The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

No, it's not Christmas; it's back-to-school time!I have always loved back-to-school time but as I’ve gotten older my reasons for loving it have changed.When I was a kid I loved shopping for supplies and buying new fall clothes. I still get the itch to buy a nubby sweater in mid-August just so I have something new for school. And, of course, I loved buying school supplies because there is nothing better than a brand new box of 64 Crayola crayons. (Burnt Sienna and Periwinkle will always have a special place in my heart)....more

The Pooh family …

When the girls were little, they used to like Winnie the Pooh shows. Now, come to think about of it, it was me who liked it so much. I had their rooms decorated with Winnie the Pooh borders, and their crib filled with Pooh decorations. So, naturally they grew to like it. We liked it to the point that we had literally transformed the characters to each one of us in the family ......more
My  bro-in-law suggested in FB. that I should consider "Christopher Robin." I thought it is a ...more

Story time …

Who doesn’t like story time? I remember my dad used to retell the story that he read in the newspaper to my mom. I sometimes, stuck around and eaves dropped their conversation. It gave me warm and fuzzy feeling. –Yes, my father was very attentive, sweet, thoughtful and unselfish person and my mom is such a lucky woman. Our household started the custom of story time ever since Pepper ...

A cosmetic line for 8 – 14, or so called, the ‘tween?’

You got to be kidding me? A cosmetic line for 8 to 14 years old… wow… I am dumfounded.  --courtesy of Okay. Let’s set thing straight. I understand occasionally they do need makeover for a good reason....more

sky is the limit ...or is it?

At one of my high school reunion, I was asked to give some meaningful advices to the current high-schoolers then. So, inevitably at the end of my speech, I said, “Aim high and you can do it!” I am one of those who believe in goals. Without goals, I feel like I am driving in circle without any destination. Without goals, I feel like I am doing things that never end. Without goals, I feel like I am in a limbo state. I believe for an individual to be successful, a goal needs to be set and aim as high as one could....more
What prompted me to write this blog was my fourteen year old, Pepper, came to me the other day ...more

Perfect to me ...

"A penny for my thoughts, Oh no, I'll sell em' for a dollar They're worth so much more after I'm a goner and maybe then you'll hear the words I've been singing ...more
I found this article ... Cupertino residents may remember the suicide of a Monta Vista High ...more


we have all at one point or another had to "divorce" our best friend, for me that occassion happened about two months ago. the things that drew me to her ended up being the things that inevitably caused me to seperate myself from her. we had known eachother when we worked in the same place 18 years ago and though i thought she was annoying at first it was 10 years later that we actually crossed paths again. we had both gone through some things that put us in the same anger management class, domestic violence being the common issue....more

Five Conversations to Have Before the Prom

  As prom approaches, lots of planning is already underway. Not just by the prom committee, but by each and every student who aspires to go. We parents are bracing ourselves for all of the drama and expense. But in addition to bracing ourselves, if we are smart, we will be taking an active role so as to nip both the drama and the expense in their little buds! ...more

My Pleasure, Toy With Me!

I am just on the other side of the first prom for my youngest ...more