Commentary

Statement in Response to the Death of George Floyd

June 02, 2020

We value and honor Black lives. The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has sparked national outrage, days of protest, violence, and destruction of property in many cities across the United States, including here in California.  That this is happening in the midst of a pandemic in which communities of color, particularly Black and Latinx Californians, are suffering and dying disproportionately heightens the urgency of the moment.

Parents' Guide to History-Social Science

April 26, 2020
My family just started week five (or is it week six – I’ve officially lost the will to keep count) with our three elementary-school-aged children at home, and while we’re so fortunate to be together, our family’s attempt at distance learning feels like a mess.  In week one of shelter in place, which seems like a lifetime ago, I was almost optimistic about having time alone at home to work and to experiment with some school work with my kids

2020 is Just the Worst

April 04, 2020

I’m just going to say what we’ve all been thinking – 2020, you’re the worst, and no one likes you.  We didn’t have high expectations for you as a year – but really, did you have to sink so low?  It’s bad enough that you are an election year – we knew to expect the name-calling that comes with political campaigns.  But then you decided to reignite our fears of a drought (and fire season) by preventing rain from falling for much of the winter.

Fighting the Coronavirus with Social Media

March 18, 2020

I quit Facebook last year.  I did it because it seemed like every time I opened the app, I saw post after post about politics, and it wore me out.  Don’t get me wrong – I have always followed political news, but I like to get that news from more 20th Century sources – the newspaper, the radio, and TV.  (I know, that’s so analog).  I like these more traditional sources because I can get them when I want them – and not sandwiched between posts from my cousin about her dog.