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Mother arrested because she trusts her daughter

Ran across this article today, Mom Jailed Because She Let Her 9 Year Old Daughter Play in the Park Unsupervised. For most of the summer, Debra Harrell’s daughter hung out at the McDonalds’s where her mother works, playing on the … Continue reading

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Comprehension Test

“Cassandra, pay attention.” Cassandra looked up, startled.  She’d forgotten she was still in class. Ms. Smith droned on. “Understanding a story’s setting is important. Reading comprehension is an essential part of the state test and…CASSANDRA, GIVE THAT TO ME!” Cassandra … Continue reading

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The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The Long War is a solid, but poorly paced sequel to the excellent first novel, The Long Earth.  What is the “Long Earth”?  It is a series of seemingly infinite alternative Earths “organized” linearly like a number line, with our … Continue reading

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The Cat in the Hat: a New Urbanist Perspective

The Cat in the Hat is a delightful, subversive tale that exposes the emptiness and rigid conformity of the suburban lifestyle. The opening lines provide a biting critique of suburbia’s lifelessness.  “It was too wet to play. So we sat … Continue reading

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To Walk

I look out the window at the street below.  Mostly cars, but an occasional pedestrian too, pass by beneath me.  They are free.  Free to see the lake.  To walk with their children.  To run four miles through their neighborhood, … Continue reading

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