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Announcement: Shirlee’s Blog

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The Long Journey – Mental Health Month

     She told her sister that she’d danced that day for her high school counselor.      Not hardly the truth, I reasoned.      Calling the school the following day, my daughter’s counselor said not only had she danced but she had climbed on his desk to do…

Where’s My Valentine?

  • February 15, 2014
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A dozen roses. A box of chocolates. A romantic candlelight dinner. A thoughtful present wrapped with fancy red ribbon and bow.Oh, a card with clever wording that says you’re very special.What about a Valentine’s Day when the goodies don’t come your way?Will it still be Valentine’s Day?I sure hope teachers have…

Slaves Were Happy – No More, No Less

  • February 7, 2014
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America has advanced from Negro History Week to Black History Month. High school textbooks have come a long way since the time when there was no mention of slavery in them and then to a couple of paragraphs with a photo of contented-looking people picking cotton.My high school textbook said…

Ah Yesteryear

  • January 31, 2014
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There’s no longer any point in making comments on the nonsense of daily occurrences because after so many years of writing, I’ve said it all.If I were to reread any one of my columns or a blog from last year or, for that matter, 20 years ago, (but blogs weren’t…

Dr. Mom vs Arrogant Teacher

  • January 18, 2014
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Fires were raging in the foothills and the Santa Ana winds were reportedly blowing at 70 miles per hour, when the 6th grader told the teacher she was not to be on the playing field.He made her participate, anyway.  The following day Ms Mom sent a letter.  Mr Arrogant answered…

Baby Thug Snatched By Child Protective Services

  • January 11, 2014
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If you haven’t heard about Thug Baby, you don’t watch the six o’clock news. If you haven’t seen the disturbing YouTube video, now is your chance.  Just Google “Thug Baby” and you’ll have it..You’ll see a two-year-old in diapers, on camera, being drilled by people hidden from view, coaching him…

No V For Victory Just Yet

  • January 2, 2014
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“Well!” exhaled the black lady in front of me in line at the post office.“I’m just tired of S–t”, she went on to complain.As I see life, it’s our personal responsibility to reach out to a fellow sufferer, and so I did just that. With what I wanted to be…

Find A Kid

  • December 21, 2013
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Ever wonder why you, your kids and your family are doing so well? Maybe you think this statement is somewhat intrusive since I don’t really know how you or the others around you are managing. Well, you’re right to question my making these assumptions. And you’re right if you’re thinking…

White Boy Kills Four, Injures Many, Gets Probation

  • December 13, 2013
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Sixteen-year-old Ethan Couch,  while driving his wealthy dad’s truck home from a party he had attended, and with a blood alcohol level 3 times above the legal limit,  slammed into a group of people on the side of the road,  killing them instantly and also injuring several passengers  who were…

Who is Myrna Raeder?

  • November 23, 2013
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College?  Every hand in the room goes up when the question is asked.Locked up behind bars? No hands.In every parenting class that I conduct for incarcerated moms at the California Institution for Women in Chino, CA, I ask these two questions.Without fail, every mom in attendance wants the best for…

Calling the DCFS Hotline? You Didn’t Read it Here!

  • November 17, 2013
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The headstrong young teenager didn’t believe his mom when she laid down the rules for the time he had to come home at night.Now, in all honesty, this kid isn’t too much different than others his age, as the teenage years are a time when they all too often tend…

Microwaves and Frying Pans

  • November 8, 2013
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Charlie Sheen’s twins are only 4-year-olds, and they are out of control.  Then there’s the overweight 16-year-old who beat his mom to death with a frying pan and attacked his father a few hours later. Oh, and I didn’t get around to writing about the mother who put her baby…

The Kids Are Kicking Out The Klassics

  • October 18, 2013
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VERDUGO YOUNG MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION TO PERFORM AT BENEFIT EVENTThe Verdugo Young Musicians Association (VYMA) works  to transform young lives through music, using both free and tuition-based after-school high-level music education programs where young musicians discover the dedication, teamwork and joy of making music together while enhancing their musical skills and…


  • October 11, 2013
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Amongst other complaints that I heard from a young teenager about his family life was the disgrace he felt having to wear “hand-me-down” clothes.Oh, if he were just the older brother.  All of his clothes, I think he called them something else, but for the sake of old-timers reading this…