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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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Just whose rights are at risk here?
Monday, 14 Mar, 2011 – 15:55 | Comments Off
Just whose rights are at risk here?

Until today, I thought “Fight for Your Right to Party” was just an old 80s rock song. I never dreamed that holiday celebrations – or the lack thereof – would draw actual protests.
That was before …

A tricky conversation that went well
Wednesday, 22 Dec, 2010 – 10:16 | Comments Off
A tricky conversation that went well

Big Guy was looking over my shoulder last night as I was writing a post about 13-year-old Katelyn Carlson, the peanut-allergic Chicago girl who died from anaphylaxis after a party at school.
He often does that, …

Yes, let’s have food allergy policies everywhere
Tuesday, 21 Dec, 2010 – 18:34 | One Comment
Yes, let’s have food allergy policies everywhere

There’s egg-free, and then there’s the kind of egg-free that led Big Guy to puke up his pastries despite a donut shop owner’s assurances that he didn’t use egg. It was true as far as …

Why I won’t ask our school to pay for pricey cookies
Monday, 5 Jul, 2010 – 13:38 | 3 Comments
Why I won’t ask our school to pay for pricey cookies

I ran across a story this morning about a school district in South Dakota that goes out of its way – to the tune of paying an extra $40 for a case of cookies …

Nothing says love – or clueless – like a peanut butter cup
Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010 – 14:28 | Comments Off
Nothing says love – or clueless – like a peanut butter cup

First, the good news:
Big Guy immediately recognized the Reese’s Cup in his bag of Valentine’s Day bling at school – never mind that the kids weren’t supposed to bring candy and I’d ticked Big Guy …

Don’t blame the food allergic for ruining the party
Thursday, 4 Feb, 2010 – 11:25 | Comments Off
Don’t blame the food allergic for ruining the party

I did a double cringe when the Valentine’s Day note came home this week from Big Guy’s school: “Due to food allergies, please do not send any candy, cupcakes or food items.”
The first cringe came …

The 100 Days heart attack
Tuesday, 19 Jan, 2010 – 10:13 | 2 Comments
The 100 Days heart attack

Somewhere along the line, the 100th Day of School became an “event” right up there with Halloween and Valentine’s Day. OK, maybe it’s not on par with Halloween because there are no cool costumes, but …

The peanut patrol and the school secretary who invades privacy
Monday, 18 May, 2009 – 23:09 | 20 Comments
The peanut patrol and the school secretary who invades privacy

Here’s a concern that had never occurred to me as a parent of child with food allergies because I’ve been spoiled by our school’s concerned, considerate reaction in dealing with Big Guy’s peanut allergy this …

Food allergies are not just hysteria
Sunday, 18 Jan, 2009 – 11:10 | 3 Comments
Food allergies are not just hysteria

It started with an article in British Medical Journal in which an American doctor claimed parents are in the grip of a “nut hysteria” that is fueling irrational fears about allergic reactions to peanuts.
The doctor, …

That’s Ms. Peanut-Allergy Nazi to you
Wednesday, 3 Dec, 2008 – 23:19 | 8 Comments
That’s Ms. Peanut-Allergy Nazi to you

Everyone’s entitled to an opinion.
Everyone should be obligated to check out the facts before forming half-cocked opinions.
Unfortunately, that’s not what happened in an opinion piece posted this week at investors.com under the headline, The War …