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Life

October 27, 2014

"The Cosby Show 30th Anniversary: 7 Great Pieces of Advice From The Huxtables"

Seven of the most terrific scenes from The Cosby Show (with clips).

The last one, "On challenging children to be the their best," is from one of the greatest TV episodes in my lifetime.

October 26, 2014

"From a Rwandan Dump to the Halls of Harvard"

Lovely story.

Nine years old and orphaned by ethnic genocide, he was living in a burned-out car in a Rwandan garbage dump where he scavenged for food and clothes. Daytimes, he was a street beggar. He had not bathed in more than a year.

When an American charity worker, Clare Effiong, visited the dump one Sunday, other children scattered. Filthy and hungry, Justus Uwayesu stayed put, and she asked him why.

“I want to go to school,” he replied.

Well, he got his wish.

This autumn, Mr. Uwayesu enrolled as a freshman at Harvard University on a full-scholarship, studying math, economics and human rights, and aiming for an advanced science degree. Now about 22 — his birthday is unknown — he could be, in jeans, a sweater and sneakers, just another of the 1,667 first-year students here.

October 24, 2014

"Old Masters After 80, some people don’t retire. They reign."

The New York Times argues that 80 can be the new 50.

Long may it wave.

UPDATE: link fixed now. Thanks, Elliott.

October 16, 2014

"In Defense of Coaches Who Yell"

Jennifer Wilson, writing in Esquire. Bravo.

My kids have great egos. Their dad and I tell them when they're rocking it, and we tell them when they screw up. We hug them either way.

But when they are beyond the boundaries of our loving home, most people won't consider them the perfect little starfish that we do. And they have to know how to deal with that. How to prove their worth. In swimming, that means they'll do so by not sucking.

So no, I'm not scared of the old-school coach and his vigorous saliva spray of enthusiasm. But you know what I am scared of? I'm scared of kids who have the crap pampered out of them. Who think every single thing they do is precious and correct.

October 07, 2014

Boring meetings can be very costly

Further evidence here.

September 23, 2014

"What is and is not child abuse"

By sportswriter Leonard Pitts, Jr. Letter perfect.

Here's what I do believe. A parent must be loving, accessible, involved, but also an authority figure, the one who sets limits, and imposes real and painful consequences for kids who flout them.

September 09, 2014

"Don’t do what you love"

Unusual but persuasive advice. You can't argue, at least, with this bit:

We rarely hear the advice of the person who did what they loved and stayed poor or was horribly injured for it. Professional gamblers, stuntmen, washed up cartoonists like myself: we don’t give speeches at corporate events. We aren’t paid to go to the World Domination Summit and make people feel bad. We don’t land book deals or speak on Good Morning America.

August 27, 2014

"Moving to a Smaller Home, and Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings"

I can certainly relate.

THE amount of goods a couple can accumulate over 44 years living in the same house can be overwhelming. 

This sounds like excellent advice:

For people thinking about beginning the task, here are some ideas from Kimberly McMahon, of Let’s Move..

■ Write some organizing time on your calendar.

■ Set a timer to get started.

■ Start small, even if it’s matching up a cup with a saucer.

■ Get a friend to help.

■ Fill a trash bag once a week.

■ Call and book a donation pickup for the next day.

August 14, 2014

"Why I Don’t Use Contraception"

"Many people are quite amazed to meet a pants-wearing, educated woman who actually favors the contraception-free life. For the curious, here’s an FAQ."

August 13, 2014

"Read Whatever the Hell You Want to Read"

This is true, so very true.

Reading is good for you, almost always. As Faulkner once said, “Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it.” Reading how to make and drink poison is somewhat good for you, because then you’ll know if you’re accidentally making or drinking poison. (Just make sure not to do the last part, where you drink the poison.)

In fact, the only childlike behavior possible when it comes to reading is deciding not to read something before you’ve even picked up the book to begin with. That is the only thing.

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