Real talk about artificial turf

My suburb-city recently cut down 300 trees to install two artificial turf playing fields at a public middle school. These are being used for sports leagues at night and on weekends, and for PE classes during the weekdays. More are about to be added in the park across the street. My children are grown and…

Seat and pedals, handlebars, handlebars

I came upon this cute scene while Traveling at the Speed of Bike today and was reminded of the version of that Mommy-and-Me classic Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes that I made up to teach our Earn-a-Bike students last year, as well as to the little boy who came with his nanny to my…

Crossing the bridge

I have been crossing the bridge as a parent, and my job is now done. My older daughter, a full-fledged adult now after being graduated from the University of Pittsburgh as a Chancellor’s Scholar last year, has been living and working in Los Angeles for the length of time it took to birth her. My…

To those of us who grew up in the 1970s

When I was in high school, one of the phrases on my French vocabulary test was “le sit-in protest.” Those were the times in which we grew up. Today, children and young adults across the nation will walk out of their schools (with full support by the school administrations where I live) to say loud…