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Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Boys Who Cried Feckless

March 7, 2014, 11:48 am

I love the word feckless. And obviously, I’m not the only one. Lately, Republicans and right-wing-leaning media outlets (like The Wall Street Journal) have been using the word like Kleenex during flu season. The term isn’t new, but it’s been reinvigorated with the events in Ukraine. I wonder how many people know what feckless really means. (Its first auto-complete fill-in on google is “definition” – googling “reckless” doesn’t show the same curiosity for what it means.) Why not just call […]

Flux capacitor…fluxing

March 5, 2014, 11:32 am

Our 4-year-old son: what the heck are we going to do with him?   This question comes from many places and goes to many possibilities. Right now I’m just worried about September. My wife and I are inveterate planners, so we don’t like this level of flux. Flux capacitor…fluxing? Get back, Marty McFly.   Last Wednesday, the Berkeley Unified School District offered us full-time coverage for Dar in an “inclusion” (mainstreamed) classroom – meaning mostly stocked with neurotypical bambinos. He […]

Holding Out For an A-List Hero

March 3, 2014, 5:39 pm

Last month, a Page named Ellen turned out to be gay. This month, another out, gay Ellen helped turn a page.   With 12 Years a Slave’s win for Best Picture, Hollywood turns the page on a century of minimizing black filmmakers telling black stories. When Oscar had bothered to notice race in its Best Picture winners of the past, the person telling the story was inevitably a white man – the directors of Gone with the Wind, Driving Miss […]