Archive for September 2012

Should Classic Children's Stories Be Censored?

Should Classic Children's Stories Be Censored?
Having a 3 year old who, shocking to me, is taller than 40″ meant that we were able to take him on Splash Mountain at Disney World last week. The exterior of the ride gives visibility to the largest splash, but I had forgotten that the interior is filled with scenes from the movie Song... Read more »

Don't Tweet What You Wouldn't Say: A 3 Question Test for Cyberbullying

Why are people so mean to each other on the Internet? Some call it trolling, but that softens what it really is: bullying. If you are insulting, threatening, or just plain rude on a web site you are a bully. Katie Moody, a New England Patriots fan, sent a tweet to Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey... Read more »

List 11: Navigating Disney World with a Toddler and a Preschooler

List 11: Navigating Disney World with a Toddler and a Preschooler
I went to Orlando for a conference last week, which was a perfect excuse to extend my trip through the weekend and have my family come down so that my three-and-a-half year old son and 18 month old daughter could have their first Walt Disney World experiences. I solicited advice from people on which parks... Read more »
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10 Weeks Down, 30 More to Go

I’m a quarter of the way through my project to make lists of 40 items for each of the 40 weeks leading up to my 40th birthday. Since starting this blog I’ve created the requisite 10 lists plus another 10 non-list posts. I’ve even posted one photo gallery. Here are my 5 most viewed posts... Read more »

List 10: CPS Strike, Homicides and Why I Still Love Chicago

List 10: CPS Strike, Homicides and Why I Still Love Chicago
One side effect of the Chicago Teacher’s Union strike has been an upsurge in suburban smugness. “This is why I live in the suburbs.” “I guess it’s time for you to move to the suburbs, huh?” Similar sentiment often arises in reference to the city’s homicide rate, which is definitely something of which I’m aware.... Read more »

I Still Don't Believe That 9/11 Happened

I Still Don't Believe That 9/11 Happened
I still don’t believe that the attacks on 9/11 happened. No, I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I know they happened. It’s just unbelievable. There were major terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil. The Pentagon, the symbol of our nation’s military strength, had a hole in it. The World Trade Center towers, mainstays of the New... Read more »
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List 9: Things That Make Me Cry

List 9: Things That Make Me Cry
When I dropped my son off for his first ever day of preschool last week I cried a bit, but as my husband is quick to point out, I cry at pretty much anything. Below are 40 examples of things that make me cry. Some are common tearjerkers, while others are a bit quirky.  I’ve... Read more »

More (Potentially) Fascinating True Stories!

My list of 40 recommended documentary films may seem long, but it is incomplete. First, I did skew it toward lesser known films, which means it is lacking many highly acclaimed documentaries. Second, I couldn’t remember all the films I’ve seen and enjoyed. A commenter recommended In the Realms of the Unreal, which I have... Read more »

List 8: Fascinating True Stories

The stakes are higher in documentaries because the people are real. The stories in documentaries can take surprising turns because reality is not bound by conventional narrative structure. Endings may be abrupt or inconclusive. Of course, just turning a camera on an interesting story does not guarantee an interesting documentary. How the filmmaker chooses to... Read more »
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