A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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I can remember. I simply choose not to
Wednesday, 20 Jul, 2011 – 17:00 | Comments Off
I can remember. I simply choose not to

There’s a 30-year-old fishing tackle box on top of my refrigerator that I keep moving from house to house, though for the life of me I don’t know why. It’s covered with a thick layer …

A SWAT for trying to control others’ photo albums
Thursday, 23 Jun, 2011 – 17:09 | Comments Off
A SWAT for trying to control others’ photo albums

Somewhere along the line, taking a picture of a child other than your own became equated with peddling kiddy porn.
I’ve been scolded at birthday parties and confronted at school even though my lens was pointed …

Why butt kicking has never worked
Wednesday, 22 Jun, 2011 – 16:51 | Comments Off

I’ve always been convinced I’m living in the wrong era, but I used to think I entered the world too late.
I should have been born in the 40s so I could have felt the rush …

Learning the electronic birds and bees – the hard way
Wednesday, 30 Mar, 2011 – 17:33 | Comments Off
Learning the electronic birds and bees – the hard way

I still don’t think that “sexting” – sending a suggestive or explicit picture via cell phone – is crime that rises to the level of lock-them-up-and-throw-away-the key, particularly when the perpetrators all are minors.
But neither …

Extending the principal’s job to cover the world
Wednesday, 16 Mar, 2011 – 17:03 | One Comment
Extending the principal’s job to cover the world

I am not in favor of bullying.
I am not against school officials taking swift action against anyone who breaks the rules or laws on their campuses.
I am, however, opposed to making principals in charge of …

Whose Kindle is it anyway?
Thursday, 3 Mar, 2011 – 13:23 | Comments Off
Whose Kindle is it anyway?

As I unloaded a trunkload of guy goodies last week, a tiny chunk of petulant poutiness came sneaking up from my gut. It worked its way to my throat, where it stuck for the next …

In defense of gaming – or something like it – in the classroom
Wednesday, 23 Feb, 2011 – 16:50 | Comments Off
In defense of gaming – or something like it – in the classroom

Why is it that Boots can “die” endlessly on Mario and still go back for more, yet he used to get frustrated to near tears if he wasn’t the first to answer a question in …

Just because the rant’s legal doesn’t make it right
Thursday, 3 Feb, 2011 – 17:23 | One Comment
Just because the rant’s legal doesn’t make it right

It’s a classic case of the cliche about two wrongs not making a right. Make it three wrongs in this case.
A California high school student, who, according to Mashable was upset over his homework load, …

Amazing toddlers who can make their own breakfast!
Wednesday, 26 Jan, 2011 – 17:05 | Comments Off
Amazing toddlers who can make their own breakfast!

I am an awful, awful mom.
Just like thousands of other 2- to 5-year-olds worldwide, Boots cannot tie his shoes. He can’t make breakfast, though he can make quesadillas or Sunbutter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. …

You spent six months unplugged and you did WHAT?!
Wednesday, 19 Jan, 2011 – 17:11 | 3 Comments
You spent six months unplugged and you did WHAT?!

It’s an event almost as foreseeable as predicting that someone this week will call today’s kids “the dumbest generation”:
A family will “unplug” – shed all electronics for an arbitrary period. Let’s say, oh, six months. …

A SWAT for taking memories away from fans
Thursday, 21 Oct, 2010 – 19:19 | Comments Off
A SWAT for taking memories away from fans

It’s stunning how an organization with enough digital savvy to tweet contests during a game and offer an iPhone app can blow it when it comes to something so basic that most fans would want …

It’s not about the Net. It’s about decency
Friday, 1 Oct, 2010 – 17:04 | 2 Comments
It’s not about the Net. It’s about decency

I knew it was coming the second I heard that the Internet was tangentially connect to Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi’s suicide.
Yes, tangentially. The Internet did not kill Clementi. It wasn’t even a weapon in …