Don’t get me wrong. She loves books. We have read to her since day one. She loves hearing stories and has a brilliant imagination. It’s just that she is struggling a little with reading by herself. She is able to read Bob’s books and most of level one texts with just a little help. But … Continue reading My daughter hates reading
the poor are doubly impoverished by the ugliness that surrounds them (paraphrased words of John O’Donohue, an Irish poet) *** If you live where all things necessary are scarce, you grab the first things you can put your hands on. You buy shoes without too much consideration for their fit and even less - their style. … Continue reading The Importance of Beautiful Things
I like the Minimalists. After watching a few interviews and Ted Talks featuring these guys, I was inspired to do something about our townhouse, in which, for the past four and half years we have been collecting STUFF. I don’t think we quite qualify to be labeled as "hoarders." We usually do an annual run … Continue reading My Urge to Purge
A while ago I listened to this interview about relationships. There was this one sentence that stuck with me over the months. Helen Fisher (of Match.com) said something that rings very true to me: I don’t think we understand men at all, we’ve spent 50 years trying to bust a lot of myths about women … Continue reading Men these days
Fate did a number on you, kid You were one of the few Lucky ones Winners in the karmic lottery With a friend already In utero You were supposed To arrive Together Partners in crime She is a funny one Your sister Bailing on you last minute like that Carry … Continue reading To J.
My children have a way of bringing me back to reality. Whenever I feel like I am hot stuff with it all figured out, they know precisely which button to push to show me to not get ahead of myself. That there is still much work to be done. Understanding how they got to … Continue reading Not such hot stuff after all
I don’t know much about the Economy. Experts in the media all sound very intelligent and knowledgeable and they are also exceptionally successful in making me feel stupid and often afraid. But time and time again I hear how the x or y is higher or lower or grows faster or slower than the economists … Continue reading It’s the economy, stupid.
Caleb Keeter of Josh Abbot Band tweeted: I've been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life. Until events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was. [...] We need gun control RIGHT. NOW. [...] *** We will all awaken. No doubt about it. Only... How many more lives will it take? … Continue reading Las Vegas
Hello, you, Stereotypical Millennial. I just want to say: I like you. I am a gen-X-er and I sometimes hear from my peers how you, Millennials are. Just. The. Worst! You know. You have heard it all. Entitled. Lazy. Unable to follow directions. Unable to function without being given directions. Addicted to your electronic devices. … Continue reading In defense of Millennials
It’s been a few weeks since my daughter started elementary school, but dropping her off at the bus stop still feels like a big deal to me. Frankly, some days, like today, I turn into a teary-eyed pile of mush once that bus leaves. Seeing her look at me from a distance with a half-smile … Continue reading At the bus stop