LIFE LESSONS

I love writing.

Over the years, I’ve blogged about marketing, homeschooling, parenting and creating change. Of course, you know I’ve also shared some opinion – around politics, climate and more. Consider this the browsing section of my site. I hope you find something interesting or inspiring!  

Marketing’s My Game

I’ve been writing as part of my marketing for decades. I’m good at taking complex ideas and simplifying. If you’re looking for someone to help with your blog, let me know! 

Jennifer Carole Twitter Tips for Beginners
Marketing

How To For Beginners: Curate Twitter to Help You Stay Woke

ICYMI (in case you missed it), Twitter is the new water cooler: the best place to learn things you might otherwise miss in the chaos that is 2017. So for
Financial Engines
Marketing

Oh Yeah – You’re Looking at a Retirement Savings Expert Right Here

In the spring of 2012, I joined a rag tag group of people at Financial Engines to kick off their social media efforts. Because it's heavily regulated - finance and
Infographics brought to life - interactive, fun, useful.
Marketing

Turning Infographics into Real Time Dynamic Marketing Tools is a Win for Business

As a content provider - I think I must spend at least thirty percent of my life creating content for clients - I have become pretty good at using content
Financial Engines retirement planner.
Marketing

Financial Engines Delivers a Social Security Planner Everyone Can Use

I've been working with Financial Engines for a couple years now and one of the bigger projects has been their Social Security Planner. Typically their products are only available to
Hoover Institutions website was a touch project.
Marketing

Hoover Institution Debuts New Website and It’s Very Cool

It's been a year since I've blogged which is a bad testament to a good year! It's been busy with lots of great projects that I have neglected to share
Marketing

Funkafied Technology Or How the User Experience Dictates Function

I realized the other day, I have no idea where our iPad is. It’s first generation (damned early adopters) and when we got it, we could barely put it down.
Teen driving - what do they really know?
Parenting

Teen Driving: How We Shot Ourselves in the Head in California

At some point - and I could go figure out when this happened but it pretty much doesn't matter - we took Driver's Education out of our schools. Stupidest move
Midlife means saying goodbye to Goldie.
Parenting

The Joys of Midlife: A Kid that Can Drive and Three Things…

Katie is finally a junior and this summer she got her license. That means I don’t have to drive her around anymore. That means I am free. The result, I’m
The xanax is to help me calm down.
Parenting

Someone Get Me a Xanax, It’s Finals Time

Look closely at that photo: On Friday she was barfing her guts out with the 24 hour flu; the bucket's still there but now it appears papers are what's been
Not sure she'd survive Times Square
Parenting

Just Got Off the Bus in Times Square

You can't have her, she's alllll mine.... A good friend of mine remembers his adolescence amazingly well. As I described to him the changes going on with my 14 year
Second Harvest Food Bank
Parenting

It’s True, I Love Stealing Other People’s Children

It was so easy. All I had to do to lure them away was send them a text. And then they were mine! Much to Katie's chagrin - she really
Parenting

LTS is the YOLO for the Over Forty Crowd

I think his nickname is OJ...just sayin'...If you have been living under a rock or simply been too busy working or listening to the kids squabble, you could have missed
Adrian Gonzales
Education

Stranger Things – The Upside Down World of Murder – Adrian Gonzales

We were stopped in the left turn lane of an intersection that was five lanes deep. Adrian was super mad and started to get out of the passenger seat -
The xanax is to help me calm down.
Education

Someone Get Me a Xanax, It’s Finals Time

Look closely at that photo: On Friday she was barfing her guts out with the 24 hour flu; the bucket's still there but now it appears papers are what's been
It's high school time.
Education

Wow – Just Changed the Blog Title to “It’s High School”

First day and last day of middle school. Damn. Hard to believe the time has come. Middle school graduation was last week - I can't believe how much this kid
Education

Middle School is Almost Over – We Made It Through the Wilderness

First Day of Middle School I'm so lucky. I have a fairly uncomplicated kid.    Now that middle school is finally coming to an end, I realized what we really
Education

Every Body Eats! Unleashing Katie’s Passion for Learning

Yeah, it sounds nuts. What the heck am I talking about?When I learned a long time ago that neuron connections are vital for a rich, healthy brain, it became my
Education

It’s Grassroots Baby – One Otter at a Time! Join the campaign!

Um, yeah. Katie pretending to be a fish. Don't ask.I am a fan of Kickstarter.If you don't know about this organization yet, you owe it to yourself to learn more.
True Crime research - who is following true crime.
Creating Change

True Crime Preliminary Research Results | Infographic!

[UPDATE: I have fixed the Infographic - now all ages are there and I added an explainer to the impact question.] Okay you wonderful people. I am thrilled to tell
Workshop about nonviolence.
Creating Change

Workshop at the Santa Cruz Resource Center for Nonviolence

Last Monday Katie started a week of Crunchy Camp - that was her nickname for the workshop she was attending at the Resource Center for Nonviolence called Exploring Your Social
Alex P Keaton and my kid!
Creating Change

What if Alex P Keaton Attended a Nonviolence Workshop in Santa Cruz?

Alex and Katie: Separated at Birth? Now that Katie's home from her last great adventure (and has clearly slept more than any Koala Down Under), it's time for her to
Creating Change

Perspectives on a Memorial: Take Back Santa Cruz for Shannon Collins

I just got back from the Take Back Santa Cruz walk to honor the memory of Shannon Collins.  The sound of the bagpipes called us to the corner where she
Creating Change

Advocating for Human Rights In Your Own Backyard

Listen2Youth is pleased to support the 15th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards in Santa Cruz, California on May 12, 2012. The Queer Youth Leadership Awards recognizes queer youth and allies
Creating Change

Get Technology Off My Back: Teenage POV on the Need for Tech Integration

Tyler Headley is a sophomore attending high school in the Pacific Northwest. He writes for us about tech, the user experience and social media - and his ideas about making
Epstein Victims
Opinion

The Unbearable Burden of Owning Your Truth | An Open Letter to Jeffrey Epstein’s Victims

When I found out the series of southern California murders were connected to the rapes in northern California, what I fantasized was one day I would meet the amazing rape
Teen driving - what do they really know?
Opinion

Teen Driving: How We Shot Ourselves in the Head in California

At some point - and I could go figure out when this happened but it pretty much doesn't matter - we took Driver's Education out of our schools. Stupidest move
Opinion

Funkafied Technology Or How the User Experience Dictates Function

I realized the other day, I have no idea where our iPad is. It’s first generation (damned early adopters) and when we got it, we could barely put it down.
Opinion

Blog Action Day 2012 – The Power of We is the Key to Successful Parenting

There is nothing that rings more true for a single mom. I chose to be a single mom. When I wasn't married at 34 - and there were no prospects
Opinion

My Debut on KSCO Radio! It was Thrilling!

MZ at the helm, making talk radio happen! When KGO decided to crush it's listeners by firing their talent and moving from talk to all news, I was devastated. Until
Opinion

The Value of Youth as an Emerging Market: Key Requirements for Online Services

We just wrapped a study with a proprietary panel looking at an online tool that would normally be considered a "business product" focusing on the user experience and new features.