NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your November Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily November NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
I am trying to do that novel writing thing too and realizing I kinda stink at ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your November Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily November NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
My first post is up - http://www.monkeythoughts.com/2012/11/01/nablopomo-november-2012-kick-off/ more

We Are Killing Our Children

I believe structure is killing our children. We offer them so much structured learning and play time that they are never put into a situation where they have to be inventive and brave. They NEVER have to learn to figure things out for themselves. Yes, in order to get a child to do what you want when you want, the best way is to create a schedule for them. Structure the basics like meals, potty and sleep so as to structure them from the inside out. This way it is easy to get them used to your schedule and way of doing things. And I agree with this type of structure....more
I played with acorns and sticks, and I was still bullied. And I STILL was bothered about it. ... more

How Parents Normalized Teen Password Sharing

In 2005, I started asking teenagers about their password habits. My original set of questions focused on teens' attitudes about giving their password to their parents, but I quickly became enamored with teens' stories of sharing passwords with friends and significant others. So I was ecstatic when Pew Internet & American Life Project decided to survey teens about their password sharing habits. Pew found that one third of online 12-17 year olds share their password with a friend or significant other and that almost half of those 14-17 do. I love when data gets reinforced....more
I get the locker comparison. But our social identities weren't tied to our lockers. I'm not ... more

Hair and Femininity: I Cut My Hair and Opened My Eyes

I decided to take the leap. My hair wasn't making me look fatter or skinnier or complementing really anything about me -- it's never been my best feature, it is just my damn hair. I felt good about it, I reminded myself, as I crumpled my picture of Michelle Williams in my sweating fists. ...more
My ex was adamant that I never cut my hair. When I filed for separation, the hair was one of the ... more

Theaters Embrace Social Media with Tweet Seats

Rather than ask people to stop using their cell phones during the show, some places have created designated "tweet seats" for people to sit who want to use social media through the show. It's the same concept of the silent car on the metro or train, except in the reverse since fewer people want to be looking at their cell phone while they're viewing a movie or an opera. ...more
I love twitter. I love texting. But I love doing neither when I paid to see a movie. I'm there ... more

Lessons from NaBloPoMo

It's the last day of November's NaBloPoMo. 2216 participants started the race, but only you know how many are actually crossing the finish line tonight, masters of the daily post. Your brain may feel mushy, you might feel glad that it's over, OR you may now feel energized, filled with more blogging ideas than you even have time to write. Hopefully, at the very least, you have a sense of accomplishment. It is a big deal to commit to writing daily and follow through, even when you're fresh out of ideas or too tired to type. So what did we learn from NaBloPoMo? ...more
It went by a lot faster than I expected. Now that I have finished, I realize I really have no ... more

Fans of The Hunger Games: Enthusiastic Readers or Bigoted Fandom?

Based on a wildly popular young-adult science fiction book trilogy, The Hunger Games is one of the most anticipated movies hitting theaters in 2012. But months before the movie's premiere, the casting of the film is stirring one of 2011's hottest debates about race in Hollywood. The debate was stoked up again recently, as The Hunger Games trailers and posters were released to the public....more
I have not read "The Hunger Games", but it's ridiculous that anyone would get upset over the ... more

My husband just asked me to name one good female metal band. Does L7 ring a bell?

My husband just asked me to name one good female metal band. Does L7 ring a bell? ...more
Kitty. LOVE kitty. The lead singer can growl as good as any man. more

Would You Let A Former Porn Star Read to Your Kids?

What our nervous sideway glances and jeers say is simple: if you let on that you have sex, you're a danger to our children, and possibly to society itself. Never mind if you're a tax-paying, law-abiding, philanthropic citizen otherwise -- the second it becomes known that you have sex or are interested in it, you're immediately labeled unfit. ...more
I don't see an issue. She's not reading about porn. I find that the less of a deal people make ... more