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Please change your bookmarks and RSS feeds to www.apt11d.com . I have moved to WordPress. Somewhat. Mostly. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at Apt. 11D
OK, guys. Lots of changes going on behind the scenes today.... Don't bother commenting until the transfer happens. I'm moving to a very VANILLA design at WordPress. Fixing the design is the easy part. Moving the archives, the ad codes,... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at Apt. 11D
I just ordered three books from Amazaon about unusual families. Priscilla Gilman's The Anti-Romantic Child: A Memoir of Unexpected Joy . Andrew Solmon's Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity Bruce Feiler's The Secrets of Happy... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at Apt. 11D
After a weekend of family fun, I'm sitting at the computer looking a long list of troublesome chores. Steve and Jonah went off to work and school with that same hangdog look. Only Ian went to school with a smile.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at Apt. 11D
Sorry. Fixed. Dealing with the blog problems is first on the agenda for Monday. Thanks for being patient!
Grades in? Absolutely.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2013 on It's Girlie Friday!!!! at Apt. 11D
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Alright, it's a girlie day, so let's talk clothes again. Last week, I picked up this shirt dress from the GAP. It's marked down way more in the store. With that sale price, plus a 30 percent coupon, plus the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at Apt. 11D
Posted May 10, 2013 at Apt. 11D
Posted May 10, 2013 at Apt. 11D
The New York Times reports on two new studies about the influence of money on education. On a geeky level, I'm thrilled to see data that clicks so well with my anecdotal observations. It also supplements the research summarized here.... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at Apt. 11D
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A Creationist science test. Interesting article about the cuts to Cleveland police department, which knocked out Community Policing, and may have been a reason why that Castro wasn't caught earlier. We're going to Cleveland in July. I think I'm going... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at Apt. 11D
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Alright, I have to admit that I was a little grouchy when I wrote this review. I enjoyed 3/4rds of the book quite a bit. I am in the process of putting together a book pitch and I am so, so, so bad at writing book pitches. Maybe I'm a little jealous of a book that was clearly packaged so very well.
I can't summon up too much sympathy for rich kids. Their entitlement and arrogance is their Achilles heel that equalizes the difference between the rich and the middle class once they hit the job world. But that aside, I think all kids can learn the lessons of hard work and humility. I see too many middle class kids and even working class kids struggling in that area. We're all trying to emulate the rich families, so we give our kids too much. Second mortgages on the house to pay for elite schools, fancy computer and gaming systems, expensive sports camps. This summer, Jonah isn't going to the fancy day camp that he's attended for the past seven summers. This year, he is working for free at the local Y as a counselor-in-training. He'll be helping out with the little kids all day throughout July. He understands that this experience will help him get a paying job the following summer. He's actually really into it. We're not pushing it very hard. I helped him fill out the application, but he's handling the rest of the paperwork on his own.
Toggle Commented May 9, 2013 on A Blank Check for The Perfect School at Apt. 11D
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What you didn't get your invitation to the Met Gala? What's wrong with you? I'm enjoying flipping through the slide show at New York magazine. I would totally wear Christina Ricci's dress. Love plaid. Uma looks pretty awesome, too. Kim... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Apt. 11D
The New York Times magazine profiled the Avenues school in New York City. Avenues is a private school that was recently opened by the media and education entrepreneur H. Christopher Whittle; Alan Greenberg, a former publisher of Esquire magazine; and... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Apt. 11D
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Sorry dudes about the stupid spam filter. I'm working on a project right now, but in a week or two, I really have to start shopping around for a new blogging platform. I'm dreading the whole transferring process. I might have to pay someone to take care of it for me. If I do, I'm going to hit you all up for cash.
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When Nick discovers the truth about his wife's abduction, his lawyer tells him to keep quiet. It was too complicated a story, he said. Juries and the public wouldn't be able to follow a complicated reality. People like simple, predictable... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at Apt. 11D
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I started doing the math, and then I interviewed friends who were similar to the potential customers and none of them would spend money on office space. A lot of them liked working at home and didn't want to cart their files and books back and forth between from home to an office space. I also feared that I would spend all my time doing landlord stuff, and not enough time actually writing.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2013 on Work Space at Apt. 11D
When the letter leaked to the press, my twitterfeed commented heavily. The men loved it. Thought that she should be hired by a big law firm. The women thought she was evil and recalled meeting girls like her. Said that she was awful, and she would turn into an awful adult.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2013 on Spreadin' Love 550 at Apt. 11D
We're following the story about the abduction of three women in Cleveland closely, because hubby is a Cleveland boy. Love the neighbor. What Elizabeth Smart says about abstinence education. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at Apt. 11D
What's with the accents and Game of Thrones? I'm in awe of this geeky article. American Idol has been very surprising this season. We watch it with the kids; I don't want to watch blow job humor on the sitcoms... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Apt. 11D
In AlJazeera English, Sarah Kendzior writes about a $22,000 internship at the U.N. No, they aren't paying interns $22,000. The intern pays the U.N. $22,000 to “gain inside knowledge of just how the UN really operates.” Pacific-Standard reports on a... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Apt. 11D
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When I first started working at home, I missed the chit-chat in the hallways and lunch with colleagues in the cafeteria. I'm an extrovert. All that time at home by myself made me a little insane. My freelancer friends in... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Apt. 11D
Winter took a long time to leave New Jersey. It began early with the two week depression of Hurricane Sandy and then lingered with grey skies and dirty snow for far too long. March behaved like February. A warm, sunny... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Apt. 11D
Sorry, harry. I just pulled out two of your comments out of the spam folder. This dumb blog really needs an upgrade. I try to check the spam folder at least once a day now, but it's really a pain in the ass.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2013 on Spreadin' Love 550 at Apt. 11D