Communication, Parenting, Philosophy, Technology

Parenting Via Text – How Micro Conversations Keep Me Connected With My Kids

When my kids left for college, I had many moments of panic that we would soon be down to the obligatory once a week phone call where we would engage in 10 minutes of small talk, and I would be more or less disconnected from their lives as they grew into their lives as adults.… Continue reading Parenting Via Text – How Micro Conversations Keep Me Connected With My Kids

Decluttering Your Life, Letting Go, Philosophy

I am Not My Stuff

“Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.” -Murphy’s Law As I sit here, I am ten days into my New Year’s Resolutions. They are: Lose 25 pounds (I could deal with 15. Ten would be nice, even). Follow a strict household budget. De-clutter the house and get rid of… Continue reading I am Not My Stuff

Decluttering Your Life, Letting Go, Philosophy

Problogue

I guess it would have to be the ice box. That’s what I keep coming back to, anyway. I was eleven years old, and I was sitting in the back of my dad’s van on the shag carpet floor. All around me were boxes filled with various books, antiques and collectibles. He called it “inventory.”… Continue reading Problogue

Communication, Philosophy

Choosing Kindness Over Anger

Growing up, my mother always admonished me when I would say mean things about other people, telling me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say, then I shouldn’t say anything at all. I will admit, I struggle with this, as many people do. After September 11th, I pledged to treat everyone I met… Continue reading Choosing Kindness Over Anger

Parenting, Philosophy

Parenting is a Second Guessing Game

It is a rare occasion that a teenager will ask Mom what she thinks are the most important "life lessons." Thanks to a high school in-class assignment, though, my seventeen year old daughter did just that last spring. I guess she didn't have a firm list of "gems" in her mind because she asked me… Continue reading Parenting is a Second Guessing Game

Education, Philosophy

Sisyphus, Spring Break, and the Middle School Student

Sometime during the month February, when winter break is a distant memory, and middle school students and teachers dare not yet start dreaming of spring break, I read an abbreviated version of the myth of Sisyphus to my sixth graders. On this one of many "Philosophy Fridays," we talk about how Sisyphus, King of Corinth, was notorious for his… Continue reading Sisyphus, Spring Break, and the Middle School Student