What is the sound of no hands clapping?

UPDATE! School Explains “Real” Reason for Its Clapping Ban

. This just in, from news.com.au: An explanation for the clapping ban we were discussing today on the post before this one. Turns out — A SYDNEY primary school imposed a clapping ban on its students in favour of “silent cheers” because one of its teachers wears hearing aids and found the noise of applause too loud, […]

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Parents, please remember: This is a game and when children play games they are in grave danger, all the time, from eveyrone and everything around them. That's just the "harsh reality."

How to Become a Pokemon-Go Fearmonger

. Because I am on some “mommy blogger” list,  I get pitches all the time from “freelancers” who’d like to  write for me. Most often they are from companies looking for free publicity. Sometimes they’re trying to promote a product overtly, as in, “I would like to write an article on how to choose a […]

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That man just threw Pikachu into his trunk!

Of Pokemon and Predators

. By now you have heard that more people have downloaded Pokemon Go than any other app ever. That Nintendo’s stock jumped 25% in one week. That it’s getting kids to actually leave the house to go play — voluntarily! And you have probably also heard of the four guys arrested in a black BMW […]

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Monsters contemplating their fate. (Actually "Gonks," which seem to be the British equivalent of America's trolls. The fun ones. Not the ones on blogs.)

Get Ready for a Truly Pleasurable (And Quick!) Cry

. After I read this poem that came to my inbox yesterday, I wanted to stand up on the subway and shout,  “ATTENTION, EVERYONE. YOU WILL LOVE THIS POEM! You just might feel the same. It was published on the site American Life in Poetry, which bills itself as “A project for newspapers by by […]

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Stark reality...of the good kind.

“These Are Such Terrible Times”

. In the morning, I like to take a walk with my friend, the mom of a 4-year-old. Lately, thanks to the terrible stories from Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas, she says she has been feeling overwhelmed. Who hasn’t? And yet…and yet…  The narrative of chaos and despair obscures and even discounts a different narrative […]

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You will need to be groped, Miss.

What Happens When You Set Off the TSA “Groin Alarm”

. The tale below comes to us from Alisha, a former paramedic who says she is “very safety conscious but sick of trying to raise a child in a 100% risk-free environment! Its not even possible.” I was actually talking about the TSA just this morning with a journalist who was asking when and how […]

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