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Summer time
Jul.06.2013
Lamorinda Weekly Volume 07; Issue 8
  By Caie Kelley  With weather like this, it’s easy to spend one’s days lazily lounging besides the pool and tanning. For some, this may comprise the whole of their summer plans. However, many Lamorinda teens spend these weeks doing the opposite – interning, traveling, taking classes, and preparing for the upcoming school year.     ...
Agapanthus are blooming profusely in July
Jul.05.2013
lamorinda Weekly Volume 07; Issue 8
  Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian-  By Cynthia Brian   “The law of living is giving The nature of nature is giving The clouds are giving rain Trees are giving fruit Earth is giving grain Moon and stars are giving light With gifts of nature’s giving, we are living to complete the cycle of living, and giving Let us give from our mind, hands, and...
Jul.04.2013
Lamorinda Weekly Volume 07; Issue 8
By Alex Pawlakos   App: GateGuru by GateGuru Inc. For: iPhones and Android phones Price: Free   With the arrival of summer, many of us will be spending some of our time in airports. Unfortunately, for many vacationers, the airport experience is the worst part of traveling.  However, there is a handy little app called GateGuru that definitely...
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Blue Star Creeper
Jun.24.2013
lamorinda Weekly Volume 07; Issue 7
  Reader’s Request   Hello Cynthia,  I’m thinking of replacing my ugly barren lawn with fake turf so my kids can play, but read that you like isotoma. How quickly does isotoma grow? Can I just buy a bag of it? Can I plant it this late in the season? Will the kids be able to play on it? Thanks so much for all your help. Patrick   Hi Patrick: So...
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Jun.23.2013
lamorinda Weekly Volume 07; Issue 7
By Caie Kelley   It’s a strange headline to imagine: Miley Cyrus attends Harvard University, or, Taylor Swift Feels Pressure to Attend Elite College.  Celebrities often claim to be just like an average person, minus the money, beauty, and fame, but it’s pretty hard to believe that they understand what we teenagers go through, especially the numerous...
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Foxgloves enjoy summer
Jun.08.2013
Lamorinda Weekly Volume 07; Issue 6
    Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian-   Garden Gala By Cynthia Brian   "The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution."         -- Paul Cezanne, French artist, 1839-1906   Entertaining in the summer garden is my favorite manner to gather friends and family for al...
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Hannah Li is a Writer with Be the Star You Are!®
Jun.07.2013
lamorinda Weekly Volume 07; Issue 6
  By Hannah Li   It seems just yesterday that we flaunted our new backpacks and bright eyes on the first day of school, but the reality is that summer is just around the corner. “Be excited! You can finally take a break from school and relax” says Mom; but little does she know, June breezes also blow in a warm dose of anxiety, as a cycle of summer...
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Jun.06.2013
lamorinda Weekly Volume 07; Issue 6
THE APP RAP   By Alex Pawlakos   App: BestParking by BestParking.com For: iPhones and Android phones Price: Free   Anyone who has ever driven in San Francisco, or any city for that matter, knows how difficult it is to find parking. Free parking is virtually non-existent, while parking garages and parking lots can be complicated to locate as well...
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Hannah Li is a Writer with Be the Star You Are!®
May.23.2013
lamorinda Weekly Volume 07; Issue 5
  Overcoming Fear By Hannah Li      The night before my SAT, I remember sitting on the kitchen floor looking up at my mom: "What if I get every single question wrong?" I was being sarcastic to an extent, but at that moment I was genuinely overcome by a claustrophobic fear of failing the SAT. Mom's next few words changed my perspective - not...
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May.13.2013
Lamorinda Weekly Volume 07; Issue 4
  Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian-Mother, May I?   “In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.” Alice Walker   By Cynthia Brian   The robin darted from her nest the moment I walked outside. She’s been laying four blue eggs either on the wreath on the door or in the vertical hanging basket for the past several years. Today her babies...