Dear Baby Girl, You said that what you see happening in our country makes you sad. You are 12 years old now, my love.You know that Santa Clause isn’t real, and now I have to tell you the truth about America.One nation under God indivisible with liberty and just for all, isn’t real either. You […]Read More A Letter to My Daughter: We can be better than what you see
Suddenly a flood of my childhood washed over me – being alone with those books, moving them with me place to place for a lifetime, not having the opportunity to go to college at the right age, the struggle to survive, to build a career, to build a family, on my own since I was 17 – all to lead me to standing at the base of that library, with my family, a career behind me, and now, unbelievably, a student at this university.Read More Full Circle Moment
Too depressed to get dressed, she threw on a pair of dirty yoga pants and kept the tank top on that she slept in, which she had also worn the day before. As she rubbed a raging headache, leftover from the marital spat the night before, she felt like just another failing, frumpy mom-wife with […]Read More At What Age do Girls Learn to Hate Themselves?
On the last lap, we were running in the rain. Laughing. She’s faster than me. The rain quickened her pace. I ran, momentarily alone, the windblown rain pelting my face, soaking my clothes, squinting my eyes, until they closed. Running blind. I didn’t want to open them. I wanted to keep running, looking up, blind, rain weighting my hair down, dripping off my nose and chin. Nature. Is. Bigger. Than. Us.
This is not an injustice. It is a surrender.
Free.Read More A Rainbow in the Rain
When our kids are 25-years-old and they look back on these impending months of global chaos and family hardship, what do we want them to remember? That we enforced rigid structure, half-assing our way through lesson plans that we have no business teaching, all in a mess of anxiety and frustration? Or that we allowed them to finally just be?Read More Homeschooling: It’s Ok. You Don’t Have To.
Therapy = boundaries = impervious to sharp objects.Read More How to be Impervious to Sharp Objects
I wasn’t sure if I was annoyed by her or impressed by her. When I offered up that I was getting my degree in Astrophysics, as an obviously older student, her immediate response was, “Wow, don’t you have to be smart for that?”
It’s confirmed. I’m annoyed by her.Read More Astrophysics? Don’t You Have to be Smart for That?
You can prepare and train as much as possible, but you can never be totally ready for the hardest things you aim to achieve, especially when it’s a path you’ve never taken. That’s when you put your default anger setting to good use.Read More The Angry Optimist
We have all noticed that everywhere we go today, people are staring at their phones. If you are not one of those people, maybe you’re the one that puts your phone away to try to be more present, only to leave you feeling like the sober person at the party, annoyed and alone in a room full of tech-drunk people.Read More Are we hooked on our devices? Are we hooking our kids? Take the No Tech Challenge.
Why is confirmation bias important? Because it can cause people to develop false beliefs, give more weight to information that supports their beliefs than is warranted by the evidence, and overlook or ignore evidence contrary to their beliefs. We see this at play day in and day out in all forms of our media consumption. The problem is, we can see other people’s biases, we just can’t see our own.Read More Crumbling from Within: How Confirmation Bias is Defeating America