Selfish parenting?

Are you looking for the quickest route to being accused as a selfish, self absorbed parent?  Tell people that you’re only having one child.  Worse, tell them that you’re doing so because you want some time and resources for yourself and your marriage.  Be prepared for the barrage of guilt about what you are doing … Continue reading

No more secrets

A recent New York Times article talks about the way information endures on the web. While browsing my Facebook page, I see a few posts from my younger brother’s friends.  They’re college kids, and I frequently wonder if they’re thinking about this.  I wonder if, when they post sexual jokes or pictures of joints, they’re … Continue reading

Twilight & domestic violence

I saw the latest Twlight movie (Eclipse) with my nine year old cousin this weekend.  She was thrilled (as was I) to have someone to go to the movie with.  She is a great kid, smart and responsible, and she loves the Twilight series.  She was especially excited for this movie because she hadn’t finished … Continue reading

Plugged in

source A recent New York Times article talks about the increased amount of time parents spend “plugged in” to laptops, internet capable phones, and more.  The article suggests that parents who spend a lot of time online are detrimental to the health and happiness of their children. The boy, who Ms. Im estimates was about … Continue reading

Classical education: making old into new

A recent New York Times opinion article touched on the potential advantages of high school curriculum focusing on a “classical education,” which usually means a concentration on Latin and classical literature along with course offerings in reasoning, rhetoric, and philosophy. In the Times article, the author was fortunate enough to attend a classics high school … Continue reading

Plunging in . . . and letting go

Last weekend the community pool down the street from our house opened for the summer. Being an especially humid and sunny week in my part of the world, it attracted quite a crowd. The pool looked more like a mosh pit than a tranquil oasis. We decided we could wait a few days before trying … Continue reading

Is gay a choice?

I consider myself to be open minded, supportive of equal rights, and genuinely of the belief that everyone should be free to be themselves, to love whoever they choose to, and to live freely.  I don’t understand the issues behind gay marriage because I don’t understand why it’s the business of anyone but the couple.  … Continue reading