I don’t normally take the entire day off on Christmas Eve, but I decided to this year, and we visited the new ice skating arena that opened a couple miles from our house the previous weekend.  I hadn’t skated in years, and the 3 children had never even attempted it.  When we walked onto the ice, all 3 clutched the railing surrounding the rink and slowly shuffled along, fearing falling down. The rink has penalty boxes on both sides, so there was frequent quitting to sit on the…






Even before the children saw Episodes IV-VI of the original “Star Wars” trilogy (which was a mere 5 weeks ago), they had started streaming “Clone Wars” episodes via Netflix.  I wasn’t sure if these shows were appropriate for small children or not, as they usually turned it on Saturday mornings about 6:30a.m.  I just knew I liked that they knew who Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi were. So, when Labor Day weekend rolled around this year, I knew their interest in the annual Dragon*Con parade at 10a.m. Saturday…






Ever heard of “summer learning loss“?  It’s what happens to children who get no mental stimulation over the summer, resulting in their falling behind their more summer enriched peers when school starts back in the fall.  Its prevalence goes up the further down the socioeconomic ladder the child is.  Our school-aged children start 3rd grade and kindergarten in a few weeks.  They go to a public school, but it’s in the #2 most affluent zip code in Georgia (Damn, you, Sea Island, and your superior wealth!), and the…






I wasn’t supposed to be at the Mom 2.0 Summit this weekend in Atlanta.  I was supposed to be studying veterans disability law with my bride in Normandy, France for the 60-year anniversary of the Americans’ storming the beach there during WWII. However, continuing legal education (CLE) courses in France are expensive (especially when the costs are multiplied by two), and since Google’s “hummingbird” algorithm change last fall, my new intakes have plummeted, and so has revenue.  I stopped paying myself in November.  I’ve spent the past 8+…