Opinion

Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read

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In my free time this summer, in between camping excursions, day trips, dropping my kids off at camps and tending my garden, I immersed myself in some controversial fiction. I wanted to experience the imaginary characters and settings and plots that throughout history have been considered dangerous enough to be legally or effectively banned or… Read More

Middle Schoolers Sound Off on Social Media

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The middle school years are notoriously difficult to navigate. For young teens, physical, emotional, and mental development often clash with new responsibilities and expectations. Likewise, navigating social media in today’s digital world inevitably exposes novice users to complicated situations for which there is no textbook or manual. Middle schoolers are often just beginning to use… Read More

It’s Not Easy Being Green

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My favorite Muppet, Kermit, said it best: “It’s not easy being green.” Like any good mom, I try to lead my family down the do-the-right-thing path as we go about our suburban lives. This includes adopting environmentally friendly habits as I try to instill a leave-no-trace mentality in my family. Let’s just say they’re about… Read More

Of Superheroes and Princesses

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A quick scan of any preschoolers’ bedroom reveals a magical realm of characters and creatures. If play is the work of childhood, then most kids toil industriously, extrapolating meaning from the world around them as they inhabit their heroes’ identities. Their world of make believe is enchanting. So enchanting in fact, that it can lead… Read More