Mother’s Day in the Poetry Corner (Reposted)

I posted this two years ago, but I can’t resist reposting it.  Happy Mother’s Day all around. Read the rest of this entry »


The Dumbest Generation

That’s the generation many of us on this blog belong to, according to an interesting piece by Neil Howe in today’s Washington Post.  Americans born in the early 1960s apparently lag behind both older and younger Americans in standardized test scores and educational achievement.  Howe calls us “early Xers” — though I must say I prefer the “Generation Jones” moniker Howe attributes to another writer.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Random Cultural Indicator

I’m not sure if this says more about professional life or family life, but the ABA Journal‘s headline is certainly arresting:

35% of Professionals Would Choose BlackBerry Over Spouse

I went to the Chicago Sun-Times for the original report, and found that the ABA Journal‘s crisp summary is, sadly, absolutely correct.  In addition, Read the rest of this entry »

Kindergarteners for Fiscal Discipline — UPDATED

I’ve been silent for a long time — not because I’ve been sunning myself, as Fitz recently alleged, but because I’ve actually been busy at the day job some of you insist I don’t have. Sadly, I even worked through most of a family vacation in Lake Tahoe. But during that week in Lake Tahoe, I did have one Great Moment in Parenting.

We were still on Eastern time, and my son, who will start kindergarten in the fall, is an early riser anyway. So we were up before the rest of the clan, walking around and killing time. Changing abruptly from whatever topic we had previously been discussing he looked at me and said — I wrote this down right away so I would remember it — he said:

Dad, I’m beginning to think that the government is lying to the people. Because they say they’re only borrowing the money, but they’re never going to pay it back. It’s a big fake.

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It has been more than four years since Wicked began to wow audiences and win awards. I saw it for the second time two weeks ago in Rochester, New York, taking the kids this time. On the way out, I told them the bad news: They may have to wait forty years to see another show this good.

People who live in the New York City area have already had plenty of opportunity to see the show, which is nice: there should be some compensating benefits for people who live in the New York City area. But after four years, I know many non-New Yorkers who would love this show but have barely heard of it. It is for those people that I offer the following thoughts on what makes this musical so great. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Say Auf Wiedersehen, Just Go Away (a Clinton campaign wrap-up)

In the last week, Hillary Clinton cheated to pick up a few more delegates and then gave what sounded for all the world like a victory speech just moments after her opponent mathematically eliminated her. Her cringe-worthy focus on her strengths as a candidate at the very moment of her defeat was all the more remarkable because it coincided with a legitimately historic event in our country’s unhappy struggle with the phantom of “race,” and one might have hoped for more perspective from one who aspires to lead. Senator Clinton’s solipsistic performance tells us plenty about her, but more importantly, I think we now know three important things about the country as a whole. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mother’s Day in the Poetry Corner

Mothers’s Day takes us to the poetry corner for the third time this week. There is an unavoidable element of confession in passing along this particular poem. I sent it to my own mother, and — naturally — she absolved me. Read the rest of this entry »