I enjoy recording days and travels with my iPhone. I have never been good at remembering a camera, but usually have my phone, so it’s nice to keep track of life. Here are a few images from 2011.
Many of these photos are taken with the Hipstamatic app. It allows you to alternate your lens, flash or film to create photographic images that look less digital, more real life. You should try it.
I like form and shape and strength in pictures. ~Herb Ritts
Our family just returned from a visit to my in-law’s home near an artist community in northwest Arkansas.
After enjoying a wonderful afternoon of shopping and a delicious meal at a local restaurant, our crew stopped by the grocery to grab a gallon of milk while the grandparents, who had driven separately, headed home to unlock the house.
I ran into the store and quickly dashed out with milk in a paper sack and wallet in hand. As I approached our car, the bag disintegrated, the milk and my wallet went bouncing across the parking lot, and dollar bills went flying with the wind. Doubled over in giggles I looked to my family for help, but they were laughing even harder. I ignored them and the other shoppers playing witness to my clumsiness and rushed around to gather the milk and my money. As I jumped in our car, none of us could speak or breathe as we were brought to tears with the hilarity of the situation. They finally explained that at precisely the moment my grocery sack collapsed, my son had shot me with his new gift from grandma, a Cosmic Blaster.
Safe for children ages 3 years and older. Dangerous for mothers who forbid their sons from using them in the car.
My partner and I have daily conversations about who can depart work at what time and transport our children from school to home to soccer/piano/library/name your favorite miscellaneous activity. I mentioned that we need an “Alice” to help keep our busy schedules.
The Dad: Alice? Do we have zombies running around?
Me: Huh? You know, Alice. Alice from The Brady Bunch.
The Dad: Oh, I thought you meant Alice from Resident Evil.
Our dean of students office contributes to sessions throughout the university’s fifteen summer orientation programs including a welcome, faculty panel, family program and resource fair. Prior to the faculty panel that I facilitate most mornings, our orientation staff shares a list of discussion questions, a quiz of sorts, for parents and families to share with their student on the ride home from orientation. This quiz is a handy tool for any prospective first-year student and for the families they leave behind.
What is something you learned at orientation that surprised you?
What are your academic and social expectations for the first semester of college?
How will you handle things if your expectations aren’t met?
How often do you think we’ll talk and communicate during your first semester? What
will be the best times for us to connect?
How do you feel about your class schedule? Are you excited about your major?
What will you do if you get yourself into a jam?
How we should approach discussing money while you’re at school?
What information will we share through third-party access at the university?
What kind of meal plan do you think will be best for you?
How will we prepare for move-in day?
What will it be like to say goodbye?
When you think about beginning your first day at the university, what are you most excited about? What are you most nervous about?
The story of an Italian family who so smothered the social growth of their 12-year old boy that they are now being charged with child abuse was featured in Time Magazine this week. The boy had the motor skills of a toddler and had been so overprotected that that he could not mentally or physically keep up with children his own age. The article also cited a recent psychological study finding that 37% of Italian men from the ages of 30 to 34 still live with their mothers. Which makes me think that perhaps the hovering helicopter parents that we encounter in U.S. higher education are not all that bad.
Give a person a fish, and you feed them a day. Teach a person to fish, and you feed them for a lifetime.
David Letterman isn’t generally someone I look to for parenting advice, but last night in his discussion with guest, Julia Roberts, the joy and love that he feels for his son and for parenthood really came through.
Here’s the other thing, if you want to get spiritual about it, why doesn’t that feeling, that everyone on the planet has, why doesn’t that transcend to keep us from killing one another?
Yeah. Why is that?
This video includes the discussion within the first 1:20.