I’m off to a park for a half-day trip with my son’s class and taking a family train trip to Berkeley this weekend before playing catch up with work responsibilities. I hope your weekend is lovely. Before I share some weekend reading links with you, I have to tell you that we just […]

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A Family Vacation in Yosemite

My son is seven but often seems more like a teenager these days. Just a few days after returning from our Spring Break trip to Yosemite, something trigged a long complaint about our plans being all about me. “Remember, Mommy, how we had to go to San Francisco? And why?! All because of you.” Which is […]

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For Your Weekend

Happy Friday! I hope you had a lovely week and have something nice planned for this weekend. After catching up on work for my teaching job, we’ll go to my mom’s house for a gathering to remember my grandmother, who passed away recently at the age of 92. You’ll hear more about her one of […]

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Botticelli’s Primavera…And so what?

The theme for this month’s ArtSmart Roundtable is “spring,” and I’ll bet you can guess why. I’m using a pretty literal interpretation of this theme by taking you to Florence, Italy, for a close look at “Primavera” (the word for “spring” in Italian is la primavera). If you’ve been to Florence, you’ve likely seen this […]

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Something New for Fridays

This whole blogging business can get a bit messy sometimes. I have 198 posts in my Drafts folder and no time to finish them. I guess that’s expected considering that I have just a few things to tend to every day, like a full-time “day job,” two kids, and a husband…oh, and two dogs. That […]

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My Favorite Red Wines Under $20

How many times have I stood in front of the wine selection at my local grocery store debating what to get? It’s a silly dilemma but one I deal with pretty often because I love wine but hate spending money on a bottle that I end up not liking. Fortunately, my local supermarket, Nugget Markets, makes it […]

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A Spring Hike, Plus 31

Have you heard about nature-deficit disorder? It is just what it sounds like–a problem we humans have due to a serious lack of time spent in nature. According to journalist Richard Louv, this affects many aspects of behavior, especially in children. You can learn more about this in his book Last Child in the Woods: Saving […]

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On Change & Growth

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about change, and that’s not just because of all the beautiful signs of the seasons changing. Several life situations were leaving me feeling blah, but instead of letting them just be, I decided to make some changes. Most of these have been pretty big things. Big change equals work. And […]

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Two Very Different Museums in San Francisco

This month’s ArtSmart Roundtable is about “an art city,” and I’ve chosen to talk about my recent art experiences in my favorite U.S. city, San Francisco. Art museums and small children are not always a good mix. On our many visits to San Francisco, we avoided the museums and opted for almost non-stop outdoor time in […]

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