Why I wasn’t sad to see my famous “mom friend” go to prison.

Jane Buckingham, marketing guru and parenting author convicted in the college admissions bribery scheme. Photo by Natalie Bell / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)

It’s fitting that the College Admissions Bribery Scandal’s biggest star, Lori Loughlin, can expect her criminal sentence the very week the fall academic semester begins at USC, the university she and her husband duped into accepting her two daughters. Still, I can’t stop thinking about another blond cheater mom who touched me personally: Jane Buckingham.

Jane was the marketing whiz and parenting author who paid $50,000 for a proctor to take the ACT for her son Jack — so he, too, could nab a place at USC. She was once my friend. The cringeworthy story of how I got dumped…


When reproduction goes wrong, two bald eagles inspire.

For months now, a stirring family drama starring a telegenic Southern California couple has been unfolding live for viewers in Big Bear Valley, California. The couple are not Hollywood actors, but the “Facebook famous” bald eagle pair Jackie and Shadow, whose lives have been under round-the-clock observation via a Nest Cam installed on top of a 120-foot Jeffrey pine tree by the non-profit organization Friends of Big Bear Valley.

Big Bear Valley’s famous eagle pair, Jackie and Shadow. (Courtesy of Friends of Big Bear Valley, 2020)

But what should be happy viewing has recently taken a sad turn. The U.S. Forest Service now knows that the bonded pair’s two…

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