Category Archives: Pop Culture

Finally: the news gets juicy

No, I’m not talking about Sara Palin’s endorsement of The Don. However, there are loads of stories relevant to our mission here. We’ll deal with two right away. This morning, The Atlantic recapped a Vanderbilt University study of low minority … Continue reading

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Bringing Mohammed to the Mountain

There’s an old saying that if you can’t bring the mountain to Mohammed, bring Mohammed to the mountain. The Mississippi legislature will apply an understanding of that notion this session when it deals with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The … Continue reading

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What’s It Worth To You?

Everyone who posts on this board has either been to college–me–or will soon attend it–you. So it behooves all of us to consider the kind of climate that will best facilitate your next level of learning. My friends at theatlantic.com … Continue reading

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Now it’s time to PUMP my kids up

Yes, practices have started for fall soccer: it’s time to get suggestions from students regarding the music they think will get my kids’ adrenal medulla working overtime while they ride in the minivan to the soccer fields. ‘Cause hey, it’s … Continue reading

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Football’s almost here. . .and I’m not ready

Some people look forward to the beginning of the school year because it means that football is on the way. I’m not one of those people. Read this and you’ll understand why.

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It’s that time of year again! D3 Soccer!

It isn’t enough to be able to find the right soccer balls, two pairs of cleats and shin guards, and this year’s uniforms. That would be waaaaayyyy too easy. My sons also expect–demand?!–a compilation of (more or less) kid-friendly pump … Continue reading

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Awakened to What?

While teaching Kate Chopin’s masterpiece, The Awakening, to my English classes this semester, Kate Bolick’s cover story for the November 2011 edition of The Atlantic keeps coming to mind. Bolick’s narrative is witty and engaging. Here are some of the … Continue reading

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Save me from the Teenage Dream

It’s that time of year again, sports fans: the rec season starts up for my kids next week. For the last couple of years, our family has recorded a cd of music intended to pump up the boys during the … Continue reading

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Tempestuous Teacups

Lori Gottleib’s cover story for the July/August issue of The Atlantic, “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy,” dives into the shallow waters of teacups—that is, young people whose incredible fragility derives from the belief that their self-esteem need not … Continue reading

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TV Pilots for 2011

Think there’s too much garbage on television? Don’t inhale too deeply—next season won’t be much different. Perry Winkel, our Hollywood insider, sent this dispatch describing pilots being cast for next fall. Hairy Pooter and the Chamber Pot of Secrets. TBS. … Continue reading

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