Columns

Intersections: Life in the time of grief and the kindness of strangers

Intersections: Life in the time of grief and the kindness of strangers

A few months ago, my grandmother passed away. It was a slow, agonizing end, one of those things that began with a trip to the hospital and only became progressively worse as the months wore on. In some ways, she knew that once she went in, she...

A Word, Please: Some words have a certain kind of class

A Word, Please: Some words have a certain kind of class

Recently, I mentioned in a column that adverbs aren’t just those “ly” words that modify verbs. They’re a much larger group, including words that answer the questions “when,” “where” and “in what...

The Whiteboard Jungle: Using 'time off' to an advantage

The Whiteboard Jungle: Using 'time off' to an advantage

“Teachers have so much time off” is an often repeated sentiment among noneducators.

Verdugo Views: Glendale's low rent drew these Mormons south

Verdugo Views: Glendale's low rent drew these Mormons south

In the late 1920s, Kent Gardiner's grandparents, George and Emma Scholl, decided to relocate from expensive San Francisco. They chose to move to Glendale because of its lower housing prices.

Start the Presses: With love from Santa Clarita

Start the Presses: With love from Santa Clarita

Few talk about it and fewer know what it means: Glendale employees generally do not live in the city they serve, a figure that...

A Word, Please: Web mistakes are an everyday occurrence

A Word, Please: Web mistakes are an everyday occurrence

It’s not every day that I pick on others’ language errors. Regular readers of this column know that, on the contrary, I think criticizing another person’s grammar or usage is misguided. Worse, nine times out of 10 the would-be...

Learning Matters: Making the most of the summer break

Learning Matters: Making the most of the summer break

Local school summers are shorter than they used to be. With graduations just more than a month past, the 2014-15 school year is just one month away. The current instructional calendar lines up better with Advanced Placement testing and many summer...

Intersections: Sweetness bears fruit in an ancient land

Intersections: Sweetness bears fruit in an ancient land

In the summer in Armenia, fruit is a part of my daily life. I think about how it tastes, how long it lasts, where the best open air markets are located across the city to acquire the freshest of berries and apricots, and how many varieties of...

Start the Presses: Crafted morality at Hobby Lobby

Start the Presses: Crafted morality at Hobby Lobby

The old Orchard Supply Hardware in Burbank sits half a mile from my former home on Reese Place. Despite its convenient location, it never failed to have more than half of what I needed for any project, forcing me to trudge another couple miles to the...

Read On: Sharing my advice on life

Read On: Sharing my advice on life

So it's the day after the Fourth of July — the Fifth, according to my unofficial calculations — and so you might say I've got numbers on my mind. I'm also in a kind of reflective mood because, you know, it's America's birthday weekend and...

A Word, Please: Narrowing down what really matters

A Word, Please: Narrowing down what really matters

One of the most interesting questions I’ve gotten recently was from a colleague who had come across the phrase “one of the living writers who really matter.”

The Whiteboard Jungle: A chat with 'Leave it to Beaver' star

The Whiteboard Jungle: A chat with 'Leave it to Beaver' star

Bringing up decent children in a sometimes indecent world is challenging for both parents and teachers.

Verdugo Views: Column about Jackson Bowl was up their alley

Verdugo Views: Column about Jackson Bowl was up their alley

Two men who grew up in Glendale read a recent Verdugo Views about Jackson Bowl, and both wrote to say they had youthful connections to the bowling alley.

Start the Presses: Utility players on the council

Start the Presses: Utility players on the council

The Burbank City Council has no clothes.

A Word, Please: A certain prefix is driving her coconuts

A Word, Please: A certain prefix is driving her coconuts

Sometimes I think the people behind punctuation rules are co-conspirators in a plot to drive us insane. Then I realize they could be coconspirators. That’s when I know their plot has succeeded.

Learning Matters: Return to PTA emphasizes big changes

Learning Matters: Return to PTA emphasizes big changes

Nearly 27 years have passed since our daughter started kindergarten at John Muir Elementary and I first served on the board of a PTA. The last time I held a PTA office was when our youngest was still in middle school, 10 years ago — until now.

Intersections: Reflections on a return to the homeland

Intersections: Reflections on a return to the homeland

After three years away, I am back in Armenia, writing to you from a fourth-floor balcony overlooking a city perpetually caught between East and West.

Read On: A less expensive branding campaign

Read On: A less expensive branding campaign

Let’s go back for a moment to November 2011. The city of Glendale had just announced a new marketing/branding campaign designed to spruce up the city’s bland ’n boring image for good. It had committed $1 million to this task and...

A Word, Please: Your conversations may be in a subjunctive mood

A Word, Please: Your conversations may be in a subjunctive mood

One of my favorite things about the subjunctive is that people who know nothing about it — who've never even heard the term — use it with great skill all the time.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Mayor should hold himself to higher standard

The Whiteboard Jungle: Mayor should hold himself to higher standard

When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared “this is a big f—in’ day” while holding up a bottle of beer on live television at Monday’s rally celebrating the Los Angeles Kings winning the National Hockey League’...

Verdugo Views: Tiny stone house played a big part in CV history

Verdugo Views: Tiny stone house played a big part in CV history

Italian immigrants Tommaso and Josephine Bonetto bought acreage in the still-wide-open Crescenta Valley in 1905 and with their two small sons, Bart and Tom, moved into a tiny one-room, stone house already on the property.

Start the Presses: An interesting week in gender issues

Start the Presses: An interesting week in gender issues

This has been a fascinating week, gender wise. First, Glendale resumed its women's self-defense class...

A Word, Please: It's easy to waste time on false grammar rules

A Word, Please: It's easy to waste time on false grammar rules

I graduated from college not knowing what money is, how a computer works or the meaning of the word "adverb."

Learning Matters: Kudos to workers trying to close the gap

Learning Matters: Kudos to workers trying to close the gap

It seems wherever I go in the realms of education and career, I'm being urged to "mind the gap."

Intersections: Reality has very little to do with 'Glendale Life'

Intersections: Reality has very little to do with 'Glendale Life'

The most asked question in the Armenian-American diaspora for the last few weeks has unequivocally been this one: “Did you see the trailer for ‘Glendale Life?’”

 Read On: A nation held hostage by gun nuts

Read On: A nation held hostage by gun nuts

There are only three sure things in life: Death, taxes, and that if you say anything negative about guns in any context anywhere, there will be hell to pay from those who are particularly passionate in their support.

A Word, Please: There are people who have a problem with that

A Word, Please: There are people who have a problem with that

People. People who need people. They’re the luckiest people in the world, according to some people. But according to other people, it’s not the people who need people, but the people “that” need people who win.

 The Whiteboard Jungle: Writers may be happy to hear from you

The Whiteboard Jungle: Writers may be happy to hear from you

This fall, when my students study "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," it won't be the same due to the passing of Maya Angelou last week.

Verdugo Views: The misadventure of the 'Adventures in Fantasy' float

Verdugo Views: The misadventure of the 'Adventures in Fantasy' float

A huge crowd, estimated at 1.5 million, watched Glendale’s 1959 Sweepstakes award-winning float — which had just collided with another float — make its way down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses parade.

Start the Presses: Elliot Rodger, Burbank guns and the Glendale Gun Show

Start the Presses: Elliot Rodger, Burbank guns and the Glendale Gun Show

About a year ago, the Glendale City Council moved to ban gun shows on public property, shelving the decades-old confab at the Civic Auditorium.

Glendale PTA: Ceremonies mark the end of the school year

Glendale PTA: Ceremonies mark the end of the school year

The last day of school in the Glendale Unified School District, including graduation and promotion ceremonies, is June 3.

A Word, Please: Avoiding 'whom' might be best way to go

A Word, Please: Avoiding 'whom' might be best way to go

I fielded a question recently about one of my favorite subjects: “whomever.”

Learning Matters: GCC choir provides a fun outlet

Learning Matters: GCC choir provides a fun outlet

I have written and spoken many times — including in this column last September — about the academic and social benefits of music education for children. Learning to read music is learning a new symbolic language. Learning rhythms is an...

Read On: Phone becomes international traveler

Read On: Phone becomes international traveler

We were somewhere in Burbank last month when my phone disappeared. One minute it was on the store counter. The next, it was gone. You know how it is. Poof.

A Word, Please: The multipurpose apostrophe rarely forms plurals

A Word, Please: The multipurpose apostrophe rarely forms plurals

I fielded a question recently about "minding your p's and q's." I had used that expression in a column a few weeks ago, and it prompted an email from a reader named Christine who was curious about those apostrophes.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Where are the voices against pot legalization?

The Whiteboard Jungle: Where are the voices against pot legalization?

The latest Pew Research Center poll shows that 54% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana.

Verdugo Views: H.S. Webb and his store grew with Glendale

Verdugo Views: H.S. Webb and his store grew with Glendale

Harry S. Webb founded Webb’s Department Store in 1917 with a loan from his mother.

Start the Presses: Let us know about your local happenings

Start the Presses: Let us know about your local happenings

As I have mentioned in this space before, a community paper should — first, foremost and always — be about the people who live here, those humans that make it such a unique and special place.

A Word, Please: Capitalization doesn't always follow the rules

A Word, Please: Capitalization doesn't always follow the rules

If I were to write that the Beatles were a great band, would you that give you pause? That is, would you notice anything funny about how I've written the band's name?

Learning Matters: Educate yourself about end-of-life issues

Learning Matters: Educate yourself about end-of-life issues

I spend a lot of column space writing about the Common Core Curriculum and preparing our students for their future. But what about preparing them for ours?

Intersections: The Crest won't stay a secret for long

Intersections: The Crest won't stay a secret for long

They’ve come from Paris, from London, from New Mexico, Austin and Portland, trekking up these wild hills hidden away in the crevices of Los Angeles, into this suburban small-town extension not exactly known for attracting outsiders, where the...

A Word, Please: The right and wrong of adverbs and hyphens

A Word, Please: The right and wrong of adverbs and hyphens

Good questions have been piling up in my inbox lately. Ed in Albany, N.Y., had a question about a recent column in which I mentioned people “who just won’t stop using the word ‘over’ wrong.”

The Whiteboard Jungle: Recognize teachers every day of the year

The Whiteboard Jungle: Recognize teachers every day of the year

May is “thank your local teacher” month: Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5 through 9), National Teacher Day (May 6) and California’s Day of the Teacher (May 14).

Verdugo Views: A call to Japan makes history

Verdugo Views: A call to Japan makes history

Fifty years ago this week, a momentous phone call connected Glendale's Field Elementary with an elementary school in our Japanese Sister City of Hiraoka.

Start the Presses: Putting the boards' ideas to work

Start the Presses: Putting the boards' ideas to work

In the wake of the discussions by the Community Advisory Boards for the Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press, I want to announce a number of adjustments and tweaks to our offerings and features.

A Word, Please: To compare one preposition with another

A Word, Please: To compare one preposition with another

Twice in the past week, people have asked me about “compare to” and “compare with.” What’s the difference, they wondered. How do you know which one to use?

Learning Matters: VW Dads' Club gears up for 'Fathers' Follies'

Learning Matters: VW Dads' Club gears up for 'Fathers' Follies'

It's May, the month for celebrating Mother's Day, Teachers Appreciation Day and Classified Staff Appreciation Day.

Intersections: Put on edge by the Santa Ana winds

Intersections: Put on edge by the Santa Ana winds

The floor was covered with shattered glass from the patio table. The mangled umbrella was halfway in a pool filled to the brim with leaves and debris.

Read On: The cost of staying in a yurt

Read On: The cost of staying in a yurt

Sometimes, it just doesn’t pay to leave Burbank or Glendale. Once you’re outside those city limits, all bets are off. People behave in odd and confounding ways. It’s a jungle out there, baby! Always remember that.

A Word, Please: The upsides and drawbacks of spell-checker

A Word, Please: The upsides and drawbacks of spell-checker

I got an email recently from a reader whose spell-checker flagged the word “uninvolved” as an error.

Advertisement
Advertisement