Madeleine DeAndreis-Ayres en “Women of a Certain Age” Are Still 4th Graders At Heart <p class="ColumnHeadline"><span style="font-family: ITC-Clearface; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: justify;">A difficult thing about becoming a woman “of a certain age” is that, while your driver’s license attests to the fact you are said woman “of a certain age” often your sense of self is still in 4th grade.</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:15:17 +0000 Madeleine DeAndreis-Ayres 15032 at “Women of a Certain Age” Are Still 4th Graders At Heart Commitment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s the month where we commemorate love and romance with its very own day, February </span>14th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Valentine’s Day. Love and romance are all well and good, but boxes of chocolates, sexy lingerie, a fishing license— in other words presents—to your beloved only go so far in sealing the deal. For love to last, there is one more thing you absolutely need. It’s not as sexy or titillating as a Victoria Secret </span>bustier<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or an </span>Orvis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reel but, at least from my humble perspective, it means much more. You want to go the distance? You need commitment.</span></p><p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 01:00:03 +0000 Madeleine DeAndreis-Ayres 7174 at Commitment The Whistling Girl <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The history we learn from text books is made up of stories selected by academics to explain and give shape to a civilization’s collective past. But history is much more than that. Beyond the textbook stories of political battles and sweeping social movements are the stories of ordinary people who make history in their own right by everyday acts of bravery and by standing up to injustice in the very communities in which they lived.</span></p> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 18:01:12 +0000 Madeleine DeAndreis-Ayres 327 at The Empty Nest <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House wrens finally took up residence in one of our bird houses last summer. For those of you not familiar with house wrens, they are a small bird, smaller than a sparrow, with cute little tails that stick straight up. Their bird call, however, is not small. Their call is loud, long and starts at dawn and continues without a break until well after sun-up.</span></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:09:00 +0000 Madeleine DeAndreis-Ayres 286 at Pete Carroll - In The Line Of Duty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On October </span>31st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 1947, two police cars collided at the intersection of </span>7th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and H streets in Eureka, California. Both cars had their sirens going and were responding to a call. Sat, 01 Sep 2012 17:59:27 +0000 Madeleine DeAndreis-Ayres 326 at Pete Carroll - In The Line Of Duty Beginner's Class <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Years ago on our son’s twelfth birthday, he wanted to invite some friends to the Skateboard Park in Ashland. He had never been there before, and technically, he didn’t know how to “board” yet. His father, recalling his own experience of being an over-enthusiastic boy, suggested that maybe the whole family should check it out first to see if it was something he really wanted to do. front of strangers. As often happens with exuberant youth, Henry seemed relieved to have his dream party reined in a bit. We drove to Ashland and found the park. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 16:35:44 +0000 Madeleine DeAndreis-Ayres 300 at The Razor's Edge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sandy was in her mid-eighties when she died last May. She was a soft radiance of light in the time I knew her. She was elegance, even in infirmity; not a trait many can pull off authentically. She favored bright colors over the fashion-safe palette of mauves and dusty rose pinks. And she was unfailingly kind and patient, even with those she disagreed with. Thu, 01 Sep 2011 17:57:22 +0000 Madeleine DeAndreis-Ayres 325 at You Reap What You Sow <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last January, between storms, I sat in my soggy yard dividing iris rhizomes. Yeah I know I should’ve done this last fall, but the kind of gardener I am precludes adherence to any strict dogma, dictum or rules. My motto: “get it planted and it will bloom...eventually.”</span></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 16:38:12 +0000 Madeleine DeAndreis-Ayres 301 at Thanksgiving <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our son’s truck was stolen last fall.&nbsp; He and his sister live together in Eureka and attend College of the Redwoods. They both have jobs and juggle classes, work and social lives. Losing the truck put a crimp in their style, a hitch in their giddy-up not to mention it was a real buzz kill.</span></p> Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:55:38 +0000 Madeleine DeAndreis-Ayres 324 at No Child’s Imagination Left Behind <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Memories of school days stay with us our whole lives.&nbsp; What do you remember about your years in school?&nbsp; Do you remember the spelling tests, the multiplication worksheets, the maps of the thirteen original colonies?&nbsp; Do you fondly recall the weeks of filling in answer bubbles for state examinations or slogging through phoneme awareness flash cards?</span></p><p>Probably not.</p> Mon, 01 Feb 2010 16:39:59 +0000 Madeleine DeAndreis-Ayres 302 at