Archive for May 2016

OMG – Bob Dylan is Seventy-Five

It’s hard to believe that the man who wrote “Forever Young” is not. In fact, he’s kind of old. Seventy-five years old today. Of course, what does that say about me? I can still sing along with “Like a Rolling Stone,” and I still fear the answer to most things political is “Blowin’ in the... Read more »

My book is now available on Amazon!

Who writes her first book at age seventy? That would be me. Terribly Strange and Wonderfully Real is a collection of essays speaking to and for baby boomers, a generation transitioning to senior citizenship. My essays catalog the strangeness of turning seventy and becoming the family matriarch, coupled with the wonders of adapting to an... Read more »

Grit, Creativity, Kindness, and Love: Life Lessons from my Grandkids

Having grandkids is a blessing for many reasons. They teach me far more than I teach them. Last weekend, I visited the Indiana gang of three, and I learned once again how young children have so many important life lessons to share if we only take the time to look. Over a short weekend, I... Read more »

My Community Still Struggles to Close the Achievement Gap and Educate All of its Children

I adore Evanston. I’ve lived here for over 40 years. My kids received great educations in the public schools. Back in the day, I was an active school volunteer and even served on a couple of school district committees. And I was founding director of Cherry Preschool, located in the heart of Evanston. So I was... Read more »

How to Really Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. Parents all over the country are scrambling to buy flower, mugs, and apple-themed paraphernalia. As a former teacher and early childhood administrator, I know how important it is to let teachers know their hard work is appreciated. Especially these days when the profession is so maligned and judged. My ten-year-old granddaughter... Read more »

Cherry Preschool: Innovation in Latino Community Outreach

Cherry Preschool has a history of innovation. Over its 24 years, the school has often looked at an issue and, inspired by Robert Kennedy’s often used variation of a quote by George Bernard Shaw, has asked itself to “dream things that never were and say, why not.” Once again, the Evanston early childhood program is... Read more »