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542nd Friday Blog Roundup

I am currently writing this on a cocktail of three allergy medications, so I’d like to apologize in advance if it’s complete gibberish.  None of the three allergy medications actually make a difference, but I’m scared to test that theory and stop taking them.  I am a liquidy, itchy mess on them.  Who knows how […]

Feeling Alone

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), and it has been heartening — as it always is — to see so many posts speaking out about infertility.  I’m going to admit that I’ve been struggling with the theme this year and didn’t know if I would write anything. You are not alone. It is […]

Finishing Harry Potter

The twins and I finished Harry Potter.  As in, we finished the whole series.  Our last day with the last book contained a 9-hour-long reading session and a lot of tears that culminated in a massive headache.  We ended by closing the last book and opening the first to read the opening paragraph.  And it […]

#MicroblogMondays 34: Editing and Authorship

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. There was an interesting post recently on Mental Floss musing that Laura Ingalls Wilder may not have written the Little House books.  Or, she did write a draft of them, but her daughter heavily edited […]

How to Start a Book Club for Kids

This week, I’m going to be leading the entire 4th grade through a game of Quidditch at recess.  Parents donated their brooms, the gym teacher donated the hoops and substitute-Quaffle, and the principal has crossed her fingers that no one gets a concussion.  Play ball! The Quidditch game is part of the book club I’ve […]

541st Friday Blog Roundup

I read a post a few weeks ago about the idea of closing the comment section on a blog in order to move the conversation to other social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. He makes some excellent points about the comment section: “The system is built for individual comments, not for discussion threads […]

Free Range Parenting and Helicopter Children

I’ll admit that the discussion online regarding the parents whose children were taken into custody again because they were playing alone at a park has made me cranky.  Cranky enough to write this.  You may disagree, and I welcome thoughtful disagreement in the comment section.  Though you may also not wish to read this post.  […]

The Greatest Drawer Pulls of All Time

So I read a home decorating article that described drawer pulls and knobs as the “jewelry” of the kitchen.  Isn’t that a pretty way of thinking about it?  We’ve chosen very plain doors and counters for our kitchen-to-be because I like that clean, austere look.  But the right knob could change everything. The article made […]

#MicroblogMondays 33: Board Games

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. The twins and I recently spent the day at a board game cafe.  So it’s a cafe — you can get small salads and sandwiches and desserts, plus any coffee or tea drink.  But you […]

The Problem With Sharenting

I just learned the word “sharenting.”  It’s a portmanteau created to shame parents who post pictures of their children online. (screenshot because WashPo seems to have pulled the article offline) I don’t post pictures of my kids online, and even I think the term “throwing their kids to the wolves” is overkill.  What wolves?  Does […]

540th Friday Blog Roundup

So the Wolvog just finished his first online college class.  He audited it instead of taking it for credit because I wasn’t sure he’d be able to keep up.  But he did, excitedly chatting with his fellow students on the class forum and taking his exams at night.  It was super cute and sometimes I […]

The Ache of Mars One

I wrote about Mars One when it was announced back in 2013.  Since then, I’ve bookmarked every article I’ve come across on the topic, almost as if trying to pin down pieces of these people’s stories before they’re gone forever. 200,000 people applied.  200,000 people (or 2761, if you go by this story). That’s a lot […]

A Brand New Pressure For You

Just in case you didn’t have enough stress right now, I wanted to turn your attention to a recent article where its sole purpose seems to be to make you feel guilty. Time magazine just wants you to consider as you struggle with family building (or consider putting it off) that your biological clock also […]

#MicroblogMondays 32: Whining About the Complaint/Restraint Project

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. February has come and gone, which means that I missed the first round of the Complaint/Restraint project.  It’s an Internet project meant to get us complaining less.  Apparently we complain about once per minute of […]

Dear Mr. Handler… or Should I Say, Lemony Snicket?

Dear Mr. Handler– My daughter adores you, so by extension, we adore you, too.  She studies your books like a Talmudic scholar, bent over the pages of each book, dissecting word after word, plot twist after plot twist. When we discovered you were coming to our town for a reading of your latest book a […]

539th Friday Blog Roundup

Tonight kicks off Pesach.  I have tearfully said goodbye to bread and pasta for the next 8 days, and sighed a not-very-welcoming hello to the matzah.  This is not one of my favourite holidays.  It is very hard to be a picky vegetarian at Pesach and get enough protein. Skip this section if you […]

Everyone Sounds a Bit Like an Asshole on Twitter

At first I was excited by the announcement that Trevor Noah would be hosting the Daily Show.  I’m a sucker for a sexy accent, and he’s cute.  Plus, he comes across as smart and funny when I’ve heard him perform. And then came the immediate backlash as people dissected his Twitter account, rounding up all […]

Upholders of the World Unite (and Yes, That’s an Order)

I took the New York Times quiz on how well I do with forming new habits.  Go over and take it, and then come back and talk to me. You’re back?  Good. So I received the grade of Upholder: Upholders respond readily to both outer and inner expectations: they meet deadlines and keep New Year’s […]

#MicroblogMondays 31: Inspirational Quotes

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I’ll admit that I usually don’t read reviews of my books.  I’m afraid that doing so will change me.  And change is bad.  So… I avoid it like an ostrich. But I was scrolling past […]

Mental Sampler 3

A heads up that there is a Harry Potter spoiler in the last section of this post.  So scroll down slowly so you can stop reading when I tell you to stop reading if you haven’t read books 6 and 7.  Got it? Does anyone else remember ice milk?  We used to always get […]

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