It’s hard not to notice the recent resurgence of superheroes–Superman, Batman, Spiderman, The Avengers…But why are they reappearing? Part of the reason is that people my age are having kids and want to relive their childhoods. A recent Economist article also cited “the decline of religion in a more secular world” as a reason for the popularity of modern “mythmaking.” In other words, superheroes and the … Continue reading

Wild Horses, Part II

We drove almost 1,000 miles to get from Chicagoland to Newport News, Virginia. This took a long time. Naturally, it taxed the patience of our three small children, who in turn taxed our patience. Most normal people would be satisfied with reaching their destination. I, however, could not resist a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive 246 more miles to see wild horses. For those who question my … Continue reading Wild Horses, Part II

Chicago to Atlanta with kids

There is always something exhilarating about attempting something slightly crazy. Or maybe that’s just me. When I set off with my boys on our winter road trip between Chicago and Atlanta, the adrenaline was definitely pumping. During the next six days, I would spend more than 24 hours driving. In anticipation of this, I had an arsenal ready: two huge bags of snacks; 19 books from the … Continue reading Chicago to Atlanta with kids

When learning styles collide

I am the wife of a man getting his doctorate in education. I am also the mother of three young, very different boys. These two facts mean that I constantly think about learning styles. How do I learn? How do I teach my children? Why does something that worked wonderfully with one of my kids crash and burn with another? I’m what you might call a hyper-verbal learner. My husband … Continue reading When learning styles collide

If your house has a turret, my apologies

Maybe it’s an unhealthy pastime, but my husband and I love to take drives to look at big houses. There is just something about assuming a critical eye when surveying the domiciles of the rich. Me: “Oh, I would never have a gable like that…” Husband: “And what is this preoccupation with turrets, anyway?” Me: “Yes, if I had several million, I would never pick a house with … Continue reading If your house has a turret, my apologies