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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 | 5866 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 | 10506 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 | 4354 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

In the company of mice

I would like to spend our next vacation not in the company of mice. How is it that during our last two trips we have shared our living quarters with small furry...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 11, 2015
Last comment by malvika, on Jul 20, 2017 at 4:34 am | 7 comments | 5526 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 | 5104 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 | 7463 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 | 5320 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Twenty-five years of wedded bliss

My husband and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this month. We met in Palo Alto 30 years ago last week. I had recently moved from the East Coast to Southern...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Sep. 2, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Sep 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm | 6 comments | 5285 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

A tribute to our fellow travelers

This summer we took our neighbors to Lebanon, and they are still our friends! This is solely due to the fact that they are the most easy-going, accommodating,...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 28, 2018
Last comment by JK, on Sep 1, 2018 at 3:03 pm | 6 comments | 11168 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The movie "5 to 7" is all about all kinds of love

There is a dearth of resources on how to be the parent of adult children. As soon as we conceive we are inundated with a barrage of advice and countless books to...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Apr. 15, 2015
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Apr 21, 2015 at 8:36 pm | 6 comments | 5289 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 | 5823 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 Rod, on Sep 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm | 5 comments | 3754 Views

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 husband...

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 | 7661 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 | 5153 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 Theatre right...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Dec. 24, 2015
Last comment by malvika, on Jul 20, 2017 at 4:21 am | 5 comments | 4853 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Mothers, daughters, books, and boxes

One of the benefits of having our nest a little emptier is that we can spend one-on-one time with our youngest children. For many years, friends and parent educators...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Nov. 23, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Nov 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm | 4 comments | 5643 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Luck despite bad luck

Last week our college-aged son was finishing up winter quarter in Southern California and complaining of intermittent stomachaches. Although he is not typically...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Mar. 29, 2017
Last comment by PR, on Apr 6, 2017 at 10:15 am | 4 comments | 5338 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 | 5736 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Come hear the music!

This summer we rediscovered a favorite activity, the City of Palo Alto's Twilight Concert Series. We love that we can bike or walk to the venues. It's free with...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 21, 2015
Last comment by musical, on Aug 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm | 3 comments | 4214 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 | 6059 Views
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