May 29, 2015

Topanga Tim's Survival Tips—Document Storage

 Fernwood Fred and I were passing the time of day on his deck overlooking the Canyon. We were talking about the paths of some of the Topanga fires in our lifetime. This led to a discussion of our important papers. I plan to get a fireproof safe, but somehow haven’t gotten around to it yet. A fireman told Fred that documents can be placed in a metal box and buried in the yard. Since fires don’t burn underground this affords more protection than having th… [Read More...]

Kids in the Canyon: Goodbye, Friends

 As this school year comes to a close, our class goodbye song, “Goodbye, Friends,” takes on a melancholy meaning for me for it will soon be time to say goodbye to this group of children as summer vacation begins and they matriculate to their next classroom. It takes a couple of months to become a true classroom family and then we are bonded. When it is time to move on, it is hard to let those bonds go, both for me and for the students. We are used to … [Read More...]

My Corner of the Canyon: Que Sera, Sera

 Green eyes. I don’t really know anyone with green eyes. People in books always have green eyes and I wish I did. My eyes are a hazel color, although someone once called them golden. Eye color is a genetic inheritance. My mother had blue-ish eyes and my father brown. My daughter’s eyes are really yellow but, because they are surrounded by a blue rim, they appear gray. Our son’s eyes are a soft deer-brown. I don’t understand genetics, which is not surp… [Read More...]