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On Talking to Heather Doney and Rachel Coleman About Child Abuse, the Quiverfull Movement and Homeschooling Policy Reform

Re: social skills — I knew a lot of homeschooled kids growing up (the granola set, not the religious set). Some came out with good interpersonal skills, primarily based on the parents' own social skills and the priority they placed on socialization. Other kids ended up growing into difficult adults. But I do think that we should be careful not to skew our statistics with the kids who were pulled out of the school system specifically because they were having social or behavioral problems. There's a cause-and-effect muddling going on there.

So I've seen kids who did spectacularly well both socially and academically, but also a few kids who were "unschooled" and learned to read super late. I'm not against homeschooling as a concept in most cases, but I wholeheartedly agree with the need for significant oversight. And the abuse-concealment issue hadn't even occurred to me, I'm sorry to say, but it makes a lot of sense.

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 9:15 pm 0

On "Animals," by Frank O'Hara

YEP frank o'hara wrote some of the very best love poetry. Poem Read at Joan Mitchell’s is the only wedding-themed poem I've ever completely fallen for: http://philosphyofkate.livejournal.com/20758.html

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm 0

On Now You've Really Done It, Sochi

I'm team mars and all, but this quoted cost doesn't consider how much money the olympics brings into russia, right?

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 10:44 am 0

On "Lady/ Assaulted As Teenager/ Or Current Business"

@raspberry god I hope that's what happened.

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 8:57 pm 0

On What If I Am Never Anyone's Shorty, and Other Fears

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 8:49 pm 0

On How to Enjoy the Airport This Holiday Travel Season

@chickpeas akimbo I recently flew into the Virgin America terminal at SFO — which is brand new and ridiculously posh. Bizarrely posh. It has a yoga studio.

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm 0

On How to Enjoy the Airport This Holiday Travel Season

@chickpeas akimbo Detroit's a great airport. but Philly I can't stand — which is mainly because I'm vegetarian and their vegetarian food options are TERRIBLE.

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 2:02 pm 0

On How to Enjoy the Airport This Holiday Travel Season

I always felt super-stressed in airports, and after a lot of travel I realized that there were a few things causing it: one was noise, so noise-canceling headphones help in the terminal, and the other was unwieldy bags that I had to drag around and that kept falling off my arms. In the end I started traveling with an empty carry-on when I could, which I would end up filling with the inevitable odds and ends (and my purse) when I was in the terminal. Those purses with the strap on the back to loop around a rolling suitcase are great, too.

And, of course, things got less stressful once I realized you can drink in airports.

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm 1

On Viagra: The New Heating Pad

but in what world would "the discomfort that comes with the very idea of taking Viagra" outweigh excruciating and debilitating pain on a regular basis

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:56 am 2

On How to Fill the Awkward Silence in an Elevator Full of Women

I have actually said this at scientific conferences :(

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm 6