Do your kids call things "retarded"?

At Wired today, I'm tackling the R-word:It's Way Past Time to Stop Saying Things Are "Retarded"And all over the internet, in movies, and at the playground, people are still using “retarded” and “retard” in disparaging or eye-rolling ways. It’s time to stop. Way past time. I’ve heard some parents express a sense of helplessness over the subject — they don’t like that their kids say, “That is soooo retarded,” but the kids pick it up at school; what can you do?...more

My thoughts on The Tree of Life

Today at Bonny Glen, I share my thoughts on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life:...more

A Boatload of Book Recommendations

Since January 2005, I've been blogging about my family's reading life at Here in the Bonny Glen. Over the years I've written about hundreds of books—picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle-grade novels, nonfiction for kids and adults, YA fiction, poetry, the works. Well, I've finally put together an index of all these book recommendations:Bonny Glen Book Recs...more

hello from my little house

Thought I'd pop in and say a quick hello. I'm Melissa, mom of five kids, and my blog, Here in the Bonny Glen, is where I write about writing (I am the author of two series of books about Laura Ingalls Wilder's ancestors), homeschooling, family life, children's literature, and education issues. ...more

Oh that is so cool! I've always been interested in Laura Ingalls Wilder! I bought a couple of ...more