Sunday, September 20, 2015

In the wind | tweets from the space ending 09.19.15

9th grade is the most common year for sex abuse against girls | here's a pdf for parents 

separating wheat from chaff is a learned skill 

YouTube Minecraft channels are not all created equal 

My  answer to What is a content designer? 

Monday, September 14, 2015

In the wind | tweets from the space ending 09.13.15

why are we still talking about this? | 2015 VMA ratings were in the toilet with the show's lowlights 

re: reports of sliding SAT scores | College success relates more to HS GPA than test scores 

vapes + chaw | 2001–13 HS smokeless tobacco use rose more among athletes than nonathletes 

Does your underage child use Kik Messenger? |  tips for  

happy Labor Day to all the greedy-grabby workers 

Every once in a while, a story... 

teaching - without preaching - about religious practice 

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

rocks cry out | a StoryCorps Story about mercy

Julio Diaz courtesy StoryCorps

Every now and again a story like this one from Julio Diaz pops ups and stops me in my tracks. It's been floating around for quite a while but, somehow, I just heard it [h/t @JayHowver]. It's short, but, I think, long-lasting.

In an epoch of crazed, angry, fear, Mr. Diaz drops a little mercy on a stranger who needs it. Thank you sir. And thank you, StoryCorps.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

greedy-grabby workers | Anne Lamott on Labor Day

I understand why politicians want to see labor as the cause of most of our societal and economic problems. It takes the focus off the banks, the corporations, the military-industrial complex. But public school teachers? I guess they really are sort of greedy and grabby — not to mention rich. Especially those greedy-grabby public school special ed teachers. My younger brother is one of them, and boy, is he raking it in. Talk about take, take, take. -- Anne Lamott

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

in the wind | tweets from the space ending 08.28.15

Too early | Early school day start as a risk factor for adolescents

grade-by-grade | a parents guide to primary school learning objectives + methods

UPDATE on the great northern migration | turns out it's 98043

holy moley | Stephen Colbert talks about life, the universe + everything

Future Framers of America | 15 year-old presidential candidate polling well in early states

when they're good they're very good + when they're bad they're horrid | suspect social apps

Diagnosis | 1997-2014: Has a health professional ever told you your child had ADHD or ADD?

social media network effect | a bit overstated + clunky perhaps, but here's a useful case study

The first time | new data on when college students are most likely to first try controlled substances

Sunday, August 09, 2015

in the wind | tweets from the space ending 08.08.15

Losing their cool? | life after middle school

Gray Matters | New medical study finds childhood poverty negatively affects brain development

passages | 92024 - 98155 (give or take)

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

passages | 92024 - 98155 (give or take) UPDATE

If you were thinking about coming to visit Susan and/or me in San Diego, think instead of what that visit might be like in Seattle - because that's where we'll be... tomorrow (assuming nothing weirder happens than us moving from San Diego to Seattle).

[UPDATE: We've found a lovely place to live in Mountlake Terrace, Washington - a touch more than ten miles north of Seattle proper (that's 98043 for those keeping score at home). It's worlds away from our little southern California beach town - there are big trees and blackberry brambles out the back door, and it's remarkably quiet. Second night in town we saw Kate in Shakespeare's As You Like It in the Seattle Shakespeare Company outdoor summer series; fourth night, we heard her sing a hilarious and delightful new song in the 17th annual New Voices concert at Seattle Repertory Theater - so, off to an entertaining start! Just a bit more unpacking and settling (thanks for helping with the move-in Hamers + Jaegers!) and we'll be fully operational. 

On this first day of school for many families we love, I suppose we're feeling the end of summer too - sad to have left our good life and lovely friends in California... and excited for all that's ahead.]

Leaving Colorado in 2000, we expected to land in the Seattle area but found ourselves happily rerouted for 15 wonderful years at the beach. Now, in the ebb and flow of all things, we’ve decided to complete the journey. We sold our little beach home at blinding speed, and we’re on our way.
In terms of work, other than physical location, nothing changes - the tiny company called me is still open for business, just farther north.
This move brings us back together with our daughter, the amazing Kate Jaeger and her wonder-spouse Eli, so we're majorly stoked about that. This reunion mitigates some of the melancholy we feel in leaving dear friends and neighbors in our remarkable San Diego community (we never expected that sort of closeness - what a crazy, beautiful grace... Thank you.)
So, on we go! More news when there is more...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

in the wind | tweets from the space ending 07.14.15

sexting | L.A. Unified opts for prevention over punishment

good news | Kentucky churches integrate Common Core standards in Vacation Bible School

ending racism for good | "Try not! Do. Or do not. There is no try."

You know they kill Nemo's mom, right? | Films you should watch + talk about WITH your child

teenage sexual predators | important new study on adolescents who perpetrate sexual violence

Not what the preacher said | 82% of 13-17 year-olds in Ypulse study say they are virgins
gamer survey | boys want better female game protagonists

Sunday, July 05, 2015

In the wind | tweets from the space ending 07.05.15

Common Sense Media's running list of outstanding movies for children, tweens, and teens  

Brilliant. Neil Gaiman reveals the easiest path to becoming a writer h/t Publication Life 


Summer reading for middle schoolers  h/t 

first person | a plantation tour guide + the questions she got about slavery  

inside out | a graphic artist explores the overlap of 25 emotions  

Monday, June 15, 2015

not trying to pick a fight | 10 Things We Should Never Say to Kids

People get mad - not everyone, but more than I would've thought - when they see some of the things I'm convinced we should never say to kids. It's as if I were insulting their mothers... as if I were saying something was wrong with the way they were raised. 

Um, yes, I see their point. That is what I'm saying: I'm saying more than half a lifetime of trying to help teenagers and adults finish the work their parents started but couldn't complete has convinced me we'd be better off saying nothing if all we can come up with is stuff like:

  • Do You Have Your Jacket-Homework-Gym-Bag-Back-Pack-Keys? — because one day we won't be there
  • What Were You Thinking! — because (at least if it has an exclamation point on it) that's almost never an honest question
  • Because I Said So — because kids soon figure out that's hardly ever the real reason
  • You Are Such a Pretty Little Thing — because it's a time bomb
  • I’m Proud of You! — another sort of time bomb
  • You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To — because it's a set-up
  • Let Me Tell You What Happened Here — because children don't need us to do their thinking for them
  • That’s Not How You Do It! — because what it that is how a child does it; and it gets done and the world doesn't end
  • Don’t Make Me Turn This Car Around — because, “If you’re going to bluff, you have to be clear about what kind of game you’re playing.” [h/t Ehud Kalai, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University]
  • I Give Up — because no child ever needed to hear that from a parent
But of course we can come up with better things to say, and that's what Ten Things We Should Never Say to Kids is really about. So, go ahead... help yourself.