Geckos. Next time let’s raise geckos. We don’t mean it, but sometimes we think it. Every parent thinks it. Well, probably not exactly that, because that whole “let’s raise geckos instead” thing is a pretty strange way to say it. But some version of it. Every parent thinks some version of it. Because, parenting. Because […]
It’s really hard to get into the holiday spirit these days while innundated with the siren call of greed, commercial profiteering, and everywhere the trappings of privilege. Ferguson. New York. Florida. Brown, Garner, Martin. Racism. Unequal pay for equal work; hell, let’s be honest, lesser pay for greater work. Rape culture. Controlled access to medicine that […]
Sadistic humor is an oxymoron – it’s either humor or sadism. There is nothing funny about Jimmy Kimmel’s sadistic humor in the form of parents who humiliate their children. Call me wimpy or whiny if you want – I think its shameful.
Every now and then I find a recording or a piece of writing that gets me thinking, and TED talks are often a wonderful source of new and unusual ideas. In this particular TED talk, Dr. Phillip Zimbardo, California Psychologist and Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, talks about The Demise of Guys. While I don’t […]
If boys are to become men – real men, not the caricature of manhood that dominated the advertising world of my childhood, or the new more subtle caricatures found in modern advertising and music – they need to learn to be articulate about their emotional lives. Daniel Goleman calls it “emotional intelligence.” I’m tempted to […]
A few weeks ago, in my post What Does the Word “Dad” Bring to Mind?, I introduced you to 5 of my 7 children. Today’s post is about Gabriel Liam, our angel. It was a hard post to write in a way that communicates what I want to say, and it may be a hard […]
Posting on Facebook about the day’s plans for Day 2 of the Maine Trip of 2011, Maddie wrote “Making men one memory at a time,” and that phrase struck a chord with me. Since its inception five years ago, the purpose of the trip has definitely been to create memories. What I hadn’t really considered […]