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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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Thanks, Garry!

Doonesbury Gets It Right TWICE in One Cartoon

. What a friend we have in Garry! This ran the other week: . In case you can’t read it, it says: Blue Mom: Hey look boys — a new playground. boys? How ridiculous is this? Pink Mom: Sorry? Blue Mom: This playground! It’s so safe and sterile! Everything’s rubberized and low to the ground. Kids […]

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Happier Birthday to You!

Fun, Old-Fashioned Birthday Party Ideas

. Today’s post comes to us from Sally Mills Butzin, the mother half of the mother/daughter writing team  behind Best Buddies Birthdays, a guide to homemade, low-tech b-day parties. I agree with everything Sally writes below, and yet must confess that when my kids were young we did all sorts of pricey parties, including one at […]

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An unsupervised 38-year-old. Where are his parents???

Mom Investigated for Letting Son, 38, Live on Own

. Hats off to Sarah Sahagian for understanding this issue so deeply, as her reporting in The Beaverton indicates: Toronto – After her 38 year-old son Ben Johnson moved out and got a job at Starbucks, Child Protective Services decided to investigate his mother, Deborah, for possible child neglect and abandonment. “A neighbour saw Ben working […]

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This is your body on nature.

Prescription-Strength Nature: Is It Right for You?

. Saw this “ad” at the US Play Coalition Conference where I was speaking last week. I couldn’t wait to hear Justin Bogardus‘ session, “Does Nature Have a Marketing Problem?” Maybe you’ve already seen his hilarious answer: . . And here’s the next one. Now go outside! L.

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The Case of the Missing Childhood Adventures. SOLVED!

Encyclopedia Brown Lives! Kids, 7 and 10, Set Up Detective Agency

. How can you not love this story? Siblings Jack and Phoebe Gore, 10 and 7 respectively, hung out the proverbial shingle and started a detective agency in the northern Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood. They charge $6 a case and, according to DNAInfo’s Carolina Pichardo: With only a few weeks in business — and using nothing more […]

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One more tweet: "Please stop the calls, emails, DMs, Snaps! OF COURSE we've instituted a catch and release program in dealing with the lice!"

Snark We Can Believe In: Los Feliz Daycare

. Just in case you haven’t seen LosFelizDaycare on Twitter, here’s an introduction. Somehow it has its finger on the sticky pulse of whatever is pickiest, priciest, smuggest and nuttiest in the world of children and their precious adults. You sort of have to read a bunch of them to get the whole vibe which is […]

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Danny and the Dinosaur and the Personal Injury Lawyer

. When it comes to kids and 23-metric ton apatosauruses, we’ve learned you just can’t be TOO careful. But at the time Syd Hoff’s Danny and the Dinosaur was published back in 1958, nobody even considered the terrible example it was setting for our most vulnerable populations — sauropods and impressionable children  — by making […]

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