Category: Let's Do Better

What Happens When 3rd Graders Visit a Holocaust Museum

Yesterday I had the opportunity to chaperone my son and his 3rd grade classmates as they visited the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.  It was made clear to parents long before field trip day that the children would not spend time at any of the exhibits that focused on the atrocities of the Holocaust,... Read more »

25 Things Moms (And Dads) Can Do To Combat Climate Change

Hurricanes, floods, fires, tornadoes, sweltering temperatures, the polar vortex, melting ice sheets, hungry polar bears, dead coral, and on and on and on. Politicians can deny and ignore climate change, they can erase web sites and scientific data, they can discount the 97% of scientists who stand united that human activity is changing the climate... Read more »

I Visited Civil War and WWII Memorials Yesterday and Then I Heard About Charlottesville

The feeling was palpable and even in the moment I knew that I was seeing the Civil War monument with keener eyes.  Yesterday  I spent a few hours in Muskegon, Michigan with family on our way home from our summer vacation along Lake Michigan’s shores.  We parked the car to give the kiddos a chance... Read more »

What To Do When Someone Uses the N Word Around You

Maybe you’ve seen the shaky phone videos pop up in your Twitter and Facebook feeds, or you’ve heard folks talking about them in the office kitchen — evidence of white folks behaving badly.  Really badly.  Like truly despicably.  They are all the rage in this age of America reclaiming its greatness. It feels to me... Read more »

The Viral BBC Dad Video: Does It Matter If She Is the Mom or the Nanny? Yes, It Does

If you’ve spent any time at all on the Internet today, you’ve probably seen the man being interviewed on BBC about important matters related to the geopolitics of South and North Korea before his two kids bust in, making them all an instant meme, gif, and viral sensation.  His name is Robert E. Kelly and... Read more »

Have You Ever Met a Refugee?

This morning I had the opportunity to drive three little girls to their dance lessons.  They happened to be Syrian refugees who live in my neighborhood. Two of the girls are sisters and while we waited for the third girl to get to the car, they told me their stories, totally unsolicited, and with joy... Read more »

Twelve Quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. America Needs to Learn From Right Now

On this day that celebrates the great Martin Luther King, Jr., much can be learned from his words.  I encourage any seeing this post today to take a moment and reflect on these lessons and what meaning they have in America, 2017.

How Are You Celebrating World Mental Health Day?

WOOT WOOT!  Blow those balloons, throw that confetti, bake those cupcakes, because today is World Mental Health Day.  My question is, how are you going to celebrate?  Seriously.  How are you going to celebrate? I celebrated by making a couple of phone calls to friends.  Talking on the phone is something I generally don’t like.... Read more »

Hitting on Donald Trump: Pinata or Effigy?

I am not a fan of Donald Trump.  This is no secret.  Should he be elected the next President of the United States of America, I fear greatly not only for America, but for the world.  We talk about politics at home, so our sons have no doubt overheard us and we’ve certainly answered questions... Read more »

Grieving Parents and Politics: Exploitation all Around

American politics have hit a new low.  Relying on grieving parents who bare their hearts, their sorrows, their souls in front of cheering delegates swathed in red, white, and blue, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both guilty of exploiting the grief of parents of American heroes to raise their poll numbers.  As a... Read more »