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Invariant Hurdles
Kids↹Sports

Invariant Hurdles

To start, a metaphor: In this life, individual lessons sit beneath strategic obstacles spiked like minefields on our racecourses. We have to hurdle over obstacles as we speed forward through space, careful to completely clear them, seeking them out in our peripherals, then rearviews. We…

August 28, 2018
Surviving the Mall Playground
Kids↹Sports

Surviving the Mall Playground

As my little babies have evolved into bouncing toddlers, I have discovered that there is gold within the designated children’s play areas in local malls, even as the spaces around the entertainment mounds wither under the slow demise of the shopping mall sector. If compared…

May 27, 2018
To Baby Girl At Age 2
Daddy↹Society

To Baby Girl At Age 2

To our daughter, who just turned two years old: We are truly so proud of you already. We are ecstatic to see you getting taller every time you wake up and we love listening to your newly-formed words. Mommy hears you taking her advisement: She…

April 15, 2018
Like Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

Like Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals

About five or so 3 a.m.’s ago, I woke up out of sleep because of this question: “Why are all cartoon animals shirtless or pant-less?” I am careful about using generalizations and considered the implications of “all.”   Is it true that “all” of them are half-dressed?  …

April 8, 2018
The Crying Games
Kids↹Sports

The Crying Games

My 4-year-old son and my soon-to-be-2-year-old daughter have wrangled up a new kind of competition. It seems to entail, as its most fundamental groundwork, which one of them can cry first, longest, and loudest. I started to notice the bidding a few weeks ago during one otherwise peaceful…

April 4, 2018
My Favorite Olympic Sport
Kids↹Sports

My Favorite Olympic Sport

I think bobsleighing is cool to watch. I couldn’t drive the bobsleigh out of the sheer terror of flipping us over and down the banked twists of wickedness, but I could lean with the best of them. I have loved figure skating since my younger days watching Kristi…

March 1, 2018
And, So, She Writes...Part 1
Mommy↹Society

And, So, She Writes…Part 1

It was all a dream  In March 2016, I ran an idea by my husband. He holds a reliable grounded rationality that I treasure. I wasn’t actively writing fiction or nonfiction at the time, but was experiencing some sad withdrawal symptoms of sorts and craved an outlet to help me adjust healthily to parenthood. Jrue was in…

December 27, 2017
That Parental Rubbernecking
Mommy↹Society

That Parental Rubbernecking

We have all experienced a rubbernecking moment. There, on the roadway, is a police cruiser on the scene of a new accident, responding to the wreck as passing vehicles creep by slowly, drivers physically stretching to witness any details of the disturbance. As hard…

December 17, 2017
Johnny and Papa Meet Mama
Dance / Music Kids↹Festival

Johnny and Papa Meet Mama

There is a toddler song called “Johny Johny Yes Papa” that is often an appendage of a nursery rhyme video cluster that my children watch on YouTube through children’s music provider ChuChu TV. The song lyrics detail a short verbal exchange between a child named Johnny and his father. The conversation begins with the father approaching…

December 6, 2017
Looks Like We're Millennial Parents
Mommy↹Society

Looks Like We’re Millennial Parents

Millennials, or Generation Y’ers, are the generation vaguely marked from birth as early as 1980 until as late as 2000, though, preciseness is not standard. What is essential are the traits, habits, tendencies, and experiences the millennial generation have broadly incurred, which have proven…

October 29, 2017