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February 26, 2015

Bedtime: An Emotional Odyssey

He still lets me tuck him in at bedtime. Nine years old, in a big hurry to grow up — but he hasn't yet booted me from plopping beside him, pulling the covers up to his chin, and humming some hit '80s song while I drag my fingers through his silky, shaggy mop.

Oh, it's coming. "I don't think my friends' parents tuck them in at night," he offers casually. "I might be getting too old for this."

You listen to me, I would say if my teeth weren't clenched for the express purpose of preventing my saying it. I will be tucking you in when you stumble home from the senior prom shnockered on bad, illegally obtained liquor, and you will like it. ... The tucking-in, I mean. Not the liquor. You will very much dislike the liquor.

He's my second — my youngest — and I relish the peaceful proximity of the nighty-night ritual because I know the teenaged withdrawnness that is coming, painful albeit developmentally appropriate as it is: the shrugging off of loving pats on the back. The "How soon do I have to be home?"

That's happening in some other corner of our house. But in this quiet bubble, miraculously, I touch my little boy and warble Tears for Fears' "Shout" or OMD's "Enola Gay," neither of which are lyrically soothing — and he relaxes. Lowering creaseless lids over stormy eyes, he takes a deep breath and with one final shuddered protest, goes slack.

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February 25, 2015

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News item:

"City Desk" premieres this Friday

I'm joining the panel for Jerry Roberts' new TV show "City Desk" this week to wax ranty about the goings on of the day. Should be a hoot.

Premieres at 8 p.m. Friday on Cox Channel 17 and on the web at www.tvsb.tv

February 12, 2015

Immune to the Facts?

I'll say it: Those who declined vaccines when they lacked intel are probably better parents than the rest of us.
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January 29, 2015

Remember Boredom?

Studies show you're losing your ability to think creatively. Because you spend too much time reading my columns on your phone.
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January 15, 2015

New Year's Resolutions for Laggers

It's not too late to set some goals for 2015! And my friends and I have some suggestions for you ... Enjoy.
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December 18, 2014

A Letter to the Bullied

Bullying is the new smoking: The bad kids do it and always for terrible reasons. The schools are wall-papered with posters urging you not to do it. And apparently, bullying kills - far faster, in fact, than lung cancer does.
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November 20, 2014

Dating a Musician? I Recommend Bass Players

Any other gals out there all about that bass?
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Bedtime: An Emotional Odyssey

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