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Read On: Making plans for the big night

Read On: Making plans for the big night

My beautiful and talented daughter Gabi is getting married two weeks from today. And it’s all great. She’s marrying a terrific guy with a fantastic work ethic and from top-notch stock. She’s 26. Not too young. Not too old. Nobody&...

A Word, Please: Idiom takes the wind out of proper sails

A Word, Please: Idiom takes the wind out of proper sails

They say marriage is all about give and take. Compromise. Meeting each other halfway. But to read my emails over the years, you could only conclude that marriage is about something quite different: winning. Specifically, winning arguments. More...

The Whiteboard Jungle: Test scores shouldn't be main factor in rating teachers

The Whiteboard Jungle: Test scores shouldn't be main factor in rating teachers

A lasting legacy of the “No Child Left Behind” federal legislation has been the notion of tying student test scores to teachers’ job evaluations. Due to the controversy of such an idea, school districts across the country that...

Verdugo Views: The history behind a rector at St. Mark's

Verdugo Views: The history behind a rector at St. Mark's

Virginia Parlour Young was just about ready to start school when her family moved to Glendale and her father became rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Piece of Mind: The road toward a sensible future

Piece of Mind: The road toward a sensible future

Attachments. We all form them, not only to people, pets, personal belongings and places, but also to our daily routines. Some of those bonds are vital to our happiness; some we could shed.

A Word, Please: Some rules we don't have to abide by

A Word, Please: Some rules we don't have to abide by

The essence of drama, as they say, is conflict. Comedy is no different, as every show from “The Honeymooners” to “30 Rock” proves.

Learning Matters: Praising examples of two remarkable educators

Learning Matters: Praising examples of two remarkable educators

Parents worry a lot about whether schools are adequately serving their children, and educators do, too. Given the task of instructing students who have increasingly diverse needs, teachers, counselors and administrators feel the pressure of their...

Intersections: The psychological conflict of consumerism

Intersections: The psychological conflict of consumerism

The last thing I wanted to do is get a new phone. I delayed it as long as I could. I endured my battery dying at around 50% for months. I printed out directions and maps (the old-fashioned way!) to find my way across town for meetings with friends...

Glendale PTA: Community service favored at Glendale High

Glendale High students can use the spring recess to work on community-service hours. School officials encourage students to experience at least 100 hours of community service during their four years of high school.

Read On: A new app for your best friend

Read On: A new app for your best friend

As we know, one day there will be an app for everything. Getting you into bed. Getting you out of bed. Providing companionship in bed. Eating. Breathing. Escaping from prison.

A Word, Please: There's a sound reason to use 'a' or 'an'

A Word, Please: There's a sound reason to use 'a' or 'an'

Steve in Glendale wrote to tell me about a snag he hit recently when writing about a blogger on a National Public Radio website.

The Whiteboard Jungle: People need to do right thing when accidents occur

The Whiteboard Jungle: People need to do right thing when accidents occur

Call me old-fashioned, but I’m the type of person who believes in doing the right thing. It is a philosophy that flows through the way I conduct my life, including my teaching.

Verdugo Views: Helping a Sister City relationship flower

Verdugo Views: Helping a Sister City relationship flower

Back in the days when Carroll W. Parcher was editor and publisher of the Glendale News-Press, he wrote a column, “In My Opinion,” supporting local causes and expressing his thoughts on life in this city.

Start the Presses: Spring will be a season of change

Start the Presses: Spring will be a season of change

Spring is (nearly) in the air. Besides the annual annoyance of losing an hour of sleep due to Daylight Saving Time, it’s a wonderful time to be alive.

A Word, Please: There's no use calling a word not a word

A Word, Please: There's no use calling a word not a word

If you do a Google search for the term “isn’t a word” and throw in the term “grammar” to sift out the silliness, you’ll get a lot of hits. Most of them are people saying that some word isn’t a word. Or that...

Learning Matters: Weighing in on three election day measures

Learning Matters: Weighing in on three election day measures

A few months ago, I shared information for prospective members of the Glendale Unified school board, outlining some of the realities of that office.

Intersections: The roots of tree veneration grow deep

Intersections: The roots of tree veneration grow deep

Earlier this week, I was invited to speak at an Arbor Day event organized by Glendale Beautiful at the Casa Adobe de San Rafael, the oldest home in the city of Glendale.

Read On: Getting together for a street hockey tradition

Read On: Getting together for a street hockey tradition

Well we lost another icon on Friday with the death of Leonard Nimoy, the incomparable Mr. Spock of “Star Trek” fame and by all accounts a good and decent man of real character. His looks to have been a life especially well-lived. After...

The Whiteboard Jungle: Tuition is not main hurdle for most community college students

The Whiteboard Jungle: Tuition is not main hurdle for most community college students

What does $1,400 buy nowadays? One year of cellphone service with T-Mobile, one year of television with DirecTV, or one year’s tuition at a California community college — for 60% of students, that is. The other 40% pay no tuition.

A Word, Please: Speakers shall say whatever they will

A Word, Please: Speakers shall say whatever they will

History has never been my subject, a fact I attribute to my “cut to the chase” type of thinking. In history, the chase always goes: Dude One fights Dude Two for the right to control Thing A and, when a victor emerges, everyone has to live...

Verdugo Views: Community effort helped save Whiting Woods

Verdugo Views: Community effort helped save Whiting Woods

Back in 1979, a Whiting Woods homeowner went to a Glendale City Council meeting and handed over a check for $27,000.

Glendale High Cluster PTA: R.D. White among schools marking Founders Day

Founders Day is celebrated by PTAs across the country to recognize the legacy and commitment that PTA founders had toward bettering the lives of children through education, health and safety.

Start the Presses: Getting ready for election time

Start the Presses: Getting ready for election time

Remember when I said a few months ago that I wanted to shoot for at least a 25% turnout in our local municipal elections?...

A Word, Please: An editor's effort to correct a pet peeve

A Word, Please: An editor's effort to correct a pet peeve

Did you hear the one about the guy who went onto Wikipedia and deleted 47,000 instances of the phrase “comprised of”?

Learning Matters: Clark Magnet High students shine at Eco Challenge

Learning Matters: Clark Magnet High students shine at Eco Challenge

Motivation matters in education, so what we say about why students learn is important. What students think about why they study matters even more.

Intersections: Money made off suffering and desperation

Intersections: Money made off suffering and desperation

The news of three women who pleaded guilty to smuggling Armenian nationals to the United States from Mexico brought the...

Crescenta Valley PTA: Monte Vista Elementary to hold 'Father-Daughter Dance'

Monte Vista Elementary: The school's "Father-Daughter Dance" will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the auditorium. Contact the office for more information.

Read On: It's time for a heart to heart

Read On: It's time for a heart to heart

A quick check of the calendar tells us that it’s Valentine’s Day, the day commandeered by the retail floral, chocolate and lingerie industries and designed specifically to shame men into demonstrating their love for their mate by...

The Whiteboard Jungle: Appreciating the greatness of Nat King Cole

The Whiteboard Jungle: Appreciating the greatness of Nat King Cole

One of my journalism students wrote an opinion piece lamenting the poor quality of music today when compared to 30 years ago, an unusual yet perceptive observation from someone so young. She mentioned the increasing use of Auto-Tune, a computer...

A Word, Please: An eggcorn is also known as a mondegreen

A Word, Please: An eggcorn is also known as a mondegreen

When enough people use a word wrong, eventually it becomes right. That’s how every word in the language came to be. People started using a word differently than before (read: wrong) and it caught on and at one point started being right.

Verdugo Views: Reappearing books offer a view of PTA's history

Verdugo Views: Reappearing books offer a view of PTA's history

A stack of books detailing the beginnings of Richardson D. White PTA mysteriously reappeared at the school last fall, after having been missing for many years.

A Word, Please: Left dangling, a participle can lose its logic

A Word, Please: Left dangling, a participle can lose its logic

Danglers are an extremely important language concept. Not so much for writers as for jokesters. Danglers in writing and speech don’t necessarily hurt the reader. Often the message comes across just fine despite this dreaded error.

Learning Matters: Parent participation can lead to more student success

Learning Matters: Parent participation can lead to more student success

I think it peculiar that the federal Department of Education requires schools to establish meaningful parent engagement strategies as a condition of receiving federal funds, but the California Department of Education has called into question some...

Intersections: Traffic safety falls mostly on drivers

Intersections: Traffic safety falls mostly on drivers

When you leave Los Angeles, you need to relearn how to walk again. I mean that quite literally. After spending a lifetime in traffic, trying to survive our various commutes and relying on our vehicles to take us to the corner shop that’s just...

Glendale PTA: Schools closed twice this month

Roosevelt Middle School's monthly Coffee with the Principal will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 18 in the school library. Parents can stay in touch with their children's activities and studies over a cup of morning coffee.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Measles outbreak is a sign of selfishness

The Whiteboard Jungle: Measles outbreak is a sign of selfishness

What began as a curious story of a small measles outbreak in, of all places, the so-called Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland, has stretched to nearly 100 cases across eight states and into Mexico.

Verdugo Views: Union soldier shared war stories in his 90s

Verdugo Views: Union soldier shared war stories in his 90s

These days, stories about 90-plus-year-olds living an active lifestyle are quite common. But this 90-plus-year-old was active back in the 1920s, when life expectancy wasn’t as great as nowadays.

Start the Presses: Doing our part following the money

Start the Presses: Doing our part following the money

There are three clichés in journalism. Well, main ones. The first is: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”

A Word, Please: Ten common usages mistaken for mistakes

A Word, Please: Ten common usages mistaken for mistakes

Some people just love to correct others’ grammar and usage. They know it rubs people the wrong way. But they justify it like this: “I’m doing the poor ignoramuses a favor. I’ll endure their resentment for their own good. I&...

Intersections: Coverage of the Paris carnage lacked context

Intersections: Coverage of the Paris carnage lacked context

I was in Morocco when the Paris attacks took place, prematurely tarnishing the optimism I had for 2015. Amid the sights and smells of Marrakesh — perhaps the most colorful city in the world, where you share the crowded streets with motor...

Crescenta Valley PTA: 'Walk and Talk' event to be presented weekly

A “Walk and Talk” event will be held every Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Crescenta Valley Park, 3901 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta.

Read On: Oscar acting nods show lack of diversity

Read On: Oscar acting nods show lack of diversity

I’m feeling a lot of the outrage here in Hollywood/Burbank/Glendale since Thursday’s announcement of Academy Award nominations — namely, that all 20 lead and supporting nominees in the acting categories are white for only the second...

The Whiteboard Jungle: Student's tenacity results in gig at Clippers game

The Whiteboard Jungle: Student's tenacity results in gig at Clippers game

I often encourage my student journalists not to feel fearful or intimidated when selling advertisements or speaking to adults for articles. However, it remains challenging for many of these young people to assert themselves. A small minority do...

A Word, Please: Grammar lists often forget to check the facts

A Word, Please: Grammar lists often forget to check the facts

If you search the Internet for the term “grammar mistakes,” you’ll get a lot of hits, many of them published lists that school you on the linguistic atrocities people supposedly commit every day.

Verdugo Views: The importance of the Armenian-American float

Verdugo Views: The importance of the Armenian-American float

One of my favorite ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve is by walking the streets of Pasadena. For several years now, my husband Glenn and I have made our way to Paseo Colorado for a late-afternoon movie and dinner and then a walk along the...

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