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Life Among The Breeders
It's A Crazy Kid-Centric World

Matt and I are child-free and proud of it -- but living in a society that is so geared toward reproduction can be a bit of a challenge. This is my space for examining our off-kilter societal attitudes about children -- and for lambasting the "breeders" who treat their kids like chattel rather than people. Most good parents recognize that I'm not talking about them (and are even more harsh about crappy parenting than me!) But if you're overly sensitive to ANY criticism about your precious little darlings, you probably want to just turn around right now.

Life Among The Breeders

In the second installment of this little series, I'm going to focus on some of the more obscure holiday specials that have caught my heart over the years. Many of these, you may have only seen once, or you you may never have heard of. But each one is worth a watch (unlike, say, the…

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December 26th, 2012

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Most people in this country sit through at least one Christmas special during the holiday season — but when was the last time you REALLY watched these classics, and tried to understand them at more than a superficial “ho-ho-ho” level? I made the mistake of doing that this year, so I thought I would share…

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December 19th, 2012

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I have a friend who works in the consumer lending department at a bank. She starts getting busy around August — because her offices are flooded with people taking out loans for their holiday shopping. And she stays busy well into the new year — because a huge percentage of those people default on their…

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December 12th, 2012

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Those of us who have chosen not to have children still need something to love and hug and smooch on — that's why so many no-kidders are serious animal people. Of course, we're divided into two groups (the cat folks and the dog lovers), but we share one thing in common — we consider our…

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December 5th, 2012

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This year, we tried to have as “traditional” a Thanksgiving as possible, even in the midst of a family crisis. We watched the Macy's day parade from my father-in-law's hospital room (what happened in the last 20 years that I'm given a performance from “Shrek The Musical” instead of an Underdog balloon floating by?) We…

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November 21st, 2012

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I was visiting a friend in Chattanooga this weekend, taking some photos of her kids on the playground (and enjoying the monkey bars myself), when I had an epiphany. I realized that grown people really don't have any place like this for themselves, somewhere to run around and be silly and hang upside down —…

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November 14th, 2012

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I went to the store the other day in search of edamame beans, and the only brand in stock had “Dora The Explorer” printed all over it. I was pleasantly surprised that kids were being encouraged to eat a soy product, rather than junk food. But when I got the bag home and opened it…

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November 7th, 2012

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I absolutely love Halloween! Next to Christmas, it's my favorite annual celebration. But I can't stand it when adults get all curmudgeonly about Halloween — anyone who thinks that this is an event just for children is crazy! There are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween, even when you're child-free.

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October 31st, 2012



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For some time now, school systems across the country have been falling prey to a disturbing trend — assuming that teaching kids how to pass a standardized test is the same thing as providing them with a quality education. Good plan! Have you noticed that our schools are slowly spiraling down the drain as teachers…

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October 17th, 2012

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The Catholic church has been accused again (yes, again!) of covering up clerical sex crimes. This has been going on for decades, and the Vatican's “zero tolerance policy” hadn't done squat to stop the abuse. Isn't that a hint that there's something really wrong here? Not just with the priests (obviously something's amiss when an…

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October 10th, 2012

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