Reality of the Dreaded Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf. The phrase that strikes dread into the hearts of so many, while eliciting utter glee from others (of a much younger age). You know the type ....more

And What Would You Like For Christmas

Santa: Have you been good boys this year? Search: Well, um, I’d like to be on the Nice list, please ....more

Lockdown Comprehension: A Review

Scene: After school discussing the active shooter lockdown “Run, Hide and Defend Drill” at the elementary school. Search: We built a fort and then we hid behind the table and put chairs in front of the door. Destroy: All of us hided in the bathroom ....more

Only Slightly Concussed, Again

The phone rang. I knew that number. It was the muppets’ elementary school ....more

Prematurely Down the Rabbit Hole

The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down what seemed to be a very deep well. November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Because premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death worldwide ....more

Happy Halloween: Disguises through the years (2015 Edition)

Another year, another adorable terrible twosome. “Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing.” And so, Autobots Optimus Prime and Bumblebee took to the streets of San Jose sending a message to all other transformers: They are here. They are waiting ....more

Uncle John’s Journey to Blue Jay

California is renowned for its Indian Summers. As the season wanes, warm weather persists – perfect for an afternoon out on the lake with friends and family. The Welker family spent many summers in Lake Gregory, a small town in the San Bernardino Mountains ....more

Disney – Teenage Saga of Angst

Ever wonder if Cinderella was exaggerating her tale of woe because she was a teenager. Before we go our merry way villianizing stepmothers and portraying sea witches as bitches – have we taken a moment to look at things from another’s perspective? It’s hard to be a teenager, especially in a culture of mean girl subtle bullying ....more

School’s Back in Session: May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor

Picture is worth 1,000 words. Kindergarten. Appearing as adorable tiny tots to those who have been there, done that, and a momentous milestone for parents who once thought they’d have to grant NICU privileges to a high school math tutor ....more

A Short Story – The California Drought, Day 1,643

Once lush green stalks of tall grass glowed an angry red, as though they had been sunburned instead of merely water deprived. I always presumed I would see plumes of yellow during the deep dog-days of summer, as the plants prepared for winter and reminded me to take hay fever medication. It was, after all, almost August ....more