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TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The life of Zarf

Are you considering acquiring a tadpole to introduce your young child to the wonders of developmental and marine biology? Consider the possible consequences of such...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jul. 27, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, 15 hours ago | 4 comments | 317 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Why is doing nothing so difficult?

A paper was published this month in the journal Science (choose "writing" and last title under "affective forecasting")...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jul. 18, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:07 am | 7 comments | 1190 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Of snorkeling, sunsets and centipedes

We spent the first few days of our Hawaiian vacation ridding our rental home of occupants of the creepy-crawly kind. The first night I...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jul. 13, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jul 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm | 6 comments | 1003 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Homework help: when less is more

We hear a lot of interesting comments about our large family, but my favorite is the question the custom official at the Beirut airport asked a few years back. ...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jul. 6, 2014
Last comment by parent of students with learning differences, on Jul 8, 2014 at 11:54 am | 17 comments | 1166 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Launching our third

Come September we will be launching our third child to college. His departure is still a few months away, but I recently accompanied him to his university's two-day...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 26, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jul 6, 2014 at 9:15 am | 9 comments | 1574 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The pain of packing

Our family vacation is fast approaching. I love vacations but I dread the packing because my husband and I have completely different approaches. If my husband...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 17, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jun 21, 2014 at 8:21 am | 10 comments | 1196 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Close encounters with wildlife

The best thing about kayaking in Elkhorn Slough near Moss Landing is that the sea otters have...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 8, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jun 13, 2014 at 8:02 am | 8 comments | 1312 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Beach day

The day after school is out, my kids and I pack a picnic, gather friends, and head to Half Moon Bay and the beach. I grew...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jun. 1, 2014
Last comment by LJ, on Jun 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm | 5 comments | 879 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Honoring and remembering

Teenage boys value sleep, but for more than a dozen years my sons, and my husband, have been waking up at dawn on Memorial Day weekend to join their...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on May. 24, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on May 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm | 6 comments | 1317 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Seeing "Palo Alto" while living in Palo Alto

Yesterday I saw the movie "Palo Alto," and later in the evening attended Paly's swimming and diving team end-of-season banquet. Juxtaposing these two events was...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on May. 20, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on May 27, 2014 at 6:52 pm | 23 comments | 2213 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Bridging on the Golden Gate

Despite having lived in the Bay Area for 25 years, I had never walked all the way across the Golden Gate Bridge until a few weeks ago....

Original post made by Sally Torbey on May. 17, 2014
Last comment by Lauras Mom, on May 22, 2014 at 8:07 pm | 11 comments | 1521 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The best Mother's Day ever

I have unintentionally set myself up for the best Mother's Day ever, not by being an especially caring, patient, and attentive parent in anticipation of the big...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on May. 10, 2014
Last comment by GC, on May 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm | 8 comments | 1755 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Sharing the facts of life

My preteen daughter and I spent the last two Wednesday evenings at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 28, 2014
Last comment by Charles, on Apr 30, 2014 at 3:11 pm |
11 comments | 2287 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

College applications: round three

Our family has survived our third child applying to college. He plans to study at a University of California campus in close proximity to a beach, and he is thrilled...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 11, 2014
Last comment by JM, on Apr 24, 2014 at 2:40 am | 27 comments | 15448 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The Cinderella ride

Despite all the compelling reasons local marathon runners share in a recent

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 20, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Apr 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm |
10 comments | 1739 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

A memorable Paly prom

Congratulations and thank you to Paly Principal Kim Diorio, her administrative team, the chaperoning teachers, the Associated Student Body, and the 750 Paly students...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 13, 2014
Last comment by LJ, on Apr 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm | 7 comments | 2085 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Issues across the ages: this too shall pass

A few years back I found myself with toddlers, teens and aging parents in my life. In dealing with these life stages simultaneously, I was amazed by how much they...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Mar. 27, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Apr 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm | 19 comments | 3021 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Finding the fun in fundraising

Up until a few weeks ago, I have assiduously avoided fundraising. With my medical background, I felt I could be more useful lice checking at school, instructing...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Mar. 13, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Mar 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm | 11 comments | 1000 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Hope for a thaw between sisters

How auspicious to release the movie, "Frozen", during a winter when most of the US is shivering and shoveling? For moviegoers suffering through frigid temperatures,...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Feb. 27, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Mar 3, 2014 at 7:39 am | 10 comments | 1741 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Sharing a joke

My mother has Alzheimer's. She doesn't recognize me, but pretends she does. She has no idea when she last saw me, it could be yesterday or last year. She knows...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 29, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Feb 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm | 21 comments | 1863 Views
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