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Posts tagged "Childhood"


On Hula Hooping, First Grade Bullies, and Living Language: Mere Words and the Word

Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear and vivid and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet of that of […]

From The New Yorker

When Is a Baseball Card More Than Just a Baseball Card?

Escapism via Time Traveling, and a Story of Baseball Card Grace

500 Miles and 40 Years of Healing

A Story of the Comforter Showing up in the Melodies

Fathers, Nightmare Clowns, and a Pity Still More Vast

Reflections on Shia LeBeouf’s Honey Boy

Middle School, Santa Claus, and the Love that Surpasses Understanding

I’ve written a fair amount about Christmas, and how our family celebrates Christmas. We honor Santa with a nod to the big guy, but we don’t go all-out with lumps of coal and threats of surveillance. Santa was one of those things about parenthood that I put entirely too much thought into at the beginning, […]

I Am Only as Happy as My Childhood Allows Me to Be

The 21st century has been a time of revelation. The buried reality of abuse is now being unearthed in our culture and through our laws. Child abuse by the Boy Scouts or any number of church organizations is increasingly acknowledged as the hideous outrage it is. #MeToo has exploded the wall of acceptance of disgusting […]

Unaccompanied Minors and the War Against the Goonies

A fitting follow-up to the recent post on the tragic decline of unstructured play in the lives of children, not to mention yesterday’s one on insomnia, this time in a Wall Street Journal editorial by Lenore Skenazy, “The War on Childhood.” She uses Amtrak’s recent decision to bump their unaccompanied minor age from 8 to […]