She Blinded Me With Science

My kids have helped me make up for all the science fairs I didn't participate in when I was in high school. I'm like a reverse sports parents when it comes to the science fair, because I never participated I've made it a mission to make sure my own kids do. To hell with being captain of the football team, get in there and make some DNA out of gummy bears pronto!At the science fair you can tell the science parents from the non-science parents in a heartbeat....more

When anonymous was ok.

When I was in college there was this amazing feeling I used to get leaving the campus and stepping off the subway in some part of the city, knowing that no one knew where I was. The idea was rather thrilling since up until that point, for the most part, people knew where I was, or at least where I was supposed to be. The feeling of being part of the crowd was liberating and mysterious. Sometimes I didn't even know where I was riding the subway to myself. Would I get off at Government Center or take the Red Line to Harvard Square?...more

Do Scented Markers Make Sense?

Not sure I understand the rationale behind the scented marker.Were the marker manufacturers just hanging out in the boardroom one afternoon and then one of them says, "So, we got this product, it's for kids and it's not edible. How can we make it more appealing?"And another one say, "I know! Let's make them smell like delicious foods like lemons and strawberries and chocolate. That will ensure that kids will - try and eat them!"And everyone says, "Brilliant!"Not a parent in that room, I can tell you that....more

Zen at the Art of Theater Reviewing

The other night I had this great zen moment at a performance of "Arsenic and Old Lace."When I have write a review for the paper, I always show up to the show notebook in hand and follow through by scribbling feverishly throughout the performance.C asked my what I write about and I explained that I mostly jot down adjectives describing the performers, the set, and the costumes but that's not entirely true, I also write down dialogue because you need at least one good quote in a review....more

The Christmas Song

Channel 17. Channel 17 is the Sirius Christmas channel. I've been listening to it for five days straight. Granted I don't actually commute to work in my car. I live 10 minutes from work and I only go into the office three days a week. Still, the Christmas music channel is significant because in my youth I didn't much care for Christmas music unless it was somehow angst ridden, "Do You Know It's Christmas?" "Rebel Jesus," "Someday at Christmas." Yes that last one is from Stevie Wonder but angst ridden none-the-less....more

Twice as Modest

S and N are the most modest six year olds I've ever met. Prior to turning six they were the most modest five year olds I'd ever met.At the beach they'd want me to close all the doors to the mini van so they could change in the car without anyone seeing them. I'd have to wrangle a compromise (so they wouldn't suffocate) by hanging towels across the open doors.Now they don't even want the other to see them changing. Ironic because, as identical twins, they already know what the other looks like naked. ...more

Awkward Moments

I hate that awkward Sienfeld moment when you're leaving the elementary school and there's some parent waiting to be buzzed into the building and you want to do the polite thing and hold the door but they don't have clearance from the office to enter yet; and even though they look vaguely familiar you don't know if that's because their child was in the same 3rd grade class as yours or if it was their mug being forwarded around on FB last night under the header "level 3 sex offended moves into the school district."...more

So Cozy! Why Leg Warmers Are the Best Winter Accessory

All Flashdance jokes aside (you know, I never actually saw that movie), the leg warmer is, in my opinion, the most underappreciated and valuable winter accessory of all time. Well, maybe they're number two to a warm hat, but they rank way up there on the list. ...more
SherryAnnHensley I'd love to see your fashionable leg warmers! I have an everyday pair (they are ...more

Day 10: Turkey Shoot

Spent a good portion of the weekend with H at the boy scout camp in Yarmouth for the camp's annual Turkey Shoot. Although no actual turkeys were shot I can still clearly envision my liberal, left-leaning self rolling over in its early grave.For the record H didn't hit the target once in bb guns (he faired significantly better in archery), so I think it's safe to assume that the wild turkeys who sometimes visit our yard are safe - at least for this year....more

Playdate Excuses

C has a buddy, we'll call him Jack, every now and then Jack's parents call to arrange play dates. First they called to let us know what day Jack's birthday party was being planned for. "Darn," I say, C can't come because he's participating in a bocce festival - you know - bocce? It's a lawn game played by retired Italian gentlemen or drunk college students at Bertucci's. The next time they texted to see if C could come over we were half way up Mount Washington. "Sorry, C can't come over, we're hiking Tuckerman's Ravine. Unusually good cell phone reception up here…"...more