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  • things you can do today.

    I can’t stop thinking about this passage from Masha Gessen’s essay, The Unimaginable Reality of American Concentration Camps: We learn to think of history as something that has already happened, to other people. Our…

    June 25, 2019 29 Comments
  • gift guide: father’s day.

    For anyone looking ahead to giving the fathers in their lives a little something special on Father’s Day this year, here are a few ideas for the sweet, silly, sensitive, caring, compassionate, and crafty fathers in…

    June 5, 2019 8 Comments
  • make-believe: out all day.

    We’ve officially entered the season when I try to spend as many hours as humanly possible in the great outdoors. And since I live in a city, that means lingering on the streets, the…

    May 21, 2019 0 Comments
  • gift guide: mother’s day.

    For anyone looking to give the mothers in their lives a little something special on Mother’s Day, this year as every year, here are a few ideas for the adventurous, thrill-seeking, tech-savvy, gadget-loving, handy,…

    May 2, 2019 21 Comments
  • make-believe: working from home.

    I have every intention of showering immediately upon waking and getting fully dressed before sitting down to work in the morning. But on days when I’m not the parent doing the school drop-off, I’m…

    February 27, 2019 7 Comments
  • habit shift: access is love.

    I occasionally stand in front of my mirror and talk. Wielding my phone as a camera, I record these talks and post them online for people to see. It’s a marvel of technology and…

    February 19, 2019 40 Comments
  • things you can do today.

    Four things to do today to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: + Listen to the Seeing White podcast. I suggested this last year at this time and (many times before…

    January 21, 2019 11 Comments
  • make-believe: museum afternoon.

    I’ve never shied away from taking my kids on museum adventures, but lately I’ve found myself craving a slightly different museum experience—one that moves a little more slowly and involves a little less placating…

    January 3, 2019 8 Comments
  • four things to do before voting.

    Sitting around with a pit in your stomach doesn’t feel very good. Putting a spare hour or two to good use and making sure you’re informed, ready to vote, and bringing as many friends…

    October 25, 2018 5 Comments
  • make-believe: vote.

    There are a lot of reasons to feel disenchanted with the democratic process these days, to say nothing of the folks in office. It’s understandable to feel angry, or to feel like voting won’t…

    October 10, 2018 8 Comments