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bershon (flickr pool)

This face says, “GOD! I am WAY TOO BUSY having a mouthful of braces and a hot-rolled ponytail to smile for you, Mom! GOD!” –bershon (flickr pool) The world needed a word to describe this attitude. I haven’t been able to trace its origin, though. Update: My German classes were a long time ago, but as I was driving to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving, I kept hearing the word…

Stop That Foolish Singing This Minute! Mary Poppins Would Be Appalled

Mr. Banks learns that the British Empire, its banks and many other manifestations of authority should be undermined, or at least taken less seriously. Life would be better if parents allowed themselves to dance like chimney sweeps and fly kites in the park. They shouldn’t just pay more attention to their children; they should become more like them. The movie’s liberatory spirit is, of course, out of the heart of…

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Blogging Now Begins Young

About 300 eighth-graders at South Valley Junior High in Liberty, Mo., are blogging this fall about Guerrilla Season, a book about a 15-year-old living in Civil War-era Missouri. The book’s author, Pat Hughes, is joining in the online discussion from her home in Philadelphia. “I love being able to communicate with the author because it makes me feel like I can ask anything,” says Amy Lostroh, 13. “Most books you…