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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Strange sighting in Northern Virginia

 

Today, as usual – I was walking our dog down the local road and was shocked to see two of our neighbor kids playing in their back yard; they are probably about seven and ten years old. They are our closest neighbor in one direction – about 1/4 mile, but we have much closer neighbors who have children who have grown up in the 18 years they have been here. It is extremely rare to see them in their yard (about 4 acres) and we have never seen them anywhere else. There are several other houses within a half-mile and the situation is the same.

Now, let me explain. We live in far north Northern Virginia. Our lot has about an acre of woods, across the street is probably 10 acres of woods with a creek and a swamp and a pond. About 1/4 mile to the west is “Short Hill Mountain” (emphasis on short, but it is steep) which is all wooded.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. One and Only, or Shop Around?

 

There are two philosophies of dating and finding a partner.

There is the idea that some people can find their person at the get-go. This means that dating further is without purpose and sticking with it, learning how to be in a relationship, and making a commitment is paramount. There is the other idea that one never knows unless one has experience of the world. Why settle down when you can sample the finer things in life? Why settle down when you can check around and maybe find something better? How do you know that you want what you’ve got unless you see what else is out there? By see, of course I mean experience.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud columnist Ruth Margolis for blasting liberals who demand that parents must immerse kids of all ages in politics and the social justice movement. They also wince at the evidence Republicans may have lost congressional seats in states like California and New Jersey because […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. To Rid the World of Snowflakes We Must Stop Coddling Our Kids

 

Note: I’ve had this in the hopper for a few weeks, but after Bethany Mandel published My Top Parenting Pet Peeve, I figured why not hit publish?

Despite the social discord wrought by the Vietnam War, civil rights movement (an obvious good), and the loud-mouthed hippies who traveled the world seeking the ruin of standards of decency; the 1960s were a pretty good time to be a kid. In those days; which weren’t idyllic, but were halcyon compared to the present age of discontent, children had many venues in which to learn. There was a fair amount of competition among the schools; particularly parochial versus public, which motivated all teachers to perform well. The nuns of Holy Rosary School, where I came of age, taught both the three Rs, and truths of eternal importance: Our lives are not our own but belong to God. We were to know, love and serve Him this life by doing good and avoiding evil, and thereby live with Him forever in heaven. It’s been fifty years since my last catechism class, but that lesson is permanently fixed in my mind.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. How’s Life, Ricochet?

 

Every so often, when the culture or political wars get so out of hand that even this political nerd wants to ignore it all and settle down with the cat, I throw out a “how’s life” post for Facebook. The idea is to catch up on the important stuff: kids, grandkids, parents, pets, shiny new jobs, an old job that’s driving you crazy, recipes, what-have-you.

The lovely blonde suggested a similar post for Ricochet. So, Rico-peeps, what’s new with your life outside of politics, policy, and culture wars? Have cute pet pictures? Pictures of the grandkids with watermelon all over their faces? Do you have good news to share, or need a shoulder to lean on after a summer that ought to be nuked from orbit?

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To know her is to love her and Art Laffer’s mission; teach kids economics early. More

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I got the title from several years of listening to Mrs. D.’s Kindergarteners do their show and tell routine at the end of the day when I sub for them. Only the class “president” for the day gets to show the item, and students must first try to guess what it is based on the initial […]

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 It was a Saturday night. All the kids had been bathed, brushed, storied, and put to bed. I was lounging in bed with my husband watching YouTube videos of specialty candy making and metal- and wood-working with lathes. Suddenly, our leisure was interrupted by the 22 month old wailing and throwing up. He proceeded to […]

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There were likely no or few kids on board EgyptAir Flight 804 that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, on May 19. Had there been kids on board, we’d be hearing about it a LOT. Of the 224 people on board the Russian metro jet airbus—it crashed in March—17 were children. I know this because each […]

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I have come to the conclusion that the maximum age for coaching Little League Baseball is 55. I can say that with great certainty because I am 56. For the past 12 years, through three boys, I have always been an assistant coach. This year, with just two days before tryouts, the league asked me […]

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In San Diego, I have a pilot friend named Abe who told me the story of how he had almost given up on flying several years ago. He was ready to call it quits when he had an unusual request from a friend who asked him to take a little girl for an introductory flight. […]

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Ten years ago, when blogs were more popular, I documented our big move across the country for my San Diego friends and family. Part I is here and II is here. Part III is still pre-move, when I was taking care of details and Jeff was already in Montana.  (Update: I put the house up for […]

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The Daily Post says, take us to school and show us some ABCs. Post your contributions in the comments below. I expect that all the Ricochetti with kids and grandkids should be able to contribute great photos. More

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Since we’ve all had fun with RightAngles post about fame, and so many people here seem to have a wealth of great stories, I thought I’d try to come up with something that will inspire people again. Were you the fat kid who ate paste? Or were you the bully who picked on him? Were […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Suffer the Little Children to Teach Us to Wonder

 

The first Christmas away from home is a small trial by fire. Mine was in 1979, my junior year of college. I was working my way through school at a group home for the developmentally disabled in Renton, Washington. It was a good, painful, joyful, and sad way to make a living, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Working with these folks confirmed for me O. Henry’s observation in The Gift of the Magi“Life is made up of smiles, sobs, and sniffles, with sniffles predominating.”

The group home’s mission was providing emergency care for kids between the ages of 12 and 18 who’d been abused or abandoned by their foster parents. I was thinking big thoughts as a philosophy major, and to preserve my sanity, I really, really, needed constant lessens in the human scale of reality. If nothing else, the work confirmed for me that Leibniz was nuts to call this mortal coil the best of all possible worlds. The 14-year-old girl who’d been molested by her foster father and one of his sons proved to me unequivocally that life is far from the best.

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shutterstock_223628806Consider two data points. The first is from China, which recently “relaxed” its One Child Only policy. For years, the official government position on families was, the smaller the better. This led to a large and ugly number of infanticides, mostly of infant girls. But relaxing the policy doesn’t mean there’s a baby boom on the way. In China, kids are expensive. From Shanghai Daily:

THE changes to China’s family planning regulations are unlikely to result in a baby boom in Shanghai, a local expert said yesterday. Zhang Zhen, a professor at Fudan University who specializes in demographics, said that based on his research, “most couples simply haven’t thought about having a second child.” As well as the financial implications, they worry about the broader social issues associated with expanding their families, he said.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Yes, Virginia, Monsters Do Want to Kill You

 

hotel transylvanisThe kids dragged me to the latest cartoon cinematic feature, Hotel Transylvania 2, last Friday. (Don’t worry about me; I pulled the old sneak in the water bottle full of wine trick again.) Luckily, I knew the level of quality I was getting into ahead of time as we had previewed Hotel Transylvania 1 at home a few days before going — how else are you going to follow the nuanced plotline of the sequel if you don’t watch the films in order?

Anyway, every once in a while between sips of Chianti, I’d pull out the earbuds reporting my podcast (Ricochet, of course) to get some idea of what was going on in the movie as my kids love to recap the show on the ride home. Aside from the obvious annoying stereotypes — when, oh, when will Hollywood finally leave the hardworking people of Transylvania alone? — I had deeper issues with is the overall plot of this children’s tale.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Politics for 10-Year-Olds

 

While I was watching the debate last night, my stepdaughter and her friend came into the room. They were instantly thrilled that “a girl” was on stage and began cheering for her to win. I told them there was another girl in the other party, so it could end up as girl versus girl. Then I had to explain this debate was just among one party, and the other party would have their debates (like the playoffs). Then the winner from each party would debate, and at the end we’d pick a president (like the Superbowl).

Then they wanted to understand the difference between the two parties.

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