School Rule: No Kids Left Behind

When I was a child, we didn’t have a school rule requiring parents to designate student emergency contacts.  If our parents weren’t available to pick us up from school, we simply waited in the nurse’s office until they were.I once waited the entire day.  By the time my mom finally showed up, my stomach flu had passed....more

A Banker’s Garden Yields a High Return

When my husband, Chris, developed a passion for gardening, I was surprised.I never thought of him as the gardening type.  I thought of him more as the Gordon Gekko, “I don’t throw darts at a board – I bet on sure things,” type....more

No Cracks or Cleavage: School Dress Code Changes Views

     Some school administrators are giving increasing attention to cracks (not the kind in the school system)....more

My Parents Ate My Homework

It’s back to school time and you know what that means—conquering that immense stack of school forms before it conquers you.Schools say they are going green and then send home volunteer forms, medical forms, and forms on how to fill out forms....more

The Neighborhood Bitch

During a recent visit to my parents house in L.A., I strolled through my old neighborhood and brooded over my mom’s declining health, the challenges my dad faced as her caretaker...more

Oy Vegas!

What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas—unless you have caller ID. It was a Wednesday afternoon when I received the suspicious phone call.  The phone number wasn’t familiar.  And neither was the perky voice attached to it.  ...more