Give Your Wealth Away: This was my guest post on Get Rich Slowly. It seems to have caused a little ruckus on the comments. Oops. Apparently saying the word “liberal” or “conservative” in a blog post is like shouting “fire” in a crowded theater. Whatever. I stand by my basic thesis: charitable giving is a good idea, and secular liberals like myself could learn a thing or two from our conservative religious relatives about how to do it.
Fine Art Makes Fine Gifts: I’ve found myself visiting a lot of art studios and gallery shows over the past year. In doing so, I learned that beautiful original art doesn’t have to be expensive. Often, it costs no more than you’d spend on a sweater at the mall or a gift certificate for a nice restaurant. In other words, entirely within many holiday gift budgets.
You Sound Just Like Your Mom (Really): You know that old cliche about how all women become their own mothers as they age? Apparently, 8 out of 10 of us also use our mom’s cliches. Under stress, we revert to our childhoods and wham! our own mom is shouting out of our mouths.
Rosie the Riveter High School: Rosie the Riveter may be over 50 years old, but she can still teach today’s kids a thing or two. Especially the kids at Rosie the Riveter High School, a small charter school in Long Beach, California. The school’s mission is to prepare girls for careers in “non-traditional” fields like welding, plumbing, carpentry and other trades.
Autism and Schizophrenia Caused by Same Gene: Autism and schizophrenia appear to have little in common. The two illnesses are caused by defects in the same set of genes, though, Canadian researchers claim.
Public School vs. Homeschool: John Evans was a public schoolteacher in Texas. When his son Clint began failing academically, Evans tried many tactics to help him succeed. Finally, he pulled the kid out of school and taught him at home.
How to Keep Toxic Toys Out of Santa’s Sack: You wouldn’t give your child a block of lead to suck on, right? Unfortunately, lots of toy manufacturers would. Hidden toxins in children’s toys continue to permeate holiday goodies. Kids inadvertently lay hands on chemicals ranging from lead and cadmium to BPA and phthalates when they show up in shiny new toys.
BPA Found in Infants’ Cord Blood: The chemical BPA (bisphenol-a), a popular additive in plastics, has started appearing in infant’s umbilical cord blood, according to a new study by the Environmental Working Group.
6 Books That Teach Kids About Protecting Nature: It’s becoming clearer and clearer that we need to educate our kids about sustainability. As the climate talks in Copenhagen continue, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to teach my kids the importance of caring for our earth.