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September 6, 2019

How I Overcame My Eco-Anxiety

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Are we just helpless bystanders watching global corporations do what they like with our world? The realists say that one person can’t make a difference. But who wants to live as if that’s true? Kids certainly don’t. They like action. So at the...

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June 25, 2019

The Play Stops: An Unexpected Story of Technology and Kids

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All five kindergarteners in the “Pebble Patch” – the part of our school playground with a pebble surface – were engrossed in building a scaffold with large wooden blocks. They collaborated, created, solved problems, and overcame differences as their...

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April 25, 2019

On Again, Off Again: My Relationship with the Bible

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My Bible eventually worked its way to the bottom of the pile of books on my dresser. It had to bear the weight of many a teenage novel. Add a few more years and it was contending with Nietzsche, Kant, Hegel, and Ayn Rand. Through a series of close...

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March 1, 2019

Why I Take My Kids to the Nursing Home

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I grew up when “parent” was a noun, not a verb. Dad didn’t parent. He was a parent. He did what he enjoyed and schlepped us along. This often meant visiting the elderly at nursing homes where we met a lot of people – a lot of very different people...

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