The Art of The Virtual “Smudgy Hug”

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Humans are social beings.  We crave human-to-human contact.  Even as machines and technology take over more and more aspects of our lives, we try our best to humanize them.Think of our phones.  We give them names, voices and mannerisms.  We dress them.  We play with them.  We share our lives with them.  Why?  Because, even though they are … [Read more...]

How to Raise Gun-Free Boys

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When my husband and I first started talking about having children almost two decades ago, one of our concerns was the pervasive violence in our culture. Seeing boys barely old enough to write their names pretending to blow one another up was troubling, and we decided our kids were going to be different. We didn’t buy in to gender stereotypes. Kids … [Read more...]

Pondering The Possibilities: Digital Toilet Paper?

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Like it or not.  Embrace it or not.The digital age has brought a lot of changes to our world.But there has to be a limit.Right?Still ...Can we really rule out the possibility of digital "toilet paper"?After all, there was a time when we used leaves, rocks, and even sticks.And isn't it about time for some innovation -- the electric … [Read more...]

More Wild West Show Than Presidential Horse Race

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The MSM likes to depict any election as a horse race, but the more I watch the 2012 presidential nomination process and particularly the debates, the more it feels like I'm watching the waning days of a Wild West Show.See what you think...Posters have been up all over town for weeks, but budgets are tight.  Audience members had to forego a few … [Read more...]

Rudolph Brought Down By A Lack Of Vision

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Rudolph floated forward.  Big, beautiful, and buoyant, his red nose a beacon leading the way as part of the local Christmas parade. Still, he needed helping hands to anchor him and navigate a path along the city street. Sure he was a bit awkward to deal with, but with a little foresight and planning, Rudolph would have been the star of that parade, … [Read more...]

~ No Longer Passively Accepting

I love George Carlin. He is a hero from my youth. Revered from the first time I heard “The Seven Words”. And I still mourn his passing in 2008. So I was a bit surprised by my reaction to viewing Carlin’s excellent riff on “Who Really Controls America.” Oh, I still marveled at the painful truths he revealed to his audience. I was still awed … [Read more...]

Enjoying Will Rogers

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I have always been a huge Will Rogers fan. So when I spotted THE WIT AND WISDOM OF WILL ROGERS at a used book fundraiser for our local Humane Society last summer, I snatched it up, took it home and added it to my collection of must read books. And there old Will sat, forgotten, amid dust bunnies, dog fur fluffies, and 30-50 other must reads on my … [Read more...]