Dana Goldstein’s Slate article contending that homeschooling is antithetical to progressive social values has hit a nerve. Goldstein’s thesis is this: Truly community-minded, liberal, progressive parents enroll their children in public school, become involved in the PTO and/or school board, and work to make things better. I used to see her point. I have come to understand that no amount of money or parent involvement is going to make public education anything other than what it is: too big and dysfunctional to be fixed....more
It has been so very cold lately here in North Dakota. You hope that one of these days that it will be warm or at least be above zero and lately, that has been rare. It amazes me what a person is able to become used to. If you are exposed to something long enough, you are able to habituate, or get used to it. I am afraid that I have gotten used to the cold which I like to pretend just makes me an all around tougher person. I believe that those of us that can endure a North Dakota winter are able to endure anything that our lives throw at us....more
I have a baby, I want a baby! I have serious baby fever and it’s completely irrational. I crave baby deliciousness 24-7, as if I didn't have enough (I do; he's 100% delicious). I want to be pregnant; I have a seven month old. I hated being pregnant. I remember, when I had a wailing newborn, my mother in law warned me that at around six months, I’d want another baby. I laughed and said I wasn’t so sure I even wanted the one I had, much less another one.
So here's a question that almost certainly falls into the category of Soliciting Too Much Information: what kind of birth control do you use? More specifically, what kind of birth control do you use if you're a woman of a certain age - a woman, say, who is probably mostly she thinks done having children - and doesn't want to return to the pill?