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From Pasadena, California: The 131st Tournament of Roses

It doesn’t get much more Pasadena, California than enjoying the Tournament of Roses parade on a brisk, sunny New Year’s Day. To kick off the new year and new decade, we headed up the road to Colorado Boulevard dark and early for the parade. This year’s theme was “The Power of Hope,” and we saw […]

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

Family, Kids, Opinion, parenting, Pets, Uncategorized, writing

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

Dog, dogs, Family, Opinion, Pets, Uncategorized, writing

Happy Gotcha Day, Owen!

  Yesterday marked five years with our golden-haired pal, Owen.  Yes, I'm talking about our fun-loving, active, sweet, and slightly (though sometimes more than slightly) mischievous Golden retriever. We adopted him in January 2013 at the Pasadena Humane Society.  We first saw the Golden on Saturday the 5th, shy and quiet, as he retreated to… Continue reading Happy Gotcha Day, Owen!

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New Year’s Resolutions and/versus Goal Setting

I confess that I am indeed one of the millions of Americans who year after year makes resolutions for the New Year.  If I am entirely honest, about half of the resolutions I make- those such as exercise more, give up caffeine, cut back on carbs, etc.- I make with the intention of not keeping… Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions and/versus Goal Setting