Travel

Same Dilemmas, Bigger Price Tags

November 26, 2010
By Mara Gordon
Same Dilemmas, Bigger Price Tags

When I first made the decision to move back to California, into the house that I had left behind five long years ago, there were so many emotions to face. How long until the walls closed in on me? Would I be able to stick it out long enough to get my book written?...

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My Father, My Mentor

June 20, 2010
By Mara Gordon
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There’s a saying that I’ve heard repeated numerous times in my life, and I’ve even used it myself. It goes like this, “If he knew better, he would have done better”. If I were asked to sum up my father in one sentence, this would be the one. Though I look like the spitting...

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Low Dose Aspirin

June 19, 2010
By Mara Gordon
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When one of my sisters brought home whatever was going around the school, my mother had a theory that it was best to get it over with, and have us all get it at once. This included chicken pox, mumps, measles, and so many bouts of the flu that I’d be hard pressed to...

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Leaving California

May 27, 2010
By Mara Gordon
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Driving along in the car, we spend a lot of time listening to NPR. There are exceptions in some desolate areas, but I can almost always count on it being available somewhere between 88.1 and 92.5 on my FM dial. As we steer along unfamiliar roads, there is something very reassuring about hearing the familiar...

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My Dollar Hoop Earrings

May 13, 2010
By Mara Gordon
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A couple of weeks ago, I went to Santa Cruz and Capitola for a “Girls’ Getaway”. While there, I splurged on a pair of $1 hoop earrings. Usually, I wear small, practical earrings; more placeholders than jewelry, but with my sassy new ‘do, I figured, what the heck?! Since I’ve been wearing my new...

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You Can Quote Me

March 30, 2010
By Mara Gordon
Greek Philosophers

One of the goals of education is to train future Masters of the Universe how to think outside of the box. This is a skill that any second rate debater will tell you is mandatory if she is to have even the slightest chance of winning. For how can she overcome an objection if...

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This Is It! Reviewed

March 29, 2010
By Mara Gordon
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When We Saw It! asked me if I would like to write a review of the film, This is It! I was thrilled, but not for the reasons you may expect. Not because I think of myself, in anyway qualified to critique a documentary film for it’s cinematography, editing, directorial skill, or sound engineering. Nor...

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Are All Friends Alike?

March 20, 2010
By Mara Gordon
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My father always said that if, at the end of our lives we could honestly say that we had one friend, we would die rich.  That the word friend was not one to be used lightly. When I came home from school, and said my new friend this or my new friend that, he’d...

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Welcome to the Cape, Where Upper Is Lower

March 6, 2010
By Mara Gordon
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You’re wondering why there is a picture of Rosy the Riveter here. Seems like every time you turn around, someone is using Rosy’s image for one cause or another. I will get to why the old gal’s here shortly.  In the meantime, let’s get caught up from where we left off. Last time I...

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Are Great Teachers As Rare As Platinum?

March 5, 2010
By Mara Gordon
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Great teachers make great leaders. Ask a CEO or inventor or whomever, and somewhere along the way, a teacher believed in him (or her) when he, perhaps didn’t believe in himself. The coach who recognized a student’s athletic ability; the music teacher who heard that perfect pitch through the cacophony of noise; or, maybe...

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