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November 30, 2018
About that time when the last of the Halloween candy disappears, some of us start to feel down.
When the leaves surrender their homes and the trees become stark and bare as skeletons, we sense the coming apathy. When the whole world seems poised for an epic stillness… that’s when the predictable sluggishness of winter hits us hard.View More...
October 25, 2018
My kids roll their eyes when I tell them that being a sports fan is a lot like life. This is probably because I say it too much.
But just look at our rhetorical metaphors.
For football: “We went the whole nine yards.” Or “I didn’t have anything to lose, so I just tossed a Hail Mary.View More...
October 23, 2018
It’s not like we needed the recent supreme court hearings to know that things right now are super-tense.
Still, those hearings certainly didn’t help.
By my count, this is roughly the tenth time in the last three years I’ve been asked to write something about how parents can keep their heads in these trying political times.View More...
October 10, 2018
Today is World Mental Health Day.
I often find these kinds of distinctions a bit troublesome.View More...
October 2, 2018
Some parents on the sidelines at their children’s athletic events behave quite badly.
Also, the sun sets in the west.
In other words, the fact that parents get out of hand at their kids’ games isn’t exactly groundbreaking news.View More...
September 26, 2018
Here’s a weird fact.
Until about six or seven years ago, the term “bullying” was pretty much absent from everyday use. In fact, six or seven years ago, if you had asked someone to define “bullying,” they’d probably tell you that the word itself was both old and old-fashioned.View More...
September 11, 2018
After September 11, 2001, lots of little kids across the nation asked some variation of the same question:
“Mommy, why did the bad guys attack us?”
Kids tend to look for patterns, especially when they’re frightened, so some kids likely took this inquiry even a step further:
“Daddy, why do the bad guys hate us?”View More... 1