Late night blogging on my phone again. I was going to work on the computer, but I got sleepy, so here's what you get.Tonight, we talk chess.I remember as a kid a few times playing with my dad; I remember asking repeatedly to play. It was rare. My dad wasn't home a lot; he was a doctor and when he was home, he was exhausted.So I should probably have more sympathy for my own kid, who has recently developed an obsession with chess, and asks me repeatedly and often to play....more
Checkmate – A Game of Chess You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas. ~Stanley Kubrick...more
Bugi and I have played chess together for as long as we can remember. Sometime soon after we became a couple we discovered that we both knew the rules and were pretty good at it (although I am better of course). I wish I could remember the first time we played chess. It must have been one of those long lazy summer afternoons during high school break when time slows down and life is good....more
Parents know how to protect children from dangers like small toys that can be choking hazards and dangling, frayed electrical cords that can cause shock. But what about the dangers you can't see, like lead in the paint of brightly colored blocks or the chemicals in a plastic sippy cup? Here are the latest toy safety guidelines you should be aware of....more
Google "female chess players" and you'll find the entire front page filled with sites promising you the sexiest female chess players, the most photogenic (complete with a rating system), and a beauty contest. The word "hottest" is tossed around on several of the links, their earnings are discussed on one, but nowhere on the first page of Google is any mention of a list of the smartest, most cunning, or gutsiest. If you want to hear about chess player's accomplishments over the board, you'll have to Google "male chess players."
There once was a woman who ran not one but two empires, who bore ten children, subsidized a non-profit arts group for poets and later managed the empire for her older son when he went off to war.