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Our summer road trip through mask-free red states

My family decided to hit the open road the second that school let out. After having spent the majority of the year on Zoom,...

It’s almost summer. Are you ready for the big return to “normal”?

I was going to write about burnout…but, guess what? Life’s just too good right now. The energy shift is almost palpable, even just in...

The world is still uncertain: How do we deal?

Let me just start by saying how thrilling it is that every single person I know is vaccinated. Though this is true, the life...

Milpitas Library: My family’s journey through the phased re-opening (yes, it’s OPEN!)

Milpitas Library is my family’s absolute favorite place in the community -- well-organized, friendly staff, and great programs. What’s not to love? The first...

Beverly Cleary books brought joy to my family during a hard year

Beverly Cleary has meant the world to my children and I during the coronavirus pandemic. My own mother, who lives far from my family,...

When it comes to in-person learning, there’s no good answer

I was told that on April 1st, Milpitas public schools would be opening up…and fittingly, given the date of the reopening, it’s feeling like...

Happy Pandemic Anniversary: A Year in Review

It’s finally here! The day we’ve all been waiting for: the one-year anniversary of pandemic bliss! Here are a few highlights from the best...

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Tips on communicating with someone who has recovered from an eating disorder

"How's your new diet going?" I hear one woman ask another at the playground.  "It's hard. I've been eating the shakes and the bars. So...

This Valentine’s Day, let go of expectations

 My dad’s carelessness drove my mother crazy. Without fail, each time he would leave the house (giving himself not a moment to spare), he...

A new way of connecting with students during virtual learning

A recent survey asked students what would be most helpful to their learning during the pandemic. Nearly two-thirds agreed that more interaction with teachers...

Everybody Can Be Talented

“What a great writer!” I remember my second-grade teacher praising me for my daily journal. I must be really good at this, I thought....

A worthwhile New Year’s resolution: Let go of guilt and shame

  There’s a pair of best friends that can always be found together. They go by the names of Guilt and Shame. Some of their...

We will get through these lonely days

Have you ever eaten a tiny piece of raw chicken just to see if your body could take it? Driven with your eyes closed...

The eternal importance of speaking truth to power

It was in 1969 or 1970. I was in Junior College. I was a volunteer in The College Readiness program, an on-campus effort to...

Are the holidays making you want to reach for a drink?

“I don’t know if there’ll be snow, so have a cup of cheer.”  Ah, yes. The “cup of cheer.” If you’re like many Americans, you’ve...

A heart of Thanksgiving

It was during the third trimester of my second and most challenging pregnancy when the “gratitude journal” craze started to spread online. Back then I...

America! We forgot to complain about Daylight Savings!

Every year around this time I look forward to the passionate complaining of friends and family about the unnecessariness of California’s participation in daylight...

Proposed VTA cuts will harm essential workers, students, and seniors

As a high school student who hasn’t experienced being packed like a sardine with other children on the bus to school for over half...

How COVID-19 has shaped our Milpitas city experiences

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes, but one that doesn’t usually come to mind is the shift in the way we interact...

Staying inspired in pandemic times

We all know the old saying “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” But, what...

The importance of voting as a Muslim woman

Women’s suffrage has come a long way, but it’s still shocking to accept the fact that women could not vote in every country that...

Stand by your man: a suggestion for America

Ah, the long-term romantic relationship – I’m not talking about seeing a guy or girl from Tinder three times in a row…I’m talking one...

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