I'm afraid I'm a day late with this, but I don't care. The fact that we take 24 hours out of the year to pay lip service to our veterans is a little bit silly anyway -- a day shouldn't go by when we aren't outraged that even one vet is sleeping on the streets [...]
I'm coming to the realization that one of the worst feelings in the world is powerlessness. I felt it when we were coming back from Mexico and the mean TSA agent took my kid's water bottle for no good reason. And the other day, I felt it at the park. Elfie (9), Newt (almost 11), [...]
So check it out! I'm over at In the Powder Room today, giving my, ahem, opinion on handing out Halloween candy. It's worth a click, I promise.
I woke up to a Facebook message from my friend saying there was a shooting at Sparks Middle School and her husband was fine (incidentally, Sparks is right next to Reno, where I live). She wrote this in all caps at least four times and with about five exclamation points behind each "fine." I see [...]
So I'm happy to report that the kids not only survived camp but had a fabulous time. Apparently the first night was a little touch-and-go: Newt wanted to come home very badly, and Elfie got stung by a bee. But they sucked it up, and the memorable stories have been trickling out of them since [...]
I've often heard that one of the best ways to boost kids' self-esteem, decision-making skills, and autonomy is by giving them something to do and then backing off. You know, task them with a job but then allow them to get the job done in a way that they see fit. Incredibly, this works with [...]
I cry pretty easily. Really, it doesn't take much. When we read Harry Potter, I get weepy when Mrs. Weasley shows Harry any kind of motherly affection (I know, don't judge). But last night, while watching The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, I cried for real. Lawrence showed an interview with Kasim Walters. He's a high school student [...]
This is the continuation of last week's story when Eric got into some serious trouble after getting drunk with Simon. Want to get caught up? Start here. And if you want a list of the whole torrid affair, go here. ******* "Your mother didn't expect you home tonight, did she?" Frangelica glanced over at Eric from the bar. [...]
A few weeks ago, Senator Dean Heller, the Republican from my state (Nevada), voted to bring gun control up for debate. This isn't generally what Republicans do, so for about 10 seconds I fell into the trap of believing he might actually be a decent guy. Clearly this is why it was so easy to [...]
Thought everybody would be anxious to hear the update from my friend whose son experienced the horrible bullying/sexual assault incident at his school. Thanks to everybody who wrote and gave such thoughtful advice. ******** Here is the follow-up, and please let your readers know how much I appreciate their input and support. This isn't quite [...]
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