Editor's Note

Editor's Note

By Irene Lacher 08/01/2011

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Most of life is focused on the prime years of active adulthood, either by preparing for it, retiring from it or being in the midst of it. And Arroyo, for the most part, is geared toward life in that happy middle. So this month, we look at the bookends of adulthood — those critical formative years of childhood and one’s golden retirement, prospects for which have tarnished of late.

The good news is that recent research into young brains is revealing new pathways to learning. Arcadia psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson, co-author of The Whole-Brain Child (Random House) coming out this fall, is on the cutting edge of translating that research into 21st-century parenting. Ilsa Setziol visits Bryson to find that she practices what she preaches.

A fresh face on the local education front is new Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Jon Gundry, a 1992 Fulbright Scholar, former Houston schools administrator and until recently, interim superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Noela Hueso talks to him about how he plans to bring Pasadena schools into the 21st century and attract families that have turned to private education.  

Of course, planning one’s retirement these days is hardly child’s play, what with the economic assault on IRAs, 401(k)s and pensions and threats to Social Security and Medicare. So boomers’ inheritances are becoming increasingly important to ensuring comfort in their golden years. Bettijane Levine talks to Arroyoland financial experts about what heirs should know before they dash to their closest Maserati dealer.

But then one could always take a tip from the retirement plan of the always delightful Nancy Spiller. Then again, maybe not. See for yourself on page 16.

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