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Lessons from Dogs and Spunky Protagonists
February 18, 2011
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Treat Your Man Like A Dog... And Live Happily Ever After
Suki's Blog: Jewish Storytelling, for Free!
E Pluribus Unum

This Week
Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp
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(Event Calendar Logos) LizaLou_BookCover.jpgAre we voyeurs? Most of us, to some degree, are curious about others' lives, whether it be through literature, movies, gossip columns, blogs, and now the internet. Could it be because not one of us is perfect and we take comfort from knowing that others make mistakes too.

Just look at some of the young literary heroes --Anne Shirley of Green Gables, Mary and Colin of The Secret Garden, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and recently, Liza Lou of Liza Lou and the Yeller Bellied Swamp-- who are smart, spunky, adventurous, get into trouble or are dealt a bad hand, learn a lesson from it, overcome mistakes or hardship and whom we come to love despite shortcomings.

This week's featured event, below, offers delightful entertainment featuring "Liza Lou" in an environment that expands our knowledge about a part of our country that is quite different from the central coast of California.

For tweens and teens we suggest sharing the inspiring article by Karen Delaney about the tremendous benefits of volunteering.  It's no secret that often the greatest recipient of volunteering is the volunteer.  It's a good way to help our tweens and teens stay grounded during those sometimes turbulent years.

This may be a good weekend to go roller skating.  Weather! Get your discount coupon here.

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  Treat Your Man Like A Dog... And Live Happily Ever After

(Site Photos) MaiaMadden.jpgA relationship primer for women who love dogs, by Maia Madden

I have a plaque that says "Let me be the person my dog thinks I am." This is not easy because Katie loves me no matter how imperfect I am!   I was shopping for clipon earrings for an elderly friend last December at Miss Jessie May's on Pacific Ave (great place for the unique one-of-a-kind gift, and prices for any budget) when I came upon a book titled "Treat Your Man Like a Dog... And Live Happily Ever After." When I got home and began to read it, I realized that I had met the author at the park where we take our dogs to play. She has graciously allowed us to share an excerpt with you. Of course we can apply the principles to women, children, friends, etc!

"One morning, I was complaining about the dirty dishes and my children's messiness and the unfairness of being expected to do everything for everyone.  As I was heaping buckets of surliness and resentment on my hapless boyfriend, who was trying to read his newspaper in peace, my beloved Pug-a-Poo, Rocky, scampered into the kitchen.  Interrupting my tirade, I bent over to pet him and tell him what a good boy he was and ask him if he needed a walk, all in the sweetest voice imaginable.  My boyfriend looked up and said, "Rocky is the only one you are always nice to."

This silenced me like a stab in the heart.  I couldn't stop thinking about it.  I felt ashamed that I didn't show the same feelings for my loved ones as I did for my dog..."

"If we gave men half the petting, kissing and sweet talk we give our dogs, they would be happy indeed. Men deserve as much love and affection as our dogs do, if not more.   A good back rub is a good back rub, no matter who you are."

Think about what may be in these chapters: I Can't Help It; I'm a Dog.  Let Him Play.  Take Good Care of Him.   Tell Him What You Want, But Don't Talk Him to Death.  Above All Be Kind.  Read more about Maia and her book!

  Suki's Blog: Jewish Storytelling, for Free!

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We are a completely secular homeschooling family. However, we are also trying to walk that tightrope of raising our children with a Jewish cultural identity. This was much easier for my husband's parents to do, given that they were raising him in Brooklyn and New Jersey. But out here in California, our kids are affected more on a daily basis by surfer dude culture than they are Jewish culture!  Read more about a great program >>>>>>

  E Pluribus Unum

by Karen Delaney

(Site Photos) EPluribusUnum.jpgI have a vivid childhood memory of gathering around a black and white TV set in on a warm summer's evening to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Unlike the spectacles of today, the main event was the parade of nations. After what seemed like hours, when the United States' athletes came onto the field I was struck by one huge difference in our team, "Look at us, we look like the whole world!" To my child's eyes, the fact that what unified our team obviously had nothing to do with how we looked, was a wonderful, almost magical thing. It is the first memory I have of being proud of my country.


The concept that a nation could be held together by shared values and beliefs, and that these ideals might overcome historic human dividers such as language, culture, religion, race, class and gender is so central to America that it was enshrined on the original Seal of the United States, and is still there today. E Pluribus Unum; Out of Many, One.  I realize that we often fall short of this ideal, but.... read more >>>>>

 

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Monarch, Open House 2/22

 

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A creamy sauce with hearty vegetables and tender poached chicken breast and thigh meat, bakes up in a tender and flaky crust.


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2/22, 6:30pm

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Spring Hill is a private school where the talents of bright, motivated and gifted children are recognized, nurtured and developed to their full potential.

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250 California St, Santa Cruz

427.2641

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Wienerschnitzel Wednesdays!

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9600 Hwy 9

Ben Lomond

336.5188

Reservations Accepted!

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Feb. 23 -27 San Jose

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Mar. 2-6 Oakland

Oracle Arena

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 Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp

(Event Calendar Logos) LizaLou_andTrickster.jpgLiza Lou is my personal favorite heroine in children's literature. She is a little girl with more courage, pluck and ingenuity than any super hero. Liza Lou knows her way around the unpredictable world of the Yeller Belly Swamp. She knows how to get her chores done with ease and still have time for pecan pie. You can't beat that!

In this program our Junior Thespians will explore the ecology and wildlife of the everglades and jump into the rich gumbo culture of Louisiana, the music, cuisine plus the humor and wisdom that is the voice of the south land.

"Catch a turtle, catch a snake,

Catch a little froggy.

If you throw cornbread down the well,

It's going to get real soggy"

Everyone knows to be careful when crossing the Yeller Belly Swamp , especially Liza Lou but there's no hiding from the swamp haunt who wants to snatch her away or the witch who wants to boil her up. Too bad the swamp creatures don't know that there isn't a haunt, witch or even a swamp devil around who can scare Liza Lou. She outsmarts them all and while she's at it tricks the creatures into doing her chores. After facing Liza Lou these swamp creatures never bother her or anyone else ever again.....and no one misses them either!

"Yeller belly cottonmouth,

Possum up a tree,

You can catch the swamp fever

But you can't catch me"

Two performances on Saturday, February 19, * First performance at 2pm - dessert following show
* Second performance at 6pm - includes a southern down home feast

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