I had appointment after appointment today, so I was walking through the streets of Manhattan for hours….which meant I overheard a lot of chatter.
My favorites were between kids and their parents.
Child: Mom, can I get a smoothie?
Mom: I don’t have any money.
Child: Well, can’t we just buy some?
Child: …we saw Adrian afterwards.
Grandmother: It’s nice that he lives close by.
Child: Yes, right by the sewer.
Child in Stroller: Woo Woo Woo Woo Woo Woo…
Dad: Do you simply have to be heard all the time?
Child: (silence) Yes. Woo Woo Woo Woo
Posted in Children, Family, Humor, Life, Relationships, Walking
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I’m taking a class in children’s book publishing this semester at NYU. We’ve read picture books, middle grade, young adult, you name it.
I took the class the learn about the editing side of the biz…but the more I learn about children’s fiction and non-fiction, the more I’d like to take a stab at writing it.
The interesting twist is that, even though the books are for kids, the parents are the ones who buy and read them. So that’s why books like these are bestsellers.
Hey — maybe I can do this.
Posted in Books, Business, Children, Humor, Writing
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If you subscribe to Showtime, I encourage you to watch the documentary Kidnapped for Christ, currently available OnDemand.
The film centers on a Christian boarding school in the Dominican Republic that advertised itself as a rehab center for troubled US teens. The filmmaker, an evangelical school student, was allowed complete access to the teens there and, during production, uncovers disturbing information about the school’s “behavior modification program.” She also learns that some students had been kidnapped from their homes with their parents’ full knowledge and permission.
Her commitment to the project eventually morphs into a determination to help these abused teenagers — one in particular who wants to leave the school where he is essentially being held prisoner.
This story is heartbreaking and, I learned, just one case among thousands around the world.
It is a must-see.
Posted in Children, Commentary, Education, Entertainment, Humor, Movies, Religion, Travel
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What do you see here?
Two flowers? Some greenery? A railing and steps?
You obviously haven’t worked at Hallmark.
When I see flowers in pairs, I think “that image would work well for love, engagement, wedding, parents…or even mother and child” (if one bloom is noticeably smaller than the other or is a bud).
The same goes for groups of flowers. Or leaves. Or tree branches.
Even though I left Hallmark over 12 years ago, I still look at scenes in nature and put a card caption on ’em.
I think I may need a get well card.
Posted in Humor, Life, Nature, Writing
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I’ve heard of baby dolls that go potty…
…but dolls with potty mouths?
Some customers are demanding Toys R Us pull the “You & Me Interactive Play & Giggle Triplet Dolls” from their shelves because one of the dolls says “you crazy bitch.”
Triplet’s got ‘tude.
The dolls are sold exclusively at Toys R Us and are intended for children 2 years and up. The store says the complaints have been scattered and they will stand behind the product.
Listen for yourself.
Personally? I think the doll did it. And I think parents are crazy not to want to keep it around.
Your kids start cursing? You would never talk that way in front of them. Must be that darn baby doll the children wanted so badly.
Not your fault. Nope, you’re good parents.
Posted in Children, Commentary, Family, Humor, Life, News, Shopping, Toys
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