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Where I live:
Posted Wednesday, December 5, at 3:27 PM
I wanted to share with you in this blog about where I live in Southern California. Claremont is a small oasis in the eastern corner of Los Angeles County. Our little town is about 38 miles east of Los Angeles. It's about 14 square miles in size and has a population of 34,926. Claremont was founded in 1826 and the government is made up of a city manager and council. Our city is located at the basin of the St. Gabriel Mountains...

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A Special Little Stormy Gift to Me
Posted Monday, August 20, at 8:36 AM

I read this story written by one of my good friends, who I also roomed with while at Ole Miss. She is a mother of 5 boys and this story is a testament to her faith and love for her family. She has always been an exceptional lady. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi. I just had to share with you. I know it will bring a bit of light into you life too. Enjoy!!...

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Russo's Pet Experience
Posted Monday, August 6, at 8:52 AM

My daughter is a student at University of California in Irvine, which is on the coast between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. For a journalism assignment she wrote the following true observations from a Pet Store at Fashion Island. If you have ever watched any of the Wives of the OC or Laguna Beach TV series, you will recognize much of what she is describing in the following paper. ...

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Empty Nester
Posted Monday, January 9, at 9:26 AM

I guess you could say my husband and I are empty nesters. Honestly, I don't like that term. I mean 'empty nesters' sounds like we live sadly alone and unhappy. The term 'empty nesters' refers to: "when children move away, mothers can get what is called "Empty Nest Syndrome", which is generally accepted as the lonely, abandoned feeling of the home being empty", according to Wikipedia. ...

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Cash only
Posted Tuesday, November 22, at 8:10 AM

I sent this email to the staff at my school. I wanted to share with you too. This really did happen and it is something I feel needs to be told..... and most of you know that I live in the LA area... I wanted to share something with all of you. Yesterday morning I stopped by a bakery in Duarte or Azusa not sure which one it was they all seem to run together to me. ...

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Laughter really is the best medicine....
Posted Thursday, September 8, at 8:13 AM

Yesterday I was sitting outside reading the Saturday addition of the LA Times when I happen upon the Home section and laughed out loud, many times and found myself in a really great mood. The article (which you will find below) is written by Chris Erskine. His sense of humor is fabulous and with all the really bad news we are facing now days, this was a spirit lifter. Hope you enjoy as much as me.......

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School is back in session.....
Posted Tuesday, September 6, at 8:14 AM

This past Monday we (teachers and staff) were back at our post and at 7:50 AM sharp and with the first bell came all the students into their first period class. My first class was a new group of 6th graders. I teach technology classes at a middle school (6-8) in LA County. ...

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Laughter really is the best medicine....
Posted Monday, August 8, at 8:45 AM

Yesterday I was sitting outside reading the Saturday addition of the LA Times when I happen upon the Home section and laughed out loud, many times and found myself in a really great mood. The article (which you will find below) is written by Chris Erskine. His sense of humor is fabulous and with all the really bad news we are facing now days, this was a spirit lifter. Hope you enjoy as much as me.......

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Soul Surfing.....
Posted Thursday, May 5, at 8:03 AM

As some of you may know, my son is a competitive swimmer. Shortly after moving to Southern California he took up surfing. While at college, he spent many hours surfing and my husband and I often wondered if he spent more time surfing than in class, studying or in the pool. ...

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Time flies by so fast......
Posted Monday, April 18, at 8:39 AM

It's been a long time since I have posted a blog. I guess with the budget cuts to California public schools, all the cutting of jobs, pink slips and bumping I lost track of time. I did get my job back 5 days before school started this school year (2010/2011) and was overjoyed! I was not given a pink slip for this coming school year so I am very grateful! Why no pink slip for next year, not really sure could be due to Obama's education money that finally made its way to the school districts. ...

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Merry Christmas
Posted Wednesday, December 23, at 12:45 PM

The Christmas season in Southern California has been full of all joys this year. Just like my middle school students, I was thrilled to go on winter recess last week. It's always a joy to know two and half weeks lay ahead of doing just what I want. And this season, so far it has been a lot of nothing! No fighting traffic at horrible hours of the morning, enjoying the warm weather, which quickly came to an end today with a Socal winter edging in. ...

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To die satiated with life...
Posted Wednesday, August 26, at 7:47 AM

I guess when you choose teaching as a profession, you must accept the fact that your education is on going. With that said, I am now officially a student at the University of California--San Diego (UCSD). Yeah! California Teacher Credentialing Program, now requires teachers to be authorized to teach "English Learners" and in order to do that, a credentialed teacher in California must take several classes(18 qrt units) in Cultural Diversity, Language, and topics relating to Inclusion. ...

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Jury Duty, Round 2
Posted Friday, June 26, at 12:33 PM

It is very odd....but after living in southern California for just barely 6 years, I have been summoned for jury duty two times now. The first time I was excused due to my work but this time, I have yet to be excused. This time I am going into my second day of jury selection for a murder trial. I have no work to excuse me this time around and man oh man, I sure wish I did...

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Where's my map?
Posted Wednesday, May 20, at 12:27 PM

LA hasn't been that much fun lately. Could it be the new is wearing off? Maybe it's the dog days of summer already? No, since summer is not officially here yet, that seems far fetched. Let me see if I can pin point the hum drum. Well, to start with, we have 20 school days left before summer vacation. ...

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In memory of...
Posted Tuesday, April 14, at 2:30 PM

It's really a small world we live in and communities really come together when calamity hits. Just a few days ago, a friend of my son's was killed in a car accident which not only cost her, her life, but also 2 other people riding in the car with her...

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Jumping Ships
Posted Tuesday, March 17, at 8:17 AM

Last month I officially jumped ships from teaching in a private Christian school to teaching in the Los Angeles Public School District. I do not recommend doing this for many reasons but now like the old saying, hind sight is 20/20. LA County School District is the 2nd largest district in the country. ...

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Stormy times...
Posted Wednesday, February 11, at 11:54 AM

Got a call that my Dad was ill and I felt I needed to make a quick trip home, so on Monday, January 26th I left LAX airport headed for Memphis. As soon as we took off the pilot announced that our nearly 4 hour trip to Memphis would be quicker today due to a mighty tail wind of 100 miles an hour! He also mentioned that the air was rough and for us to stay seated. ...

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National Lampoon's "Laguna Vacation"
Posted Thursday, January 8, at 8:31 AM

This year my parents, my brother and his family flew out to vacation with us here in Southern Cal. Visions of National Lampoon's 'Christmas Vacation' come to mind, it's really funny when three families join together under one roof for 8 days. Six adults, 3 teenagers, a four year old and a large Labrador retriever made up our party of eleven...

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The truth about Santa Claus
Posted Monday, December 1, at 2:51 PM

After reading the following article in the Claremont Courier, I couldn't resist sharing this. The truth about Santa Claus Dear Editor: The recent controversy over Thanksgiving has been very thought provoking and we have another issue coming up. The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place soon, featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus. Before the ceremony however I think we need to ask some hard questions about Santa...

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What am I doing here?
Posted Monday, November 3, at 9:37 AM

I don't know Alisa Wilson but this provides additional perspective and questions for us to consider. She speaks for millions of worried and caring people and expresses so well the topsy turvy world we live in today. Makes me wonder what am I doing here and when can I get out?...

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