Huh?! Intriguing. A public health case for getting beyond the gender binary.

Tags: gender

Passover Nouvelle Cuisine?

Teo: I’m cutting up jellyfish for everyone to eat at the seder.

Daddy: But what if I think eating jellyfish is blechy?

Teo: Well, we eat chickens.

Getting reacquainted with #Chicago gem, Museum of Science and Industry - where future engineers are born.

Sidewalk chalking and sprouts -#signsofspring

The Wisdom of 4 Year Old Girls

Teo: Anya, what are germs?
Anya: They’re little things that can make us sick.
Teo: Anya you’re really smart.
Anya: Yeah, I am, I know.

Tags: overheard

"In our public conversation about the pleasures and dangers of participating in public conversation, let’s not overlook the stories of those who are making it work, and the fact that some institutions are acknowledging it as work. May the fact that we’re having this conversation be an early sign that this slow and uneven thaw might accelerate. At the very least, we’ll keep fanning the flames."

When Crossover Work Counts | Inside Higher Ed


A few months ago, I went to a conference on the future of work. One of the speakers was described as a energy guru. During his talk, he shared his thoughts about how to schedule work during optimal times, when your energy is at its peak. He provided very specific instructions on how much sleep to get and when to get up, when to create and when to do busy work. By following his guidelines, he asserts, you are poised to be your most innovative and creative, and you can dominate your field. As a coach to parents and a mother of two kids under five, I couldn’t really relate to his message. I don’t have much control over my sleep, though I do have a fantastic coffee machine. I approached him afterward and asked him how he would modify his advice for working parents of young kids. After doing a quick scan of the room, looking at the young professionals and seasoned workplace experts, he said: “Yeah, you’re not my audience.” I got the message.

As a working parent of young kids, I am often thought of as the third rail of the work-life conversation.


Why We Shouldn’t De-Parent The Flexibility Conversation — Rachael Ellison

Tags: work/life

"Pink as a color has never been the problem. Girls as a group have never been the problem. Pink as a vehicle for limiting girls is the problem. Pink as the ONLY color is a problem. There is a difference between being anti-pink and being anti-limitation, and as someone who educates thousands of parents every week on this issue I feel most parents fall into the second camp. We are not anti-pink. We are anti-limitation."

The Difference Between Being Anti-Pink and Being Anti-Limitation

So this happened.

Teo: Anya, give me your piggy.

Me: You know Anya, you don’t have to do what Teo says.

Anya: Because he’s not the boss?

Me: Right.


Anya: I think Daddy’s the boss in this family.

Me: WHAT? Why?

Anya: Because more men are bosses. [Teo snorts like a piggy, in the background, then makes robot sounds]

Me: Why do you think that?

Anya: Because there are lots of men bosses on tv. [More snorting and robot noises]

Me: THAT’S! NOT! TRUE! Well, ok, a lot of men are bosses, on tv and in real life, but a lot of women are bosses too. And maybe people used to think that only men could be bosses, and maybe some people still do, but they’re wrong. Did you know that Mommy’s only ever had women as her bosses? Except one man, who was her boss. And now Mommy is her own boss. And Daddy’s had bosses who are women. And in our family Mommy and Daddy are both the boss. And when you grow up, I bet you’ll be a boss, too. And…

Anya: Teo, go to sleep.

So this happened

Anya, bringing me a Cinderella figure given to her by Grandma: Mommy, can you put her dress on? [then, under her breath:] But she’s not getting married.

Me: Sure. What’s she going to do?

Anya: She’s going to ride horses and shoot bow and arrows. I guess.