One of the great excitement of a parents adventure is when a baby takes his first steps. I was fortunate enough to be there when both my son and daughter took their first steps. It seems to be done instantly. Before, they are crawling on all fours and then, they get up confidently and start walking. No more holding to the table, or chair, or sofa. Now they are on their own.

They are checked in now, and have been issued their rain slicker (Canyon weather is fickle) and their bota bag for water (a souvenir of the trip), and have made their way a quarter mile along the Canyon rim to the round, rock corral next to the trail head. While the anticipation remains as high as ever, for most, the anxiety level drops slightly when they get their first look at Ron Clayton and his wranglers. Even though they resemble a picture out of the old wild west, they are for real. One look at Casey, Dave, Jack, Sean, or any of the seven or eight others (including several equally competent lady wranglers) will rightfully calm their nerves. These are some of the best cowboys in the world. They love what they do, they do it well, and they instill trust at first sight.

The second proactive action is to contact your school. It is beneficial to the child if the parents and school work together. California Languages Code 48900.3 sections 200 and 220, and AB537 states that educators cannot sit idly by when any student is being harassed. Included in the school’s safety plan should be antidiscriminatory/violence programs (Ed. Code 33280). Parents are encouraged to participate in the formation of these plans (sec. 32282), but that may entail going to board meetings.

Crazy and passionate about beautiful landscapes, wine country and log cabins, I am going to look for a small country home, with a barn that I can buy . If I succeed in finding one, I would love to start a vegetable and herb garden and plant some grapevines.

I was writing for a local bicycling newsletter whose editor, Brian Potter, asked me to join a League of American Bicyclists Road 1 class. (The first draft of this had “League of American Wheelmen”, which betrays my age!) Brian and I rode through Tulsa to plan a route for the class.

There two entities that may read your resume first-a person and a computer. We all know that computers don’t have the intelligence to handle content that is presented in a creative way. In fact, many companies use computers to read a resume first for this very reason. They aren’t looking for creative individuals. They are looking for someone who is qualified for the job. Creativity is squashed from the moment of first contact.

These schemes are also available for poor credit holders. Lenders do not reject the application due to this issue. They only check the financial condition of the borrowers before approving the loan.

In a positive sign, it appears that the worst of the job cuts have passed and the economy is showing multiple signs of improvement. According to Reuters, manufacturing, housing, and construction have all shown moderate signs of improvement and the government reported last week that the economy shrank at a pace of 1 percent from April to June. Many analysts have stated that the economy could start growing in the current quarter. With the recent improvement in unemployment, the signs of moderate improvement in several segments, the analysts may be correct and the recession may actually be over.

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