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Joelle Burnette's Blog (8)

Staying Alive for My Kids

I am a Sonoma County author and I'm going to be talking about my new book, “Cancer Time Bomb” at some upcoming events here in the county and in San Francisco.

In my book, I tell what it was like to have prophylactic surgeries after testing positive for the BRCA genetic mutation. I…


Added by Joelle Burnette on June 11, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Spring break activity ideas for Sonoma County moms

Avoid the kids whining about nothing to do this spring break and check out my blog about activities in Sonoma County and beyond.

You'll find many ideas including indoor locations for those rainy days, or hiking through redwood groves or exploring museums in Golden Gate Park.

Check out my story at:… Continue

Added by Joelle Burnette on April 2, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Rohnert Park teachers hurt by a word

It has come to my attention the use of a word in my recent letter to the editor (Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010) may have caused unintended hurt feelings among members of a specific audience: teachers.

After being told the Rohnert Park School District is considering limiting the number of students able to transfer out of the district, I wrote, my choices of schools for my daughter would become “The rudimentary neighborhood school where my daughter is lost in a sea of children after budget…


Added by Joelle Burnette on February 18, 2010 at 12:50am — No Comments

Help a single dad who recently lost his wife to breast cancer

Mary Karanasos died this past September a week after her 45th birthday. When her breast cancer was diagnosed last January, the disease had already metastasized into her lymph nodes, bones, liver and lungs.

That's the cold summary about the end of this sweet woman's life. But as with most good stories, you have to dig deeper to understand who a person is and why my 13-year-old son wanted to help her husband and 8-year-old daughter.

When I went to UC Santa Barbara,… Continue

Added by Joelle Burnette on February 17, 2010 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Wasting RP School Money and the Blame Game

I’m trying. I’m really trying to give the Rohnert Park School District the benefit of the doubt with respect to their latest recommendations regarding the “in the bag” vote to close Mountain Shadows Middle School. If closing Mountain Shadows is what’s necessary to keep the school district afloat, then, so be it.

Moreover, after discussing the school closure issue with several local parents, it would seem it is necessary to close another elementary school if the district is… Continue

Added by Joelle Burnette on February 17, 2010 at 9:13pm — No Comments

I'm a Closet Optimist...Combining Rohnert Park Middle Schools

I'm a closet optimist. Why is my optimism hiding in the closet? I'm a self-proclaimed glass-half-empty kinda gal. And yet, oddly enough, when it comes to politics and government (including our public school system), I always find myself hoping for the best; hoping for the one guy, the one woman, the honorable person, who is going to stand up and do what's right for our citizens. And yes, I believed in this ideal long before Obama was anywhere near running for office and despite my years of… Continue

Added by Joelle Burnette on February 17, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Can I find a job after being my kids' personal assistant?

I have two kids and a master's degree from Stanford (not the kids, just the master’s). Those are two contradictory items in my would appear.

I used to work outside of the home. I liked it. Loved it, actually, when I was a newspaper reporter and ran off in the middle of the night to a flood or fire or the guy who shot himself in his garage. Sounds dark, I know, but covering police and fire were my favorites. (Being the schools page editor and covering local government was…


Added by Joelle Burnette on February 12, 2010 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Rich or poor, it's nice to have money

Since the time I was a child, I remember my father spouting off his mother's wise idioms. One in particular was, "Rich or poor, it's nice to have money."

Will money…


Added by Joelle Burnette on February 10, 2010 at 7:10pm — 4 Comments

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