A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Mon, 12/03/12 – 12:49 | Comments Off

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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Don’t put all the blame for fitness problem on schools
Tuesday, 9 Dec, 2008 – 0:22 | Comments Off
Don’t put all the blame for fitness problem on schools

You can cram for a quiz. You can cram for finals. You can cram for the SAT.
But I’m skeptical that it’s possible to cram for a physical education test.
Yet, that’s exactly what Big Guy’s school …

A special week to take kids outside — how sad
Monday, 15 Sep, 2008 – 6:56 | Comments Off

Once upon a time a little prince sat cloistered in his castle.

He cooed in a playpen as his royal court watched movies. As he grew, he was surrounded by the finer things — a television and VCR in his bedroom, a toddler computer at his fingertips. He had no reason to notice a world beyond his four walls.

Until one day, when the prince was 5 and went to a party with his family. The prince splashed happily in the pool, but when other children left to play, he peered over the pool’s edge, alone and confused. Children beckoned him to join in, but he didn’t know their games and running tired him.

Though I’m fudging details, the root of the story is true. It’s a tragic demonstration of why the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences created