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US Airways: the Final Chapter

February 24, 2010

So we flew home yesterday, and our flights were entirely unremarkable. The gate staff and flight attendants were polite and helpful. Despite numerous phone calls and e-mails, no one was able to sort out our seating issues before we arrived at the airport, but once we were there we had no problem getting excellent seats [...]

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The Power of Small Change

February 5, 2010

Fakeplasticfish has a post up about conflict between couples about green living, in which she quotes my post from last week about making green choices together. Beth Terry, the woman behind Fake Plastic Fish, has gone to amazing lengths to cut plastic out of her life. Last year, she produced something like 4 pounds of [...]

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Civil Rights Through the Eyes of a Five-Year-Old

January 18, 2010

Rio’s kindergarten class at the Eliot-Pearson School has been discussing Civil Rights. At least, I assume so, because I don’t know what else could account for the strange mash-up of Civil Rights and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs that’s been coming out of her mouth all week. “Do you know what, Serena? Dark people [...]

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Boycott the Marriott!

August 14, 2009

Apparently this is the week to boycott big businesses. First there was the Whole Foods boycott for health care reform. And now this lovely story about the Marriott blaming a mom for being raped in front of her little kids in one of their parking garages. The Marriott is arguing in court that this woman [...]

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American Library Association's list of "Most Challenged Books" for 2008

April 28, 2009

The ALA has published their annual list of most challenged books for this year. Sadly for me, Tango Makes Three still tops the list. We bough this book a few years ago on the strength of it’s being listed here, and it’s been a bedtime favorite ever since. Somebody write a compelling, cute, offensive to [...]

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Illegal immigration costs some parents custody

April 24, 2009

Via the inestimable Ms. R, from whom I get much of my wacky parenting news: this story from the NYT tells about foreign parents losing their American-born children when they’re arrested for immigration violations. Much of the article focuses on a woman who was arrested when her son was 6 months old. During her incarceration [...]

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manifestation is in the details

December 6, 2008

Last night, I went out with my best friend. We strolled around Davis Sq. and I bought a few stocking stuffers and brainstormed about holiday gifts. I very much wanted to give something memorable and lasting, but not physical. Something that could strengthen us as a couple, but that’s not just about food and sex. [...]

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What do you mean when you say “food justice”?

November 26, 2008

asked me this question, and my response was long enough that I realized it kind of leapt out of comment territory into its own post. Speaking only for myself, since I have no idea how the term is used in general: What it evokes for me is a sense that what I eat and how [...]

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green update

October 25, 2008

A few months ago I took this quiz. I was diaspointed, back in April, to find out that we would need 5 earths to sustain my lifestyle. Since then I have: – given up driving – given up shopping at the grocery store – switched to biodiesel to heat my house – abstained from buying [...]

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Freedom isn't freedom less it's free

August 17, 2008

For a long while now I’ve been trying to get my head around the issue of children and freedom. Today a number of pieces fell together for me after I read this: “Children’s lives have been evolving in a way that mirrors the lives of criminals in prison. They too have a roof over their [...]

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