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    We Are Our Children's First Line of Defense

    Gun owners, more often than not, speak of the right to bear arms. I’ve even heard some speak of it as a “God-given right” that everyone may arm themselves in self-defense with a gun. And I’ve tried to rationalize that in my own experience. Tried to humanize this need for a gun, whether to hunt for food or otherwise.  And I’ve taken that need to hunt, that need for a gun and attempted to equate it to something I use and need in my everyday life for pleasure and for my livelihood. The closest that I could figure out was my need for scissors for the paper artwork I make. Scissors can, most certainly, kill people. That is not what I use them for, but, for some, they may serve as a weapon. As such, should scissors we banned, I might complain. It is my right to own scissors, I might say. I do not use them to hurt others, I might protest. However, and this is the most important point of all, if scissors were used to kill 26 innocent people at an elemen...

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    Posted by Mrs. Katie Mauro Zeigler on Dec 17 2012 10:50AM | 1 comments

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    Chip Conley's "Emotional Equations"

    Have you ever met someone for the first time and—not in a romantic or sexual way—inexplicably tumbled into a space-time vortex of pure human-to-human connection? As you talk with this stranger, a sense of urgency emerges, while simultaneously you lose track of how many minutes have passed. There’s so much to share! Your speech hastens, your gestures grow larger, your facial expressions more elaborate. Then you find you’re interrupting each other with gasps of, “Me, too!” and “You had a similar experience?” and “Wow.” You feel certain, even if you don’t really believe in reincarnation, that you met this individual in a previous life.

    Suddenly, the spell breaks. Sounds and sights from your current reality come flooding back into your awareness. Your partner taps you on the shoulder. “Can we go now, please?” he groans, eyes rolling. Or you get to the front of the line at your favorite local caf&eac...

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    Posted by Ms. MeiMei Fox on Jan 11 2012 9:13PM | 0 comments

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    A Mother's Itch for Adventure

    Remember those stories starting with “It was a dark and stormy night?” Indeed it was, that first night of our weekend trip with my four-year-old. We were standing the middle of a deserted parking lot, a few miles past the Yosemite National Park entrance. My friend handed my son the lantern, which cast a soothing glow into the coal black darkness. She was itching for a short hike to the falls, but Alex knew he’d have none of it. We’d driven through rain all the way from San Francisco to Yosemite, and he didn’t care to poke around looking for waterfalls at night. It was only six o’ clock, and the temperature was 40 degrees, dropping further. I understood his fear; I’ve felt it myself, but somehow the woods are reassuring to me, even in the pitch black of night, even with the sound of nearby cars reminding us of civilization.  

    I love being a mother, but I miss this part of my life in the age BC – before children came...

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    Posted by Ms. Li Miao Lovett on Nov 21 2011 2:50PM | 0 comments

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    My Life as a Geek: Defining Moments

    Just this week, the United States National Science Foundation released its annual report listing the "geekiest cities in America." The findings were less than surprising. Hello, San Francisco! Great to see you, San Mateo! How's the weather, Boston? A few dark horses threw themselves in here and there (Nice to meet you, Destin, Florida!), but for the most part the so-called "geekiest" cities were just about where you'd expect them to be. What was surprising about the report was the definition of "geek" as detailed by the Foundation. According to them, a geek is "any worker with a bachelor's level of knowledge and education in science or engineering-related fields or workers in occupations that require some degree of technical knowledge or training." Now, granted, this definition of geek works specifically within the parameters of the Foundation itself and is meant more as a broad term for those engaged in the technical or scientific professions. But then are they really geeks? Are...

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    Posted by Mrs. Katie Mauro Zeigler on Aug 10 2011 8:24PM | 2 comments

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    Manly-Man Father-Son Bonding

    I had the opportunity to do some manly-man father-son bonding in June, when my wife Pamela reported that a big crunch at work over the whole summer was going to keep her in the office instead of on vacation somewhere with us. We decided to try to tackle the Bicycle Tour of Colorado, which is a week-long, fully supported bike tour for up to 1,500 riders. This year, the selected route amounted to 420 miles (and around 30,000 vertical feet of climbing!) to be covered in six days of riding, with a rest day included after the first four days. The big selling point for this year's route was that the Day 2 itinerary would take us up and over Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.

    With my

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    Posted by Mr. Marty Beene on Jul 21 2011 7:34AM | 0 comments

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    Lemonade from Lemons: Stanford Twins and The Power of Two 7/6/11

    Hello Stanford alums! My name is Isabel Stenzel Byrnes (Class of 1994) and I have written sporadically for the "Living Well" blog. I'm a social worker and health educator, and currently work for the Lucile Packard Pediatric Weight Control Program. It's nice to be back after a hectic few months, and finally find(or make) time to share a little bit about what has been going on.

    Have you ever found yourself stuck with a situation you didn't want? Some challenge lands on your lap without any notice? You gripe and whine and wish it wasn't so. You trudge through the mud, with a little 'whoas me,' and then, slowly, with patience and attention, you realize there are some gifts and joys that come out of that challenge.

    Illness can sometimes be like that. That has been the case for my twin sister Anabel (Class of 1994) and myself. When we were students at Stanford, we struggled with advanced cystic fibrosis (CF), and, with patience, hard work, and the blessin...

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    Posted by Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, M.P.H. on Jul 6 2011 11:09AM | 0 comments

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    I Don't Want to be the Only One: Why I'm Helping Get Women Elected in 2012

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In January, The Unofficial Stanford Blog posted a picture of me handing out free condoms in White Plaza to celebrate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Excited to share the news, I sent out the link to family and friends. Within a half an hour, I received a reply from my mom: “Oh well, I guess my daughter won’t be president.”

    Some people might point to my political views as the reason I would not get elected to office; in fact, my gender is a more historically grounded reason to believe I would not make it to an elected position. Besides the fact the U.S has yet to elect a female president, only 17% of Congress and 23% of state legislatures are women.

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    Posted by Ms. Natalie Joelle Goodis on Jul 5 2011 12:56PM | 0 comments

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    3 Steps for Transforming Anger into Action

    I came across an article in The Daily Beast the other morning entitled "" America the Angry"." In it, political consultant Douglas Schoen discusses the findings of a recent Newsweek/Daily Beast poll revealing that the vast majority of Americans are in a bad mood.

    As unemployment, gas and grocery prices are on the rise, so are people's levels of anger, anxiety and frustration. Three-quarters of those surveyed blamed the government and a lousy economy for their relationship problems, sleep loss and low sex drives. Two-thirds said they were "angry at God."

    Sure, times are tough relative to the recent economic boom. Still I couldn't help but think, "What a waste!" All that energy people are churning and burning, when they could be channeling it into creating positive change in the world.

    Here are my 3 steps for trans...

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    Posted by Ms. MeiMei Fox on Jun 28 2011 3:59PM | 0 comments