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How the Toothfairy got in Trouble

We’re not exactly sure when in our house, the toothfairy went off the rails entirely. Her first mistake was in giving the little rascals anything but a quarter. Ok, maybe a buck. One day she thought it’d be cute and … Continue reading

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Lies we tell children

My 9 year old has had her favorite bear since she was 3 when she picked him out of a line up of no-two-alike stuffed toys at a good toy store. He has no name beyond “Beary” and he’s really … Continue reading

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Outrage Baiting

Earlier today, I pushed a link in twitter to this article in which a woman goes into Trader Joe’s, is offended by the song Under My Thumb on the overheads and tries to complain. Instantly a friend, and someone I … Continue reading

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DevHouseDC

So this Saturday I went to Dev House DC at Sunlight Labs. There were folks fiddling with Arduino in one corner and teaching themselves Processing in another and I’ve no idea what anyone in the main ball pit was doing … Continue reading

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McMansions and Italian Villas

I read a lot. Usually in the realm of very light science fiction or fantasy written since 1900, or indiscriminately in the less morbid of the world’s Great Literature written prior to about 1970 or foreign authors — again weeding … Continue reading

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Parenthood Part 4: The fine art of self sabotage

I got AIM from a friend after my last round of posts, someone who doesn’t know if she wants kids or not. She liked the series and I wanted to write one for her. It started to be a post … Continue reading

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Parenthood Part 3: How can I ever be ready? Surviving the first days.

So I’ve established that I think parenting’s worst aspects are all logistical and that the medical establishment and our own desires for immediate control of our bodies work together to contribute to our putting way more emphasis on being pregnant … Continue reading

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Parenthood Part 2: Preparation for Birth is Not Preparation for Parenting

When a woman becomes pregnant, if she’s an educated, thinking woman, whatever she thought about before, suddenly, everything in her life becomes about Doing Pregnancy Right — mostly out of fear of Doing Pregnancy Wrong. This is understandable if you … Continue reading

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Parenthood Part 1: Parenthood != Maturity

I have found myself in the last year or two having the great “to-have-or-have-not” debate about children with many many friends and doing a lousy job of listening instead of talking. Most of my acquaintances are on the cusp, choosing … Continue reading

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Some Facts About Sanitation

As you might imagine, I wouldn’t be bringing it up, if Thailand didn’t lack something in this department. Cleanliness is a big issue in Thailand and it has an impact on the perceived status of footwear and feet, the ground … Continue reading

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