Hey Randy Newman, are leprechauns short people?

Remember that Randy Newman song Short People? If you’ve never heard it, you’re missing out on one of those songs that, four decades later, I still don’t understand and it’s still stuck in my head. Oh, and dig Randy’s hairstyle. Hello 1970’s! Here it is, complements of YouTube. As a short person, I suppose I … More Hey Randy Newman, are leprechauns short people?

Hug your kids – and your memories of them – tight

Last weekend, I finished reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Two heroines during World War II risk their lives repeatedly in occupied France to save complete strangers – adults and children – from evil at the hands of the Nazis. Though fiction, the two main characters were based on real-life heroines who did whatever it … More Hug your kids – and your memories of them – tight

Is a bomb threat a good enough reason to keep your kid home from school?

That was the million-dollar question dominating emails, social media posts, and text messages flying back and forth among Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) parents like me this past Wednesday. It was prompted by an email sent by school administration about a bomb threat. A few dozen OCSA students had received a message saying … More Is a bomb threat a good enough reason to keep your kid home from school?