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.
I will admit that I’ve become as much of a Facebook and Twitter whore as the next person (maybe even more so, according to some people!) These social networking sites are a great way to stay in touch with folks who live thousands of miles away, to reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in years, (Read More)
I have a young friend who is excited about becoming an “adult,” but is seriously confused about when exactly that is going to happen — and I don’t know how to explain the inconsistencies to her. We let her propel 2 tons of steel down a busy highway and even marry at 16, but she (Read More)
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 (Read More)
As Matt and I full-time RV our way across the country, we like to partaking of all that an area has to offer — zoos, aquariums, museums, historic sites, the works. And after more than three years of year-round travel, can I just say that I don’t know how a family with children can afford (Read More)
When Matt and I hit our early 30′s, we ran into a bit of a wall with our friends. When all of your old high-school chums start procreating and you have no plans to join in, your social life takes a real hit. This is the time to begin accumulating some new compadres — ones (Read More)
We just passed a troubling point in human population growth — the 7 billionth baby was recently born to planet earth. Who wants to join me in a worldwide day of mourning? I’m happy to supply the black armbands for anyone who recognizes the terminal consequences this will have on our global situation.
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 (Read More)
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 (Read More)
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 (Read More)
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 (Read More)