Category Archives: Education

Questionable Children’s Books

I recently learned that not all children’s books are as wholesome as you might think.  Here are a few we came across in the past week that are so off-the-wall crazy that I had to share. 

From "Curious George Gets a Job."

From "Dinosaurs Divorce."


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The Ground is Shaking. What to Do?

I’m not gonna lie, my disaster preparedness plan is flacid to say the least.  But the earth has been moving more than usual as of late, so it is high time to get a plan in place.

This article from the North County Times, offers an excellent refresher on proper earthquake safety protocol.


Drop, cover and hold on. Do not run outside. And forget about standing in a doorway.

The region’s been jiggling a lot recently —- including a 4.0 magnitude temblor on the Imperial County line Thursday morning, just one of hundreds of aftershocks from the large Easter quake centered near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Confused and potentially risky reactions to the recent quakes, especially the bigger ones, reveal that plenty of people still need to brush up on earthquake safety, said emergency services personnel and quake experts recently.

Full story here.


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I Really Messed My Blog Up … Help

Type A ... #FAIL

I’ll never claim to be a tech guru … and by the looks of my blog, I bet you believe me.  In an attempt to create a look of my own on WordPress, I really messed things up.  Old posts are showing up as front-page headers.  My graphics are askew. Content is not transferring.

Help!  I’ll be happy to give you MAJOR props on the blog if you so desire.  🙂

Any tips, suggestions or insight would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!


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I’m Walking for Arthritis

I guess since this is my blog, it is OK for me to let you know what I’m up to and how you can donate to a cause, right?

Well … here it goes:

As many of you know, I have had a long-standing relationship with the San Diego Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.  No, I do not have arthritis, nor does any member of my immediate family.  However, through my volunteer efforts, I have come to learn a lot about the disease and met many amazing people who live with the disease – some more easily than others.

Did you know that arthritis is THE LEADING CAUSE OF DISABILITY in America?  Did you know that arthritis affects more than 3500 children in San Diego and Imperial Counties alone?

What I have come to learn is that arthritis takes on more than 100 different forms, including lupus, gout and rheumatoid arthritis. It touches us all in some way … at all ages. It is not an inevitable disease, nor is it one that only impacts the elderly.

These people have touched my heart in many ways so this year I have decided to join a team for the Arthritis Walk on June 5 to help give back.   Please consider donating to this very worthwhile cause.  Even if it is $1 … anything helps!

To make a donation, please visit my personal page.  I have a goal of $1,000.

All of my donors will be recognized right here on my blog!  So far I can thank:

  • Debbie Ketaily
  • Rylan Bowers
  • JP Garcia
  • Robyn Simon
  • Bonnie Nicholls
  • Gary and Patrick Robert (my dogs)

If you would like to see just how your donation will impact the people in our community, watch this video from NBC San Diego about the Juvenile Arthritis Camp, held each July in Julian, hosted by the San Diego Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

I sincerely appreciate your support.

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If you’ve ever been to Solvang, you likely saw signs for OstrichLand on the south side of highway 246 as you were driving in. If you were lucky, you may have even seen a few ostriches running around the fenced-in land leading up to the property.

I’ve been to the Solvang/Buellton area many-a-time and have never stopped at this kitchy tourist attraction, though I’ve always wanted to.  This weekend, we finally made the stop. 

In this instance, I think pictures are going to tell my story better than I can. To give you a brief description, paying the nominal admission fee is a million times better than the quick drive-by observation.

Ostrich Land is filled with ostriches and emus that you can pay an extra dollar to feed … definitely get the food.  When they let you in, you are absolutely amazed by the quantity of the animals and their aggressive food-driven nature.  Being that up close to these bizarre-looking animals is unlike any experience … they seem like aliens.  This visit was hands down the most memorable part of the trip for me. 

Watch this video to get a better feel for the experience.

The Ostrich is native to Africa, yet thrives in countries all over the world.

To help with digestion, ostriches also swallow sand and small stones to break down food in its gizzard. Ostriches in captivity have been known to swallow just about anything that can fit down their gullet, including coins, bicycle valves, alarm clocks, and even small bottles.

Ostrich farming is a viable alternative agricultural industry, with fine quality leather, feathers and gourmet meat as the principal products. Ostrich farming is now being done in countries all over the world including (but not limited to) China, Taiwan, India, Japan, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Isreal, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Mexico, Bazil, Costa Rica, and others.

The ostrich's eyes are about the size of billiard balls. They take up so much room in the skull that the ostrich's brain is actually smaller than either one of its eyeballs.

An Ostrich chick grows one foot taller each month until it is 7-8 months old.

You can see on the left behind me that one actually bit my butt while posing for this picture.

The emus had interesting blue-colored skin on their necks.

The emus were food-driven as well, but not nearly as much as their ostrich bretheren.

If you’d like more information, visit their website.

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Back in Phoenix

Any one that knows me, knows that I am an SDSU Aztec through and through.  I spent five (for shame) of the best years of my life at that school getting my under-grad degree in communications. 

What many people don’t know is that in addition to being an Aztec, “I am a Phoenix.”  I got my MBA in marketing through University of Phoenix a few years back … and what a tremendous experience it was?!

Over the last six months I made a new friend named Molly who is also a Phoenix … but even more so than me – she got her MBA through University of Phoenix and is also a professor there.  She recommended me to be a teacher as well.

Figuring I had nothing to lose, I sent in my application and went through the 4 1/2 hour interview process … and they accepted me.  Next thing you know I’m in a four-week faculty certification course, and assuming I pass that I’ll move on to a mentorship, or student-teaching program. 

This isn’t something I will do in lieu of my day job … this will be a supplement to it.  The don’t hire any one who isn’t working in the field that they will be teaching.  I will only teach one marketing, business or communications night class each week. 

My fingers are crossed that it all goes well. (Cross yours too for me, if you don’t mind.)

I had no idea what I was in for when I submitted my application, but every step – even the interview – has been great fun.  It reminds me of being back in my MBA program.  So it is fair to say that I am happy to be back in Phoenix.


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