10 tricks to be happier !

If happiness is partly determined by genetics , health and other factors relatively independent of us, we can still improve it in some ways , through our own motivation, playing and practicing what will improve our well being, both daily and over the long term. At the annual meeting of the American Association for the […]


The A-Team – Review

The A-Team starts off with introducing the four main characters. Hannibal (Liam Neeson), is stuck in a life or death bind if he doesn’t come up with his best plan to escape. B.A. Baracus (Quinton “Rampage” Jackson), is overly excited to reunite with his better half, his car. Face (Bradley Cooper), lets his good looks […]

Health & Beauty


Disappointing I love Jonathan Kellerman’s stories about Alex Delaware and his friend Milo Sturgis, but this one, like Mr. Kellerman’s last book “Conspiracy Club,” was not up to par. The plot got bogged down in the intricacies of government funding and Medi-Cal billing. The average citizen dislikes dealing with insurance in real life, so why […]


What third graders should know

Math Add and subtract two- and three-digit numbers with regrouping (i.e. making ones into tens, tens into hundreds) Find the answers to simple multiplication problems using repeated addition or counting by multiples  Understand place value up to four digits  Time and Measurement—  Tell time accurately using an analog (non-digital) clock Estimate and measure objects using […]


What second graders should know

Math Memorize basic addition and subtraction facts for numbers 1-10 Find the sum or difference of two whole numbers up to three digits long Use repeated addition to do multiplication Counting, Ordering, and Place Value— Count, read, and write numbers up to 1,000 Order and compare whole numbers up to 1,000 Understand place value concepts […]


What first graders should know

Math Count by ones, twos, fives, and tens to 100 Write, order, and compare numbers to 99 (e.g. finishes sequence 23, __ , 25) Understand concepts of addition and subtraction Add and subtract using numbers 1 through 20  Choose correct operation (+ or -) in a problem-solving situation Understand place value, simple fractions, and measurement […]