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Dirty little secret

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.

fuck to sleep

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Hey — maybe I can do this.

And the meaning is…

I saw this ad for PayPal on the 1 train today:

specialness

“No one is special because everyone is.”

It certainly got me thinking…for six stops and beyond.

Obviously PayPal wants you to think they treat every member special.  But does this saying go against everything our parents have told us… our teachers have pounded into our heads… our very country has sold us: you can achieve anything if you have the talent and the work ethic.

The truly special succeed.

Or maybe it’s a wake-up for all those helicopter parents who tell their children how special they are when they really aren’t.  For children’s sports teams that give trophies to every child on every team, regardless of who won or lost the game (if they even keep score, that is).

Or maybe this ad campaign is merely a reflection of that very phenomena.  We’ve raised a generation of children who all think they’re special…so PayPal is acknowledging it with this bizarre turn of phrase.

Or…maybe it’s a typo.

Schooled

kidnapped for christIf 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.

 

The very best

What do you see here?

image

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.

Mixed messages

I’m feeling very two-dimensional today.

Or that’s what the Huffington Post would have me believe.

I like Huff Post.  I find myself reading it most days…either by going there directly or via a link from another source.

But today I noticed — for the first time — that Huff Post defines issues of interest to women in a pretty narrow way.  Just check out their navigation.

Business, politics and tech are all broken up into six sub-categories apiece.  Entertainment has eight, culture 10, lifestyle 12.

But women?

Complicated creatures that we are, Huff Post sums us up in two — healthy living and parents.  That’s all they got.  Sure hope you fall into one of those buckets.

Of course, it could be worse.

Men didn’t even rate the header.

Toys gone wild

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.

The Myth of Selflessness

Doctors are now able to help woman at the age of 50 and beyond conceive and bear children.

But should they? No. A resounding no.

There’s a reason a woman can’t naturally have a baby after a certain age. It’s the body’s way of protecting her and the child. Having that baby could kill her. And if she is lucky enough to carry that baby full term, the child probably won’t be lucky enough to have parents past junior high.

All these overly zealous ‘I-have-to-have-a baby’ people need to actually put the baby’s needs first. Show the selfless intentions that are always automatically associated with parenthood…and don’t have a baby when you are well past the age when you can somewhat guarantee that you will be around to usher them through their developmental years.

I lost both my parents at a young age due to sudden death and disease. You never get over that loss. It colors your entire life, your every choice.

We shouldn’t set up future generations to be practically assured of losing their parents when they are still babies.