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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

moms rising

Reporting belatedly on the Litquake event Oct. 14th -- it was wonderful, chiefly including sharing the virtual stage with such inspiring fellow writers. It was particularly great to meet oan Blades, a co-founder of one of my favorite groups, MoveOn.org, and author of The Motherhood Manifesto. She has recently formed a new group called MomsRising.Org, which definitely bears watching. One very encouraging sign: Blades told me she is seeking partnerships with many of the already-established pro-parenthood groups, like Mothers Ought to Have Equal Rights.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

stop ironing the diapers!

That's a quote from one of my favorite authors, Barbara Ehrenreich, which I thought of today after I called another mom just to make sure she didn't mind that while her 8-year-old son was over on a playdate, my 8-year-old's 11-year-old brother sold him a bunch of Pokemon cards. For the probably inflated price of $3. I felt responsible for making sure she knew and didn't think we'd entrapped him -- but hanging up, realized we both have lots better things to do. Paying older brothers for probably worthless Pokemon cards is part of the price of growing up, after all, isn't it? Among activities actually deserving our attention, try: Making a Difference Day is Oct. 28th. If you haven't gotten your kids involved, there's still time!