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Noir at the Bar Mar 29, 2015 An evening of noir-ish readings featuring Thomas Perry, Jo Perry, Tim Hallinan, Naomi Hirahara, Jim Ruland and Maria Alexander. Author's books will be available for purchase and signing. 65 other events on Sunday, March 29
 
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Wednesday, August 1,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

Why a happy photo op with the statue of Joe Paterno is nuts

Doing the right thing was too far down on the priority list for the late Penn State coach

By Aaryn Belfer
We human beings are crazy, aren’t we? I’m convinced that most of us are doing the best we can to be good people, to do the right thing and to evolve and grow and all that.
Wednesday, July 18,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

Racism isn’t the eradicated plague of the 20th century

Kids at camp in Tahoe City get a rude lesson

By Aaryn Belfer
On the last day of June, while still percolating over a Boston Globe article in which white author Jeff Jacoby claimed that “America’s racist past is dead and gone,” my family headed north to attend a camp for families that have adopted children of color.
Tuesday, July 3,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

I’m inching closer to my Mrs. Roper Caftan Phase

Memory loss, special diets and getting closer to a return to the cradle

By Aaryn Belfer
Last month, my daughter celebrated her seventh birthday, and let me tell you: Nothing makes a middle-aged woman feel more at home in the sweat-soaked country of peri-menopause like her baby turning 7.
Wednesday, June 20,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

Some uncensored thoughts on U-T TV

I get the feeling that we are the butt of a joke

By Aaryn Belfer
We need to talk about another war, one that threatens the soul of San Diego. If we even have a soul, which I very much doubt. The grave danger is U-T TV. Warning: Expletives ahead.
Wednesday, June 6,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

Election exhaustion has me considering a move to France

What I wouldn’t give for a six-week election cycle

By Aaryn Belfer
I predicted the winners to be the zombies. The asshole zombies, that is. And I was right. Just look at them. And the losers? Well, that would be you and me.
Wednesday, May 23,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

Standardized testing as child abuse

It’s bubble time for the kiddos—and not the soapy kind

By Aaryn Belfer
Last month in Oceanside, N.Y., Christine Dougherty wrote to her son’s principal requesting that he not sit for the standardized state exams. In the letter, posted to United Opt Out National’s website, she asked that Joseph instead be “given an alternative real learning opportunity.” She received a ghastly response.
Tuesday, May 8,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

May and June can be much more than a pre-summer bummer

Gray months provide crucial prep time for July and August

By Aaryn Belfer
Ah, yes, glorious summer: when bedtime is a foreign word I cannot pronounce, when concerts in the park and concealed beverages are regular features of any weekend.
Wednesday, April 25,2012
Opinion

Parenting other parents has become a day at the beach

Slowly but surely, I’m learning how to deal with these people

By Aaryn Belfer
In my less-experienced days, I might have said, Sure no problem—what’s 30 minutes? even if it completely jacked my schedule. And then, too, I’d have complained about it here. But like I said, I’m getting good at dealing with this passive-aggressive style of parenting.
Wednesday, April 11,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

I am Trayvon Martin’s mother—are you?

Most white parents can’t relate to the experience of black parents

By Aaryn Belfer
It makes no sense that my baby could be tucked safely in bed while Sybrina Fulton’s was being profiled, stalked and murdered by a self-appointed neighborhood policer and negro-phobe who, more than a month-and-a-half later, still has not been arrested.
Wednesday, March 28,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

My rose-colored glasses come off

Facing the realities of school administration during economic hardship

By Aaryn Belfer
Last week, a parent at my school planned a parent-child walkout during school hours. She asked that we gather with our children for all of 30 minutes to say that we oppose the draconian cuts that could reduce our teaching staff to nearly half of what it is currently, and that the coming explosion in class sizes is unacceptable and not in our children’s best interest.
 
 
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