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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

February 27, 2014
Inspiration

Suki: Forging New Teacher Relationships forYour Twice Exceptional Child
Christine: Adult Onset Cystic Fibrosis
Make your morning creative
This Week
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I like sunshine, but "Yeah, rain!"

Hopefully there is at least one person who, in a memorable moment in our lives, touched each of us to the core and made a BIG difference in the path we took in life.  If this has not yet happened for you, make yourself go and listen to Dr. Robert Sapolsky next week.  The 2014 Speaker Series on Education features Dr. Sapolsky on the topic of Memory.  If you missed it, see last week's two articles on memory here.

I wanted to gain some background before the talk, so I listened to Dr. Sapolsky, a science and nature writer, biologist and neuroscientist, and stress expert on the topic of Stress.  Click here for a preview.  There's a little space left.  Get your ticket here.  He's an entertaining speaker on a topic very important for parents and educators. 

Thank you to the educators at Gateway, Mount Madonna, York and Cabrillo College for reaching for excellence in education and bringing an outstanding speaker to Santa Cruz. 

We are part of a unique community that places a high value learning and ideas.  Prove me right; meet the challenge, open your minds and be well entertained!  I'm traveling.  Who's going to send me your notes/reactions to Dr. Sapolsky's talk?  I want to know if I can improve my memory by understanding the BIOLOGY of memory!

(Photos General) Bird_hummingbird.jpgHere's a good listen.  Sunday 2-3pm David Marin, AKA Mister Mom, asks author Dr. Leonard Sax, author of Girls on Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls and Boys Adrift, "When should young teen girls (like mine) start dating?" and answers his own question, "Never!  Or, after graduate-school. We parents have to be flexible..." 

Free Day at Seymour on Friday!  Humming Birds at the Arboretum on Saturday! How about Contra Dancing on Sunday?  Have a great weekend!  Parmalee

 

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  Suki: Forging New Teacher Relationships forYour Twice Exceptional Child

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Parents of twice-exceptional gifted children face a much higher barrier: Most teachers have never even heard of the term "twice-exceptional." Not only will some of them have no training in giftedness, but most of them will believe that a child with learning differences could not possibly be gifted at the same time.

The first hurdle parents face, therefore, is whether to mention the word "gifted" at all. Read more>>>>>

  Christine: Adult Onset Cystic Fibrosis

(Graphics) Christine_CysticFibrosis.jpgCystic fibrosis (CF) is well known as a genetic condition that is generally discovered in young children. CF causes the lungs to be coated with thick mucus. It also causes problems in the liver, pancreas and intestines.

To have CF requires the same genetic mutation in one gene on two matching chromosomes. You need to inherit this gene from both parents to have the condition. There are different mutations that can cause CF.

The most familiar mutation gives indications in very childhood. However, there are other mutations that aren't generally recognized until adulthood.

Short answer... Read more>>>>

  Make your morning creative

by Annie Murphy Paul

Brrriiinnng. The alarm clock buzzes in another hectic weekday morning. You leap out of bed, rush into the shower, into your clothes and out the door with barely a moment to think. A stressful commute gets your blood pressure climbing. Once at the office, you glance through the newspaper, its array of stories ranging from discouraging to depressing to tragic. With a sigh, you pour yourself a cup of coffee and get down to work, ready to do some creative, original problem solving.

Good luck with that.

As several recent studies highlight, the way most of us spend our mornings is exactly counter to the conditions that neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists tell us promote flexible, open-minded thinking. Take that hurried wake-up, for example. In a study published in the journal Thinking and Reasoning, researchers Mareike Wieth and Rose Zacks reported that imaginative insights are most likely to come to us when we're groggy and unfocused. The mental processes that inhibit distracting or irrelevant thoughts are at their weakest in these moments, allowing unexpected and sometimes inspired connections to be made.

(Photos General) Van-Gogh-Resting.jpgSleepy people's "more diffuse attentional focus," they write, leads them to "widen their search through their knowledge network. This widening leads to an increase in creative problem solving." By not giving yourself time to tune in to your meandering mind, you're missing out on the surprising solutions it may offer. (If you happen to be one of those perky morning people, your most inventive time comes when you're winding down in the early evening.)

Your commute filled with honking cars or sharp-elbowed fellow passengers doesn't help, either. The stress hormone cortisol can harm myelin, the fatty substance that coats our brain cells. Damage to these myelin sheaths slows down the speed with which signals are transmitted between neurons, making lightning-quick "Eureka!" moments less likely.

And while we all should read up on what's going on in the world, it may be better to put that news website or newspaper aside until after the day's work is done. A study published in the journal Psychological Science found that subjects who watched brief video clips that made them feel sad were less able to solve problems creatively than people who watched an upbeat video. A positive mood, wrote researcher Ruby Nadler and her co-authors, increases "cognitive flexibility," while a negative mood narrows our mental horizons. The segment that made participants feel worst of all? A news report about an earthquake.

The only thing most of us do right in the morning, in fact, is drink coffee. Caffeine not only makes us more alert, as we all know-it also increases the brain's level of dopamine, the neurotransmitter that influences feelings of motivation and reward when we hit on a great idea. (Nicotine does this too, but I can't in good conscience recommend an a.m. cigarette.)

So what would our mornings look like if we re-engineered them in the interest of maximizing our creative-problem-solving capacities? We'd set the alarm a few minutes early and lie awake in bed, following our thoughts where they lead (with a pen and paper nearby to jot down any evanescent inspirations). We'd stand a little longer under the warm water of the shower, dismissing task-oriented thoughts ("What will I say at that 9 a.m. meeting?") in favor of a few more minutes (Photos General) LaughingBaby.jpgof mental dilation. We'd take some deep breaths during our commute instead of succumbing to road rage. And once in the office-after we get that cup of coffee-we'd direct our computer browser not to the news of the day but to the funniest videos the Web has to offer.

For decades, psychologists have manipulated the emotions of subjects in the lab by showing them short film clips. But now there's YouTube-and, in fact, the clip that made the participants in Ruby Nadler's study happiest of all was a YouTube video of a laughing baby. Laughing babies and a double latte: now that's a way to start the day.

Brilliant readers, do have a morning routine that helps get your creative juices flowing? Please share your thoughts on my blog.

I love to hear from readers. Please email me at annie@anniemurphypaul.com. You can also visit my website, follow me on Twitter, and join the conversation on Facebook. Be brilliant!

  This Week

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School Corner

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2014 Speaker Series on Education

Gateway K-8, Mount Madonna PreK-12, York School 6-12 & Cabrillo College: An Evening with Science and Nature Writer, Biologist and Neuroscientist, and Stress Expert, Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky, 3/6

 

Chartwell and The New High School Project K-12, Free Workshop: Keep Calm and Parent On: Dealing with Emotional Ups and Downs 3/12

 

Gateway School K-8, Open House 3/12

 

Soquel PENS (Parent Education Nursery School) Banana Slug Fundraising Concert 3/15

 

Me and I

 

Two of the local grammar police approached me. "We have a solution for people trying to save money. We'd like to do a column for you, just one tiny pet peeve once in a while. Me and my partner would like to start with the misuse of me... and I."

 

I laughed out loud. "Oh! That's rich," I replied, "We have a local radio talk show host who frequently misplaces "me" and "I".   You realize of course that we're bucking a tidal wave: pop singers and famous movie stars and politicians begin sentences with me."

 

"We know, but we were thinking that SCP parents are the perfect place to start a counter revolution. They're smart and some of them have toddler talkers in the me stage, a perfect starting age."

 

"Okay, but what about the parents with first graders, tweens and teens, and the parents who've given up and succumbed to the wave?"

 

"Quarters."

 

"What?"

 

"Put a quarter in the jar every time me is misused. We'll either win the local battle for reclaiming the correct use of me or families will end up with enough savings to pay for college."

 

Jack and Jill are two local teachers who wish to remain anonymous!

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 SeymourCommunity Free Day

Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Enjoy free admission to the Seymour Center all day!
Date: 02/28/2014 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free!
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Ave.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) SeymourFreeDayGirl.jpgThe Seymour Center will be open to the community free of charge on February 28. For future free days, visit our website.

Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. Our exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz and around the world.

Visit us and explore the fascinating world of marine science and conservation. We look forward
to meeting you!

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a self-supporting part of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Community free days are sponsored by: www.montereybayseaglass.com/ Nancy Allen and Bay Federal Credit Union


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 Shaffer Rd., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website

"Urban Permaculture with Carrie Mann"
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  "Urban Permaculture with Carrie Mann"
Holistic Moms Network
Date: 03/04/2014 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Details: Learn to live more sustainably by turning your urban landscape into
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"Don't Duck, Look Up!"
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Hartnell College
Date: Every Fri (Mar 7-Mar 28) at 5:30pm
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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Date: The 1st Su of every month at 7:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers
Special Instructions: Usually First Friday, Check website.
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Date: 03/04/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Nature Inspired Fun for the Whole Family
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Salamander Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Date: 03/04/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Celebrate our amphibian friends that make their way from beneath rocks and under logs to the creeks, wetlands and puddles
Special Instructions: 18 miles north of SC on Hwy 1
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Foster Parent and Adoption Orientation
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Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: Adult
Details: Foster Parent and Adoption Orientation
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Date: Every day (Jun 17-Jun 18)
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