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Releasing Grandma to the Wild

We all need Grandmas-people who believe in us no matter how wretchedly we behave. People who are absolutely, unequivocally, and even unreasonably-on our side. Yesterday was my birthday and the grand kids made it so fun! First, my artist daughter thanked me for making her weird (a good thing, she insisted.) Then my youngest daughter … Continue reading

How to Pass a Test from Hell

A young friend sought me out, crying, because she had just failed an online test. “I’m a failure! I’m doomed! I’m going to be thrown out of college!” “Whoa, calm down, what’s going on? You’re smart, something’s going on here. We’ll figure it out.” I was an adjunct professor for two colleges and designed  a … Continue reading

I came for the Apocalypse and all I got was this lousy T shirt

How have you been? Good I hope. I’ve been writing a grown-up book, and just like when I write kid’s books, it turns out to be a lot more work than I imagined when I launched into the project. Getting anything done requires both inspiration and perspiration, but I prefer the former to the latter. … Continue reading

The Crash of 2008: Save us, O Math Whizzes and Camel Jumpers

Are you good at math? Can you do calculations in your head? Did you get A’s in all your math courses? Then I gaze upon you with the same admiration I feel for the Champion Camel Jumper in a tiny village in Yemen who, and I kid you not, jumped clean over six camels from … Continue reading