Moo!

As human beings, we approach the unfamiliar through the familiar… My mooing son is actually telling me a story, you see, as best he is able. Unable to describe fully what he means, he resorts to telling a story instead, one that recreates his own experience so he can share it with me.

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Essential Troll and Child Care

Scandinavian myth is a treasure trove of tales where a central, redeeming love is that of a sibling rather than a lover. In these stories, the warmth of fraternal responsibility is celebrated as a social ideal, and held up in sharp contrast to the inhuman society of trolls as the symbol of its (North) polar opposite.

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Smurf and Re-Smurf

The real power of the in-continuity revival is its ability to bridge an original audience with a new one. Fans of the prior version are not alienated since they are in fact watching “the same” show or movie they have always loved. New viewers, however, feel they are seeing something new and exciting, not some geeky rerun. When shared with someone you love, the in-continuity revival can be an entertaining bonding experience through story and shared character.

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Social Parenting: A Toolbox

Contrary to Facebook’s guidance, a healthy social web is comprised of an ecosystem of diverse platforms, not one that is locked inside a single walled garden. There are still plenty of options out there for parents looking for Facebook-free platforms that offer social networking training wheels to kids.

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Wild Things on Ash Wednesday

Lent is here and I am not myself…. Like Max in his little wolf-suit footie jammies, we need to live in our animal skins for a bit without consequence, learn to feel what lives underneath, and find our way back to human together.

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(Anti-) Social Media and the (Post-) Parental Blogger

Traditionally, the role of the secret identity in the super-hero trope is anonymity for the protection of loved ones. But when that hero, like Clark Kent, is also a writer, it has added significance in terms of personal fulfillment and professional ethics: the secret identity is what lets him be published on the merits of his work and not his social influence.

I think mom- and dad-bloggers alike have something to learn from this example.

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Brawly Old Saint Nicholas

Far from being a figure shrouded in mystery, Santa actually has a detailed and compelling biography. Underneath the “jolly old elf” lies a great lion of man, fiercely guarding those who can’t guard themselves.

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