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Category: Off the Leash

Off the leash: A parenting lesson for society …

I want to tell you a story about three brothers — Lloyd, 12, Steven, 8, and Timmy, 6. The boy’s mother, Mary, gave the brothers one hour to play video games. Lloyd, the oldest, declared that his younger brothers get to play for 10 minutes each and he gets to play for the remaining 40 […]

Off the leash: Education is important …

It’s time to wrap up my mini-series on education. The past couple of months I wrote that having a curious mind is essential to learning and that education is not exclusively limited to educational institutions. This month, I ask “Why is education important?” When my kids were young and in school, they would have a […]

Off the leash: Learning is a means, not an end …

Last month I suggested that having a curiosity about the world is the foundation of a good education. This month I want to talk about formal education — college in particular. Before I start. let me make it clear that I’m a big fan of college and higher education in general. I recognize that earning […]

Off the leash: Curiosity a basis for learning …

I have been reading a wonderful biography on Benjamin Franklin. While I knew that Franklin was one of the most original thinkers in our country’s history, I had no idea he only had two years of formal education when he was a boy. I guess the key word here is “formal” because while Franklin may […]

Off the leash: Covered Bridge Festival…

I am writing this month’s article from Winterset, Iowa, where my sister and I are attending the annual Covered Bridge Festival. Winterset is my mother’s hometown. Four generations of my family have lived here since the mid-1800s. My mother died 40 years ago. Coming back here for a long, overdue visit has caused me to […]

Santa Ana winds introduce fire threat for weekend

Fire danger in Southern California is significantly higher this weekend. A Santa Ana wind event combined with near record low fuel moisture is posing a substantial fire threat until Monday or Tuesday. The National Weather Service has forecast a red flag warning from early Friday morning, Oct. 4 through Sunday evening, Oct.6 State and federal […]

OFF THE LEASH: The Candy Cupboard …

When I was a kid we’d hop on a Greyhound bus and take a trip back to my mother’s home town, Winterset, Iowa, and spend the summer. Winterset is a quintessential Iowa farm town that is also home to the famous covered bridges of Madison County. While in Winterset, I’d work the register at my […]

Off the Leash: Buy small? …

Last week I was driving Highway 126 on my way to San Luis Obispo to help my daughter move some things into her new apartment. While passing through a rich agricultural area outside of Santa Paula I pulled over to get a burrito from a food truck parked alongside the road. A young girl, around […]

Off the leash – July 18, 2013

Where’s my brother? … “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2: 3-4 This was part of the epistle reading at church a couple of Sundays […]

Off the Leash: 1984 or the erosion of trusting government …

I remember back when 1984 rolled around, how for a brief moment everyone was asking the question, “Was George Orwell right?” Are we entering the era when Big Brother is a reality, not just a whimsical notion conjured up in the imaginative mind of an English writer? It was a time before the Internet, before […]

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