I Am An American And Today I Celebrate Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

Do you know who our 16th president was?Does your 3rd grader?As of today, thanks to a Congressional resolution, it is International Darwin Day, now and forever on February 12.It also happens to be the birthday of one of the (I dare say the second) greatest Presidents in this America's history.The man who chose to fight instead of letting our country be divided. A man who felt that NO ONE was better than the other and freed the slaves....more

Sly and The Family Stone - You Haven't Heard it All

Everybody is a StarThe best thing that could have ever happened to me and Sly was the release of the new box set - Sly and the Family Stone, Higher!...more

My Son's Brain is Not Public Domain

I remember when I was a Political Science major, I had this amazing professor who had us read a whole list of books on Utopias; just so we would be sure that we knew what a Utopia was, and that we didn't live in one....more

Dear Santa, Please Don't - What NOT to Buy My Son For Christmas

 Let me help y'all out, mkay? I am with this kid 24/7 - homeschooling is like that. I can tell you, without a doubt, what gifts not to buy a boy. OK, at least my kid does NOT need  these for Christmas this year. And if you love me - and my sanity, you'll take notes. ...more

Why Hulu Isn't Safe For Kids and Doesn't Care

On July 14th  I wrote this letter:Dear Hulu,...more

Snickers Melt in Your Mouth and Then Kill You

 Imagine this scene:Little kid sweet voice, expectant, happy: Trick or treat!Evil mother of kid: Sorry you can't have that buddy, or that, or... well, maybe at the next house! ...more

I Knew There Was A Problem When I Came Home and Found the Babysitter Tied Up

Dear babysitter who thinks because my son has special needs that means he’s sweet and easy.When I told you about my son’s issues during our interview, I don’t think you were listening to me. You were so perky and shiny and a tad bit condescending. “Oh yes, I worked with special needs kids in summer camp.” But you know what babysitter? All special needs kids are not a like....more

Music to Tame the Savage Beast

 Last night the little man was in prime form.It's funny when you can connect behavior to things you have read - it a reminds me of how normal life really is.  Tonight, he was Max from Where the Wild Things Are; just when Max yelled at his mom "I'll eat you up!".  That was our evening....more

I Will Not Lie About Potty Training

I was checking out my photo album. I realized I have been lying for a long time. I've been telling people forever that my son was potty trained at 3. Lie. Big fat lie. My son was 4....more

8 Years Ago Today

Blistering heat. Like nothing. Not like back when I lived in the armpit desert that was Mesa, Arizona. This is oppressive, heavy, impossible to move. This is Plano, Texas.Unpacking a car full of too much. Too many diapers, too many onesies, too much baby stuff. But how could I know?In two days our baby boy will be born. In two days plus two more we will have to bring him to this hotel room, with all of this stuff, live here for two weeks. With no one to help. No one....more