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About this blog: About this blog: I am a LMFT specializing in couples counseling and grief and have lived in Silicon Valley since 1969. I'm the president of Connect2 Marriage Counseling. I worked in high-tech at Apple, Stanford University, and in ... (More)
About this blog: About this blog: I am a LMFT specializing in couples counseling and grief and have lived in Silicon Valley since 1969. I'm the president of Connect2 Marriage Counseling. I worked in high-tech at Apple, Stanford University, and in Silicon Valley for 15 years before becoming a therapist. My background in high-tech is helpful in understanding local couples' dynamics and the pressures of living here. I am a wife, mom, sister, friend, author, and lifelong advocate for causes I believe in (such as marriage equality). My parents are both deceased. My son graduated culinary school and is heading toward a degree in Sociology. I enjoy reading, hiking, water fitness, movies, 49ers and Stanford football, Giants baseball, and riding a tandem bike with my husband. I love the beach and mountains; nature is my place of restoration. In my work with couples, and in this blog, I combine knowledge from many fields to bring you my best ideas, tips, tools and skills, plus book and movie reviews, and musings to help you be your genuine self, find your own voice, and have a happy and healthy relationship. Don't be surprised to hear about brain research and business skills, self-soothing techniques from all walks of life, suggestions and experiments, and anything that lights my passion for couples. (Author and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Calif. Lic # MFC 45204.) (Hide)
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A group called Save the 2008, started by a Palo Alto High School teacher and a student is designed to help prevent any further suicides among local teens. Here is more about it:
"Save the 2,008 is a toolkit of six measures?simple adjustments to the way the school is run? that would reduce the stress and depression, alienation and distrust, overwork and overcrowding that fill our teenagers' daily lives.
Named last November for the remaining number of students and faculty at our most hard-hit school, Save the 2,008 would:
1. Shrink classes to a friendlier size?strengthening ties between students and their classmates and teachers.
2. Moderate the amounts of nightly homework (through a confidential, student-teacher website).
3. Foster better consultation for AP course loads (to help fight sleep-deprivation).
4. Step between our kids and the school day siren song of their cellphones.
5. Slow the steady bombardment of grade-reporting.
6. Close out the climate of rampant cheating?the anxious atmosphere that kids must breathe, just to run the race of high school."
They are seeking your support, but both financially and with signatures. They are currently raising funds to run an ad in The Palo Alto Weekly. For more information, or to donate: