Saturday, January 28, 2012

Let the Children Play

Meet journalist Stephanie Hanes.

 (photo source:

She has covered underreported news stories in Rwanda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and the Dominican Republic.

She's been funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to bring coverage to human rights issues.

And now she brings this expertise to examining parenting in 2012.

With her daughter not yet a year old, Ms. Hanes explores the growing body of research that supports the role of play in a child's development.
It's the cover story of the Christian Science Monitor, and is well worth a read.
Let Them Play---Toddlers to Tweens: Relearning How to Play.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Maggie, Rethunk.

Remember this children's book?

Kivitasku tipped me off to a few more enlightened titles.  

Such as this:


Maggie Joins a Roller Derby League
“Maggie Gains Back the Weight and Learns to Accept Her Body”
“Maggie Gets a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies”
And this:

Maggie Learns to Belly Dance
Fourth in a Series of Maggie’s Continuing Adventures in Subverting her Diet Propaganda Roots. Kudos to my wife for suggesting this.
“Maggie Gains Back the Weight and Learns to Accept Her Body”
“Maggie Gets a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies”
“Maggie Joins a Roller Derby League”
More awesome ideas at Maggie is Beautiful.

Winner is

Here is a picture of a hat.
This kind of hat is called a fascinator, for obvious reasons.
(photo credit here).

This is not the hat we used to pick a name.
Because I'm not sure which part of the hat would have held them.

Ahem. The winner is Diamond, come on down
Drop me a line with your address and I'll send the book right over to Humboldt County.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

This one is about Stuff.

Happy New Year.  Is this the year it's all supposed to end? 

Well, we are still here, and I hope your December was fulfilling in all the ways a December can be.
And if it wasn't, that's what this month is for.

Our December was notable in two ways:
1. It was mostly green.  And now that it is 6 degrees, I'm all indignant.  How dare winter arrive?
2. Miss C got her first stitches.  On Christmas Eve. The wound acquired while I was upstairs and she played her solo game of 'Jane Eyre' downstairs.  This game involved her sprinting around wearing a dress she deems Jane-ish, in stockings, holding a pottery bowl.   It took one smooth patch of hardwood floor to end that game in blood.  And now I've imposed rules to her game: Jane may only run barefoot, and may not carry pottery while doing so.  We stitched her up and she was delighted to look at her arm and find her stitches were purple. 

I wanted to mention a couple goodies that entered our home as we frolicked in rampant consumerism.  

If you have a Little House fan among your people, I discovered this lovely coloring book from artist and writer Cheryl Harness:
Miss C flipped through until she found a picture of Nellie Olsen.
And then colored her green.

Then there is this book, The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook, that I received last year.

Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook: Whole Foods to Nourish Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women - and their Families

And then I lost it.
And then I got a new one this year.
And then I found the old one.
So now I have two, and who knows if I'll even make some awesome food from this book?
I put "start liking kale" and "be more vegetarian-ish" on my resolutions list.
But then I end up eating cookie dough and watching Portlandia.
Anyway, do you want it?  This beautiful new cookbook?
If you do, leave a comment or send an email (email subject: Cookbook).
If there is one contender, it's yours.
Otherwise, I'll put names in a hat and have Miss C pick one out.
And I'll send it to you.
Even if you live in Georgia.
Especially if you live in Georgia.