I don’t know anything about children. I feel incompetent and I miss the point. As one of the youngest in my family, I wasn’t around younger children until I baby sat as a teenager, the first job I ever hated. When I was 13, I failed as half of the team assigned to keep the … Continue reading How I kept children quiet
Given a mother’s immense influence, with lifelong consequences for children and society, nurturing these families should be Job One.
The entire country seems to be having a deer in headlights moment: stunned with fear. With our social fabric rent to shreds, if there ever was a time for a new model, this is it. Cooperative community diners pose an elegant solution that may solve myriad problems on many levels. The diners of my youth, … Continue reading Diners that Nourish and Heal What Ails Us
On a splendid fall Saturday afternoon, a young man stood outside a convenience store with three children ranging in height from 2 feet to 3 feet. As they dug into their candy, the little girl dropped her wrapper on the ground. Litter contributes to urban decay but it is easily remedied. I took a deep … Continue reading Litter, a sign of our tragic pathology
This little boy thinks he owns the world. He’s a cute kid and likely the center of his grandmother’s universe. That’s the way five-year olds should be: happy, confident and ready to take on the world. He’s undoubtedly a handful and a hoot for his family. On the bus today I watched a tiny infant … Continue reading Children Have a Big Job
You should have been there. Wednesday’s morning news reported that when schools close for the swine flu, some children miss out on their only meal of the day. The story put me closer to the edge than I realized. The weepy spell driving to work wasn’t enough. I wish I had gotten it all out. … Continue reading News of children having one meal a day triggers outrage