Monday, December 17, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Emily Heist Moss, being sick and tired of the men who harass her and make her feel unsafe in public spaces, writes A Letter To The Guy Who Harassed Me Outside The Bar.
It's a drizzly Friday in Chicago and I'm leaving a bar with my roommate sometime after midnight. We’re on a quest for tacos and we’re discussing the finer points—Should we get pork or beef? From where? How many? — when you decide to make our conversation your business. You’ve been loitering outside...Don't be that guy - and don't let your sons be that guy either! Check out her awesome piece at Role/Reboot.
Monday, December 3, 2012
On The Leonard Lopate Show union organizer Jane McAlevey looks at the state of the American labor movement and describes her experiences fighting the bosses and national labor leaders. In Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, she tells the story of a number of dramatic organizing and contract victories, and the unconventional strategies that helped achieve them, and looks at ways to revive the labor movement.
Check out the complete audio:
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Dr. Ari Brown, a pediatrician and the lead author of a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics on the effects of media on children, spoke with New Tech City host Manoush Zomordi about the pluses and minuses of the digital age for kids.
In particular, Brown touches on some of the long-term effects of kids using too much technology.
"Kids who have even one device — one electronic device — in their room, much less two or three, are getting significantly less sleep a night," Brown said.
In Putting a 13-Year-Old Child Safely on Facebook Nick Bilton talks about how Facebook's privacy settings can be daunting, even for adults, the social media challenges that face teenagers, and what you can do about them.
This is important for everyone, especially part on ads. Check it out at The New York Times
On The Brian Lehrer Show Robert Kolker, contributing editor for New York Magazine, discusses his new piece on why traffic deaths are up in NYC, and how the city is trying to make intersections safer.
This show may lead to the healing of years of my own trauma & anxiety.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
When Eason was 8 years old he ran in our town's 1 mile Turkey "Fun" Run in 9:30. It wasn't too difficult for him and I suggested that we try the 5k in the following Spring Derby. He did not think he would need to practice, saying that he ran around all the time. I explained that running around casually was not the same as running such a long race. Sure enough when the time came he wound up having to walk almost half the race, finishing 3.1 miles in just over 38 minutes.
The good part is that he agreed to start training.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
I took the Moral Foundations quiz at YourMorals.Org.
In the graph, my scores on each foundation are shown in green (the 1st bar in each set of 3 bars). The scores of all liberals who have taken it are shown in blue (the 2nd bar), and the scores of all conservatives are shown in red (3rd bar). Scores run from 0 (the lowest possible score, you completely reject that foundation) to 5 (the highest possible score, you very strongly endorse that foundation and build much of your morality on top of it).
Monday, November 5, 2012
I was surprised to learn that I side with Barack Obama more than any other candidate, so even though I'm not 100% with him on many issues, that is who I'm voting for in this election. I expected to side more with Jill Stein, even though I did side more with the Green Party than the Democrat Party, overall.
Try the political quiz yourself.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
On The Leonard Lopate Show Sue Shellenbarger, Senior Writer and "Work & Family" Columnist for the Wall Street Journal, explains what the optimal time is for our daily tasks. In her article “The Peak Time for Everything,” Shellenbarger explains new research that suggests that paying attention to the body’s clock can help determine the different times of day most people perform specific tasks best, from creative thinking to resolving conflicts to working out.
Since the show I've been shifting my son's homework to morning hours. Works great! Listen to the entire episode:
Saturday, October 13, 2012
In The Self-Destruction of the 1 Percent The New York Times' Chrystia Freeland wrote about how "The top 1 percent cannot evade its share of responsibility for the growing gulf in American society."
She goes on to point out that "the danger America faces today, as the 1 percent pulls away from everyone else and pursues an economic, political and social agenda that will increase that gap even further - ultimately destroying the open system that made America rich and allowed its 1 percent to thrive in the first place."
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
In 'Are You Better Off?' The Answer Is Less Clear Than It Was in 1980 Mark Landler and John Harwood write "Mitt Romney is hoping the question that helped Ronald Reagan turn around an election will be political kryptonite for President Obama. But it's not so simple in 2012."
Check out the entire piece in The New York Times.
When our oldest kids were two, I remember a mom asking me about "the terrible twos", and if Eason was acting up a lot recently, but he hadn't been. Later she showed me an article explaining the terrible twos, and why it was common behavior for two year olds who are having difficulty with the increased expectations that are placed on them relatively suddenly, because of their increased speech development.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
In Straightening Out the Work-Life Balance Hannah Seligson says - "Some American employees expect that their workplaces will accommodate the demands of their children. But workers who have to pick up the slack are not always happy about it."
Check out her piece at The New York Times.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Labor Day seemed like a good day for us to continue work on our Koguma Dojo push-up challenge.
In about an hour I did 250 push-ups (sets of 60/60/60/70) and Eason did 95 (sets of 20/20/25/30). We each did a set every ten minutes.
Here is a video of Eason doing push-ups from December 12, 2011:
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Personal success does not translate into an ability to implement good policy. I wouldn't want a president who treats the country like a corporate acquisition.
You don't need to have lived like the average American in order to be empathetic to them, or be able to implement policies that protect and enable them.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
In Revolt of the Rich - Our financial elites are the new secessionists, Mike Lofgren writes "It was 1993, during congressional debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement. I was having lunch with a staffer for one of the rare Republican congressmen who opposed the policy of so-called free."
Check out the entire piece in The American Conservative.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Michael Grunwald, senior national correspondent for Time Magazine and the author of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era, writes in his new book about how the stimulus package was far more effective than acknowledged.
He discussed it on The Brian Lehrer Show:
Monday, August 20, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
In the NY Times' Raising Successful Children, Madeline Levine, author of “Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success” asks "Is there really anything wrong with a kind of “overparenting lite”?"
She goes on to say:
The happiest, most successful children have parents who do not do for them what they are capable of doing, or almost capable of doing; and their parents do not do things for them that satisfy their own needs rather than the needs of the child.Check out the whole article at The New York Times.
Unnecessary intervention makes your child feel bad about himself (if he’s young) or angry at you (if he’s a teenager.)
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
At the beginning of this summer the director of my daughter's camp asked some parents to come and speak to their staff about what we expect from the staff and camp, any fears we might have (made up or real), good or bad experiences that we have had and why.
I wasn't be able to go attend, but I did send an email with what I would have liked to say:
Thursday, June 21, 2012
This June is the final school year for Osborn Principal, Clarita Zeppie. I was pleased to read Ms. Zeppie's message on the school website, however, in the school year's final Osborn Weekly newsletter she wrote:
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Gym etiquette isn’t hard to understand. It isn’t hard to grasp. It’s really just common sense. You already learned everything you needed to know back in kindergarten. Pick up after yourself. Put your toys away when you’re done using them. Learn how to share. Don’t hog all the best toys for yourself. Don’t distract others who are working. So you see, the gym really is a lot like kindergarten. I guess that’s why I feel so at home there… That, and when I’m all done with my workouts I get a snack and a nap. Yup. Just like Kindergarten.
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