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Marion Franck

Here is one of the many reasons why I love kids

Editor’s note: Marion is taking the week off. This column first ran in 2004. It was intermission at the Vets’ Memorial Theatre where Davis High School students were performing the musical, “Oklahoma.” Intermission was short and the line in the ladies room was long, mostly high school girls, with a sprinkling of moms among them. […]

November 27, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The curious case of the missing bird

My husband is our Thanksgiving chef and the family that gathers to enjoy his meal now numbers in the mid-20s. When our oven could no longer hold a turkey large enough to feed everyone, he started buying two turkeys and cooking one outdoors. This allows him to strut his stuff. One turkey is conventional; the […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Work in progress: For what should I give thanks?

With Thanksgiving approaching, I’m thinking about what I should be thankful for. Three separate moments from the weekend give me clues. Like verses of a song, they come together to form a theme. The main event of the weekend is the arrival of our son, 26, from Minneapolis for a conference in San Francisco. My […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Time for this column to be judged against its peers

For years I entered the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper contest with nary a nibble. First, I’d get a note from a Davis Enterprise editor asking me to choose three columns to submit. Many months later, I’d read a brief announcement that someone else had won. One year, I got a notice that I […]

November 06, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Is the assertive response always right?

There was an uncomfortable moment between my daughter and me at the airport a couple of weeks ago. We both knew she might be taking a long flight with a crying baby. Trying to avoid that scenario, we stumbled into an experience that was unforeseen. My daughter, her 4-month-old baby and I were in Terminal […]

October 30, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Perplexing details surface as I explore a theme

Sergeant Curtis G. Culin III survived World War II but lost a leg. He became a salesman in New York, married and died in 1963, 1965 or 1981. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and mentioned in a speech by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1961. On the Web, the only recent references are […]

October 23, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

American soldiers honored at cemetery in France

France gave the United States a piece of land in perpetuity for the graves of American soldiers who died on D-day or in related operations. My husband and I visited a couple of weeks ago. It is not my habit to visit gravesites. The American Cemetery occupies 172.5 acres on the high ground above Omaha […]

October 16, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Ah the joys of France: Wine, food, roundabouts

Davis has five roundabouts and my colleague Bob Dunning doesn’t like any of ‘em. For your sake, Bob, I checked out the real thing — in France. A French person would probably regard our roundabouts as trifling, since they usually bring together no more than two streets. A French roundabout is a maelstrom of 3-7 […]

October 09, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Give me the right tools and I remember being Mom

This week I went on one of my weirdest nostalgia trips yet, which landed me (not literally) at the Woodland Mall. This happened after I hunted up my children’s baby books and read about their potty training. My reading was provoked by current events with my grandchild, 2, who is being potty trained. Thursday he […]

How perfectly planned does a proposal need to be?

My husband proposed marriage the moment the idea came to him, in a parking lot outside a restaurant in San Diego, without a ring or plans for a ring, and I liked it that way. Ever since, I’ve thought that spontaneity is the way to go with an engagement. However, recently my view has changed. […]

Doula: An unfamiliar word, an important profession

Today I want to tell you about a field in which California is a leader and Davis is ahead of the pack, but first I’ll explain my personal connection. My daughter has two children, a two-year old and a newborn. Even though she gave birth to her first child at a famous medical center, Stanford […]

What do we do with the fear they left behind?

* Editor’s note: This in updated version of a column that ran three weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks. Despite our flag-waving bravado, the terrorists succeeded: They created fear. I see it in a shaky stock market, canceled plane trips, and extremes of security, such as the reported ban on toenail-clippers in carry-on luggage. I see it […]

I’ve planned my next step; will Obama follow suit?

I have a friend who used to write editorials for the New York Times. “It was the pinnacle,” he admitted over dinner recently in Chicago where he moved for the sake of his kids, took a job with the Chicago Tribune, and later became a college professor. Although I’ve read some of Don’s writing, I […]

A celebrity I saw in person honks his way into Heaven

* Editor’s note: Marion is on vacation. This column first ran in May 2006. Last week, reading an obituary, I felt sad about the death of a man I never knew and never saw — except when he wore a clown suit. I was 7 and Lew Anderson was 32 years old when he became the […]

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