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Myra Demeter, Ph.D., President and Founder of Demeter Educational Consulting, has been an educator for 40 years. She earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from NYU, and taught Mathematics in the public schools of NY for over 20 years. Dr. Demeter trained aspiring education leaders at Brooklyn College, University of Hawaii, and UCLA. A New York transplant, she quickly assumed leadership positions in the Beverly Hills PTA and Library and was elected to the Beverly Hills Unified Board of Trustees where she served 8 years and was elected as President twice. Elected by more than 20 school districts, Dr. Demeter served as a delegate to the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Delegate Assembly, the main policy making arm of the organization. Due to her vast experience and knowledge of education, she was chosen and served as a peer reviewer for the US Government Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Funds (TIF) and Investing in Innovation (i3) grant programs. Dr. Demeter has been invited to lead professional development workshops and give speeches in New York, Indiana, Hawaii, Oregon and California. Student success has always guided her work in education – in the classroom and while serving on the school board.

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The Most Beautiful Dance I Ever Enjoyed With My Husband

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 8:11 PM

This past weekend my husband, Dan danced at our friend's daughter's wedding. Well, if you consider swaying from side to side dancing, then it qualifies. While it may not seem so remarkable, the fact that Dan wiggled on a dance floor is amazing and wonderful!

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Technologically Challenged

(3) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 12:35 PM

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Life used to be so simple. A few years ago, it was possible to turn on the TV with the touch of a button. Today, we have seven remote controls in our homeand no matter what sequence of buttons I push, all I...

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I Slept With My Husband and My Best Friend

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Last night, I slept with my husband and my best friend. The bed was a bit crowded -- it always is, but I don't feel guilty about it and my husband Dan doesn't mind, either. For years, I've slept with two males -- my husband and my best friend --...

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Making a Difference!

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 2:40 PM

I am a creature of habit. Each morning when I awake the first thing I do is check my email. I reach over and retrieve the iPhone that is sitting on my nightstand and read my email while still in bed. I scan the messages to see if any are...

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Help, My Phone Drowned!

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 1:40 PM

Plop! It finally happened. My iPhone fell in the toilet. My husband has warned me many times about keeping my cell phone in my pants' back pocket and I continued to do so. It has fallen on the floor around the bowl too many times to count, but never before...

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I Was Born to Dance

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 2:52 PM

What is that old lady doing in the front row of our Zumba class? Although they don't say it to my face, I know they are thinking it. Well, I can move my booty, capture routines and shake it as well or better than most of the 20-somethings who line...

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Every 10 Years

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 2:59 PM

It's that time again. Once every 10 years, I need a new passport. With a trip to a foreign country on the horizon and my passport expiring in a few months, it was time. I made an appointment at the Beverly Hills Public Library for "the works." Unfortunately "the works"...

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Rescue Me!

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 2:27 PM

A few weeks ago, I brought home our newest family member, Kellie. He sleeps through the night, is toilet-trained and has a sweet disposition. No, I wasn't pregnant for 9 months, didn't go through 18 hours of labor (son #1), had no nausea, no epidurals (sons #1,3, 4) nor natural...

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Finally, a Hot Shower

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 11:44 AM

I never knew a shower could feel so good after being deprived of one for so long. Actually, I always loved a good hot shower -- there's nothing better than a hot shower after a vigorous workout or dance class. Each time I visit my friend in New York, I...

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LA's Cold Spell

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 10:43 AM

It's -26 degrees in Chicago, there's a polar vortex affecting much of the U.S. and it is 70 degrees in LA where I now live. Angelenos panic when the LA weatherman warns that we are expecting a cold spell -- weather in the 50's. While the rest of the country...

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My Great, Big, Horrible Cold

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Miserable, miserable, miserable. That's how I feel. All I want to do is to be able to breathe. Not to smell the roses, but to breathe. It started Tuesday afternoon after a perfectly normal day. I danced, I showered and then it hit me. It began as a slow drip...

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My 25-Hour Day

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 3:15 PM

My favorite day of the year is the day we set our clocks back and go off Daylight Savings Time (D.S.T.). That extra hour in the day is precious and while my family enjoys the extended sleep time, I rise at my normal early hour. I cherish the serenity of...

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My Fat Head

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 3:21 PM

I know I shouldn't -- but I do. That is, I go on the scale every morning. I am the graduate of enough weight loss programs to know that weight fluctuates on a daily basis and weighing oneself once a week is quite sufficient, but I can't help myself. To...

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Some Like it Hot!

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 11:40 AM

Some like it hot! Well, mosquitoes do. It is believed that mosquitoes are attracted to people with warm blood, so I must be very hot-blooded, because mosquitoes LOVE me. It's genetic. Both my younger brother, Rob, and I have hot blood and are extremely attractive to mosquitoes and other insects....

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Duet Step

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 12:09 PM

It's Monday night and with precision planning I am able to make and serve my husband dinner, watch the news, clean the dishes and get us out in time for our duet step class at 8. Since Dan's stroke three years ago we don't have many activities that we can...

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Ouch!

(3) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 2:08 PM

I am pretty religious about going to get my teeth cleaned every six months, although each time I go, it is a harrowing experience. The trauma I feel now stems from my childhood.

When I was young we lived in a coop apartment in the borough of Queens, but...

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Unremarkable

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 5:11 PM

I am usually perfectly capable of holding a conversation via my Bluetooth connection while driving my car. Almost three years ago, I received a phone call from a close relative that caused me to pull over to the side of the road to give the call my absolute attention. My...

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Yes You Can!

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 4:57 PM

I am my husband's caretaker. I am also his wife of 37 years, but that has been overshadowed by his need for care and assistance. Since he suffered a stroke 2 and 2/3 years ago, I have been my husband's primary caretaker, advocating for him while he was in the...

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Lost and Found

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 6:01 PM

They can't be avoided and they tug at my heart -- the flyers crying out for lost cats and dogs. Whether I am walking down my street, driving through an adjacent neighborhood or riding my bike, the flyers line almost every utility pole along the way. They contain the haunting...

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I Hope You Dance!

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 5:30 PM

Why is this date different from all other dates? Today is the first day of Passover and last night, at seders around the world, the youngest member of each family asked a closely related question. The question they asked is "Why is this night different from all other nights?" and...

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