Monthly Archives: November 2010

Baby-proofing and other holiday safety absurdities

A list of holiday safety tips recently caught my eye. Not because I was seeking out a whole new list of dangers to worry about, but because the advice was so absurd. AB-SURD. But to be fair, the author does … Continue reading

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Reasons I shouldn’t home-school

From the Annals of Mindboggling Things I Overhear in my Own Home comes the following. What you need to know–there has been no mention of hippies prior to Vince’s opening statement. Vince (age 8): I hate hippies. Me: Hippies? Why? … Continue reading

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The metaphor of safe ice

One of the things I find most troubling about being a parent is the nearly pathological degree to which we attempt to remove all risk from our children’s lives (a subject about which I’d be happy to rant ad nauseum … Continue reading

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The dirt on high fructose corn syrup

Like most horror stories about environmental or nutritional bogeymen, I half-listen and just try to veer toward natural products and food–emphasis on “try” and, let’s be honest, not all that hard actually. It’s A LOT of work. But, when someone … Continue reading

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OTHER Outrage of the Week: Funeral for a Swing Set (via FreeRangeKids)

No, no, no. Come on! Hi Readers — Those clever folks at KaBoom, the playground people, have created a “virtual funeral” for the swingsets of West Virginia’s Cabell County. The sets died an unnatural death, after a painful lawsuit brought … Continue reading

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Yet another reason to play video games

Just figured out how I’m going to inspire the kids to take up a musical instrument. It turns out, Super Mario Brothers rocks on violin.   BUT…then I thought of PacMan, which I remember as having a really grating sound. … Continue reading

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Mad dog

Our dog, Django (pr. jang-o), is a 3 year-old yellow lab/ridgeback (or something) mix. He’s also an asshole. Today, he thought it would be fun to shove his way out the door as the kids were leaving for school and … Continue reading

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