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All In The Family Business

All In The Family Business

By Ron Kustek There are many reasons why hire family — they are usually more committed with a vested interest in the success of the company, plus they’re often more trustworthy, not to mention that family will often work for a lower cost than non-family labor. All of these positive attributes can contribute to a […]

Aging Happily

Aging Happily

By Lawrence A. Tartaglino I know it, I admit it, I accept it, and I am not ashamed of it. I am bald. Well, I do have a little hair around my temples, but not much. What brought this to mind was a recent experience I had at my local barbershop. As I sat in […]

Defining “Boundaries” Together

Defining “Boundaries” Together

Part 3 of “How to Help Your Daughter Understand Consent” published on June 1 By Trish Allison One of the most important parts of successful parenting is establishing and maintaining consistent boundaries. It helps to think of parental boundaries as a long bowling alley lane with a rubber bumper on each side where your daughter […]

Connecting Respect and Self-Respect

Connecting Respect and Self-Respect

Part 2 of “How to Help Your Daughter Understand Consent” published on June 1, 2019 By Trish Allison Now that you have defined ‘respect’ together, let’s connect ‘respect’ and ‘self-respect.’ One way to pivot the conversation from ‘respect’ to ‘self-respect’ is to discuss simple definitions of self-respect together. Here are some ideas for simple definitions: […]

A Gift Behind Every Disappointment

A Gift Behind Every Disappointment

By Joyce and Barry Vissell “There is a gift behind each disappointment and sadness.” These are words my mother spoke to me countless times growing up. I have found that sometimes the gift comes quite quickly and, at other times, the gift comes slowly, perhaps years later. But we need to trust that a gift […]

The Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer

By Lawrence A. Tartaglino Summertime in Santa Cruz: long balmy days, beaches, BBQ, and the Boardwalk. Dogs love summertime. They love rolling on the dew kissed lawn, digging in the sand, and running on the beach. It was the first summer for Goldie; our 8-month old rescued Golden Retriever. Initially, she went to the Santa […]

Vines For Better Or Worse

Vines For Better Or Worse

By Tony Tomeo Vines in the wild are downright exploitative. They do not support their own weight, so instead climb or sprawl over shrubbery and trees. Some are satisfied staying down below the canopy of the hosts who support them, as if aware that a healthy host will support them for a good long time. […]

Drugs in Pregnancy

Drugs in Pregnancy

By Ron Conte Pregnancy is a very complex condition. So many factors can disrupt a pregnancy and lead to fetal abnormalities, even death. Drugs could be one of those factors. The study of drugs that may interfere and harm fetal development is known as teratogenicity. This term is used to describe effects of drugs taken […]

The Contingency Plan

The Contingency Plan

For When Things Don’t Go As We Originally Planned By Ron Kustek Sometimes things just don’t go as we planned. Sure, we can think through a great number of details when creating our business plans, and then once we gain more information we tweak our plan to do some additional re-planning. The reality is that […]

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