Archive for February, 2012

A few months ago I read Alone Together, by Sherry Turkle. Turkle is a MIT technology and sociology professor who researches human interaction with robots and new technologies. The subtitle of her book sums it up, Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. Turkle told the story of a 30-something dad more »

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A few months ago a friend recommended Rants from Mommyland, a blog that pretty much does just what it promises in its title. The moms over there have a way with words that leaves me laughing and blushing, and feeling justified in reaching for a drink as soon as the second hand hits 5 p.m. more »

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You know that quote from Mark Twain or Winston Churchill or Ghandi about how stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Well, here’s that moral of that quote, in story form. In every bathroom, and especially in every bathroom used by a five year-old boy who is still perfecting more »

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Sex is good for marriage, and that’s probably not something you need to be told. It’s something as obvious as saying “vegetables are good for your health” or “politics can get ugly.” But why exactly it’s good for marriage … well, that’s not as obvious. I’ve been thinking about this lately. Here are my thoughts more »

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Ten ¬†years ago, when Cliff and I got married, he had hair and I had thighs that would have fit into skinny jeans, had they been stylish then. I was shy in groups and reticent to ever express a strong opinion; Cliff was more brash. He was headed for a career in social work. I more »

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When Amber and I were dating, we occasionally spent evenings flipping through The Book of Questions. You’ve probably seen the very same book on someone’s bookshelf (or toilet) at some point: a cute little book published in the late 1980s, authored by a Ph.D. and filled with random questions to ask your loved ones. Some more »

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Cliff reminded me earlier today that one of our big fears, at the start of our relationship, was running out of things to talk about. And we have. Many times over. Amazingly, we’ve learned to enjoy the silence, while also trusting that another great topic of conversation will come up soon. But sometimes you don’t more »

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I’m a Valentine’s Day Scrooge. I’ve never liked the holiday for all the predictable reasons: for most of my life I never had anyone to celebrate it with; it seems artificial; now that I do have someone to celebrate it with, it seems impossible to live up to the romantic expectations of the day. It’s more »

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Almost 10 years ago, Carol Dweck – one of the world’s leading researchers in Psychology and a Professor at Stanford – released a book called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Under normal circumstances, this book would not have found its way on to my shelf or into my backpack. But in this particular circumstance, more »

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Picture this scene with me: My extended family is gathered in my mother’s small living room. There are nine adults (including three octogenarians), four kids (ages 5, 2, 2, and a newborn), a ceiling fan, and one remote controlled toy helicopter. It’s Christmas, and the helicopter belongs to my 30-something brother. The men in the more »

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