• Bios
    August 2020

    Staff Bios

    Brad Kava – Owner | Editor Brad Kava is a lifelong journalist who got his start working for Santa Cruz weeklies and then spent many years commuting over the hill to newspapers in San Jose and Gilroy. When he had a son four years ago with Jennifer Ford, he found a way to stay in the county he loves and writes about what he was learning: raising kids. He has two teenaged stepchildren with Jennifer and together they are plugged into the spectrum of child-rearing from birth to almost college. Their bold adventure together inspires them to put out a resource for local families and all the challenges they face.…

  • Kari Byron
    August 2020

    Kari Byron

    Mother Kari Byron Spent a Lot of Time Busting Myths Our Mythbuster Stumbled into the Greatest Job in the World By Kevin Painchaud If you ever turned on the TV between the years of 2003 and 2018, I’m sure you had the opportunity to watch the Discovery Network hit show, MythBusters. It was one of the most popular TV shows ever produced by the Discovery Channel. One of the fun and quirky co-hosts of this show, was Kari Byron. I had the chance to chat with Kari and learn a bit more about her and her new show titled Crash Test World.KP: Hi Kari. So where did you grow up…

  • teenhomeschool
    August 2020


    Now is the Perfect Time to Get Kids Writing By John Koenig Wendy Thompson wants you to know one thing. The Young Writers Program will be back for the fall 2020 semester—although online, not live. Now retired after a long teaching career, she will be leading the YWP into uncharted territory as schools learn to reopen in the time of COVID. Last spring, it survived the retirement of its founding director, the school lockdowns, and funding cuts that left essential staff positions unfilled. As the new executive director, she is focused on returning with the projects that have been a part of Santa Cruz education and a part of her…

  • Father reading to child
    August 2020

    Staying at Home

    Staying at Home Make Family Read-aloud Time the Highlight BY JAN PIERCE Watch out parents, having to stay at home with the family may force you to have quality time together. You may find that a family read aloud time becomes a family favorite. Reading good books together supports all kinds of learning—vocabulary building, communication and listening skills, expanding imagination, building logic and problem-solving skills, and the list goes on and on.Finding the just-right read for your family can be a bit of a trick, so here are some lists of quality chapter books designed to meet the needs of your clan. Remember that doling out the chapters is part…