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Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Today, Monday, March 16, 2020 is the first day of what the high schoolers are calling Corona Break.  At the end of what was a tough week both personally and professionally, what with the week beginning with a time change, a full moon, Mercury in retrograde, and ending in Friday the 13th, the decision was… Continue reading Life in the Time of Coronavirus

california, dogs, Family, Kids, Museums, parenting, Pets, Travel, Uncategorized

Science Gone to the Dogs

If you’re in So Cal, need a weekend activity, and love dogs, head over to the California Science Center in Los Angeles to check out ‘Dogs! A Science Tail.’ This new featured exhibit opened this past Saturday, March 16, 2019, and will run through January 2020. With the boys gone over the weekend for a campout, a… Continue reading Science Gone to the Dogs

Family, Kids, Opinion, parenting, School, Uncategorized, writing

Back to School 2018

After a lovely- and busy- summer, we are back at school and our regularly scheduled programming. This school year is a big one for the Haas family.  This is the first one in 12 years that we have not had a child at the elementary school. This experience has been bittersweet. On the one hand,… Continue reading Back to School 2018

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White Sands National Monument

We continued our Southwest Spring Break adventure at White Sands National Monument and the surrounding areas of Alamogordo and Cloudcroft. Alamogordo is home to pistachio orchards and wineries, such as PistachioLand which boasts the 'world's largest pistachio.' We made a stop here on the way to the national monument for some wine-tasting and window shopping.… Continue reading White Sands National Monument

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Sami’s Hammies: Another Pet Story

The tagline for this site is "Four kids, a dog, and a squeaker in the San Gabriel Valley." It goes without further explanation that the four kids are my four children, the dog is our Golden retriever, and we reside in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. But what is the squeaker? The answer… Continue reading Sami’s Hammies: Another Pet Story