Kids in the Canyon

Our Topanga Community Center

What costs less than thirty cents a day and gives us 365 days of fun and community? Our beloved Topanga Community Center! The history of our Topanga Community Center (TCC) is well…

The Thing About Topanga…

I recently spent a balmy Friday evening at the Topanga Community Center, coaxed out of my solitude at home into the warm embrace of community. I was encouraged to join Deb Silbar’s…

What’s New?

Last year was a tumultuous year in education filled with teacher strikes, student protests and lots of Red for Ed. This year we in Los Angeles, begin by moving forward to positive…

The Path to No

Parenthood is not for the faint of heart, and though we strive to focus on the positive and to practice gratitude, raising children has many paths leading to a variety of outcomes.…

Positive Changes for Education

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” -Nelson Mandela On June 27, Governor Gavin Newsom signed his state budget for…

An Independent Summer

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men* are created equal,  that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,  that among these are Life, Liberty and the…

Releasing the Butterflies

They arrive in August, these small humans who have only been on this Earth for four or five short years. They are silly, curious and full of wonder, spouting words of wisdom…

Once Upon a Time

In my TK/Kindergarten classroom, as I was introducing different versions of common fairy tales and folktales to the children, I realized the stories offer a comprehensible way to look at life. Most…

Badges of Parenthood

The 2019 college bribery scandal is perhaps the most blatant evidence of the lengths to which parents will go to ensure their children are admitted to the most prestigious colleges and universities…

Big Fish to Fry

This year, so far, has been a big one for education, beginning with the LAUSD teachers’ strike. We teachers have gone through a lot. Our world of education is constantly changing and…