The future is here! Google’s self-driving car is in our neighborhood by Zoe Richmond


Here’s a list of things my toddlers will never get to do:  1.) Make a mixed tape for a girl. 2.) Leave a goofy answering machine message.  3.) Drive a car. The jury is still out on number 3. But with Google’s self-driving car testing in our neighborhood it feels like ...

Gift Ideas for your Child’s Graduation


Whether your child is graduating Kindergarten or college, thinking of the perfect gift can seem overwhelming. However, with a little imagination and lots of sentiment, you can give your child something that they’ll always appreciate and love. Books If your graduate is from the younger set, books celebrating their youthful milestones can ...

Guest Blog Post: Good Mother Bad Mother by Gina Ford (Book Excerpt)


The modern preoccupation with women being strong and capable means that many of them are afraid to admit to weakness or to needing help. They assume that everyone else has got it right and they are the only ones feeling frightened and vulnerable. This is particularly true of new mothers, ...

A friend is always there…by Meng Fong


[caption id="attachment_15464" align="alignright" width="314" caption="Peanuts Wisdom ..by Charles Schulz, 1922 - 2000"][/caption]I am in the process of coming out of hibernation. Looking for a full-time job after a 7 year sojourn into Mommy-dom will do that to you. A couple of weeks ago, I started to ping  people I knew on ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Celebrating Your Family Culture by Renee Peterson Trudeau, author, Nurturing the Soul of Your Family


One sunny afternoon in the 1970s, my mom, dad, brother, and I were having a discussion about the presidential campaign. I remember my parents passionately saying, “Well, in our family we believe in supporting welfare and helping people going through hard times, so we’re going to vote for XYZ.” Even though ...

Preserving Ever-Lasting Memories Beautifully by Robin Gorman Newman


 In 1993, Lou Mitchell opened the doors of The Continental Bronze Co. in San Dimas, CA. Lou had owned a plastic fabrication shop for over 30 years and had done quite a bit of work for trophy stores in that time. When he bought plating equipment to tinker with as ...

Summertime by Robin Gorman Newman


When I was a kid, I recall going to day camp one summer.  Otherwise, I hung out with my friends, played tennis, squash, roller skated, biked around the neighborhood and in the park, etc. Kids these days are so scheduled. My son goes to Shibley Day Camp.  He's gone there for a ...