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Washington Post:

A Librarian’s Lament: Books Are a Hard Sell.

01/23/07 • 09:14 AM • BooksChildhoodScholarly • (0) Comments

NY Times Op-Ed Contributor:

The Mystery of the Chinese Baby Shortage.

01/23/07 • 09:05 AM • ChildhoodHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Don’t leave kids alone in cars.

01/19/07 • 07:36 AM • ChildhoodHealth • (0) Comments

Washington Post:

19th century stats on childbearing and maternal survival rates.  “Stay away from me, Herbert, unless you’ve got a crocodile dung pessary ...”

01/15/07 • 04:25 PM • ChildhoodHealthHistoryHome & LivingHuman RightsScience • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Growing green leaders.  And the coffee’s not bad, either.  You can read more about Earth Care on their website.

01/14/07 • 10:58 AM • ChildhoodEnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Disc golf takes off in Santa Fe.  Excellent.

12/19/06 • 09:11 AM • ChildhoodPhysical FitnessSports • (0) Comments


Yogi Bear’s co-creator dies at 95.  Joe Barbera, half of Hanna-Barbera, passes away.  Yogi was only the tip of the iceberg.  Rest in peace, sir.

12/18/06 • 06:28 PM • ArtsChildhoodEntertainmentHistory • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

State under fire from abstinence group.  See what abstinence courses really teach.  To use the same logic expressed here: No abstinence program is 100% effective, so it shouldn’t be taught.

12/15/06 • 08:55 AM • ChildhoodHealthScholarly • (0) Comments


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
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