San Diego CityBeat - Backwards & in High Heels <![CDATA[Smarter Balanced Assessments are around the corner - In favor of opting out of the test]]> The only thing obstructing my view of the end of my daughter’s fourth-grade year is the ugly last third of it. I say "ugly" because what comes with the final excruciating months is the amplified prep for, and implementation of—wait for it—standardized testing.]]> <![CDATA[Times are a-changin’ - A big thank-you tucked between stories ]]> From the beginning, both D&K have been staunch and unapologetic supporters of my ideas and my writing, giving me full reign of the page. ]]> <![CDATA[Principals of civility - Taking a page from the U.S. Tennis Association handbook]]> In a burst of local activism at my daughter’s school last week, I asked a district hoity-toity some questions about an ongoing leadership vortex on campus. ]]> <![CDATA[The pitfalls of Tupperware - And the dangers of knock-off versions]]> My husband’s long-articulated worst nightmare became real last week when he bit down on a piece of smothered chicken he’d made the night before and thought he’d been stuck through the tongue with a bone. But it was no bone. It was a 2-inch-long vertical shard of glass that pierced the roof of his mouth and his tongue.]]> <![CDATA[Parenting the tween-ish kid - Where old and new territory collide]]> This summer, my daughter will turn 10 and will officially be a double-digit midget, as my mother used to call me once I’d aged into the tween years. Offensive, I know, but it was 1980. And it was my ]]> <![CDATA[Sandwiched: the glory of being a grown-up - Life in the middle between a dependent child and an aging parent]]> The Sunday before Christmas, while on my way to a holiday gathering with my husband and another couple, I received an email from my mother with an explosive subject line. "Emergency Room," it read.]]> <![CDATA[Shirley Owen and the urge to murder San Diegans - Visions of gun violence danced in her head]]> San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf has a problem called “Shirley Owen,” which means—paging San Diego—we have a problem called “Lorie Zapf.”]]> <![CDATA[Ebony and ivory and harmony, oh my! - Stop pretending an interracial hug fixes injustice ]]> In the days between two grotesque and revealing grand-jury decisions not to indict the killers of two unarmed black men, a photo of a white policeman embracing a weeping black boy kept popping up in my Facebook feed.]]> <![CDATA[Self-medicating through trashy art - Taylor Swift and ‘The Good Wife’: just two of my guilty pleasures]]> Here’s the stone-cold truth: I’m into some superficial entertainment right now. Various news items engulf me like an avalanche: President Obama finding his immigration balls a month too late; frat boys across the country getting away with rape, ho hum.]]> <![CDATA[Going nuclear - An experiment in not exercising a hard-won fundamental right]]> On this most recent Election Day, the one that saw the U.S. Senate floor—and those of some governor’s mansions and local Podunk cubicles across the country—get scrubbed clean with the asses of Democrats, I did something that pissed off pretty much everyone I know, and a whole bunch of someones I don’t: I stayed home.]]> <![CDATA[Encinitas’ Prop. F and the dispensaries - Let’s move this time machine to 2014, shall we?]]> I don’t live anywhere near Encinitas. But a lovely, graceful, terrific writer friend of mine does, and, last week, she—a cancer survivor and user of medicinal marijuana herself—drafted a lovely, graceful, terrific letter to some local publications about Prop. F. More specifically, it was about her opposition to it.]]> <![CDATA[How not to run a marathon - Zero-2-couch in 10 easy weeks]]> Too many people have been turned off to not running a marathon simply by trying to start off too fast. Their bodies rebel and they wind up in a mental funk, wondering why anyone would possibly want to not run in the first place.]]> <![CDATA[Winter is coming - The Southern California preppers edition]]> Wow, was that a summer or what? I don’t know about you, but in my 22 years of living in this casual little city that’s trying on fancy britches, I cannot recall a hotter five months. ]]> <![CDATA[The iWatch is more iExtraordinary than you’ve imagined - From real-time-death notification to hot-flash tabulation, it does it all]]> As the winner of an online sweepstakes (I stumbled onto it when I mistyped a url while shopping), I got to test drive the new iWatch for a week and am therefore in a unique position to weigh in on the attributes of this game-changing device.]]> <![CDATA[Ice buckets and social justice - Can we do more than one thing at a time?]]> When I was finally able to turn my focus to the fundraiser, I didn’t have high hopes for it. Either dump water or write a check as a strategy seemed misguided. Why isn’t it both? I thought. ]]> <![CDATA[To my white tribe - You are mine, and I am yours, so let’s deal with it]]> White people like you and me, dear CityBeat reader, have the privilege not to deal with any of the race realities if we don’t want to.]]> <![CDATA[Deporting refugees and welcoming Ebola - America and her priorities]]> Now for a whole bunch of words: Fever, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from every orifice, death, no cure. Also: The World Health Organization has warned that the virus is spreading faster than efforts to control it. ]]> <![CDATA[Fighting the fight of body-conscious girls - It might be unwinnable]]> Research out of the NYU Child Study Center has shown that girls’ self esteem peaks at age 9. It peaks, people! ]]> <![CDATA[The relative depravity of soccer and Ann Coulter - In the end, it’s only a game]]> The 2014 World Cup hasn’t received so much of Glenn Beck’s ire that I’m aware of, but Ann Coulter filled the void last week with a screed of her own.  ]]> <![CDATA[This is not a test of the Emergency Broadcast System - This is an actual emergency—is this thing on?]]> As of this moment, most schools in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) have let out for the summer, and kids all around the city are settling into routines—camps for the haves, video games for the have-nots.]]>