Math Girls!

Forget “Math class is tough!” Barbie. Girls rock at math, especially when we give them the support and encouragement they need to get over that middle-school bump when academic self-doubt starts to sneak its way into their teen brains. Plus, it’s important to get teachers on board to understand that middle-school girls who don’t raise […]

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Gothic Muzzle

Free Speech Needs Protectors as Skilled as the NRA

The U.S. Senate’s failure to pass modest gun reform demonstrated once again the vast power of gun rights groups. If only the guardians of other rights had their influence. The National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America, a group that manages to make the NRA look reasonable, have convinced millions of Americans that all […]

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The Yellow Balloons

The clutch of yellow balloons drifted slowly into the air, carried ever higher by the breeze. They had not been released in a moment of celebration, as they should have been. They had not been released when a child lifted his hands to greet an exhausted but jubilant parent, as they should have been. They […]

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The Spirit of Boston

The neighborhood where I work is now a crime scene. I wasn’t even in the city on Monday because our office is so close to the finish line of the marathon that the company gives us the day off. I’ve walked the stretch of Boylston Street, where the bombs went off, countless times. I’ve shopped […]

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Have Our Kids Become Numb to Terror?

“Someone told me at school there was a bombing in Boston.” That’s what my seventh-grade daughter said when she got home from school yesterday. The fact that she’d heard about it before I could tell her wasn’t what surprised me.  What shocked me was the matter-of-fact way in which she mentioned it. There was no […]

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Six Degrees of Separation from Daily Violence

When something terrible happens, we filter it through the lenses of our own lives. When I heard about the Boston Marathon bombing, I first thought of friends from Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Was Jeff running yesterday—with his wife and their young son cheering him at the finish?  Where were my three Boston-area cousins and families? Mel […]

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Margaret Thatcher: The Epitome of ‘Leaning In’

I’ve had the movie Iron Lady sitting on my TiVo for months, just waiting for viewing. Given the recent passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher – and the rare occasion that both of my kids were asleep at the same time on a rainy Friday afternoon – I decided to finally watch the […]

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Patriots’ Day Bombing in Boston: Those Responsible for IEDs Not Yet Identified

Cross-posted with permission from the Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon It was Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, a statewide holiday commemorating the 238th anniversary of the opening battles of the American Revolution in Lexington and Concord. And it was the day chosen by someone, or some group, to set off rudimentary bombs near the Boston Marathon finish […]

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The “Sometimes Single Mom” Situation

The term ‘sometimes single mom’ is inaccurate. Single moms don’t say, “I’m a sometimes single mom.” True, some have the support of their exes, financially or otherwise, but many just do not. They are actually a single parent in the true sense of the word. They are responsible for a child or children they are […]

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Are You Ready to Forgive Anthony Weiner?

Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin graced the cover of the New York Times Magazine on Sunday as the one-time political power couple is trying to regain that status in Democratic circles. As you might recall, Weiner was a U.S. Congressman from New York until he forgot that it’s not a smart move to […]

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Teaching and Watching for the Next Rehteah Parsons

She edged into my classroom, hoping not to be noticed as the new kid to the school.  It was late January of her 9th grade year.  I read her demeanor immediately.  She didn’t want a fuss, she didn’t want to talk, she shut down, closed herself off to the friendly smiles, built a brick wall […]

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Julian Lennon is 50?!

In the latest episode of “Wow, Now I REALLY Feel Old,” I learned this week that Julian Lennon — son of the late Beatle John Lennon — turned 50. To celebrate, he created a music video with one of his dad’s semi-contemporaries, Steven Tyler. Feel free to share this video around your parts of the […]

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Senator Cruz, You Caught Me at a Bad Time, or Republican Obstructionism Knows No Bounds

Senator Ted Cruz from Texas recently opposed a resolution recognizing “Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.” Arguably a classy move measured by anyone’s yardstick. According to Politico: “… Cruz objected to including the MS Awareness resolution. He was unhappy with a clause in the resolution describing the purpose of the Multiple Sclerosis Coalition, according to a Democratic […]

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