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August 2, 2019

Preface

If we’re honest with ourselves, there are countless reasons for a parent to be mad in every sense of the word.  Whether due to loss of sleep, hopes, dreams, or sex, to mind-numbing routines of feedings, rides to school, practices, or rehearsals, “madness” as an...

August 28, 2017

I wrote this little rant this morning on Facebook:


I'm losing faith in education. While I always believe the liberal arts is the only hope for saving society,I don't see how it helps anyone in this capitalist system succeed. Teachers are poorly compensated for the amou...

July 12, 2017

Day 13, Saturday, July 8

On our last full day, we were determined to get to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, said to be the largest fish market in the world.  We cattleprodded the children up earlier and were able to get out the door at around 9:30.  It took about 45 min...

July 10, 2017

Day 9- Tuesday, July 4

We made a deliberate choice to bring the kids with us on our dream Japan vacation.  My parents were skeptical.  Some friends wondered if it was a good idea.  But we did it, and while it would have been a much smoother, far-ranging trip without the...

March 6, 2017

Several people told me my “overgeneralized” history of generations didn’t represent their own family experience.  It doesn’t even represent my own family.  I was talking about general trends, of course.  My own parents were in their 20’s during the 60’s, and they weren...

February 23, 2017

Part One

How did we get here?

Kids today are not allowed to do many of the things we Gen Xer’s did growing up.  My brother and I rode our bikes all over the neighborhood when we were 8-12.  By the time I was 12, I was riding all over Arcadia to friends’ houses.  This wou...

February 4, 2017

First, some context.  I spent over a week on this post, knowing it will rub some people the wrong way.  This is just the beginning of the discussion on education.

When our first kid started kindergarten in Pasadena, we were anxious.  Everyone in the SGV “knows” tha...

January 13, 2017

I sometimes look at my kids in complete awe and wonder.  Oh wait.  Not in that sugary sweet way parents are supposed to look and feel about their kids.  I mean, I am in awe at how weird my kids are and wonder if they are really my kids.  One kid refuses to eat most foo...

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You will find writing on all the things I like talking about.  Fishing, sports, music, sex, art, education, race, politics, and anything else I can think of.  It's important to note that I am not writing as an authority on these subjects.  I will take the feedback from my communities and consider a number of views.  In many cases, I will amend or even retract something.  Unlike so many awesome blogs, I am not competing with the day-day blogs that respond to current events.  I may, from time to time react to news, but mostly, I'm writing think pieces from my own, warped mind.