Female Circumcision in a Different Light

“All three of her daughters are circumcised” my mother gossiped while sipping her chai. I did not know what to make of what she had just told me, so I calmly asked, “what about you?” She nodded her head matter-of-factly,...

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Little Foodies

It was a warm day, so driving to Santa Monica was a relief. Mid-city Los Angeles can get sticky and muggy, but on the west side, the ocean sweeps through to cool you down. It reminds me of when I...

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Fathers Critical to Children’s Development and Success

Last Sunday was Father’s Day, that annual holiday celebrating Dad with goofy ties, “Master Griller” t-shirts, and honey-do jokes. In contrast to the reverance with which we celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day has an undertone of benign tolerance for the...

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A Future Afloat

Invention as a Child of Necessity We all have seen Waterworld. I mean … haven’t we? I saw it in theaters when I was 18 years old and that was the first and last time I saw Waterworld. Some things...

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Paul Tough: The Building of Character

If I were to summarize Paul Tough’s California Endowment speech, Why Some Children Succeed While Others Lose Their Way — based on his book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character — in a few...

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Mother’s Day

What do the countries of Fiji, Bonaire, Germany and the United States along with more than eighty other countries have in common during the month of May? During this month, all usual activities will be suspended for a day as...

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