As parents, we go about our daily duties without a thought until a disturbing news event gets our attention and we turn to watch and listen. We are visibly moved and stop to ask— why. A few people are tired of hearing about Trayvon and want people to just “get over it.” For … [Read more...] about Trayvon: Children and Racism
“Oh no, if I don’t wake up in time I will be late!” When I had something important to do I would often lay awake at night thinking about how awful it would be if I were late. I had everything ready for tomorrow: Clothes, shoes, paperwork, keys, coins for tolls and other items. … [Read more...] about What Is The Worst That Could Happen?
My friend Ana and I were talking about patience recently. I told Ana how I increased patience by getting into the longest checkout line in the supermarket or by counting to fifteen before reaching for a can of peas or unlocking my front door. All the techniques I used are often … [Read more...] about A Lesson from Ana’s Grandfather
Shopping for a vehicle when you are in a hurry is risky business. Driving 65 mph in a school zone is tempting fate. Pushing firefighters aside to run into a burning building is just plain folly. Then why would anyone discipline a child when upset, angry or in a hurry? “Anger … [Read more...] about Anger Uses Time, Energy and Thought
Many years ago my favorite non-stick frying pan disappeared from its usual place in the kitchen and I could not find it for the life of me. For more than a week I looked everywhere: in the oven, in the pantry, under the island, in the cabinets, under the sink and even in the … [Read more...] about What We Learned from a Missing Frying Pan