WOMEN MAKING HISTORY BEHIND BARS

        American Women inmates have now made history  by  becoming  the fastest growing prison population in America. And to boot, there are more women prisoners in America than anywhere else in the world. But when we talk Women’s History Month, we look for the upside of the…

WOMEN’S HISTORY – Mildred Goldberger Set An Example

Mildred Goldberger with Foster Child Grandmother Project She was Caltech’s First Lady arriving on the the Pasadena campus in  1978 accompanying her husband, Marvin Goldberger, who became president that year. Her prestigious duties at the world-famous scientific institution didn’t outline reaching out to people who marched to a very different beat. But Mildred…

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH- Recognizing Ordinary Women

There are so many women whose lives and contributions have demonstrated amazing courage and whose deeds influenced younger generations. How many? The list is formidable. How then do I meet the challenge of choosing who to write about? She was born in 1915 in Austin, Texas, to a 15-year-old mother…

SHOPPING CAN BE DANGEROUS

We saw a little girl tumble from the back of the shopping cart  her father was pushing and hit the concrete floor; head first. She fell from the section designed for merchandise. A younger child was in the seat, at the front of the cart designed, with a safety belt,…

DADDY TRUMP

While there are many techniques parents employ in hopes of ensuring their children grow into adulthood as productive and socially accepted citizens, President Donald Trump’s “calling out Nordstroms” on behalf of his 35-year-old daughter, Ivanka, is an example, I suppose, only the rich and powerful might consider employing. Fashion designer…

2017 INAGURATION NOTHING LIKE 2009

What a difference an innauguration makes! A friend asked me, back when she just knew Hillary was going to be elected the first woman president of the good ol’ USA, if I were going to DC for the historical occasion. In 2009, I was there for the historical ceremony swearing…

WHEN DO BLACK LIVES MATTER?

Where were they? A few weeks ago, headed home driving north from the other part of beautiful Pasadena, one of my daughters, who was in the front seat of my car spotted a small gathering of people standing on the sidewalk. They were. in front of the low-income housing units…

HATEFUL KIDS – DISENGAGED PARENTS?

  Priscilla Covington 65 year old grandmother of Brittany Covington, (Photo courtesy of Daily Mail) Granma Covington, according to the Chicago newspaper, said this about her two grandkids, 24-year-old Tanishia and 18-year-old Brittany who kidnapped and brutalized a disabled teenager: “I’m so upset, my head is about to bust open.”…

PASADENA- NOT SO ROSY AFTERALL

  The old, the new, the wise and the wide-eyed. Pasadena dazzles the world every year with its fabulous Rose Parade that moves east on Colorado Blvd, then north on Sierra Madre to its final resting place at Victory Park located in the eastern part of our majestic city.    …

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

When it comes to making Resolutions for 2017, the kids in the household ought to join in on making it a sustainable family activity. A joint effort (not talking about “pot”) for New Year’s Resolutions can bring some real accomplishments with only a small amount of age- appropriate family planning.…

LET’S BLAME SANTA

Smart-mouth kids aren’t really popular at any time of the year but something about the Christmas Season tends to bolster their ability to be obnoxious. Do their parents think they’re cute? Must be or they would snatch ‘em back to “staying in their place.” And, yes, I think children have…

TAKEN FOR A RIDE BUT NOT ON A ONE HORSE SLEIGH

http://talkaboutparenting.org/wp-content/uploads/Jingle-Bells-instrumental-lyrics.mp3 Not only will the stockings be hung by the chimney with care expecting St. Nicholas to soon be there, but so to have the price tags been hung on department store items expecting some unaware shoppers will soon be there – scooping up sale items with extra dollars to…

CHRISTMAS ON A BUDGET?

“I have a budget for my Christmas shopping!” the young woman said to her Financial Counselor in a rather irritated and demanding tone. Having a budget and staying within its limits was the sensitive topic of discussion that Ms Twenty-Something didn’t want to discuss. Long-ago statements such as “money doesn’t…