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Skipping School to Get an Education With A Camera

Ten days ago I called my 18-year-old son in sick to school so he could actually learn a thing or two. On February 13, tens of thousands marched from Voces de la Frontera (Voices of the Border) on 5th and … Continue reading

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A Permission Slip for My Son on his 18th Birthday

To Whom it May Concern: I hereby give permission for my son to do the following: Disappoint me Make as many mistakes as necessary Change his mind Adopt a point-of-view different than mine, in any area Stop worrying about me … Continue reading

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Harper Lee and Standardized Tests

My daughter, who is a high school freshman, is reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Well, she’s supposed to be reading it. She told me when she was attempting to read the book, she was constantly drifting off, reading the same … Continue reading

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12-Year-Old Girls and the Counterintuitive Nature of True Wisdom

Our relationship with our children is utterly unique and utterly exasperating. While I feel a love-without-conditions for my kids, there are chapters in our lives together in which that love is challenging to practice. My daughters are 12 and 14 today, and … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Momma?

“When you were little, you called me one day, upset,” my 94-year-old Grandfather said during a recent visit. “You said your mom was in the closet and wouldn’t come out and you didn’t know what to do.” Grandpa’s memory is … Continue reading

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Taking a Time-Out in Mysore Class, 7am

My son was a REAL pain in the ass when he was a toddler. When he was between the uncivilized ages of 1 and 2, I was frustrated constantly and pretty sure I wasn’t interested in any more kids if … Continue reading

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