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Verdugo Views: Part of the excitement as history unfolds

Verdugo Views: Part of the excitement as history unfolds

This past week has been a remarkable one, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

A Word, Please: Being an expert is all well and good

A Word, Please: Being an expert is all well and good

When someone asks how you’re doing, can you respond “I am good”? Or is the only correct form “I am well”? And why?

Read On: Dying is way past the epidemic stage

Read On: Dying is way past the epidemic stage

I think it probably hit me while I was reading a post from a Facebook friend who shared that she'd been away from social media for a while because, well, her gallbladder had burst a few weeks before, she'd been rushed into surgery — and she...

Start the Presses: Making a few political predictions

Start the Presses: Making a few political predictions

Election season is over, but the sad detritus of failed campaigns remain along the boulevards and byways of our lovely cities and, if history is any guide, will be there until at least mid-summer.

A Word, Please: Admiration and helpful hints for salespeople

A Word, Please: Admiration and helpful hints for salespeople

Once upon a time, in another life now recalled only in nightmares, I was a salesperson. My longest-held position (which I didn’t hold for long) required me to go door-to-door in office complexes trying to get companies to change their long-...

Learning Matters: New novel focuses on Armenian Genocide's aftermath

Learning Matters: New novel focuses on Armenian Genocide's aftermath

I received an email recently from a publicist asking if I intended to write a column about the Armenian Genocide. If so, would I be interested in meeting an author who was coming to town on a book tour?

Intersections: History is the seed of an expanding identity

Intersections: History is the seed of an expanding identity

There was a time when I ran away from my Armenian-ness. I didn’t want it. I was determined to be on the other side of the room. I guess this is the normal thought process of any immigrant child — a process I have written about extensively...

The Whiteboard Jungle: When a person's words become someone else's

The Whiteboard Jungle: When a person's words become someone else's

"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Screenwriters James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck wrote this famous line for the John Ford-directed 1962 film "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence," starring John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart.

A Word, Please: There's a thin line between right and wrong

A Word, Please: There's a thin line between right and wrong

Like everyone who lives in Los Angeles County, I've spent the last several weeks picturing myself in a jury selection pool for the Robert Durst trial.

Verdugo Views: Following her connection

Verdugo Views: Following her connection

Several years ago, I went on a search for my Mennonite roots. My sister and I joined a group traveling to the Ukraine, following the path my pacifist forefathers took to escape persecution for their religious beliefs.

Glendale Cluster PTA: Mark your calendars for these two events

A delicious way to help support children and youth with medical and dental services is to attend Glendale Healthy Kids' Taste of Downtown Glendale from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 29. Tickets are $25 for adults ($30 to add wine) and $10 for children....

Start the Presses: A last chat before the election

Start the Presses: A last chat before the election

Election day in Glendale is nearly upon us. Tuesday means it’s time to boogie down to your polling station and make your choices.

A Word, Please: Some commas can give an editor pause

A Word, Please: Some commas can give an editor pause

A lot of people are taught that a comma goes anywhere you want to indicate a pause. On the surface, that system appears to work out fine. Commas often do just that. But not always.

Learning Matters: Taking a look at news in 1955 and now

Learning Matters: Taking a look at news in 1955 and now

While researching an upcoming column, I’ve been spending some time at the Central Library. Looking through old city directories in the Special Collections room and viewing microfilm of the Glendale News-Press, circa 1955 (it was a bigger...

Intersections: The Queen of Tejano made being multicultural OK

Intersections: The Queen of Tejano made being multicultural OK

Maybe it was her hair, that thick, overbearing black mane curled to perfection that made my own wild hair easier to deal with, her colorful and often risque fashion sense that set her apart from everyone else and had me enamored, or how she...

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.

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