My daughter recently had her bridging and rededication ceremony into her school’s Brownie troop. Last year, she was a Daisy and enjoyed it so much, that she wanted to continue with the group. After numerous gatherings, badges, pins and a few official and social events, her days as a Daisy are over and now the real work begins (well for the parents). Life as a Brownie. Continue reading
As parents, we are always on the lookout for new learning experiences and activities for our children, things that will not only keep them happily occupied, but also boost personal growth and character building. One such experience is camp. There is a huge variety of options available to parents in Palo Alto: we can choose summer camps, day camps or sleep-away camps, theme or activity based camps, etc. All of these have a basic function: developing new skill-sets in our children, such as team-playing, negotiations, and other crucial interpersonal skills. Continue reading
Today, on Martin Luther King’s birthday, I reflect on how far we have come and what the future holds for Blacks in Silicon Valley. There has been a very sad history of Blacks in The Bay Area, that started way before this area was known as Silicon Valley. Blacks were denied the right to own houses or rent here in Palo Alto and even armed with degrees from Stanford University, the welcome mats were not easily rolled out.
Yesterday, I needed to clear my head as there seems to be so many significant changes going on right now in my life. In times like this, I often miss my mother. She would always lend a supporting ear, provide dead on advice, and reassure me to have faith. Being the mother of three wonderful children, I feel that it is so important to be able to connect with them everyday, so I am there for them when they are feeling down, overwhelmed or need a shoulder to lean on. Moms do have that sense of calmness about them when it comes to our kids, but when we are confronted with “stuff”, we need to find that creature comfort.Continue reading
Quite often Palo Alto parents find it challenging to be at more than one place at the same time, and with the realities of many households where most parents work, kid’s transportation to and from school and after-school activities can become a huge issue. Fortunately, there are quite a few options for the time constrained parents, for getting their children to and from school, as well as their various activities around town. Continue reading
Palo alto is considered the gateway to Silicon Valley, and every year many tech startups are founded in Palo Alto or move to Palo Alto to be part of the technology fabric that has made Palo Alto famous. Here are some notable technology companies that have roots in Palo Alto. Continue reading
Every year many of us pay homage to the idea that we need to make a resolution to have a fruitful start of the year. Quite a few of us stick to our resolutions, however, there are a majority that still find it very challenging to commit. Nevertheless, we have come up with our top 10 resolutions for 2015 (mainly for mine). Continue reading