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Leaded gas may return, thanks to the Bush Administration.  I have a friend who, when a teenager, pumped gas when it was still leaded.  She became amenorrheic after just a few weeks, and had to find other employment.  “The elimination of lead from gas is one of the great environmental achievements of all time.” 

Oh, how the times have changed.

12/13/06 • 06:12 PM • ChildhoodEnvironmentalHealth • (0) Comments

NY Times:

In Tuition Game, Popularity Rises With Price.  The myth that expensive is always better, has never been absent from education.

12/12/06 • 12:08 PM • ChildhoodScholarly • (0) Comments

NY Times Health:

The Energy-Drink Buzz Is Unmistakable. The Health Impact Is Unknown.  “By masking the depressant effects of alcohol, the scientists concluded, energy drinks may have made it more likely that the users drank to excess.”  Wide-awake drunk.  Lovely.

12/12/06 • 11:49 AM • ChildhoodConsumptionFoodHealth • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

N.M. drops to 40th in nationwide health report.  The dubious honor of being one of those who ‘regressed most.’

12/06/06 • 08:27 AM • ChildhoodHealthPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments


mentions gingerbread houses today ... but does anyone else remember Christmas marshmallow castles?  I don’t think they’ve been popular since the early 60’s.  Hard to find any references to them at all.

11/30/06 • 07:39 PM • ArtsChildhoodFoodHistory • (0) Comments


The making of a LEGO brick.  Via Mefi.

11/29/06 • 08:01 AM • ChildhoodConsumptionDesignGeneral • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

The poor kid who jumped from a moving convertible to his death last summer, had aerosol in his bloodstream.  Kids think Dust-Off is benign.  Talk to them, and let them know it’s not.

11/28/06 • 09:54 AM • ChildhoodHealthLawSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments


The ukelele is taking Britain’s schoolchildren by storm.  I suppose this is where it will go, as the kids age ...

11/27/06 • 09:12 AM • ChildhoodMusic • (0) Comments

Washington Post:

Age 35, and something went snap.  Grownups and Legos.  My brother and I used to have a huge homemade laundry bag full of ‘em.  Every rainy weekend they came out, to fill our time with constructing castles and mansions and boats and cars and ... whatever.  I don’t think I’ve picked up a Lego since childhood, but I do recall fighting over who got the last ‘one-er’ or ‘two-er’ ...

11/26/06 • 12:29 PM • ArtsChildhoodConsumptionDesignPersonal • (3) Comments


10 Is the New 15 As Kids Grow Up Faster.  “Several published studies have found, for instance, that some tweens’ bodies are developing faster, with more girls starting menstruation in elementary school - a result doctors often attribute to improved nutrition and, in some cases, obesity. While boys are still being studied, the findings about girls have caused some endocrinologists to lower the limits of early breast development to first or second grade.”

11/26/06 • 10:04 AM • ChildhoodHealthPsychologyScholarly • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

S.F. High to have daily police presence.  Five threats over the last four days.

11/22/06 • 08:38 AM • ChildhoodLawScholarly • (0) Comments

NY Times:

The embedded Intrepid proves an uncontroversial way to show support for the military, for some politicos.  The last time I was on board, she was quite tatty.  The planes on deck had been stripped of engines, even gauges.  What’s the payoff to climbing up a ladder to look into a stripped cockpit?  Kids were walking off clearly disappointed ... the derelict state of everything on board didn’t serve to fire imagination.  The Brooklyn Navy Yard, in its advanced state of decomposition, is more interesting.

11/21/06 • 09:11 AM • ChildhoodHistory • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Police investigate 3 alleged sex crimes.  Be careful in SoCap after nightfall.

11/21/06 • 08:46 AM • ChildhoodHome & LivingLaw • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Santa Fe High: Shooting threat shuts school again.  Apparently some kids like being ‘sheltered in place.’  Second day in a row.  No doubt local crooks are noting that “we send every officer we have.”

11/18/06 • 10:18 AM • ChildhoodLawSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Shooting scare interrupts classes at Santa Fe High.  This doesn’t make the national news, of course.  But it makes me wonder how often this happens across the US.

11/17/06 • 09:21 AM • ChildhoodLawSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments


... tubby little tykes, cheating at conkers ...

11/14/06 • 11:59 AM • ChildhoodHistoryTravel • (1) Comments


Hi-tech toys offer no educational gain, say researchers.  But what exactly, one wonders, are these toys ‘teaching’?

11/14/06 • 09:29 AM • ChildhoodScholarly • (1) Comments


Take this ban with a pinch of salt.  One wonders that our ancestors didn’t keel over in droves from eating salt pork by the barrelsful, if individual research studies are taken at face value.  Then again, children consumed beer routinely, because it was healthier than drinking the local water.

11/13/06 • 11:13 AM • ChildhoodFoodHealth • (0) Comments

NY Times:

History Comes Alive for Students Tracing World War II Dead.  There are so many who deserve remembrance.  Alas, who remembers the torpedo squadrons who won the Battle of Midway at the cost of their own lives, and turned the tide of the war against Japan? The names of those fliers deserve wider remembrance in America, here are some of them. Here is information on the handsful of survivors.  If not for these young men, Japanese would be the language of California today.

It was a coincidence that a rerun of “Friends” was running last night, and the cast couldn’t remember who we opposed in WWI.  “Mexicans?” says Rachel.  “YES!” says Phoebe. 

As if historical conflict, and the successful resolution thereof, doesn’t keep their precious butts in designer clothes.  Great that these kids in the article learn a valuable lesson.  History is part of the present, if you have eyes to see and ears to hear.

11/10/06 • 08:22 AM • ChildhoodHistoryScholarly • (0) Comments

The New Criterion:

Don’t know much about history.  “Seniors scored 1.5 percent higher on average than freshmen. In other words, four years and a couple hundred grand doesn’t buy much knowledge of American history. If the survey had been administered as an examination, seniors would fail with an average score of 53.2 percent.”  As you can imagine, this horrifies me; I imagine all aspects of history, not just American, are languishing.  Knowing the past is vital to a bright future.

11/08/06 • 09:38 AM • ChildhoodHistoryScholarly • (0) Comments


On perfect pitch, and the acquisition thereof.

11/07/06 • 10:12 AM • ArtsChildhoodMusic • (0) Comments

New Scientist:

Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to stressful childhood.

11/06/06 • 03:08 PM • ChildhoodHealth • (0) Comments

LA Times/CalendarLive:

Survey finds a decline in attendance for the arts.  “... Americans 18 to 34 increasingly tuned out from the arts and the broader community.”

11/02/06 • 01:07 PM • ArtsChildhoodPsychologyScholarly • (0) Comments


The effects of “religious fertility.”  Hmmm ... sort of explains all the attacks on public school curriculi.  Any secularization of future generations would mitigate religion’s power.

11/01/06 • 09:23 AM • ChildhoodHealthHistoryReligion • (0) Comments

NY Times Opinion:

College Aid Cutbacks.  As I’ve mentioned before, when I went to college I dove for the Pell Grant, but didn’t count on it to last all four years ... the Republicans have hated this program and have wanted to kill it since before I entered the hallowed ivy halls of learning.  It didn’t look like it would survive my four years of college when I entered in ‘78.  It’s been squeezed and dried and left for dead ... much like your average loan-paying student.  Higher education should never cost a premium.  It benefits all of us, to increase the overall level of education in our nation.  It’s our future, for heaven’s sake ...

11/01/06 • 09:11 AM • ChildhoodScholarly • (0) Comments
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