Adulting 101, or Being a Successful Grown Up

If it isn’t in the Oxford dictionary, it should be. Adulting: (noun participle). when a person tries to or successfully navigates some task or problem that is perceived as something only an adult could or would do.  It seems this word is all over my social media feeds. Various friends make use of it regularly,…

What Changed for Children?

We’ve all heard the protestations. “When I was a kid we were always allowed to… [fill in with something a kid did by themselves in the 1950s, 60s, 70s].” What changed in America? What created the mindset wherein a child shall NEVER BE LEFT ALONE? (Note: the author does not have children of her own,…

That hashtag is mine!

Today I came across this article about trademarking hashtags and a conflict over the use of a specific hashtag. Hashtagging is such a part of today’s social media experience. Almost every platform supports the use of hashtags, and they are great ways to measure the success of a social media campaign or movement. Every time someone…

An Opt Out Movement to Watch

New York State’s chosen Common Core testing company – PARCC, which is a partnership under the control of Pearson PLC has a problem. And by extension, New York State has a problem. Testing students in grades 3 through 8 under the aegis of Common Core Standards in New York State has now become voluntary. And…

Inequality is a Buzzword

Time and time again lately I open up a news site, a real newspaper, a magazine, turn on the TV or watch a news video feed. And what do I hear? The word ‘inequality’ teamed with things like economics, education, development, sociology, physicality, business, income. After enough iterations, it becomes, not something I listen to,…

On the Sidelines this Voting Day

For the last 17 years, since my good friend L”J” kicked me in the butt and said “you need to register to vote!” I voted in all the elections I was eligible for. In recent years I kicked myself into learning more about the candidates and measures on the ballots I cast. Learning more about…