Michael Orr

Michael Orr

Michael Orr is a Father, writer, reader, science geek and musician who lives, works & plays in Paradise, California

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    Be the Change: Michelle Carlson – Making the Impossible Possible, One Space at a Time

    Throughout my middle school and high school years, I despised math and science classes. I knew they were important and I got OK grades in them, but I had to drag myself to every one of those classes against my own will. Then the summer after graduation I decided to take a couple of classes at the local junior college before heading off to my … [Read more...]

    Pediatrician Q&A with Dr. Zeke (Ezekiel Melquist, MD)

    Q: As back-to-school time approaches, many parents dread the first month or so, as many kids get sick in those first few weeks. Why does that happen? A: Each child has an ecosystem of bacteria that differs slightly from other kids. They also have unique antibodies to all the bacteria and viruses that they have encountered throughout their … [Read more...]

    Fencing Offers Fun, Fitness, Focus and Competition to People Across the Spectrum

    Swashbuckler wannabes of America, En Guarde! Fencing, once thought only to be a sport for the elites (and Europeans), is on the rise. Just ask Margaret Brunelle, owner of Chico Swordfighting at My Fencing Center. Modern fencing has been around since the early 18th century, but it has only been since the American women won Gold in the 2004 Olympics … [Read more...]

    Daytripping – Five Fun Picnic Spots

    Finding time to get away isn’t easy. Many of us don’t have the time (or money) to get away to the coast or to Tahoe on a regular basis due to work, kids’ baseball practice, soccer games, school or any of the huge number of things families have to get accomplished on a daily basis. Daytripping is a great answer to this problem, as most of us can … [Read more...]

    Be the Change: Judi Richins – Teaching Music = Teaching Life

    Numerous studies have shown that children who develop musical skills early in life often excel in other areas, such as math, language skills and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things). It is often said that music is therapeutic. That is true for many people, but music can also be a … [Read more...]