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the men from the boys

So we’re at the beach. Liam has a shovel and begins to dig. Husband: are you making a sandcastle? Liam: Nope. Digging a hole. Husband: Just digging a hole? No castle? Liam: Nope. Just a hole. Husband: What about a tunnel? Liam: Nope. Husband: Who just digs a hole? Liam: Me. I just want to dig a hole. Husband: But why? Liam: Because. It’s going to be a really deep …

maybe THIS murder will change things?

I wasn’t going to write anything about Trayvon Martin. His murder happened a long way away, and the newspapers here in Abu Dhabi are filled with plenty of stories of murder and mayhem (Syria, anyone?). Plus, you know, he’s African American and the murder happened in Florida, and so really, who am I, as a white woman in the Middle East, to weigh in on the terrible thing that happened …

monday listicles: sentimentality enclosed

Valentine’s Day today.  Excessive pink sentiment has pervaded even here: stores filled with heart-shaped chocolates, kids exchanging valentines at school…men scurrying through the streets clutching bouquets. Stasha says today’s list is about “things you love,” so I thought I’d tell you about my Valentine’s Day: 1. Was awakened by smiling children already dressed for school, each carrying a home-made valentine’s card for me. 2. Shuffled into the kitchen where Husband …

An MLK Day Wish

Here’s proof that my six year old may be smarter than many members of Congress: Wouldn’t that be great? If people could stop selling guns instead of just observing a moment of silence as they did today, outside a gun show in Tucson? What good, exactly, is a moment of silence? I mean, it’s nice and all, but ultimately? Do we need Glocks to “keep this country free,” and all …