Twelve Days of Summer with My Twelve-Year-Old: DAY ONE

On the first day of Summermas, my middle schooler gave to me: help at the library.-----------------------------------...more

Unconventional Gifts

Unconventional GiftsGood books tell the truth, even when they're about things that never have been and never will be. They're truthful in a different way.  ~Stanisław Lem...more

Twelve Days of Summer with My Twelve-Year-Old: DAY THREE

On the third day of Summer(mas), my middle schooler gave to me: three hikes through glens—————We tried.By age four, we had Paco gliding on skis, running kids’ races, trailing the herd on a soccer team....more

A Dip in the Grades

A Dip in the Grades Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, And that's what parents were created for.  ~Ogden Nash...more

Twelve Days of Summer with My Twelve-Year-Old: DAY TWO

On the second day of Summer(mas), my middle schooler gave to me: commentary on two purple gloves———————-There’s always laundry to do....more

BIC Wants To Save Handwriting - Is It Worth It?

 Dear BIC, Look, I know you mean well. You're trying to save a dying art - the art of handwriting....more

Paying for your future philosophy major

In college I had a roommate that was a history major. I have nothing against history. History is important; we learn from our past; it's good to remember where you've come from. However, her goal in life was to get a job working within airport administration. If you are wondering how a degree in history relates to that goal, then you are not alone. Maybe she had a cushion to fall back on....more

To My Daughter

To my daughter, you are a Princess and you will evolve into a Queen. Be yourself. "Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating you." The only person that can stop you from achieving your goals and dreams is you. Do not let other people tell you who you are. It is not about anybody else, you count. Hold yourself to higher standard. Put yourself first and stop chasing. Learn to communicate the right way, Learn how to leave if it is not working. Treat yourself to the help you deserve....more

Applebee's After Dark and other musings of a tween

Booze, chicks at the bar, lewd behavior, all on a Saturday evening and…At the local Applebee’s.Ok, so, maybe there wasn’t booze, chicks at the bar, or lewd behavior. This was the behavior my 9 year old daughter, Flower, “saw”, what she cooked up in her head and swore off ever eating at an AppleBee’s again.Let me explain....more