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After Newtown: Holding Them Close

After Newtown: Holding Them Close

By on Dec 17, 2012 in Current Events, Mom Life | 5 comments

Friday was a minimum day at my daughter’s school, as she wrapped a week of finals before the annual holiday break. I usually bitch and moan about having to quit work at 12:00 to drive to school and get her, but not this time. By then, I knew what had happened in Newtown, and I could not wait to see my kid and hold her close — which has been my...

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Breakfast with a Beatle

Breakfast with a Beatle

By on Dec 14, 2012 in Blather, Original Blogsta | 0 comments

The Beatles were in the news this week, with Paul McCartney headlining the 12-12-12 concert benefiting victims of Hurricane Sandy. And last weekend was the anniversary of the death of John Lennon. So I was reminded of this post I wrote back in 2005, describing my meeting with another member of the seminal band of my youth. It’s obvious that you guys love the...

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Christmas Time for the Jews

By on Dec 12, 2012 in Mom Life | 6 comments

Each December, we meet our friends Debbie and Tim for dinner at Rosti, followed by a trip to Tapia Brothers to get our Christmas trees. We’ve got 10 years of photos of our girls frolicking around the big prop tractor and real live farm animals. It is a holiday tradition for our mixed-religion nuclear family living in a city without anyone else to rely on. I...

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The Night My Kid Met Betty White

The Night My Kid Met Betty White

By on Dec 11, 2012 in Celebrities, SoCal Life | 5 comments

Betty White is a national treasure. My 16-year-old daughter has loved Betty ever since she stole “The Proposal” from Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Thanks to that movie, a whole new generation fell in love with the sweet and salty persona that have made her America’s grandmother. As a child of the 1960s, I was already a fan. Betty White has been...

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Cardiff and London, 2003: Earliest Posts at SoCal Mom

Cardiff and London, 2003: Earliest Posts at SoCal Mom

By on Dec 7, 2012 in Cardiff, Original Blogsta, Travel | 11 comments

Why am I posting old photos of Cardiff and London today? Because today marks NINE years of writing SoCal Mom! The launch of this new site is one way I’m commemorating my “blogiversary,” especially as I speed to to the decade mark. (What do you get a blogger for her tenth blogiversary? You have a year to figure it out!) Over the next year,...

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