Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The World Turned Upside Down

Four score, and seven years ago...there was a poetry jam at the White House, and the mad rapper Lin Manuel Miranda tested out this thing he was working on, and there is no turning back.   Here is what happens once you have been infected:

Someone asks you your name.  At a work event or in some formal setting where you are supposed to simply say your name.  Instead, your brain immediately translates their question into WHAT'S YOUR NAME MAN and there is a very long pause while a very small internal voice, barely audible, pleads,  Don't sing, it's not appropriate, they might not know what you are talking about, maybe they've never heard the song please just answer the question with your name but the louder part of your brain is already halfway through the reprise.  This is what happens to me now, and so it takes 7 - 12 seconds and two deep breaths to answer, every single time someone asks my name. 

On the outside, I say my name.  BUT ON THE INSIDE, this.

For the uninitiated but curious, a crash course below.

But first: it's July 4th*.

*content may reflect significant events that took place within  +/-7 years of Congressional approval of final text of Repeal and Replace The Declaration of Independence

Now.  Ye who have heard of it but not heard it, here are some starter songs, which I've retitled.   This is where you begin, and then when you are ready, jump into Cabinet Battles and King George love songs.   

Then, tell me your name.

Warmup of Wonder
The Unimagineable
Being a Parent Reconstructs Your Heart
How the Sausage Gets Made
Everyone Shall Sit Under Their Own Vine and Fig Tree and No One Shall Make Them Afraid

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Season of Giving

The best things in life aren't things.

However, if you are buying for kiddos, look here see: it's A Mighty Girl here to save the day.

Click here for a holiday gift guide.

And for book ideas?  Go here my friend.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Screenagers....or, let's be real, Allagers...is a new documentary produced by a physician and mom to teenagers, Dr. Delaney Ruston.

"Kids are on screens too much, but parents don't know what to do about it. So I decided to make this film not only to look at the impact, but to look at solutions."

Check here for a screening in your area.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Durga's Dad

Read this.

It's what hope looks like.

It is how healing happens.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Welcome to Yellowstone: Ba da ba ba bah, I'm lovin' it!

If you have ever visited one of the 58 National Parks in the United States, you likely experienced a sense of awe, wonder, and the stillness that comes from encountering immense beauty.

Beauty that has been protected and preserved from commercial use.

Until now.

Corporate sponsorship is being considered as a source of funding to maintain and support the National Parks.
A new policy proposed by the National Park Service will remove current rules saying that parks must be free of commercialism. The order directs parks to actively seek donations from corporate vendors, while also liberalizing rules on “donor” recognition and lifting restrictions on naming rights in parks. That means your visit to a national park will increasingly become marred by product placement in visitors’ centers and on signage, benches, paving stones, and park vehicles.   
---Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood

"These mountains brought to you by Chick-fil-A, and over here, this natural hot spring made possible by Burger King. The moose? Brought to you by Shell Global. At Shell, our motto is, 'We heart nature!' "

Sometimes you look at a problem (need funding to maintain the National Parks) and then look at a possible solution (corporate vendors with naming rights in the park) and it takes a nanosecond for Megan Trainor's song to come to mind:

Down to the ah to the no, no, no.

So while a much much better solution is being procured, you can sign a petition giving your 'No' to the really terrible solution being considered. 

Sign here.

 I'm #2101. 
You can sign your name or keep it anonymous.
Either way, the mountains will thank you.  Or at least, the moose. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Goldilocks, Reconstructed.

Miss C went through a long and entertaining phase where reading a book or telling a story pretty much mimicked this here.

For your viewing enjoyment: Goldilocks, Reconstructed

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What to do with all the leftover Barbie Spies

Remember this fun toy?

A Barbie.  That talks to your kid.  And records what your kid says.  And stores all that information in a cloud.  And uses that information to market to children more specifically.

Brought to my attention by the ever-marvelous Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, I posted about it here in March 2015.

Many of you signed a petition telling Christopher Sinclair, the CEO of Mattel, that this was a creepy, unethical, and wretched idea.  Those were the printable adjectives. 

Advocacy works!  Not always how we imagine it will!  But still!

If you would like to see the fruits of your signature, or just a reminder that protecting kids is generally always a good idea, read CCFC's postYou did it!  Hello Barbie is a flop.

An excerpt:

Long before the doll’s release, CCFC publicized how Hello Barbie would threaten children’s privacy, creativity, and wellbeing. Nearly 45,000 people signed our petitions urging Mattel not to release the doll that records and analyzes children’s conversations, and our concerns were featured in media outlets around the world, including the Washington Post and Fox News.
In November, just before the doll hit stores, we enlisted experts to help us tell parents exactly why Hello Barbie is bad for children. Our Hell No Barbie: 8 reasons to leave Hello Barbie on the Shelf was shared far and wide on social media and inspired a fresh wave of media attention, including The Today Show

Yay for good things.

Mattel did not make a good choice on this one.  But parents did, and so Spy Barbie flopped.

Perhaps she could be placed in the center of the table at the next strategic planning meeting of Mattel, and report back what the hale they were thinking on this. 


Executives wouldn't want a real purdy data gathering recording device to attend their meeting?


Imagine:  at all future gatherings, if each person had to speak into the Barbie...
Speak into the Barbie please.  Could you adjust the Barbie?  So that we can all hear and record you properly?  Thank you.  Yes, that's better. 

I think the audio playback might sound like this: