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Who Needs Directions? We Have GPS

Setting: the interior of a rental Impala on a snowy morning in a medium-sized Midwestern town Players: a husband and wife, neither of whom are familiar with the town; and the GPS, whom the husband and wife call Doris, which came with the rental car. Doris: Turn right on Miami Road. Wife: There’s the sign. You should turn. Husband: I’m turning, I’m turning. Doris: Continue straight on Miami Road. Wife: …

Snow White and Sparkle(s) Plenty: Boys Will Be…Boys?

  Watching Liam and Caleb trying to pummel a snowbank into submission with their feet has started me thinking (again, still) about how we do—or do not—teach our kids about gender roles. Swivelheader wrote a lovely post wondering what her twins—a girl and a boy—would think about a sparkly princess dress that had been given to the little girl, which leads to the question: what do little boys think about the …

Pride

Caleb and I were rounding the corner onto 14th street when we saw a group of revelers waving rainbow flags, headed for the Gay Pride parade on 6th avenue. “Dat’s cool flags,” said Caleb. “Dey celebratin’ dere country, I think.” I remember my first Pride parade, almost twenty years ago, watching as the marchers went past the Washington Square Arch. My brother – who had just come out – walked …

Does This Laptop Make My Butt Look Big?

The bluetooth doodad thingy that I use in the car has been malfunctioning: it works, but then when I turn it off, I have to re-set the doodad so that it can “find” my phone, which, of course, can’t be done when I’m driving. It’s aggravating but I’ve been kind of living with it (who has time or inclination to go find another ear doodad, really?) Husband searched the web and found a …

Learning the Language

I haven’t posted in a while, mostly because of the holidays, but also because I’ve been trying to learn a new language. Liam has found a new obsession, one that has (temporarily?) supplanted Pokemon and even Star Wars: Bakugan. Bakugan apparently started on the Cartoon Network and is aimed (like so much of television and the movies – Adam Sandler, anyone?) at ten year old boys, which to Liam is the age of …