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I Wish I Had Videos of My Dad's Accent - Father's Day Essay
The last remaining evidence of my father's voice, the final thing that roots him and his existence in my brain, will eventually cease to exist–just like VHS tapes, and the accent he spoke with, and my memories of him, too.
language  speech  parenting  memory  technology  culture  curation  family  english 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
The ghettoisation of pink: how it has cornered the little-girl market | Society | The Observer
I wish I could tell you that I had reached my own goals: getting my daughter outside more, taking walks in the woods together, playing sports, making art. Occasionally I have – and I advocate all of that – but mostly I have just got a lot more canny about how we participate in the consumer culture. At bedtime we continue to read legends, mythology, and fairytales – all of which teem with complex female characters that fire a child's imagination. The path to womanhood is strewn with enchantment, but it is also rife with thickets and thorns and a Big Bad Culture that threatens to consume them even as they consume it. The good news is, the choices we make for our toddlers can influence how they navigate life as teens. I'm not saying we can, or will, do everything "right," only that there is power – magic – in awareness.
women  parenting  gender  sex  marketing  feminism  children 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
On Asian Parenting: 'Level Up' Seeks Middle Ground | Oakland, Berkeley & Bay Area Culture | Rachel Swan
Writing Level Up was Yang's way of sorting through some of these thoughts, and suffice it to say that the moral of the story is not that teenagers who love video games should pursue that obsession at the expense of everything else in their lives. But it also isn't that young people should subsume their will wholly to whatever life their parents have imagined for them. Yang is happy to occupy a more ambiguous middle ground, both in the fictional coming-of-age stories he writes as well as in his own life:

"I think this is true for both Thien and me, that in a lot of ways, even though we are both pursuing the arts, I think we want to do it in a much more thoughtful and practical way than maybe we see in some of our peers."
children  parenting  asian  asianamerican  books 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why I Returned My iPad - Peter Bregman - Harvard Business Review
Being bored is a precious thing, a state of mind we should pursue. Once boredom sets in, our minds begin to wander, looking for something exciting, something interesting to land on. And that's where creativity arises.

My best ideas come to me when I am unproductive. When I am running but not listening to my iPod. When I am sitting, doing nothing, waiting for someone. When I am lying in bed as my mind wanders before falling to sleep. These "wasted" moments, moments not filled with anything in particular, are vital.

They are the moments in which we, often unconsciously, organize our minds, make sense of our lives, and connect the dots. They're the moments in which we talk to ourselves. And listen.

To lose those moments, to replace them with tasks and efficiency, is a mistake. What's worse is that we don't just lose them. We actively throw them away.
addiction  attention  creativity  family  parenting  brain  ipad  work  socialmedia  time  technology  psychology  gtd  apple  innovation 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Apple iPad User Analysis | Y! Mobile Blog
As expected within the classic early-adopter profile, we identified a male skew in the 35-44 age group among these early users. In fact, among all users, men outnumber women 2:1. Given the economy, people with higher earning power were probably the first to buy the iPad. The first Yahoo! iPad users were 94% more likely to be affluent consumers with solid wealth and strong incomes than typical U.S. Yahoo! users.
mobile  data  ipad  apple  parenting  technology  computing 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Marketing: This Dad Is Glad He Bought an IPad - Advertising Age - Digital: Columns
The big "a-ha" here is in how this new piece of technology has shifted my daily playbook of interaction with my children. Not in heavy or overbearing "punt to technology" doses, but via meaningful and highly participatory steps. In a weird way, I'm as pumped about the exploratory as the kids, and that can only lead to more exciting destinations. A bigger and more vibrant screen, combined with portability that trumps the bulky laptop, and we have a device that's vastly easier for groups –- especially families –- to gather around and consume content.

So there you have it. Dad is glad –- not mad or sad –- he bought an iPad.
ipad  apple  media  online  mobile  parenting  children  computers  technology 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
"I still believe in Love" - The Foundling by Mary Gauthier - Americana and roots music - No Depression
In the hands of a less capable artist, a concept album about the search for and ultimate rejection from one’s mother would be doomed to failure. It is an idea that could so easily go awry as to be impossible or embarrassing to listen to.
music  reviews  parenting  adoption 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
An Irishman's Diary - The Irish Times - Wed, Jan 20, 2010
ONE OF the features of recent decades here has been a big revival in the use of old Irish names. Parents of new-born babies have scoured the history books for names of saints or kings or warriors: the more ancient-sounding and unusual the better. [...]
names  attention  ireland  family  children  parenting  beauty  language 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Chabon: Bonus Track 2: "Sailing By Ear"
The sound quality is probably still not anything close to what I used to get from the vinyl copy of Fragile that I picked up a couple of weeks after Bill took me shopping. And it’s definitely not everything that I need. Nothing is. That’s part of rock and roll, too, I suppose, and something that Bill and my mother and I all understood that day, without understanding it. And like Nemo at my keyboard, I will sail on, through 20,000 leagues or pages, chasing that mystery, and all the others that I can hear, once again, in the music.
music  writing  identity  aging  songwriting  beauty  books  parenting  technology 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Meet the Superior Wife - The Globe and Mail
"The culture still attaches negative associations to men speaking about their personal lives. They are supposed to know this stuff. They are not supposed to ask for help. It's seen as a weakness. ...

"In the same way that at one point in the work world, men might have had to say to women, 'Here's what you have to do in business to be successful,' men get it that they have to receive wisdom in the domestic realm. And just as women have found that their way of doing things in the work world brings added value, men see that there's a male way of doing things in the home.

"Both men and women have their emerging competencies."
men  women  marriage  relationships  gender  power  parenting  children  communication 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Hello baby, goodbye chemicals - The Globe and Mail
Food is major. But I can't afford to buy all organic and I don't think most people can. So [for] bananas or other things with thick rinds, which I know are less susceptible to pesticides, I don't buy organic. But meat products, it's always organic, especially the dairy. Second is any cleaning products. I get the organic stuff from the health-food store or I make my own, and that's with baking soda, water, vinegar and maybe a bit of lemon. If I use any shampoo or soap on my daughter, I buy them at the health-food store and the less ingredients, the better. And I got Song Ji [her daughter] an organic mattress – that was a big-ticket item for me but that's where she spends most of her life.
children  health  marketing  parenting  business  documentary  film  southkorea  canada 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Modern Love - Those Aren’t Fighting Words, Dear -
The truth feels like the biggest sucker-punch of them all: it’s not a spouse or land or a job or money that brings us happiness. Those achievements, those relationships, can enhance our happiness, yes, but happiness has to start from within. Relying on any other equation can be lethal.
love  relationships  beauty  language  money  happiness  marriage  parenting  divorce 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Wife/Mother/Worker/Spy - Reigniting Creativity in Middle Age -
“Usually the people who keep going are the ones who are open to new experiences. Do something different. Take a risk. Try to believe in the future tense.”
aging  work  creativity  parenting  career 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Motherhood Again - Phylicia Rashad Plays the Matriarch in ‘August - Osage County’ -
“Every role affords me something different in the way of understanding, and that’s really why you take these roles,” Ms. Rashad said, “not to show that thing that people talk about of showing what you can do, that has nothing to do with anything.”
acting  theater  drama  writing  parenting  nytimes  playwriting 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Baby Names Quantify the Faddishness of Fads | Wired Science |
Take Tricia. Back in the 1950s, almost nobody named their baby girls Tricia. By the 1970s, the name had skyrocketed to the 144th most popular girl’s name and then just as quickly, Tricia fell back into disuse. It’s no longer in the top 1,000 names for girls. Literally hundreds of other names have followed similar trajectories.

It turns out that a name’s sad tumble into obscurity is tightly correlated with the speed of its rise. And that principle — what goes up quickly, must come down quickly — could be applicable to a broader set of memes.
names  identity  usa  beauty  children  parenting  science  thinking 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift Idea Lab . Life After Newspapers: One Reporter Takes on the Island of Alameda | PBS
I've found covering local news to be a lot more challenging than I expected, and in some respects a little more challenging than covering an issue beat.

For one, you have to be able to speak intelligently on everything from education policy to municipal finance to, in my case, environmental cleanup issues. And people are so invested in these local issues they aren't shy about letting you know when they think you've messed up -- in the most personal and derogatory terms possible, I might add.

That's another thing that I think was a shock for me in moving from print to online - the shift in what your readers want and expect from you in terms of their psychic needs (which shift from information to attention-getting, sometimes) and the kind of engagement they anticipate. I figure it'll take a lot of work for me to fine-tune that engagement level.
journalism  alameda  media  medianews  eastbay  bayarea  blogging  online  entrepreneurs  writing  parenting  wordpress 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Marc Fisher - For Working Moms, 'Flawed' Palin Is the Perfect Choice -
"She's just as flawed as we are. It's not the fact that she's a woman but the way she does it all. And let me tell you: There're more American parents with unwed pregnant teenaged children than American parents with Harvard grads. She's real."
republicans  palin  parenting  feminism  women  mccain  politics  election  campaigns 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Vasectomies: Word of caution on birth-control procedure --
"Every once in a while you get this weird thought of, 'I'm never going to be a father.' It's equal parts terrifying because you're not like everyone else, and also because you made this extreme decision at 27."
sex  men  health  choice  identity  dating  relationships  marriage  parenting  women  aging 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Who Says Kids Make You Happy? | Newsweek Global Literacy |
"Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that it costs anywhere from $134,370 to $237,520 to raise a child from birth to the age of 17—and that's not counting school or college tuition."
happiness  parenting  psychology  research  education  government  money  work 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The business of parenting (
"We're letting Ollie show us where all the problem areas are before committing to any white plastic solutions."
interview  education  children  business  books  learning  marketing  money  parents  parenting  psychology  society  culture 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jeanette Winterson - Journalism - The Times : Books - Kids need two languages and a musical instrument
"It may well be that [...] best antidote is not a book and a bedroom, but learning a story and learning to tell it – learning a funny poem, re-finding the out- of- fashion skills of rhetoric and challenge."
children  parenting  story  speech  language  music  education  learning  books  creativity  uk 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Pairs With Spares
"Sure, if I'm putting the baby to bed for two hours while they're having hot sex, I get annoyed. But it's not because they're having sex without me. It's because I'm really tired and I've been putting a baby to bed for two hours."
love  poly  polyamory  relationships  sex  marriage  parenting 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Not a Memoir: Shalom Auslander
"Respect muttered, climbed out the window and said, 'You're wasting your time.' Rage opened my laptop, pressed the power button and said, 'Write.' And so I did."
memory  writing  nonfiction  fiction  books  publishing  creativity  history  judaism  religion  parenting 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Just Asking: Tim Burton -
On reading to his son: "I'm happy to see that he's gravitating toward dinosaurs. I was worried when we got stuck in the Teletubbies and Wiggles phase. But now he's onto dinosaurs, which is gratifying."
reading  children  parenting 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Judy Gold has '25 Questions for a Jewish Mother' - Utica, NY - The Observer-Dispatch
“We did the gamut — reform, orthodox, conservative, black, white, gay, straight. ... The only thing they had in common is they were Jewish, they were mothers, and there was always food if we went to someone’s house."
judaism  parenting  women  religion  culture  food  comedy  humor 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Culture of Naming That Even a Law May Not Tame - New York Times
"With a name this complicated, you lose time. It also creates social problems. When interacting with others, not everyone can pronounce your name. I have to pronounce my name five times and spell it twice."
identity  venezuela  southamerica  civilliberties  parenting  reputation  creativity 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Sometimes Mothers Can Do No Right - New York Times
"[W]e get these class stereotypes [...] What Britney Spears evokes is this whole down-market, ‘trailer trash’ upbringing. Paris evokes the opposite — very rich parents who spoil their kids rotten and set no boundaries."
women  parenting  children  celebrity  identity  class  media 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge Divorce: the great feminist teacher
"I believe in marriage. Or want to, anyway. Sometimes, I think the problem is the institution. It is what needs to be remodelled so that it's good for both men and women."
marriage  feminism  relationships  gender  power  communication  children  parenting  love 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
To Be Happy In Marriage, Baby Carriage Not Required -
"Marriage today, like the rest of our lives, is about personal satisfaction. [...] On the other hand, our relationships are much more fragile, because we think we should leave them if they become unsatisfying."
love  marriage  relationships  usa  parenting  children  research 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
‘omg my mom joined facebook!!’ - New York Times
"The same thing you’re experiencing with your daughter online is a reflection of how you’re not a part of her social network in real life." "I thought you weren’t going to comment on my family dynamics."
yasns  families  parenting  identity  technology  social  online 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
My First Lesson in Motherhood - New York Times
"We would not have chosen the burdens we anticipated, and in fact we declared upfront our inability to handle such burdens. But we are stronger than we thought."
parenting  women  family  families  marriage  china  usa 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
You're a Nobody Unless Your Name Googles Well -
"Any time you can distinguish yourself with a distinctive name or a distinctive characteristic that sticks out in people's minds, that's going to be the best solution."
marketing  google  identity  www  children  parenting  work  jobs  anonymity  reputation  attention 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
U.S. spouses cheat like the French -- but feel worse | Lifestyle | Reuters
"Americans have gotten more tolerant on practically every major sexual issue from having a child out of wedlock to divorce ... and homosexuality. We're more accepting of all these issues except infidelity, where we've gotten stricter."
sex  gay  marriage  relationships  usa  france  identity  love  children  parenting  psychology 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Futuristic Sexual Fetishes for Web-Savvy Weirdos
"The main difficulty with the practice is that children conceived in hyperspace end up existing only as an uncollapsed wave of quantum probability, which often leads to discipline problems once they hit school age."
children  science  physics  education  sex  parenting  technology 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Jackson, County Combine Efforts -
"When someone lives in poverty, there is a lack of hope. . . . When you have no hope for your future, you don't prepare for it. Some young black men don't know how to find hope because they can't see it."
identity  black  youth  parenting  mentoring  men  poverty 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Virgin: The Untouched History - Hanne Blank - Books - Review - New York Times
"Under the Roman Empire, fathers had the right to kill their daughters if they had sex before marriage (or outside of it later), and the right to kill the offending male as well. Imagine if this were the case [...] today: half of Manhattan would be dead."
sex  men  feminism  women  gender  genocide  books  research  nonfiction  parenting  children 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
It Ain’t Easy Being Green : the signifier
"From the outside we look like closed books, hiding behind our headphones and laptop screens, but we are connected a vast world that is updating itself in real-time, constantly evolving like an organism."
social  music  pop  rock  identity  parenting  children  youth  mp3  college  punk  teenagers  radio  marketing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge Lisa Gabriele's "Pretty in Penury"
"Class and all its implications really sets in in high school, when teenagers become aware that, indeed, they are held hostage by their family's socioeconomic status. After all, you live with these people. What they are, you are."
class  poverty  education  cinema  1980s  family  parenting  money  work  jobs  school  illinois  chicago  fashion 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Mr. Wicked
“Far from being escapist, children’s fantasy always has been a lot more attuned to the social and political realities of the 20th century than we like to think."
shortstory  story  fiction  creativity  children  theater  drama  parenting 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Oh, to Be Born in The Year of the Pig
"The pig in general is considered by Chinese as a representative of fortune and luck, with a mild temper and an honest character, so many Chinese parents believe babies born in this year are lucky ... and Chinese always like to follow the crowd."
china  asian  parenting  marketing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
ASIAN POP / The Pig Time
"This isn't a Metal Pig year -- the last time we had one of those was 1971, and the next one will be in 2031. This is a Fire Pig year, 'ding-hai.' The whole 'Golden Pig' thing was essentially invented for commercial purposes."
asian  holiday  sanfrancisco  china  marketing  parenting 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: So They All Get Naked and Play, Like Mom Did
“There’s this way that photography is always about going out searching. I’m not the kind of a photographer who can photograph my home.”
photography  parenting  travel  usa  women  feminism  aesthetics  identity 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
KRT Wire | 12/11/2006 | Cuba's aging society straining resources
"You want to give your children absolutely everything in life. If you are in a situation where you can't give your child absolutely everything, then why have more kids?"
cuba  children  parenting  politics  caribbean  society  aging  development 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Burying Placenta in Boise | New West Network
"The organ still looked fresh and I was a little nervous someone would see me carrying a shovel, my right hand bloodstained, an empty plastic bag in my back pocket. What did organ thieves do before baby wipes?"
children  parenting  idaho  boise  writing  nonfiction 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Polygamists Fight to Be Seen As Part of Mainstream Society
"The thinking is this: This is a big group of people. They are not going away. You can't incarcerate them all. You can't drive them out of the state. So they are here. What do we do about it?"
marriage  men  women  utah  relationships  religion  mormon  parenting  children  society 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Why I Gave Up On Hip-Hop
"Mommy, can I just say something? You think every time you hear a black guy's voice it's automatically going to be something bad. Are you against hip-hop?"
hiphop  songwriting  music  black  radio  feminism  identity  parenting  children  language 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge Clues to family drama's Jewish roots finally add up in 'Numb3rs'
"You can't have the three of us in a frame together, looking the way we do, and not think we're Jewish. It would be just like having the proverbial white elephant in the room."
judaism  television  families  parenting  religion  mathematics  aesthetics  identity  losangeles 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: So the Torah Is a Parenting Guide?
“Indulged, coddled, pressured and micromanaged on the outside, my young patients appeared to be inadvertently deprived of the opportunity to develop an inside. They lack the secure, reliable, welcoming internal structure that we call the ‘self.”’
judaism  children  education  parenting  families  criticism  psychology  thinking  teenagers 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
OT: Hayward mom bored by daughter's alternative lifestyle
"People hear [...] (triad) and they're always expecting wild pagan rituals. I'd like to say there's a bunch of weird things going on, but it's so traditional that it's pitiful. They get up and go to work and come home and eat dinner like everybody else."
polyamory  marriage  men  women  family  children  relationships  parenting  love 
december 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Missing: My Father
"I developed a connection with my father that did not depend on physical proximity. I did this, I now realize, by willfully incorporating aspects of his being in myself: ways of thinking, particular expressions, a certain way of looking at the world."
parenting  men  identity  aesthetics 
june 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Ugly Children May Get Parental Short Shrift
"Like lots of animals, we tend to parcel out our resources on the basis of value. Maybe we can't always articulate that, but in fact we do it. There are a lot of things that make a person more valuable, and physical attractiveness may be one of them."
children  parenting  science  aesthetics 
may 2005 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Authority a four-letter word at this book fair / Anarchists find common ground at S.F. get-together
"Anarchism is great as an attitude. I lost faith that you could run the world according to anarchists' principles. [...] "It's hard being an anarchist parent because as a parent you have to be the authority figure."
anarchy  books  parenting  children  families  sanfrancisco  bayarea 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: How My Son Got His Name
"I had to admit that Isaac was a pretty bad name. I could only think of the bartender on 'Love Boat.' So I thought maybe that was not the voice of God after all. Maybe it was just my own voice."
parenting  names  babies 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: On Montaigne: Straight Talk Goes Unbent Through Time's Prism
"We still find his words, written in tiny, careful script on the backs of photographs, taped to the objects he left us and in the boxes of papers that remain. It's as if he's found a way to pop up and say hello now and then."
family  parenting  writing 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: A Conversation with my Late Father
"I wanted so badly to make him proud, to feel his eyes shine on me. But had I created an impossible version of him? Could I let go of it, without letting go of him?"
family  parenting 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge Today
"Since I’m his father, I want to tell him things, I want to impart some of the wisdom I accumulated while alive, but unfortunately I’ve never been able to think of what that would be."
family  parenting 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Dad's Image Enhancers
"Candidates are controlled, every word and facial gesture. Kids are a weak link. ... One can pick up clues from the kids."
candidates  children  elections  parenting  politics 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
CSM: Men decide it's never too late to have kids
"It's not quite the same sort of stereotypical thing you see about women with the biological clock ticking and the pressure to reproduce instantly. I think a lot of guys just don't feel that they're ready."
gender  marriage  men  parenting  women 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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