35 Real-Life Cooking Tips For The New Grad (Or Any Other Inept Chef)

You are going to probably mess a lot of things up. It's June. Some of us will be graduating from things (high school, college, med school, from the size 1 Diva Cup to size 2, whatever). As we move ahead in life, some people will need some help in the kitchen.Also, some people just need help in the kitchen regardless.I present: all the crap I learned by screwing things up in the kitchen....more

Graduation Advice for High School (and Beyond)

Today my 14-year-old graduated and the school celebrated with a “Middle Mem ...more

Pithy Notes for the 2016 Graduate (or your Mama)

So I’ve grabbed you with my pithy headline. Not so much? Likely I’ve attracted your 50-plus mother. She’s reading with pink rhinestone readers she bought at Costco. She sat next to me — stifling hot in a black mortarboard and gown — on a humid May day in 1979.Like your mom, I’ll never give a commencement speech. So, I’m weighing in 37 years after my college graduation.Dear Graduates:...more

DIY Graduation Diploma Menu

Learn how to make a fun Graduation Menu. www.ginatepper.comwww.youtube.com/giftdecorating ...more

A reader asks: "What kind of job can I get with this degree?"

It is commonly thought that the whole purpose of going to college is to get a job. The path in life is supposed to go like this: we’re born, we go to school so that we can learn, we learn so that we can get into college, we go to college so we can get a job, we get a job so that we can make money, we earn money so we can have a family and start the cycle all over again....more

Learning to Live Away From Your Friends After Graduation

College is a bubble—it protects you from the real world in many different ways. Opportunities to get involved, to explore new subjects, to learn useful skills, or to meet really unique and interesting people, are practically thrown at you. In the bubble it’s easy to make friends—and stay friends—with the people around you. However, once college ends, you and your friends will burst out of that bubble and find yourselves doing very different things in very different places, oftentimes with a lot of distance in between....more

The Graduation

I remember the first day of schoolHow excited you were and oh so coolWe headed on out, wondering what was in storeAnd realized quick that school was something you’d adoreYou learned a lot, SO MUCH, it’s trueLetters and numbers, Dinosaurs too!...more

5 Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me at Graduation

Over the weekend, I attended Sacramento State's Arts and Letters graduation ceremony. It was my first time on the faculty side and it surprised me how much fun I had watching so many of my students walk across the stage.I loved that the Communication Studies faculty lined the center aisle and shook hands and/or hugged every one of our graduates. (Next time, I might implement a High-Five policy because my hand is still sore from hundreds of shakes.)...more
@hazzeltoz I would love, love, love that!more

6 years

6 years.  He has spent 6 years in elementary school.  He went in as a little boy.  Scared to go to "big school".  Shy.  Not sure about it all.  About all those rules.  And writing.  And learning.And now?He graduated 5th grade.HE GRADUATED 5TH GRADE!I didn't embarrass him by crying.  I 'might' have passed a tear, but kept it under wraps.This kid is generous, kind, witty.He's a scientist, thinker, dreamer.He complains about the things he has NO interest in.  Repeatedly....more

How to Survive a Graduation With Kids

We've all been there......more
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