244 female artists who are not Taylor Swift (and one who is)

Female artists

Whenever we’re in the car and flipping through radio stations, my seven-year-old daughter will diligently scream out from the third row, “NO! NO! CHANGE IT!” She insists we keep scanning until we find a “girl song.” And that’s fine because she’s a seven-year-old girl and why shouldn’t she listen to female artists if that’s what … [Read more…]

The truth about bored kids

Image credit. There is a widely shared article on Quartz.com on how we’re over scheduling our kids (shocker, I know) and depriving them of the precious boredom they need to learn how to entertain themselves. It closes with this quote by the philosopher Bertrand Russel: “A child develops best when, like a young plant, he is … [Read more…]

Confidence is worth fighting for

I truly don’t believe in forcing kids to do things they don’t want to do. “Get your boots on, sweetie, it’s time for your hockey game.” “But I don’t want to go. I HATE HOCKEY. NO, NO, NO!” “Get your boots on and get in the car and I don’t want to hear another word … [Read more…]

May we once again be free to overindulge, the only price to pay a hangover and sore feet.

The Orlando massacre was one born of hatred and homophobia, propped up by the despicable doctrine of violence and terror promoted by ISIS, and then finally facilitated by the deplorable and reckless accessibility to automatic firearms in the United States.   It took place in a nightclub full of music and booze. Swaying hips, pulsing … [Read more…]

Where the fuck is the village?

Image credit. We were at a local historical attraction — a staged “pioneer village” where buildings from the 1800s have been moved to create a facsimile of a pioneer community. There were five adults and five children, including my own three kids. This was just this past weekend. On our way to get ice cream from … [Read more…]