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May 2015 Newsletter

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The Mountain Lion Story

At the midpoint of the trail on my regular walk at Lafayette Reservoir is a wide path that goes around a bend after about 50 yards. Sam and I decided that since Isaac was with Kathy and Ras Mo, we would go on a hike instead of doing a double lap. We see a guy go in this trail a couple of minutes before us and decide to try it.…

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Parenting Under the Influence

  .seven. My life changing events appear to occur concurrently– colliding, knocking the wind out of me, leaving me struggling to regain my breath, my balance, a sense of normalcy. It was newly 2008. We moved into a fixer upper in Oakland, what felt like a million miles away from my life in San Francisco. Though I’d grown up less than thirty miles from my new home, I may as well have moved…

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Raw Parenting

Playground Politics Recently, my oldest experienced some teasing at school–nothing like what I would consider brutal–stories you read about on the web or hear about in the news. I think back to my own childhood though, and I tense at how painful these first experiences are. When did playground politics start? My first real memories of teasing and feeling like an outsider were about third grade. It makes sense when I think about how some of us girls had already started developing and the internalized-shame that went along with that. The opinion of my classmates and friends meant a lot. I wanted to be liked, I wanted to fit in and when one or both of those things weren’t happening, well, let’s just say that I spent quite a lot…

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So Easy Homemade

Beef Wontons   One of our local grocery stores has fresh wonton wrappers.  Usually I make veggie and tofu wontons (maybe I’ll post that recipe sometime), but today I felt like trying beef wontons. They were DELICIOUS!  If you don’t have easy access to wonton wrappers, you can just make these as meatballs and serve them over rice with some sautéed broccoli or bok choy or drop them into a ginger-mushroom broth with some noodles. Ingredients: – 1/2 lb ground beef – 6 cloves chopped garlic – 2 stalks of green onions, finely chopped – 2 cups finely chopped cabbage – 1 tablespoon chopped/grated ginger (you know I like the kind in the jar) – 1 tablespoon of sesame oil – 1 tablespoon of soy sauce – 1/4 teaspoon Chinese Five…

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Ask the Expert

Real Estate Advice by Amy Kurzer Real Estate Spotlight on Kensington Nestled high in the East Bay hills, just north of Berkeley, is the small village of Kensington  (population 5,000). This charming community has spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge town and quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods of spacious houses. The architectural styles include Mid- Century Modern, Tudor, Colonial, and Spanish Revival homes. Kensington is an unincorporated town in Contra Costa County with a highly rated K-6 elementary school, police department and fire station. There are two quaint shopping districts and a weekly farmer’s market. In Kensington, you will find everything to support small town living while still being only minutes away from downtown Berkeley and BART. There is a bank, a hardware store, a wine shop, two top-notch meat and general grocery markets,…

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