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Sneezles and Wheezles

Here’s a little flu-season poetry for you, qua Christopher Robin. And here’s my public service announcement today on the folk wisdom of preschoolers, from TIME.com, which, I’m happy to say — because I am a flaming narcissist/former preschool teacher — Andrew … Continue reading

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Give Me, Give Me, I want, I want (The Zen of Being a Gun Lobbyist)

From the Atlantic’s Secret History of Guns: “In the 1920s and ’30s, the NRA was at the forefront of legislative efforts to enact gun control. The organization’s president at the time was Karl T. Frederick, a Princeton- and Harvard-educated lawyer known … Continue reading

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The Child-Free Movement Might Have a Point

‘Tis the season for… grotesque displays of poor parenting. I know this is an old story but I think it bears repeating: Well-off parents go full-bore nuts during the holiday season. (And meanwhile, is there a socially acceptable way to … Continue reading

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To Want “But Little”: Reflections from a Second Grade Classroom

“My greatest skill in life was wanting but little.”   -Henry David Thoreau Here’s an old journal entry I wrote when I was student-teaching in a second grade class with Mehrnoosh Watson, a master teacher who had a profound influence on … Continue reading

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Flight of Imagination

I had dinner with a British acquaintance many years ago who demanded to know –  after putting back several drinks – “why such stupid people can be so successful.” Nobody could work out how Americans could be so successful, he told … Continue reading

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