It’s #ManCrushMonday: Can We Redeem Even the Shallowest of Hashtags?

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“...the secret to joy is to keep seeking God where we doubt He is.”-- Ann VoskampSocial media has offered up all kinds of fascinating trends in recent years, from the cute and entertaining (Grumpy Cat, poor Charlie’s brother’s finger, breaded animals) to the weird and bizarre (people of Walmart, Harlem Shake, planking, Baby Cha-Cha). For the most part, the memes and remixes that populate our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest feeds are all in good fun.Lately, though, the Chri … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: The First Cat Video Ever Made Dates Back to the Dawn of Film

Grumpy Cat. The Stalking Cat. Maru. Each one is a cat that has achieved celebrity status around the world for a quirk their owners were able to capture on film. Have you ever wondered when this trend began? Well, it turns out that the originator of the cat video worked for Thomas Edison. Here is his short film, entitled "The Boxing Cats." Timestamp: 1894—a year when nothing much happened because everyone was too busy watching and rewatching "The Boxing Cats." … [Read more...]

We’re Updating Our Comment Policy

A few weeks ago, we debuted our first ever comment policy. The gist of it was: don't be a jerk.Well, it turns out, that wasn't enough.As of today our new policy can be summed up as: "be charitable." Aside from having a more positive spin, it also allows us to more liberally rid discussions of comments that flirt with the line of jerkiness without ever crossing it. These kinds of comments are insidious because they follow the letter of the law but they ultimately make the community … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: A Walk in the Woods, with Children

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Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.Last week, NPR’s Adam Frank published a piece called “Noticing: How to Take a Walk in the Woods.” Frank advises us to tap into our inner scientists by slowing down and taking more time to observe, reflect, and ask questions about the world around us. About a year ago, I discussed a related issue when I reviewed Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods. I want to pul … [Read more...]

Kiddy Pool: Noah’s Ark, or the Apocalypse for Kids

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Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture. In Adam Rex’s novel The True Meaning of Smekday, narrator Tip tries to explain the story of Noah’s Ark to her new alien friend J.Lo. Tip describes the wallpaper from her childhood bedroom: “it had cute pictures of Noah’s ark. His boat. Adorable little zebras and elephants and things. It’s a popular story for little kids, I guess because of all the animal … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: In Praise of Ordinary Children

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Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.Intelligence in our children, whether normal or advanced, is in no way a virtue. In last week’s The Atlantic, Olga Khazan related a research study about parents’ descriptions of their children; it turns out, unsurprisingly, that the way we describe our children reflects what we value in our respective cultures. As Khazan states: “Americans also seem preoccupied with … [Read more...]

Kiddy Pool: Calling All Parenting Experts!

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Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture. This weekend, NY Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote the opinion piece “A Childless Bystander’s Baffled Hymn” to the mingled celebration and chagrin of his audience. Bruni says little that is actually new to the parenting blogosphere; it’s the same old lament about modern parents who supposedly don’t discipline, over-praise, over-negotiate, over-indulge on … [Read more...]

Red Equal Signs: Marriage Debate in the Facebook Era

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You may have noticed some fellow travelers on Facebook suddenly appearing as muted red equal signs on a bold red background. The Facebook equal sign is your perennial show of solidarity, wherein supporters will draw virtual inspiration from their concomitance whilst they click away the hours sharing pictures of baked goods on Pinterest. But what could possibly be so important that hundreds of your friends would replace their strategically attractive profile pictures, even for just a few … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Institutionalized Parenting

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Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.It may not be that parents feel omnipotent; it may be that too many feel isolated from the support of the institutions that were originally designed to help them.It’s been two weeks since I read Emily Matchar’s “How Parenting Became a DIY Project” in The Atlantic, and the article still bothers me. Matchar discusses the recent pendulum swing in parenting toward … [Read more...]

No veggies for you, says the government

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Remember that dystopian novel we read in high school?  The one where humans were barred from interacting with the natural world, and everyone ate the same factory-produced synthetic foodstuffs?  Where any human who questioned the status quo was watched by the government, fined, or harassed?Oh wait - I’m getting 1984 and Brave New World mixed up with last week’s New York Times.  Apparently in Orlando "the mayor claims to be striving to make his city green while his city harasses homeowners lik … [Read more...]


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