I read with interest the recent study that indicated having school start later would not only have health benefits for sleep deprived adolescents, but would also help save significant money – $9 billion is the number I heard cited. My understanding of the subject is that kids would actually focus better and there would be […]
So how can I explain to my children that we decided it’s not Columbus Day anymore? Well, it’s much easier than explaining to them why we’ve long celebrated a loser and perpetrator of genocide.
Let me preface this post with identifying myself as a certified OWL teacher. What’s OWL, you might ask? OWL is the acronym for Our Whole Lives, the Unitarian Universalist version of sex ed. That’s really a gross over-simplification; what makes OWL unique is its focus on intimacy, respect, and introspection, with a distinct lack of […]
I grew up in Houston, Texas. It may surprise you to learn that Houston is the most diverse city in the nation; most people assume it’s New York or Los Angeles. But the thing about those latter two cities is that they’re really expensive to live in and there are few jobs that pay anything […]
Growing up in a neighborhood that was dominated by the Southern Baptist church at its center, I was hell-bent on fitting in. Yes, bad pun intended. Seriously, though, I desperately wanted to fit in, and my family didn’t go to church, especially not the Southern Baptist kind. I was confirmed in a liberal United Methodist […]
When my now six year old son, Thing One, was born, at Waldo County Hospital in Belfast, I didn’t know many adults in town. My first year in Belfast, I worked at the Game Loft, an after-school program that utilizes non-electronic games (including role playing games). It’s particularly appealing to youth on the spectrum and […]
I live in Belfast, Maine, and I don’t shop at the Belfast Co-op. This is absolute sacrilege in this town – or it is in the other four wards. And I have dear friends who live in the other four wards who shop there almost exclusively. This not a blog post that intends to criticize […]