My daughter is a senior in high school, on the bowling team, and they're selling Yankee Candles ONLINE as their fundraiser. Like Yankee Candles? Like supporting youth bowling? Here's what you do: You SHARE this all over, because candles, y'all. People like candles. They like supporting kids. You hit up YankeeCandleFundraising.com and order some stuff with… Continue reading Yankee Candles fundraiser, y’all
Good article on Nerd Fitness, on getting outside with the kids. I've been thinking about this a good deal lately. In short, we're doing this by cultivating our own passions, and bringing them along. Sean teaches the boys Kenpo three days a week. I have them out with me two or three days a week, training… Continue reading Getting outdoors with the kids
My philosophy of parenting includes keeping only moderately decent furnishings, because mistakes will happen. For example, one of the boys got permanent marker on our dining room table. It's the nicest table I've ever owned, but it's also an Ikea pine wood jobby, easily scratched and marked. It's not anything we're likely to turn into… Continue reading Ikea table parenting
I enjoy having kids, if for no other reason* than explaining things that happened a decade or two ago to someone who wasn't there and has no earthly idea what it was like. Yesterday I found myself telling daughter about getting They Might Be Giant's "Flood" album on CD in the early 1990s, and how cool CDs were,… Continue reading The exotic, alien world of 90s music formats
Hey guys, I've been thinking about learning and education pretty much my whole life. First, I was subject to it. Then I chose to continue it. Now I continue learning - on purpose! - both because it helps my job, and because it interests me. I figured out early that the downside of organized schooling is that "learning" quickly becomes a swear… Continue reading On Learning: An open letter to my children
Just realized we showed Kiddo "Dexter" before we showed her "Footloose". In both of which, John Lithgow plays an intense, religious man. The juxtaposition between that and this should make for an interesting twist to an 80s classic.
The boys abandoned the dinner table quickly last night, so Sean and Lisette and I sat around and talked books. I had talked with the girl recently about why characters in books and movies appeal to us - in part, because they're designed that way (either deliberately, or unconsciously, by the author), and in part… Continue reading A happy world full of books
We ONLY showed her the first scene, to demonstrate Tarantino's amazing restraint and use of empty space. Several weeks later, her summary: [southern drawl] Gimme some milk and lets talk! Now, where're yer Jews... Awesome.
Time for some enforced cuddling...
Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping... into the future... I have a 13 year old daughter now. She turned 13 in London. She's utterly beautiful. She's finding theat public school has many of the same problems, and some different problems, then the ones she had ain private school. She's not crazy about reading for music,… Continue reading Update, the kids