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On Things I Learned About Children on a Recent Flight Out of Orlando

@She was a retail whore I didn't say anything about my own children so you don't need to make that assumption.

I didn't intend to criticize Edith's piece, but the tone of some of these comments. I don't like it when people complain about an entire class of other people, including children, which some people are doing on this thread. If anybody finds that to be oversensitive, that's fine.

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 11:57 am 1

On Things I Learned About Children on a Recent Flight Out of Orlando

Hm, a little heavy on the kid-disdaining today Pinners?

Ye without kids, can you explain to me why people almost always both hate on bored, non-entertained kids on flights, and resent/judge kids with electronics who avoid annoying you by watching videos, or whatever, for the entire flight? Can you pick one or the other?

When you're 2/3/4 y.o. you're too old to veg out and stare at mom's face for hours, and also too young to read to yourself. It's your JOB to run around and explore the world and suddenly you're not allowed to do it. So, unless you want to listen to mom read Charlotte's Web out loud the whole trip, what do you want these kids to do?

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 10:55 am 0

On From the Mailbag: Put on Your Crowdsourcing Hat

@MilesofMountains To each her own, but I suggest folks give it a chance, I LOVED it big time and thought it was super-smart. I think the author (blanking on her name) is not everyone's cup of tea though.

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm 1

On From the Mailbag: Put on Your Crowdsourcing Hat

SOB indeed re: A Single Man.

The Art of Fielding - another professor who misbehaves and dies. Wanted to like it so much more than I did, but really, how many more books can we write where the ladies and the gay men help the straight guys Find Themselves? Great baseball though.

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm 2

On An Interview With Jessica Valenti

@geek_tragedy I don't suffer. I work 50 hours a week, have a long commute and two kids and am super duper happy. It works because I have lots of support, like my job, deeply love being a parent, and don't live in an insane town full of these insane judgy moms I hear about, but don't encounter. Like anything else - if you want to do it, you do your best to make it work.

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm 6

On An Interview With Jessica Valenti

Never been such an early commenter before!

So pinners - YES, THIS. As a mom who is a little further down the track, it often drives me crazy when people write about mom-hood when they have just barely begun. But wow - talking about loving your kid while also remembering to talk about racism & classism, and thinking about the larger community rather than being totally individualist for the sake of "what's best for my kid" - ? Go Jessica! What's most important to me here is the importance of remembering that no matter how much you love our kid, a) you are still an individual b) your kid is going to become an individual and c) you are both part of a larger community.

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 10:49 am 27

On Estate Jewelry: Fable Rings, Space Bracelets, and Mystery Wirework

Poetry and jewelry on the same day, thank you Hairpin!! Monica, when you called that pendant "Holbeinesque" somehow it helped me like it so much more than I did at first...very interesting stuff!

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm 1

On Read These and Suicide's Note: An Annual

@katiemcgillicuddy Um....wow. Intense indeed. I hate to do that "acting like I knew this person when I totally didn't" thing, but somehow it's hard not to with him.

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm 1

On Read These and Suicide's Note: An Annual

Definitely DFW, gang, Mary K had a long and complicated romantic relationship with him (I mean, that's what I have read - no personal knowledge here).

So, so sad. Read Pale King, it is the saddest book you will ever read. Also Mary K's books, they are terrific.

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm 1

On Ask a Clean Person: Laundry School - Bras and Mildew and Taffy, Oh My!

@falconet Yep, just logged on to vote for Wacoal too. When I go to old-school "foundation" stores that's what they always recommend, and I'm a 34F. They do last a long time if you take care of them.

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm 1