I live an hour away from a city with its share of gangs and graffiti. I have no idea if this is always an added bearing when a police officer pulls anyone over. I can't help but think it is.
The night before Easter Sunday my 24-year-old daughter was making her way to our house about 9:30 p.m. to visit. She was alone. She had already reached the California foothills not too far from a mega Indian casino. When she got to a passing lane on the two-lane highway she opened up and put…Continue
I couldn't even begin to guess if our rural foothills community has more meth than other rural communities. All I know I have seen my share in what it does to individuals. Over the last 4 or 5 years I have observed the family up the road unraveling by meth.
This family has always been on the fringes of trouble. Their now grown kids used to come down the road to visit my kids. From these visits I soon learned the make-up of this family and over the years their nearest neighbor and I…Continue
In these days of California school cutbacks, my 24-year-old daughter took on her high school cheerleading program to supplement her part-time English teaching income with no benefits. Being a cheerleading coach, is it ever worth it?
She called last evening to inform me of the eventful afternoon she had to oversee. Two junior varsity cheerleaders came to blows so bad the cops were called. Both cheerleaders were expelled from school for the rest of the year and needless to say…Continue
I am not Martha Stewart nor did I borrow the sled decorating idea from Pinterest. I am proud of this sled because I pulled it all together from my own non-home-decorator head. I have been putting sled out for years; every so often I re-wrap faux gifts in new gold paper. This sled seems a perfect answer to our rural cul de sac…Continue