Creeping into February, the thoughts are pretty much the same for most people: 1) New Year’s Resolutions? I thought I had started by writing them down; 2) Jan. 31? Ugh, I have to get those taxes under way; 3) Winter is coming? You mean it isn’t over yet? I wonder if anyone is thinking about Martin Luther King Jr., and the impact he made and tried to make in life? That was January, Brenda. On Jan. 16, there was an entire day dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. This is February.
Question: My 10-year-old daughter is having thoughts about other girls. She says she’s worried because she notices and admires other girls’ figures. I know this is normal, but I’m not really sure how to say this to her. She seems to be obsessing about it. What’s your advice?
This past week has left some sports fans curled up in a corner and crying for their mom.
For starters, Joe Paterno is no longer the head coach at Penn State. I, for one, never thought I would write those words. I mean, it’s Joe Paterno. This man has been at the school longer than I’ve been alive. He has been at the school since 1966 when Lyndon B. Johnson was the U.S. President.
Forty-five years at the same job is a feat within itself, especially in America where people change jobs regularly.
Someone recently asked if I agree with the currently popular parenting adage that “rules without relationship lead to rebellion.”
No, I do not. First, as a writer, I am keenly aware that alliteration can be very misleadingly seductive. There have been times, for example, when I came up with a clever alliterative phrase and convinced myself, temporarily, that clever and correct were one and the same. The phrase in question is clever, but it is not correct.