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The Privilege of Play

Published in the Coastal View News

Has kindergarten changed? In last month’s Coastal View News, columnist Melinda Wittwer asked, “Has kindergarten changed that much?” She is in good company asking that question.


Helicopters…and Lawnmowers?

Published in the Coastal View News

We all want the best for kids–our own, our neighbors’, other people’s, those across the oceans. Our little ones are our hope for the future. So what we do as parents, as neighbors, as the village to nurture kids best?


Data Supports the Saying

villagePublished in the Coastal View News

“It takes a village to raise a child.” Generally attributed as an African proverb, the adage, according to Wikipedia, could have evolved from a regional saying that translates to “a child does not grow up only in a single home” or another that advises that a child’s upbringing belongs to the community.


Time for Gratitude

timePublished in the Coastal View News

I saw it on Facebook so must be true: “It’s not happy people who are thankful; it’s thankful people who are happy.” I gave it a second read; it does ring true. Being thankful, or grateful, is a state of mind and choice.