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School’s books are racist, says sacked teacher.  And in Britain, too.  Nice.

02/07/07 • 09:43 AM • BooksChildhoodReligionScholarly • (0) Comments

NY Times Dining & Wine:

In a bottle, the scent of a mouse.  Stuart Little, gone tippling.

02/07/07 • 08:49 AM • BooksChildhoodFood • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Filling a library’s soul. “That’s my favorite book,” [Mayor] Coss said, holding up a children’s book.  “David Gets in Trouble.”

02/07/07 • 08:27 AM • BooksChildhoodSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments


Cervical cancer vaccine hits roadblocks.  Troubled Merck is trying to push for maximum profit, before competing vaccines become available.  Texas Governor Perry, who has ties to Merck, is ordering all young girls to get the vaccine before the next school year.  No doubt the vaccine is a huge breakthrough, but those with autoimmune disorders, or a family history of such, should be circumspect about receiving the vaccine. The safety studies Merck has agreed to, give you an idea of what kind of beta-test you’re subjecting your daughters to.  Merck and the FDA really don’t know what the long-term effects may be. I mean, look at what we’re learning now about the SSRIs, Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil and such.  Especially in reference to pregnancy.  I’m not opposing Gardasil; I’m just saying, ‘educate before you vaccinate.’

02/03/07 • 09:11 AM • ChildhoodHealthPolitics • (0) Comments

Washington Post:

“This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together ... Harry Potter posing naked with a horse ... mass hysteria.”

Apologies to Dr. Venkman.

01/31/07 • 03:03 PM • ChildhoodEntertainment • (0) Comments

NY Times:

Mallory climbed Everest in a gabardine suit ... Prince Charles plays basketball with similar style.

01/29/07 • 08:59 AM • ChildhoodDesignHuman RightsPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments


War on terror’s other front: cleaning up US pop culture.  “What America appeals to is everything that is low and disgusting in human nature.”  What could he be talking about.

Related: The kids are not alright.

01/25/07 • 08:42 AM • ChildhoodEntertainmentReligion • (2) Comments

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
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