Foreign Policy Magazine: The Death of Macho

16 07 2009

Foreign Policy mag death of Macho art

The Death of Macho:

The era of male dominance is coming to an end.

Seriously.

For years, the world has been witnessing a quiet but monumental shift of power from men to women. Today, the Read the rest of this entry »

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How My “Unschooling Guinea Pig” Was Wooed for TV and Learned a Life Lesson We All Could Use

16 07 2009

Like John and Abigail Adams’ letters to each other, this is a true story told in real time without narrative, yet with narrative power for all Thinking Parents and Citizens imo:

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Re: “America’s Brightest”
Date: 04/03/2000
To: sandrac@dickclarkproductions.com
From: JJ Ross, Ed.D.

In a message dated 03/30/2000 3:55:46 PM PST, sandrac writes:
HI
IT WAS GOOD TO TALK TO YOU. IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE A GREAT ATTITUDE
ABOUT RAISING YOUR CHILD.

PLEASE SEND US AN ACADEMIC BIO ON MEREDITH.
YOU CAN EMAIL IT TO ME AT THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.
THANKS.

Dear Sandra:

Having no clue what an academic bio on a barely-10-year-old unschooled Mensan would look like, I will improvise and hope for the best!
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Both Travelers Moved By Anne Frank and Amsterdam

16 07 2009

en route

“Kiki’s Take On Another Amsterdam Day”

My first thought this morning:

“Get up. You’re in Amsterdam, get up.”

But my body was not all that keen on moving. I’d been up quite a few times the night before with a terribly runny nose which required me to procure tissues multiple times in the night. But finally the message got through to my legs at 8 AM that it was time to get moving.

We’d gone by the Anne Frank house yesterday, just in passing and saw the massive queue, so we decided yesterday that we would try to be there when it opened Read the rest of this entry »





Our Unschooling Europe Girls and Anne Frank in AMSTERDAM

16 07 2009

en route

“Seeing the Amsterdam Sights”
Posted by Favorite Daughter (penguindust) under Amsterdam

As shocking as it may be to some, Amsterdam, it turns out, has lots of legitimate, non-sexy history worth exploring.

This morning we went to the Anne Frank House first thing to beat the lines (you would not BELIEVE the lines). We were there about fifteen minutes before it opened, and were among the first people to go in, and there were still ten to fifteen people ahead of us.

The House/annex/museum is a very well-done and sobering reminder. They’ve worked really hard to turn it into not just an Anne Frank or Holocaust memorial, but a sort of advocacy center for democracy and human rights. They’ve integrated the artifacts (including the actual original diary on the way out, presently on loan from somewhere) with mulitmedia, like heartbreaking interviews with Otto Frank before his death.

Then we went on a free three-hour walking tour with a tour group we’ve taken to calling “the redshirts”(not in the Star trek sense). We first encountered them in Edinburgh, and Lindsay informed us, a little sadly, a little wistfully, that this particular group hosts free tours all over Europe, and most people like the consistency of the same tours in every city they go to.

Well, we understand now. Claire, our tourguide, was an Irish dynamo, literally bouncing up and down for much of our time together. Unlike Lindsay – whom we still love – Claire was by no means wet behind the ears. She knew exactly what she was talking about, and you could tell Read the rest of this entry »