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This has been a lousy year, full of acrimony, losses, greed.

We could use a break.

And Borderlands Theater\u2019s annual \u201cA Tucson Pastorela\u201d can provide one.

Oh sure, the event generally mixes topical events with its story of the shepherd\u2019s journey to see the new-born baby Jesus. But the play, written in rhyme, as is the tradition, makes us laugh, offers some release, and actually some hope.

Pastorelas have long been traditions in Mexico and the Southwest. And each incorporates current events, politics and people.

Borderlands\u2019 is no different. It opens at a gathering point for protesters headed to North Dakota to protest the Dakota pipeline. It\u2019s hard to get motivated, however \u2014 the legalize marijuana supporters in the group have taken one too many tokes.

A dedicated feminist, Stephanie, is frustrated beyond belief at the inaction; she wants to get moving to the protest. \u201cThis voyage is an unorganized dearth/ I came here to support mother earth/ Not the fumblings of a man/ A woman would have a better plan,\u201d Stephanie grouses, dissing the Zen-ish leader of the protest.

Then a strange thing happens \u2014 she\u2019s sent back in time, to the day the shepherds begin their journey to see baby Jesus.

They are confused; she\u2019s confused \u2014 after all, she\u2019s in a different time and place, and this one has talking dogs and sheep. Still, she joins the journey.

Michael the Archangel and her sidekick Gabriel float in on a cloud to give them the low-down: They are to follow the star to Bethlehem, and they are not to be tempted. \u201cI have to tell you grave danger lurks ahead/ Beware of Lucifer and his devil\u2019s dread/ The prophecy of the birth of God\u2019s son/ He\u2019ll do anything to make sure it\u2019s undone.\u201d

Sure enough, Lucifer pops in trying to sway them with tickets to \u201cHamilton\u201d and other graft. Lucifer takes on different guises \u2014 Donald Trump, Heather Bresch, whose company is charging an out-of-reach cost for EpiPens, and Martin Shkreli, the hedge-fund manager turned pharmaceutical exec who jacked up the price of a live-saving drug by 5,000 percent.

Satan is Lucifer\u2019s side-kick, and when the two realize they need help to sidetrack the shepherds, they call in Wrath. The other of the seven deadly sins were occupied elsewhere.

This cast was having way too much fun at the Dec. 3 performance. As was the audience. Emily Pratt\u2019s Lucifer was wickedly wicked; her sidekicks Kat McIntosh as Satan and Eddie Diaz as Wrath kept up with her.

Feliz Torralba\u2019s Stephanie was strident and soft \u2014 yes, she managed to be both. And Julia Mike, Amanda Lopez and Lucia Grijalva as the talking animals were a total delight. They are all school-age actors and they managed to hold their own.

There\u2019s so much to love about this.

The humor, the clever script, the committed actors. And especially the singing of Christmas carols in Spanish, backed up by Gertie and the T.O. Boyz. We dare you not to tear up when Leticia Gonzalez, who plays the guiding Star, steps up and sings in a crystalline voice, \u201cNoche de paz, noche de amor, Todo duerme en derredor. \u2026\u201d \u201cSilent Night\u201d in Spanish.

It doesn\u2019t all make the ugliness of 2016 go away, but this piece, written by Milta Ortiz and directed by Katherine Monberg, helps us laugh some. And leaves us feeling optimistic with its gentle, near-closing lines: \u201cOur world changed forever that blessed morn / A new hope and optimism was born/ of all virtues of Earth and Heaven above/ The greatest of all mankind\u2019s talents is love.\u201d

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have slight numbness and tingling in my feet and lower calves in both legs. It feels almost like my feet are going to sleep. I can feel pressure but not fine-touch sensation.

I have been taking 200 mg of amiodarone daily for a year for heart PVCs, and that works very well. However, I have been told that it might be the cause of the numbness. My doctor indicated that it appears to be a mild neuropathy. I think it existed before taking the amiodarone, but seemed to become more noticeable after I was on it. I have been told by my electrophysiologist to stop taking the amiodarone for a few weeks to see if it is the cause of the numbness. I have been off of it for over three weeks , and while it might be a bit better, I still have the numbness. There is no pain, just the annoyance of the numbness. \u2014 R.W.

ANSWER: The sensation of numbness, tingling, pins and needles, and \u201cgoing to sleep\u201d are all associated with abnormalities in the nerves. When symptoms of nerve damage are prolonged, the condition is called by the general term \u201cneuropathy,\u201d and there are many different types.

It can be difficult to make a diagnosis of what is causing a neuropathy, but when it is on both sides, it is very likely to be a systemic problem, rather than a local problem, like a nerve compression.

Amiodarone is a powerful anti-arrhythmic drug , but it can have many different side effects. Neuropathy is a well-known side effect of amiodarone; however, if the symptoms really were there before you took it, it makes it a lot less likely to be the cause.

Amiodarone lasts for weeks or months in the system, so it can take much longer than three weeks to see if the side effects go away after stopping.

DEAR DR. ROACH: What can you tell me about verrucas? My husband is constantly getting them for no apparent reason, all over his feet. Meanwhile, I\u2019m treading barefoot through public swimming pool shower rooms three or four times a week and never get them. Why is he more susceptible? \u2014R.S.P.

ANSWER: Warts (\u201cverrucae\u201d in Latin) are very common skin lesions caused by human papillomavirus. There is indeed a large difference in susceptibility from person to person, and I have never read an adequate explanation why.

People with immune deficiency from any cause (there are many congenital causes, some so mild as to go unnoticed for many years) are at higher risk for getting warts. Damaged skin, from skin conditions like eczema or just from extensive exercise, particularly in a hot, humid, imperfectly fitting shoe, also is more likely to be infected with HPV and develop warts.

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Desert Diamond Casino is bringing country icon Willie Nelson and Motown greats The Temptations to Tucson early next year.

\u2022 Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, for

Nelson's Feb. 10 show at Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road.

You don't want to drag your feet on this one: Every time Nelson comes to Tucson, which is about every other year, he sells out.

Reserved seats start at $40. Click here to buy.

Nelson is arguably one of the most prolific singer-songwriters of any genre, with 200-plus albums over a career that goes back 60 years. His music veers from outlaw country to folk and Americana.

\u2022 Tickets went on sale Saturday for The Temptations, set to play a Desert Diamond show Jan. 13. Tickets are $20 to $45 here.\u00a0

The Motown greats have been going strong since the early 1960s with hit songs including \u201cThe Way You Do the Things You Do,\u201d \u201cMy Girl,\u201d \u201cSince I Lost My Baby\u201d and \u201cI Wish It Would Rain.\u201d In 2005, the band earned a Grammy nomination for the album \"Reflections,\" and their 2006 live DVD \"Get Ready\" was one of the biggest selling music DVDs of all time. The current lineup includes founding member Otis Williams with Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr.\u00a0

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It\u2019s at 7 p.m. and it\u2019s free.","byline":"Courtesy University of Arizona","hireswidth":1920,"hiresheight":1080,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/12/3120ab52-9d25-5915-9666-e35440474daa/582e1220bb9f4.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"349","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/12/3120ab52-9d25-5915-9666-e35440474daa/582e1220b9b27.image.jpg?resize=620%2C349"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/12/3120ab52-9d25-5915-9666-e35440474daa/582e1220b9b27.image.jpg?resize=100%2C56"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/12/3120ab52-9d25-5915-9666-e35440474daa/582e1220b9b27.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tucson.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/12/3120ab52-9d25-5915-9666-e35440474daa/582e1220b9b27.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C576"}}},{"id":"16552120-74e1-5b9d-986a-0f563055260e","description":"Dec. 7:\u00a0Speaking of talent at the UA: The school's musical theater and acting freshman take the stage with Encore and Freshman Debut. 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She is an internationally bestselling author of 10 psychological thrillers that have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Her novel \u201cThe Carrier\u201d won the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards Crime Thriller of the Year, and as a poet, her fifth collection of poetry, Pessimism for Beginners was shortlisted for the T.S. 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Sophie Hannah is a pretty successful author using her own name.

She is an internationally bestselling author of 10 psychological thrillers that have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Her novel \u201cThe Carrier\u201d won the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards Crime Thriller of the Year, and as a poet, her fifth collection of poetry, Pessimism for Beginners was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

Hannah, 45, is also an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College in Cambridge, England, where she lives with her husband, children and dog.

In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie\u2019s family and estate, Hannah published her first Hercule Poirot novel, \u201cThe Monogram Murders,\u201d which was a bestseller and won critical praise.

Her second Poirot novel, \u201cClosed Casket,\u201d released in September, became an instant Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller.

Hannah is now on a U.S. book tour with \u201cClosed Casket\u201d that will take her through Tucson for an author\u2019s talk at the Dusenberry-River Library this week.

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Each year, thousands of Arizona residents email or call Rosie Romero\u2019s radio show with questions about everything from preventing fires in their chimneys to getting rid of tree roots invading their sewer system. His goal is to provide answers that suit the specific lifestyle wherever someone lives in Arizona.

QUESTION: Where can I buy a chimney sweep brush so I can clean my chimney and fireplace myself?

ANSWER: You can probably call a chimney sweeping company to find out. I don\u2019t think I\u2019ve ever seen one for sale anywhere. But cleaning a chimney is a difficult job if you don\u2019t have all the right equipment. You can end up with a very sooty mess inside your house if you try to make this into a DIY project \u2014especially when you have a wood burning fireplace with heavy creosote buildup on the walls.

Although creosote is not a problem in a gas-burning fireplace, you still want to remove carbon on the walls and floor and clean up the artificial logs for cosmetic reasons. With a gas- or wood-burning fireplace, you also need to have someone check out the chimney on the roof to be sure it\u2019s capped so birds cannot nest inside. The cap also keeps out leaves and debris.

Q: I want to replace a south-facing wooden exterior door that leads to the laundry room in my home. The problem is that the door has problems with swelling depending on what the temperature is like outside. The door does not seem square, and it\u2019s not plumb either. What time of year would be the right time to replace it?

A: Instead of buying a wooden door this time, buy a metal or fiberglass door and use a metal frame. Due to the location of the door, you\u2019ll always have problems if you buy wood. Metal or fiberglass can be painted, and it will be more durable. Any time of the year is OK for replacement.

Q: Can you graft branches of two different kinds of fruit onto a dwarf citrus tree?

A: Yes, that\u2019s possible to do; that\u2019s what people sometimes call a cocktail tree. You can also graft two kinds of apples on an apple tree. But you can\u2019t graft apples on citrus trees, for example, nor can you graft branches of citrus onto apple trees.

Q: Driving through Texas recently on my vacation, I heard lots of radio commercials for some type of extra thick, textured paint that could presumably provide a lifetime rubberized \u201craincoat\u201d as well as extra insulation for the exterior walls of houses. Why don\u2019t we use that kind of paint here in Arizona?

A: Homeowners did try paints with those extra coatings here in Arizona back in the 1960s, and 15 years later, all the homes had to have coatings stripped off again. The coating eventually fails, and then the textured paint sits there and begins to get moldy and musty. These types of paint as well as elastomeric coatings do not work well on homes in the desert. Be very cautious about trying them on your house.

Q: I planted 85 oleanders on a long fence line on my property some months ago. Most of the bushes took off and grew well, but there are a couple of them that aren\u2019t very tall. I\u2019ve checked all the irrigation drippers, and the shorter plants seem to be getting enough water. So what could be the problem?

A: Try treating the short plants with a slow-release fertilizer for a while to see if they grow more quickly. However, things like this often happen when you plant a row of plants. Some might not flower as often as the others or may grow more slowly or may even die. They\u2019re not all going to develop in precisely the same pattern. It could be that you accidentally were sold some dwarf plants or it could be a pocket of hard soil that\u2019s under the short oleanders, or it could be some other problem.

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WHAT: When a Tiffany Studios table lamp with a leaded glass shade in a blue dragonfly drop-head design brought $515,475 at a James D. Julia auction in Maine recently, few were surprised. Done in shades of mottled purple, blue, green and brown glass, the lamp features a 22-inch shade and an adjustable bronze base.

MORE: L.C. Tiffany often used nature and Eastern influence in his designs. In the early 1900s, the dragonfly theme was a favorite at Tiffany Studios, where table and floor lamps were made with assorted dragonfly shades on varied bases.

SMART COLLECTORS KNOW: Widely copied since Tiffany Studios set the standard, the dragonfly theme is available to this day in leaded glass shades on table lamps, hanging lamps or floor lamps in a range of skill and taste tailored to every wallet.

HOT TIP: Long favored by the Japanese as a symbol of transformation, dragonflies were a popular theme during the heyday of Tiffany Studios around the turn of the 1900s. Blue shades are just one variety; others were done in yellows/browns, greens, iridescent, or mottled glass.

BOTTOM LINE: Especially fine for traditional reasons, including condition and rarity, the six-socket, signed dragonfly lamp shade features a degree of artistry and hand work that does not exist today. Random glass cabochons in different sizes and shapes plus multi-colored wings set on striated glass and rich patina of the base are just a few examples.

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It's a safe bet that if the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and guest Conductor James Feddeck had played an encore of Beethoven's \"Eroica\" Symphony Friday night \u2014 all 47 minutes, four movements of it \u2014 hardly anyone among the audience nearly filling Tucson Music Hall would have left.

Sure, we've heard Beethoven's Third Symphony before and from this orchestra \u2014 last time they played it was 2010. And every performance has been noteworthy and commendable.

But on Friday night, Feddeck breathed new life into the 300-plus-year-old masterpiece. It spoke to us on a level that perhaps had much to do about the times we're living in. Or maybe it was a case of good timing; December is a month that can be so challenging with the holidays and all the end-of-year details we scramble to put in place. We needed a moment \u2014 or 47 minutes worth of moments \u2014 to catch our collective breaths.

Feddeck did not rush us through the piece or fall back on the composer's sometimes bombastic nature (think Symphony No. 5). He let the strings soar and shimmer in the opening and gave enough space to accentuate the clarion call of the french horn.\u00a0

The rumble of the timpani was more of a soft roll and brass notes rang bright, even in the sobering funeral march of the second movement.

The shattering finale felt more like an \"until we meet again\" statement than an \"I'm outta here\" exclamation.\u00a0

Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 came at the end of the all-Beethoven program, following the composer's First Symphony and Overture to \"Coriolan\" that took up the first half of Friday's concert. (The concert repeats at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tucson Music Hall.)

Feddeck is all business at the podium. No flashy foot work or grandiose baton play. Instead, he focused his full attention on the music, allowing the notes to fall gracefully at times, with more urgency when called for. Gentle sweeping strings opening the First Symphony hung in the air and then came in a shattering rush near the end of the fourth movement.

\u00a0Throughout the 47-minute performance of the \"Eroica,\" it felt like we were wrapped in the blanket of an old friend, familiar and cozy. And yet, as the musical conversation evolved, we learned new things. Feddeck was methodical and thoughtful, allowing every note and nuance to come through. Emotions seemed more pronounced in the second movement, which was played at a number of high-profile funerals including John F. Kennedy's. At one point in that movement, the strings played at such a furious pace that all you saw was bows fluttering in a blur that seemed like 10, 20 movements per second. And then they settled down as if they were taking a deep breath.\u00a0

Friday's audience barely waited until the final note was played before bolting out of their seats in thundering applause. Feddeck took a bow and then went to the back of the orchestra to the french horns, brass and percussion sections and shook hands with nearly every musician. He then returned to the front of the stage for his final bow with the orchestra standing alongside him.

As he left the stage and the house lights came on, the audience seemed to pause for a moment, maybe hoping there would be that encore.

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The struggle is real.

I\u2019m talking about the kids menu, of course.

To order off it or not order off it, that is the question for many parents \u2014 and one that I, officially, no longer have to ponder. My youngest, my baby, has legally aged out. Good-bye, $5 pizza meals (with drink and cookie included).

Although, truth be told, that kid was pretty much done with the menu for junior-sized appetites around 2 years old. Even as a little dude he plowed through his plate like he was in training to be a competitive eater. One of his preschool teachers marveled at the full-size sandwiches he devoured while the other toddlers daintily picked at their applesauce cups.

Cue up the flashback machine to 2006: A friend who hadn\u2019t seen No. 3 in awhile, commented on how big he was getting.

No. 3 patted his sumo-wrestler belly and replied, \u201cI eat a lot of food.\u201d

Yes, he did and still does, as I \u2014 the person who must grocery-shop at Costco \u2014 can attest.

Second breakfasts are his jam. In fact, he celebrates the Super Bowl every year by pulling out my biggest glass mixing bowl, pouring four different cereals into it and then dousing the whole thing with a quart of milk and eating every last spoonful. This must be why professional football players wear stretchy pants.

Over summer vacation we went out to a very chichi Italian restaurant in Seattle with friends. The place had no kid options whatsoever and while I opted for a half order of pasta as a cost- and waist-cutting measure, No. 3 ordered the filetto di manzo alla ombra della sera. Translation: $36 grilled beef.

This is what happens when both parents are distracted as the waiter makes the rounds. On the upside, he polished off every last bite. On the downside, you did see the entree cost $36, right?

No. 3 may not have routinely eaten off the kids\u2019 menu, but I did make him order off it. For me. When I was feeling guilty or wasn\u2019t particularly hungry, I\u2019d have him order something like sliders \u2014 and I\u2019d ask for the entree designed to feed at least two. Then, we\u2019d switch after the food arrived.

And to think, he\u2019s not even a teenager yet. Whew. We may need to take drastic measures to feed him, like buy a farm. Or a Costco.

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After about two decades of waiting, two Tucson Jewish organizations will have a building to call their own.

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona plan to move into a new office building on the campus of the Tucson Jewish Community Center summer 2017.

They will hold a groundbreaking ceremony 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 off of East River Road and Dodge Boulevard in the northwest corner of the Tucson JCC parking lot. The building will be called the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy.

The 18,000-square-foot facility will also house sub-organizations that fall within the federation, such as the \"Arizona Jewish Post,\" the Weintraub Israel Center and others, said Stuart Mellan, the president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. A large meeting room to accommodate 100 to 150 people will also allow for community events, organized by the Tucson JCC.

The federation is currently located in a house on campus and the foundation has been renting space off-campus. The current budget for the project is $4.5 million, says Mellan.

The groundbreaking is open to the public. RSVP at jfsa.org.

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I feel anxious writing this up, like I'm about to unleash a fresh new terror onto the innocent masses. A sickeningly sweet, albeit tasty terror that may send us over the precipice, with no hope for recovery.\u00a0

But I guess I'm part of the press, so that's my job right? Anyway, Tucson's favorite slushie shop Eegee's has added a new flavor to the lineup, and it's called ... The Mochacheeno. \u00a0

The Mochacheeno is a blend of coffee and chocolate, topped with whipped cream, chocolate and caramel sauces. It tastes to me like one of those frozen coffees you get inside Gloria Jean's at the mall when you're 16 years old. But as Eegee's PR guy Robert Santiago pointed out, it's significantly cheaper at only $2.29 for a 16-ounce cup.

Since it debuted yesterday, reception on social media has been wild. The Mochacheeno Facebook post featuring a stately white cup over a cheery brown snowflake background has gotten over a thousand likes. Most people in the comments seem worried that the Mochacheeno might replace Eegee's flavor of the month, the Holly Berry, but rest assured ... it won't. The Mochacheeno is a separate addition to the menu, which may become permanent if enough people like it.\u00a0

\"Eegee's

I sacrificed the presentation of my Mochacheeno to bring you this mildly nauseating photo of the slush inside.

I tried it yesterday and I have this to say: Not a big fan of frozen coffee drinks! (Sorry guys, I guess I'm not the best person to judge this. Even when I drink Circle K coffee, which I do, I like it black with no sugar.) The Mochacheeno has more sugar than chocolate, and more chocolate than coffee. Flavor isn't bad though, just kinda sweet. When I took it back to the office, my coworker Samantha said it tasted like a \"liquefied Little Debbie.\"\u00a0

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Some things you just have to do.

So even though I was midway through a seasonal spaz-out over holiday cards and shopping and decorating and dealing with the added difficulty level of two impending birthdays and a tricky Saturday carpooling situation for a Lego robotics competition when I saw the email plea for help, I couldn\u2019t resist.

\u201cCould use some volunteers tomorrow \u2026 \u201d was the subject line.

Educational Enrichment Foundation Executive Director Pamela Francis email bombed her contact list in a last-ditch effort to round up enough helpers for its Thursday Shoe Shopping Party at the Payless ShoeSource at East Broadway and Wilmot Road.

Three times a year EEF \u2014 a nonprofit supporting students and teachers in Tucson Unified School District \u2014 throws these parties to help TUSD\u2019s neediest kids. As you might imagine, the one around the holidays tends to be the busiest. This year, about 265 kids will sport fancy new shoes, plus they also scored new socks, a book and a cookie to munch, post shopping.

Up to four kids from a school can apply to be part of the event \u2014 this one sponsored by the Rincon Optimist Club and Citi \u2014 but you can imagine what happens, a social worker will hear last minute about another kid or a student will have younger siblings at home. So, EEF finds extra money to help whoever needs it.

Some things you just have to do.

I reread the email and checked my calendar. Clear. I offered my services, after all, I do have extensive expertise in the area.

\u201cI promise you, if it isn\u2019t the most fun you have this whole week, I\u2019ll take your place in the kid carpool!\u201d a confident Pam wrote back.

Even before the official 9 a.m. start time, kids were streaming through the doors. My first shopping buddy was a shy first-grader, Raegan, size 4, who knew what she wanted. And it wasn\u2019t the gray ballet flats I offered her.

\u201cHow about these! They light up!\u201d I said excitedly, showing her white sneakers with \u201cFrozen\u201d characters. She gamely put them on.

\u201cHow do they feel?\u201d

She shook her head.

\u201cOK,\u201d I looked at the shelf. \u201cWhat\u2019s your favorite color?\u201d

\u201cPink.\u201d

\u201cMaybe these,\u201d I said, pulling the paper out of a pair of spiffy pink-and-purple KangaRoos.

She shook her head. We went through Minnie Mouse high tops, a glittery pair of pink sneakers, Disney princess shoes and two other pairs of light-up tennies.

Nothing.

\u201cShe\u2019s really picky,\u201d her third-grade brother Jackson called out.

I was thinking about how Pam just might have to drive my kids around after all when Raegan found THE PAIR. Gray boots, lined with soft, fuzzy fluff and covered in silvery snowflakes.

Sold.

As Heather Martin, school community liaison for Ford Elementary School, shepherded Raegan, Jackson and her two other charges through the checkout line, she talked about how great the need is at her east-side school.

\u201cWe have a lot of refugees,\u201d said Martin, who\u2019s been bringing kids to shoe shop for about five years.

Every year, the first thing the kids do when they get in the car and head back to school is pull on their new shoes.

\u201cThis is a great thing,\u201d she said. \u201cThe kids love it.\u201d

It\u2019s also Jennifer Citron\u2019s favorite event.

\u201cSo much of what we do is behind the scenes,\u201d said Citron, EEF\u2019s program coordinator. \u201cHere, EEF gets to see the impact of what we do, the kids\u2019 smiles. The experience of shopping and picking out their own shoes \u2014 so many of them don\u2019t get to do that.\u201d

Ben, a third-grader from Sewell Elementary, showed me the worn spots on his green-and-black sneakers.

\u201cI\u2019ve had these a really long time,\u201d he said.

We picked out a sharp-looking pair of red-and-black Champion sneaks. I encouraged him to run down the aisle to see how they feel.

\u201cThis kid Aiden is the fastest in the class,\u201d Ben said. \u201cSometimes I chase him.\u201d

\u201cYou are going to catch him in those shoes,\u201d I said.

Ben grinned. It was the biggest, most beautiful smile.

This is an unimaginably busy, stressful time of year with lots of obligations. But even if you have to shoehorn it around the 50,000 other things on your plate, make some time to volunteer somewhere with some great organization because some things, you just have to do.

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Jersey Mike\u2019s Subs is opening in Oro Valley on Wednesday, Dec. 7 \u2014 the fourth location for brother and sister team Bob and Rosey Gregory.

And the pair isn\u2019t finished yet. They have three shops coming in 2017, Bob Gregory said, including one in Sierra Vista.

The Jersey Mike\u2019s at 10592 N. Oracle Road at North First Avenue in Oro Valley is distributing 10,000 coupons to local business for free sandwiches to raise funds for Canyon del Oro High School. Coupon holders are asked to donate $2 per sandwich, Gregory said, and some of the money could benefit the school\u2019s orchestra.

The store also is mailing coupons for free sandwiches to Oro Valley residents over the next several weeks, Bob Gregory said.

The Gregorys opened their first Jersey Mike\u2019s franchise in Tucson in 2014, about a year after Gregory sold his 11 Domino\u2019s franchises in the Four Corners region. Gregory, who was based out of Colorado, had been with Domino\u2019s for 32 years, and his sister had been his operations manager. The plan, he said, was to sell the pizza business and retire to warmer climes in Tucson. Then along came Jersey Mike\u2019s.

Instead of retiring, the Gregorys are fully vested in Jersey Mike\u2019s, with plans to open this summer in the Houghton Town Center at 9260 S. Houghton Road in Rita Ranch, and in Sierra Vista. Late next year, Gregory said he expects to open in the Bourn Cos. outdoor shopping center set to go up on Irvington Road, west of Interstate 19. The 58-acre center, near the Tucson Spectrum shopping center, has yet to break ground, although developers said they expect the first phase of what will be 600,000 square feet of retail space to open next fall.

The complete buildout will take 3\u00bd years, according to earlier reports.

The Oro Valley restaurant will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Regular hours will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Jersey Mike\u2019s, launched in its namesake New Jersey in 1956, has 1,500 locations nationwide.

Other Tucson area locations include the Gregorys\u2019 flagship at 3400 E. Speedway; 6501 E. Grant Road, opened a few months later in late 2014; and 5940 W. Arizona Pavilions Drive in Marana, which opened in early January.

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A confession:

My eyes rolled when I heard Broadway in Tucson was bringing \u201cThe Sound of Music\u201d to Centennial Hall.

I\u2019ve seen the 57-year-old musical several times. Seen the movie. Saw the awful live TV broadcast a few years back with Carrie Underwood as Maria.

But I\u2019ve never seen it like this.

The Jack O\u2019Brien-directed production, here through Sunday, Dec. 4, has all the wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein music. The love story between the novice Maria and Captain von Trapp was there, as were those adorable children who learn to embrace music and life under Maria\u2019s tutelage.

But the secondary story \u2014 about the emerging power of the Nazi party and its encroachment on Austria \u2014 took on a deeper, disturbing tone in this production. Tony-winner O\u2019Brien did not give us your grandmother\u2019s \u201cThe Sound of Music.\u201d

Maybe it\u2019s just seeing the play filtered through the lens of increased hate crimes in this country. But when \u201cNo Way to Stop It\u201d was sung at the top of the second act \u2014 a song meant to convince von Trapp he needed to go along with the Nazis rather than resist, it was kind of chilling:

\u201cA crazy planet full of crazy people,/ Is somersaulting all around the sky./ And every time it turns another somersault,/ Another day goes by. / And there's no way to stop it\u2026\u201d

Then, when the von Trapp family sings at a festival that they use as a cover to escape, huge Nazi flags serve as their backdrop \u2014 well, try to sit through that and not squirm.

Solid performances, golden voices, beautiful sets and seamless scene changes all made the piece resonate even more.

At Wednesday\u2019s performance, Anna Mintzer replaced the usual Maria, Kerstin Anderson, and it\u2019s hard to imagine anyone better. Mintzer cut out the sweetness and gave us directness and honesty. And her voice soared.

The children occupy a central role in this play, and while there was some unevenness in the acting, the singing was spot on. And they, too, were never cloying. Cute, sure, but not teeth-achingly sweet, the way they are often portrayed.

Ben Davis has a commanding presence as von Trapp, but he also gave the character a tender side, making us root for him even as he attempts to summon his children with a dog whistle.

And Melody Betts voice rang out over Centennial. Her Mother Abbess was definitely holy. You\u2019ll want to strap on the backpack and do what she says when she sings \u201cClimb Every Mountain.\u201d

Sometimes, when pieces have been around for awhile, we take them for granted. Even dismiss them.

Don\u2019t do that with this \u201cThe Sound of Music.\u201d You\u2019ll be tempted to sing along, fall in love with the characters, and, by the end, you\u2019ll find that your hope is tainted with some real sorrow for the state of the world.

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Benny's Restaurant looks like it could be a Sonoran joint, or an antique store, or one of those midtown dive bars with the old signs and the dirt parking lots straddling the side of the street.

The Central Mexican restaurant sits in a pretty nondescript building on Grant Road, although it's been painted a lighter color since its blood red days as Fiorito's Italian. Inside, Benny's is homey and tan with a wall-mounted flatscreen TV playing YouTube ranchera mixes and episodes of the Mexican Voice. \u00a0\u00a0

If you're like all the other lunchers in the little place, you might be tempted to order the chimichangas or the carne asada platters with rice and refried beans. There's plenty of the sort. But I got a tip.\u00a0I think you should get this:\u00a0

\"Benny's

Hard to believe, but these are actually enchiladas. They're often done this way in Central Mexico, folded rather than rolled.\u00a0

These are called \"Enchiladas Potosinas,\" $8.99, not to be confused with the familiar cheese, red beef and green chicken enchiladas elsewhere on the menu. The word Potosina refers to the North Central Mexican state of San Luis Potos\u00ed, where owner Irma Palomo is from.\u00a0

A midsized Mexican plateau state with a mining economy and no coastline, San Luis Potos\u00ed is well-known for its fermented prickly pear drink colonche\u00a0as well as its folded enchiladas, made from corn masa tinged with red chiles. (For a visual guide to some of the foods of San Luis Potos\u00ed, check out the photographic menu at this popular San Luis Potos\u00ed restaurant Rincon Huasteco.)\u00a0 \u00a0

The story goes that Enchiladas Potosinas were an accident, the result of a cross-contamination at a local tortilla mill in the small town of Soledad. This mill also processed cascabel chiles, which ended up in local woman Do\u00f1a Cristina Jalomo's masa ... to everyone's delight.\u00a0

Because they're technically dry, the Enchiladas Potosinas look and taste more like tacos, spicy cheese-stuffed tacos with a 100 percent homemade masa. (That makes all the difference.) Palomo at Benny's is dedicated to making her masa from scratch, and it is indeed some of the best in town: hearty and soft with a touch of grittiness, texture, depth. My native-Arizonan lunch partners declared it was the best restaurant masa they've ever had. \u00a0\u00a0

\"Benny's

We got our sope with ground beef, because that's how we Arizonans like it ...

Palomo also shies away from the fryer, leaving less grease in other Central Mexican staples like sandal-shaped huaraches\u00a0and circular sopes, $2.49. The latter are round and deep and pinched at the ends, cupping in the ground beef and silken refried beans, like a big edible hug.\u00a0

Benny's also does gorditas, $2.49, (which I unfortunately have to clarify, bear no resemblance to their Taco Bell brethren). They are bready and crackly at the edges, filled with your choice of topping, shredded lettuce and a healthy dollop of lush Mexican cream.\u00a0

\"Benny's

It's easy to miss the gordita on the menu, but I definitely recommend seeking it out.\u00a0

But Benny's is also the only place in town that serves the mighty pambazo sandwich, $6.49 (pictured up top). It looks kinda like a torta, but it's technically not. The pambazo is actually dipped in a guajillo chile sauce until the spice penetrates the eggy bread, but the edges remain firm. Pambazos are typically stuffed with chorizo, potatoes and a handful of lettuce that spills out the edges. It is messy to eat, but of course, it's definitely worth it.\u00a0

Benny's Mexican Restaurant is at 2702 E. Grant Rd. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. 520-881-8841

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The one and only time Christian pop singer Chris Tomlin played Tucson was 2007.

We didn\u2019t really know him, but in the almost decade that\u2019s passed, Tomlin has become one of the biggest names in the genre.

\u201cIt\u2019s been an amazing journey,\u201d Tomlin said during a phone call late last month. \u201cThere\u2019s been a lot of miles traveled and a lot of life lived. It\u2019s been incredible to see how all of this has transpired and to see how God uses music in people\u2019s lives. I\u2019m surprised as anyone, and I\u2019m grateful for it. It\u2019s truly an honor to be in people\u2019s lives as I have through music. Being in a room and singing these songs together is so special.\u201d

He\u2019s back in Tucson on Tuesday, Dec. 6 \u2014 call it the long-awaited, highly anticipated encore to that 2007 show \u2014 with a full band and his longtime songwriting buddy Matt Redman, a prolific artist from the UK.

Tomlin\u2019s \u201cAdore Christmas Tour\u201d is centered on his 2015 album \u201cAdore: Christmas Songs of Worship\u201d with a few cuts off his his just-released album \u201cNever Lose Sight,\u201d which debuted in October at No.\u20096 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Christian Albums charts.

We chatted with Tomlin, a 44-year-old father of two, about the show, his songwriting and his new album. Here are excerpts from that interview:

What to expect from the show: \u201cMy concerts have never really been a spectator sport. They\u2019ve been more about let\u2019s all sing together. There\u2019s something about Christmas that people are more ready than ever to sing because there\u2019s a spirit about Christmas. There\u2019s so much music and life.\u201d

\u201cThe heart of the thing is a real night of worship. My Christmas album is called \u2018Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship\u2019 and that\u2019s always been important to me. That\u2019s kind of the way I\u2019m wired and what my music is about, to help people worship God. We sing a bunch of Christmas carols.\u201d

Why Christmas music is so popular: \u201cChristmas is the only holiday that has its own music genre. There\u2019s so much music of Christmas, and there\u2019s a reason for that: We\u2019re proclaiming the good news \u2026 of the son of God being born in the world, the grace of God in the world through Jesus.\u201d

It all comes down to the song: \u201cTo me it\u2019s always come down to the song. I try to not lose the big picture there. \u2026 It\u2019s not about how I\u2019m feeling or what I\u2019m going through. I have a completely different lens than that. The lens for me is I gotta write a song that people can praise God like \u2018Amazing Grace.\u2019 That\u2019s a song that people give praise to God. That\u2019s the kind of lens I see it through. I\u2019m always thinking about people, what do they need to say, what can they say and sing. \u2026 It\u2019s always been about the songs and about the way they help people worship God. I\u2019ve never lost sight of that.\u201d

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There\u2019s something about Beethoven, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and conductor James Feddeck that just works.

The 30-something conductor \u2014 making his third podium turn with the TSO this weekend \u2014 will lead an all-Beethoven program. It will be the second time that he\u2019s done Beethoven with the TSO.

\u201cThere\u2019s some different sides of Beethoven that we\u2019re looking at,\u201d said Feddeck, who will lead the orchestra in Beethoven\u2019s \u201cCoriolan\u201d overture and his First and Third symphonies. \u201cYou might think, \u2018OK, it\u2019s one composer. Everything is going to sound similar.\u2019 But I think the three works we\u2019ll be playing will be quite different from one another, even though it\u2019s the same composer.\u201d

So what should we love about \u201cAll Beethoven\u201d? Feddeck, reached in Dublin, Ireland, where he was guest-conducting the week before Thanksgiving, gave us a few things to look for that he\u2019s sure we\u2019ll love.

\u201cI think everyone loves Beethoven,\u201d he said.

About the \u201cCoriolan\u201d overture: \u201cIt\u2019s a great way to start the concert. It\u2019s extremely dramatic. It starts with these big chords from the orchestra, then there\u2019s a lot of drama in it. To take a work which has such an inherent theatrical element and put that with two symphonies \u2014 two very different symphonies \u2014 makes for an exciting night.\u201d

About Beethoven\u2019s First and Third symphonies: \u201cThe First is not really that long. It\u2019s got a lot of zip and energy. It\u2019s got lightness to it, compared to the Third Symphony (the \u201cEroica\u201d). It\u2019s about 25 minutes long and a little bit different spirit than the Third Symphony. The Third is pretty substantial. Even though they are two symphonies, they are quite different experiences.\u201d

Bridging Classical and Romantic eras: \u201cBeethoven is sort of a bridge, as far as musicians are concerned, between the Classical era and the Romantic era. \u2026 Beethoven is often thought about as the doorway that brought about romanticism in the music and the great Romantic composers we hear like Brahms and Mahler. We have the First Symphony, which is more Classical, and we have the \u2018Eroica,\u2019 which is often talked about as really being that first leap into a kind of Romantic spirit.

\u201cThat\u2019s why I say, all Beethoven, but, several different sides of the same person.\u201d

May the weather outside be balmy: \u201cI\u2019m just looking forward to having some warm weather. When I was in Denmark last week, it was snowing. I said to the people in the orchestra, in the hotel, in the restaurants: \u2018Is this normal?\u2019 And they said no, it\u2019s rather early. Even today in Dublin there was snowflakes in the air. Who knows, maybe I\u2019ll bring the snow to Tucson.\u201d

A fan of the Old Pueblo: \u201cI\u2019ve really come to like Tucson. I like the vibe of the city. Of course I have only been there three weeks cumulative, so it\u2019s not that long. But I have just found such a welcoming by the city and the orchestra as well. It\u2019s a pleasure to come to Tucson.\u201d

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David Mamet\u2019s plays have long had the overwhelming stench of testosterone.

The playwright\u2019s response to that: \u201cBoston Marriage,\u201d Something Something Theatre Company\u2019s current offering. It has nary a male character.

Otherwise, you are sure to recognize Mamet\u2019s work: rat-a-tat dialogue, your occasional four-letter word (less than is the norm for him, anyway), and a love of language.

\u201cBoston Marriage\u201d is a term coined from Henry James\u2019 novel \u201cThe Bostonians\u201d and refers to two women who lived together during the late 19th century and early 20th century without any obvious support from a man. Maybe they were involved romantically, maybe not.

That makes this play another oddity for Mamet \u2014 he doesn\u2019t normally write period pieces.

Anna and Claire, one-time lovers, don\u2019t live together \u2014 they are good friends.

Anna is the mistress of a wealthy man; Claire has a new love. Anna perks up when she finds the new love is a woman. Claire longs for a \u201cvile assignation\u201d with her very young love and she wants to use Anna\u2019s house. Intrigued \u2014 because, of course, she still has a thing for Claire \u2014 Anna agrees. If she can watch.

Standing by and taking this all in is Anna\u2019s hapless maid Catherine.

When the young girl arrives, she discovers Anna wearing a necklace that belongs to her mother \u2014 a pretty good indication that Anna\u2019s lover is the young girl\u2019s father. Things don\u2019t go well after that. Comedy ensues.

The Something Something production is directed by Avis Judd and stars T Loving, Carley Elizabeth Preston and Jill Baker. It previews at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 and opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Regular performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at the Community Playhouse, 1881 N. Oracle Road. Tickets are $22, with discounts available. Somethingsomethingtheatre.com or 468-6111

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Tucson country/folk singer-songwriterChris Hallis releasing his debut EP on Lonesome Desert at a concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Club Congress. The Tucson label describes \u201cThis is Chris Hall\u201d as a \u201cbare-bones look\u201d into the artist \u201cwho has an ability to tell a story that could captivate delinquents and debutantes alike.\u201d Tucson musicians Hank Topless, Austin Counts and Tom Walbank will perform with Hall, while Hall\u2019s Lonesome Desert label mate Sonny Santos plays a show on the Congress patio, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is free for both shows; copies of Hall\u2019s CD will be available for $5.Fabulous Thunderbirds frontmanKim Wilsonis bringing his side project Kim Wilson\u2019s Blues All-Stars to 191 Toole at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The vocalist and dynamic harmonica player keeps an astounding schedule, doing as many as 300 dates a year sol and with the Thunderbirds. Tickets are $15 in advance at ticketfly.com or $18 at the door, with discounts for members of KXCI or the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation. At 191 E. Toole Ave.Hermosillo-born, Arizona-raised Mexican pop singerYuridiaswings into Desert Diamond Casino on Friday. The singer, who placed second in \u201cLa Academia\u201d \u2014 a popular Mexican musical talent show \u2014 become one of the highest-selling artists in her native Mexico at the age of 19 when her debut CD sold more than 1.5 million copies. She\u2019s now 30 She goes on stage at 8 p.m.; tickets are $30 to $75 though startickets.com or at the casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road.He\u2019s been described as a humorist, provocateur, actor, entertainer and, even, motivational speaker. Surely all will be on display whenHenry Rollinsbrings his North American Spoken Word Tour to the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., on Friday. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $27 to $36 through ticketfly.comOne of Ireland\u2019s most popular musicians is teaming up with an American guitarist/fiddler for an In Concert show Saturday. Boston musicianDuncan Wickelwill back up Irish singer-songwriterJohn Doylein a concert of traditional Irish music and Doyle\u2019s self-penned songs. The show is at 8 p.m. at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road. 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Who says everything slows down in the month of December?

We found five concerts this weekend that we would love to catch.

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Tucson is getting a double-dose of Nashville this weekend, starting with Gary Allan on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Rising newcomer Lauren Alaina (\u201cRoad Less Traveled\u201d) follows up Monday, Dec. 5, headlining the KIIM 99.5-FM Penny Pinch Concert at The Wreck to benefit the Arizona Children\u2019s Foundation. It will be the first time Alaina, a 22-year-old former \u201cAmerican Idol\u201d finalist, has played Tucson.

Allan, who celebrates his 49th birthday two days after his Tucson show, is a regular to Tucson stages, and always he\u2019s always here about this time of year. He tries to end his year on the West Coast, near his native California and Vegas, where the National Finals Rodeo is held every December.

We caught up with him in Nashville on the Monday before Thanksgiving to talk about his show and his highly anticipated 10th career album. He has finished recording it, but the project has been stalled in record label drama \u2014 he switched labels midstream from MCA Nashville to EMI \u2014 and missed opportunities for more than a year.

\u201cI have no idea when it\u2019s going to come out. They\u2019ll want something in the top 10 so I have no idea what they\u2019re going to do,\u201d Allan lamented.

The album\u2019s troubles include the release in spring 2015 of what was billed as the first single, the bluesy pop song \u201cHangover Tonight.\u201d The song never broke into the Top 40.

\u201cIt\u2019s just way different. And I love getting outside of the box, and I do it on every record,\u201d Allan said.

Six months ago, he switched labels and in May released a second single from the album, \u201cDo You Wish it Was Me?\u201d The song was picked up by radio in phases with a handful playing the song in heavy rotation. By the time the rest of country radio caught on, the song was on its chart decline.

Which brings Allan, who is celebrating his 20th year in country music, to a bit of a standstill.

He said he\u2019s frustrated \u201cbig time, because I\u2019m still trying to get the same album out, and I feel like I can\u2019t move on.\u201d

\u201cWe\u2019re trying to figure it out, how we\u2019re going to do this together,\u201d he added.

Until they figure it out, Allan will do what he loves most:

\u201cI love playing. I love watching people cry during my shows because you know that you\u2019re right in the middle of a moment with them,\u201d said the father of three adult children. \u201cIf you\u2019ve been through a lot of heartache, you like my stuff. There\u2019s lots of things I could have done that\u2019s more fluffy, and I could have had a lot more success, but I don\u2019t think I would have had near the integrity or be as happy with what I\u2019ve done.\u201d

About Lauren Alaina: The Georgia native was still in her teens when she finished second in the 2011 \u201cAmerican Idol\u201d contest. Within months she released her first album \u201cWildflowers,\u201d which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard\u2019s Top 200 and sold 69,000 copies the first week. The first single \u201cGeorgia Peach\u201d went as high as 28 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Her latest single is the empowering \u201cRoad Less Traveled,\u201d which hit No. 19 on the charts last summer.

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Barrio Bread\u2019s bricks-and-mortar bakery is officially open for business.

The popular crusty-on-the-outside-soft-and-chewy-on-the-inside artisan bread formerly available only through different distribution sites around town is now in one spot: 18 S. Eastbourne Ave. in Broadway Village.

Owner-baker Don Guerra officially opened Nov. 26 \u2014 that day inventory sold out well before the 5 p.m. closing time. He and his small squad of bakers have been turning out about 500 loaves a day.

\u201cIt\u2019s a lot of bread,\u201d Guerra said. \u201cIt\u2019s so crazy right now.\u201d

Before setting up shop in the old Sugar Sweet Bakery location, Guerra maxed out at 900 loaves a week made in his home bakery, which operated under the state\u2019s cottage industry food law. Subscribers to Barrio\u2019s online store would then pick up their loaves at different locations around town.

Barrio \u2014 which is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or until the bread\u2019s sold out Tuesdays-Saturdays \u2014 features a sleek Italian deck oven, which is front-and-center of the bakery so customers can watch production.

\u201cThey\u2019re just kind of in awe because they haven\u2019t seen this style of bakery,\u201d Guerra said.

The daily bread selection changes daily, and loaves average about $6 each. Find a daily bread menu at barriobread.com or call 327-1292.

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Our young tweens and teens have a rite of passage called middle school. The passage takes them from childhood to high school from whence adulthood looms.

There are challenges and pitfalls along the way. These young people must cope with bodily changes and sexual awakenings, identity issues, academic rigors, struggles to acquire social maturity, and the early tasks of emancipation from the parents.

This road is harder for some than others but every teen will look back and remember at least a few pitfalls.

Recent studies have shown new ways that teachers can help students along this journey. For example sixth-graders struggling in math improved their math scores when they were taught 1) intelligence is malleable not fixed and 2) the brain gets stronger with effort just like a muscle gets stronger with exercise. A control group of students taught only good study habits did not improve and even got worse.

In another study when an English teacher added to her criticism that she had high expectations of the students to do better, 80 percent rewrote the paper and put more effort into their work. Only a third of the control students who just received criticism bothered to rewrite the paper.

Similarly there are new ways to help teens with the social stress of school. At the beginning of the year students were given a reading and writing exercise that was designed to convey a simple message to manage social tension. The message? People can change. You are not stuck in Teen Hell forever.

The exercise had freshman students read an article on how personality can evolve. Then they were given narratives seniors had written about their own life that dealt with \u201cWhen I was a freshman\u2026\u201d and \u201cNow that I am a senior\u2026\u201d experiences. Next freshmen were asked to write about a time in their life they felt rejected and what they would advise younger kids. Stress levels measured in these students were lower than in a control group.

Yes, the studies were preliminary and need to be repeated with larger numbers of students. And the interventions were so simplistic they might be questioned, but I think there is a message here for parents as well as educators.

A New York Times article by David L. Kirp points out these studies give us three examples of \u201cinnovative social-psychological thinking.\u201d 1) Teach students that their intelligence grows with hard work. 2) Include high expectations that the student can improve with constructive criticism. 3) Help students focus on their own self worth.

The message for parents? Tell your children that hard work is good for their brain. Tell them that you have high expectations for them. Help promote their high self-worth. Parents are a child\u2019s first teachers. Such lessons should start at home long before the child goes to school. And should be reinforced at home during school years especially when the child is adapting to a new school year or challenge.

Let me point out that high expectations are different from praise. The self-esteem cult led us to an epidemic of overpraising. We have all heard \u201cGood job!\u201d when it was apparent the job was not good. Kids are smart, they know when they do something dumb. But kids are also eager to figure out how to do things right, how to get good grades, how to find the best way to succeed.

I tell parents to praise specifically, not globally. \u201cYou cleaned up your room without being asked, that\u2019s being responsible!\u201d Praise honestly. \u201cYou answered the homework questions right but there are spelling mistakes that need to be corrected.\u201d Praise sparingly enough that it means something. If you praise continuously kids tune it out just like they tune out nagging.

To convey high expectations to your children find ways to focus on improvement. If your preschooler is not yet great at printing his or her name try, \u201cYou worked really hard at that.\u201c instead of \u201cYou are so smart!\u201d If you are told it is your effort that counts you want to work as hard as you can. If you are told you are smart you don\u2019t see the need of making an effort. Which kid would you like yours to be? I sure would want the one who works hard and feels in control of his or her success.

Help your child understand how self-worth works. Focus on helping your child talk about failures whether they are academic or social. No lectures. Instead personalize the issue by sharing how you felt when you got a bad grade or weren\u2019t invited to a birthday party. Encourage the child to talk about feelings. Ask children to think about what advice they would give to a younger child because this helps them realize that things get better.

And when things get better praise the child\u2019s accomplishment, specifically. And praise yourself\u2026you worked hard to parent right!

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