Monthly Archives: October 2008

I Want to Be Popular or When Bumper Met Water Heater

In 1964 we Americans were recovering from the horror of having President Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, Texas. We were still embroiled in Viet Nam and American teenagers, mesmerized by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, were salty and sassy. The … Continue reading

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Who’s Alpha?

My first foray into a wolf pack was courtesy of Jack London. His tales of Buck in The Call of the Wild, and White Fang himself in White Fang captivated me. My dad continued to remind me that wolves were … Continue reading

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Take it from Ladybug: A job may be more important than your SAT score.

My first “job” was a volunteer position with the City of Fremont in 1963. I was thirteen years old. My parents insisted that we get out of the house, stop watching TV, and do something for others. By the age … Continue reading

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Father Knows Best

Dear Dad, Your birthday is coming up on November 8th (as you know). At this time of year, especially, I think of who you were, where you might be, and what you might thinking about so many troubling issues facing … Continue reading

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The Importance of Eye Contact or Brown- Eyed Girl

How we look at others makes a difference. Do we have kind or judgmental eyes? Do our eyes flutter with faith or shutter with sarcasm? For students who look before they hear, our eye contact is crucial. How we look … Continue reading

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