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Think On These Things

What make us civilized? Dictionary.com defines civilized as “having an advanced or humane culture.” To be truly civilized is to respond together to the goodness that is intrinsic in each of us at birth. It’s what makes us (in the … Continue reading

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Every Day is Mother’s Day

I took this photo of my wife and our recently-born first child when my wife was exhausted. And yet all I see is her bottomless, heart-melting love. “Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person … Continue reading

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Mothers Are Forever

My adult daughters still sometimes seek my advice (or use me as an example of what not to do). But for comfort they always go to Mom—and always will. Still, as Robert A. Heinlein put it, “Being a mother is … Continue reading

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These Robots Got the Moves!

Guest Blog by A Teacher’s Reflections New England-based preschool teacher Jennie Fitzkee is nothing if not inspired. Maybe that’s why she’s featured in the bestselling Read-Aloud Handbook. And why quilts designed by her class hang at the National Liberty Museum … Continue reading

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Family Is…

When I was a young man, I rented a room from a therapist whose family had rejected him. So he’d learned to create families. He’d match up patients with no “real” family: orphaned, disowned, unable to reconcile, young, old. Not … Continue reading

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A Weekend Wish That Always Comes True

It’s Saturday and the weeds await. My lawn is festooned with them, particularly the ever-present dandelionous paininthebuttous. So I begin my pre-lawncare procedure by musing about dandelions: “Wishes are iffy things,” I think, “but there’s one wish dandelions can actually … Continue reading

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Back to School – Ready or Not

Some schools resume as early as next week in the U.S. Others will open in the coming weeks, some later still. Some, in theses uncertain times, have postponed starting, or decided to launch their fall terms online. The only thing … Continue reading

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O 2 B a Child

There’s a sentimental notion that children are better storytellers than adults. They aren’t. They’re better believers. Adults tell stories, but children live them. Because they understand what we’ve forgotten: that the things we imagine are just as real as the … Continue reading

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Always Look Before You…

My daughter Beth had finally reached the stage where she was ready to use the potty-training seat all by herself! (It’s OK, I’ll wait while you applaud.) Squeak, click, went the bathroom door. A moment later, there was a blood-curdling … Continue reading

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The Most Cringe-Inducing Ads Ever?

We live in the Age of Offendability, when the floors of public places seem to be carpeted with eggs. Yet we can all agree (or at least most of us can) that some things are always wrong: racism, sexism, drug … Continue reading

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