Monthly Archives: March 2011

Lying in Dachau

(The piece below was written circa 1997 after a trip to Dachau and nearby Munich.) As if he’s seen this before, the man holds out a handkerchief and says that no one was actually killed in Dachau. From where I’m kneeling, the wet sting of snow bites holes in my...
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All the ways mummy loves you …

One of my favorite things to do for the monster when I have the time is to write books specifically for him. Now that he’s 2.5, the issues he’s dealing with primarily revolve around behavior … and fighting me on absolutely *everything* (no idea where he gets that …) So...
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Where’s Waldorf …

This morning we checked out the open house at a new Waldorf School up the street (http://maplevillage.wordpress.com/), and we had a ridiculously good experience. In fact, no matter what I seem to do to evade Waldorf, it keeps coming back around to me. After this morning, it’s hard to imagine...
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“When I get the time …”

Our tickets to the Descendents reunion at Long Beach Arena finally came! While part of me feels lame about being three times the age of most of the kids who will probably be there, the other part is hella psyched to see a band that meant so much to me...
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Welcome to the Fantin Family Diner …

So – in addition to our “No TV” rule, we’ve been implementing a number of other parenting simplification recommendations in the past month. One of those is to create a general weekly menu to guide our meals – removing the surprise (and hopefully, tantrums) from mealtime for Blakey, and removing...
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