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in which I am humiliated by a fiberglass plank

I have good balance. I can do standing balance poses in yoga (the mildly twisty ones, not the super-twisty ones); I have mastered the rudiments of stand-up paddle-boarding; I’ve even done some yoga moves on a paddle-board. So I figured that learning to surf would be easy. Liam and Caleb did it in one lesson, in Weligama Bay, where the waves break evenly along a broad expanse of beach. The …

second banana

Caleb is the little brother, the youngest, the baby.  His older brother, who isn’t very tall, nevertheless casts a long, long shadow: Liam almost always gets the top honor, the award, the prize. True, Liam’s competitive spirit would make Napoleon nervous, but–maternal boasting aside–Liam is both talented and a ridiculously hard worker. Wait. See what happened? I started this post about Caleb and just spent almost four sentences talking about …

Saturday’s Snapshot (surat al-sabat): لقطة السبت

Sidelines at Caleb’s soccer football match last week: I think we classify this image under “the new normal.” (Plus that little kid in the jacket looks like he’s developing some mad skillz) When I wasn’t standing on the sidelines watching Caleb play, I wrote a post for the World Moms Blog about female heroines in YA literature.  Which is to say, the surprising lack of female heroines in YA literature, …

a physics lesson, or, bleeding from the head

Let’s talk objects in space, shall we? There are some things that should not collide: cars and occupied strollers, our planet and massive asteroids, Michelle Obama and John Boehner. Also? This: should not collide with the head of a twelve year old.  Or to put it another way, the head of a twelve year old should not collide with a goal post. To go back to our physics lesson, would …

abu dhabi bicycle

When women started riding bicycles, it was considered shocking. A bicycle has to be, you know, straddled.  Plus there was the possibility that a bicyclist might wear a split skirt…or, worse, bloomers. Plus there was always the chance her ankles might show. Susan B Anthony is reported to have said that bicycles have “done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world…it gives a woman a feeling of …