Congratulations if you are able to read that word and not hear singing. Unfortunately I both see and […]
It is disheartening how little impact the mass murder of 20 elementary school children has had on gun […]
The other night I watched a movie about lateterm abortion. It was a documentary called “After Tiller” that […]
For everyone who is an artist, writer, activist, poet, dreamer, parent… This inspired me.
Over the last six months my daughter has had her friends over more often. Especially her friends who are boys. This is not a problem as they are all perfectly nice, well-mannered kids who are even sometimes amusing to listen to and/or hassle.
Two things that took getting used to with teen boys: First, they seem to take up so much more space than girls. They are all a lot bigger than my petite sized daughter but even the ones who only as tall as me seem to take up more space. In my opinion, three boys are a crowd.
It seems like whenever I wonder what they are teaching my daughter in school I activate some cosmic response that makes sure I know. The lesson she learned last week was a refresher from previous years. It is called Random Acts of Authority.
Random Acts of Authority is an essential part of the core curriculum that prepares your child for life in the “real world.” It works like this. A teacher, security guard, office worker, lunch aide – anyone who is not a student – chooses a rule that is rarely if ever enforced and slaps it down on a kid. It has to be random, and for no discernible reason, or the lesson is useless and has to be administered again at a later date.
Yesterday was Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which I always think of as the start of baking season. One of the consistent ways our non-religious household marks religious holidays, both Christian and Jewish, is through food.
Some words are exactly right. Throttle is the exact correct word for what I wanted to do to the grown man who was ogling my daughter this morning.
August looks like it might shape up to be a month of self discovery. Things I need to discover in no particular order:
It is such a short trip to the land of fear. It is one of those places you […]
It is oh so tempting to let myself get caught up in the posturing and brinksmanship of the […]
Parenting is hard work. Yesterday we had to have a chat with our daughter about putting in some […]
I was leading a discussion of a group of professional women about time management and work/life integration strategies […]
Someone asked me, as people do – “Got good plans for the Labor Day weekend?” and I replied […]
My daughter has written a short piece about a conversation we had recently and is submitting it to […]