Media & Technology

Saturday Morning Blues

When I was a kid, Saturday mornings meant one thing, and one thing only: cartoons!  They usually started early, at 8:00 AM. The typical line up were all classic cartoon, and I mean classic as in before Pokemon, Ren & Stimpy, and those of their ilk.  So, a normal Saturday …

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Special NeedsUncategorized

Dealing With Your Child’s Sleep Issues

Do your children sleep through the night?  Mine didn’t.  In the seven years after my first child was born I don’t think I ever got a full night sleep. My son was born eight weeks premature.  We were thankful that he only had to spend eight days in the NICU.  …

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Parenting Styles

On Lessons Learned

There was is an article circulating among the social media about a man in Sweden who took his children to Israel, Syria, and the West Bank to teach them just how truly terrible real war is and how fortunate they were to have the lives that they did.  There was, …

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Parenting Styles

Radiohead At 37,000 Feet

Listening to Radiohead at 37,000 feet is pretty relaxing.  It keeps me focused and energized.  I need that to get my writing back to where it should be. This past summer has been pretty relaxing.  Well, except for the unexpected car repairs, wage garnishment for a debt my ex-wife promised …

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Activism

A Wake Up Call For Mental Illness Awareness

Tragically, we lost Robin Williams this week to suicide.  I’ve read and spoken to many people about his death and almost all of them say the same thing: they just can’t understand why someone who was so funny, rich, famous, and had many family and friends who loved him would …

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Parenting Styles

Parenting While Divorced

Divorce is traumatic. Next to death and illness, divorce is probably one of the the worst things anyone can experience.  This is not because it is something rare, far from it.  I is because it is something that, despite the almost 50/50 odds, none of us think it will happen …

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Parenting Styles

The Greatest Gift A Parent Could Have

I know that Father’s Day was a while ago, but I’ve been pretty busy and this is the first time I’ve had a chance to sit down and explain why this past Father’s Day was the best one I’ve ever had. My daughter is 16.  I’ve mentioned before how close …

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Parenting Fails

Parenting With Mental Illness

I’ve written before about my Bipolar II and the difficulty it can bring to parenting (as if parenting wasn’t difficult enough!).  As I was looking through some old journals, I found an entry that I’d written before my diagnosis.  It shows a parent in the middle of a bewildering, frightening …

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Feminism

Be Part Of The Solution, Not The Problem

The issue of sexual assault and violence against women has moved to the forefront with the latest mass shooting by Elliot Rodger.  The #YesAllWomen twitter campaign shows the abuse and fear that all women experience on an almost constant basis.  Disturbingly, reactions to this campaign also shows the depth of …

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Religion

Why Toni Braxton Is Wrong And Why It Matters

There are a few articles floating around the intertubes about Toni Braxton saying that she believes her son’s autism is due to the fact that she had an abortion.   I shared a link to the story and commented that her believing that God gave her son autism shows to me …

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