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For Parents, Happiness is a very High Bar, Tuesday, June 24th, 11:45am – 1:00pm, Senior Services Building, 4700 Dublin Ave, Midland.

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming, it’s “a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic,” as writer Jennifer Senior puts it.  Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety?  Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents – to raise happy children – is so elusive.  In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

The nonprofit TED standing for Technology, Entertainment, Design, offers knowledge and inspiration from the world’s foremost thinkers in video presentations online for free. Their Mission: Spreading Ideas. Join educator Tom Lowrey on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month during lunch to watch a TED talk (typically 10-20 minutes each) and participate in lively discussion about the ideas presented. Call ahead to reserve your spot and register for lunch at 633-3700. Aim to arrive by 11:30am in Trailside and after your table is called, take your lunch into Room 160. Lunches are by donation to those over 60 or $5 for those under 60.