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The Twilight saga: New Moon–important questions for teens and tweens

Many of us have devoured the Twilight book series and waited with great anticipation for movie #2, New Moon, which opened this week.  What’s not to like?  Vampire fantasy, hot actors, forbidden love, and imminent danger combine for a fantasical spectacle sending screaming girls to theatres across the country.   It doesn’t even include real sex [...]

tackling fear: shifting perspective

A city bus rides around my town with a larger-than-life ad sporting a gigantic picture like this: 

SAW A BUG???  Call (not-to-be-named Exterminator)!
Think of the message this sends.  If I see a tiny bug, I should immediately freak out and call in the troops?  Even if it’s just a fly?  What if it’s a ladybug?  Have [...]

thought for today

A favorite line from a lovely book I just read:   

      
When someone asks us where we want to be in our lives,
the last thing that occurs to us is to look down at our feet and say,
“Here, I guess, since this is where I am.”
 
–from An Altar in the World:  A Geography of [...]

bad mother book list

 

Today I’m offering a parenting tip of a different sort: 
“bad mother” books. 
Do you ever get tired of thinking about how you should be a better parent?   Typically I love to read inspirational advice, but once in awhile, I need to be assured I’m normal — or at least not as bad as the “bad” [...]