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TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Our Valentine’s Day baby

Twenty-four years ago our baby girl was born on Valentine’s Day. It was a warm, sunny Sunday, and the tulip magnolia blossoms were in full bloom as my...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Feb. 13, 2017
Last comment by Lisa Ger*, on Feb 16, 2017 at 9:24 am | 5 comments | 4716 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Home sweet home

Two weeks ago my 88-year-old mother collapsed unconscious on the floor of her apartment. Fortunately, her ever-vigilant caregivers caught her as she fell, so she...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Feb. 7, 2017
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Feb 8, 2017 at 10:51 am | 4 comments | 979 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Marching on

From the moment I boarded the flight to Dulles I knew this would be an extraordinary weekend. The United flight departing SFO Friday morning was almost entirely...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 22, 2017
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jan 27, 2017 at 9:13 pm | 7 comments | 7706 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Packing for the Women's March

This week I am traveling to Washington DC. My Houston-based daughter and I are meeting there to attend the Women’s March on...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 18, 2017
Last comment by JimK, on Jan 23, 2017 at 6:02 pm |
10 comments | 1349 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

New traditions in an ancient land

Christmas is an important religious celebration in the Middle East. After all, Christianity originated there! In Beirut, nativity scenes are ubiquitous. Every public...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 13, 2017
Last comment by LJ, on Jan 14, 2017 at 6:09 pm | 2 comments | 1514 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Enjoying jetlag

We spent the holidays in my husband’s country of origin, Lebanon. After 10 days of continuous feasting and feting with relatives and friends in a time...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 5, 2017
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jan 6, 2017 at 4:46 pm | 7 comments | 1950 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Sing and celebrate

I recently joined the choir at our church. I have wanted to join for many years but teaching Sunday school took priority when our kids were little and weeknight...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 5, 2016
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 8, 2016 at 10:23 am | 7 comments | 2709 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Pursuing passports at the post office

Last Monday found my husband, me, and our two teenage daughters at the post office renewing the girls’ passports. Because they are under 18 years of age,...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 16, 2016
Last comment by Kathy K., on Oct 11, 2016 at 2:02 pm | 35 comments | 16366 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

A night to remember

This weekend the Performing Arts Center at Palo Alto High School was officially opened with A Gala Celebration of the Performing Arts, and it was a night to remember!...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Oct. 3, 2016
Last comment by LJ, on Oct 8, 2016 at 4:13 pm | 4 comments | 3316 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Will self-driving cars hurt Cozy Coupe sales?

Yesterday morning I maneuvered my too-adorable two-year-old cousin down the sidewalk in a vibrant orange and yellow Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, while she delightedly...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Sep. 21, 2016
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Sep 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm | 13 comments | 16141 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Surfing to sixty

Now that I have crossed over to my late fifites and am on the inevitable slide to sixty, I have a new goal. I want to learn to surf. This is a long held ambition...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 11, 2016
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Aug 11, 2016 at 9:00 am | 22 comments | 3565 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Making marmalade

We have a huge and prolific orange tree which bears fruit year round. This abundance is at once marvelous, as we have an unlimited supply of orange juice for breakfast...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 3, 2016
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Aug 9, 2016 at 3:22 pm | 26 comments | 7374 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Emma’s Revolution in concert with Dance Visions next weekend

For almost a decade now, barring sick kids or a traveling husband, Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings find me at Cubberly Community Center at my favorite early...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Mar. 20, 2016
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Mar 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm | 8 comments | 1857 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Sleeping with the fish

I doubt there is a better sleep aide than watching fish float in kelp swaying gently to and fro, unless it is studying an amorphous cluster of hundreds of anchovies...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Mar. 8, 2016
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Mar 9, 2016 at 4:58 pm | 8 comments | 1488 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

My 34-hour birthday

My birthday last week was extraordinarily long and extra special as well. We traveled back from our week-long trip to Lebanon on my birthday, so with the 10 hour...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Feb. 3, 2016
Last comment by Karen, on Feb 9, 2016 at 10:20 am | 8 comments | 1745 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

A week away!

For the past 25 years, I have not traveled with my husband and left our kids at home for more than two days, and I now know why. It is way too much work. Packing...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 19, 2016
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jan 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm | 11 comments | 1792 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Selling concessions

I helped chaperone the music boosters concession stand at the Palo Alto High School flea market this weekend. The band students sell pastries, coffee, chips and...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 11, 2016
Last comment by Bp, on Jan 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm | 15 comments | 2086 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Jane Austen’s Emma is delightful family fare

There are still tickets available for TheatreWorks' production of Jane Austen's Emma, conveniently staged at Lucie Stern...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 24, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:18 am | 4 comments | 2511 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Friends and books

Our book club has been meeting regularly for over two decades and we were together last night to share holiday cheer. We met when our eldest children, who are now...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 15, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 22, 2015 at 9:33 pm | 9 comments | 2295 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Games we play

One of the things I look forward to most about the holidays is having a critical mass of folks around for family game nights. Whether it is a raucous round of late...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 6, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Dec 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm | 7 comments | 2063 Views
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Short story writers wanted!

The 31st Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 13, 2017. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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