Monday, September 18, 2006

Project Panic

Would anyone like to join my new initiative? It's called Parents Against School Projects. Okay, maybe it needs a catchier name, but we can work on that.

Please don't misunderstand: I want my kids to be smart, collegebound, successful youth just like the next parent. But does my hundredth trip to the craft store and countless hours gluing, painting and arguing secure my child a place at Harvard?

I realize learning takes place in many levels of the brain. I read and studied Howard Gardner's book Frames of Mind, which explains and validates multiple intelligences. I'm all for spatial understanding and hands-on learning. But where is the fine line between helping your child and doing it for him/her so s/he gets an A?

Maybe if we all join forces and boycott school projects, we can change the overachieving expectations of American parenthood! Let's throw down our scissors and glue and say "No more projects!"

Who's with me?!!

Monday, September 11, 2006

9/11/2001 Remembering and Reflecting ...

I remember the crystal, blue sky (unlike today's rainy, overcast weather). Not a cloud to be found . As news reports streamed through our normally quiet TV set, we watched our children's bus ride off to school. We didn't know enough yet to worry our kids might not be safe. Then after several hours and confirmation the US was being attacked, we walked outside. It was odd, walking around with the neighbors, looking up as though the atmosphere might shed some light on the terror befalling so many innocents. I felt a bit like Chicken Little, wondering if the sky or something worse was going to fall on us too. Thank God we were safe. All of us. Knowing so many were suffering.

Five years later, I wonder: What if Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, Buddha, Gandhi, Mother Teresa or any other prophet or god were walking the Earth today. What would they say about terrorism? What if God was lurking in a burning bush down the street? Could one of them convince a terrorist that violence and murder are nasty means of getting attention?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I looked out my window this morning and noticed the glare of a gorgeous web. If I stood just to the left, the web caught the sunlight and glowed. If I stepped too far to the right, the tiny filaments disappeared into the greenery of the yard.

Maybe it was Steve Irwin's tragic death that inspired me to appreciate my natural surroundings a bit more. Who knows.

I suppose this spider web could be used for many metaphors. I just appreciate its natural beauty. One thing's for sure though. My body and the web will stay a safe distance apart. Steve Irwin was way more brave than I'll ever be.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

What did you do for summer vacation?

We went to Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Though we were there during the busiest week of summer (Fourth of July), we felt secluded and relaxed among the tall pine trees and endless views of the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to sunbathing, we swam in the pool, explored the island via bicycle (the primary mode of transportation by fellow visitors), fished, took a Dolphin Boat Tour, and listened to nightly live music at South Beach Marina, which was directly across the street from our condo. The highlight of our trip was an informal historic tour of the island and its beauty presented by long-time Hilton Head residents and lucky for us, our friends.

Maybe you'd like to share your summer memories ...

So maybe this blog thing is too complicated and not the slightest bit useful in our busy lives? I guess there's a reason why most blogs are created and used by twenty-somethings who presumably have lots of free time on their hands. If you check out Technorati (button to the right), you'll see hundreds upon hundreds of blogs. Well, it's been worth a test.

Do you think you'd log into a blog on a regular basis for any particular reason?

Friday, September 01, 2006

We're entering our last days of summer.

What will you do for Labor Day weekend?

Welcome to the inaugural post at Cafe Keystone, the place to go for information and entertainment. I'll post a question, and you'll provide the answers. It's as simple as that.

My first question is a basic one:

What is a blog? How do/can you use blogs? What's the best information you've found only in blogville?

That's it folks. Now it's your turn ...