NYC Schools Assign Too Much Homework

Childhood is supposed to be a time full of happy memories and carefree fun. Instead, we are giving our children fewer breaks than most adults receive. We are filling young children with stress and anxiety, and taking away time for social interaction and learning personal skills. I think it is time that we stop this nonsense and allow kids to be kids again, instead of pressuring them to be high-performance androids.

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Alligator’s Friends Need Your Help

For some time now, I have been creating whimsical pictures of animals using torn scraps of interesting paper.  This began as a project when both of my children were toddlers. It was a rainy week, and we were all sitting together downstairs, with a bright array of origami paper spread out on the floor around…

Regarding Buckets of Ice and Saving the World

I want to change the world. I want to help people everywhere to find happiness, health, peace, and safety. I don’t want people to suffer. If there were a way that I could show everyone that we all have more in common than we usually see, I would. If I could end hate, bigotry, racism,…

Sharing An Odd Dream

I am staring up at the sky. The stars don’t seem to twinkle. They are just blurs of light in the blackness. I cannot move. I cannot blink. I hope someone will come and fix this predicament soon.

My Shore Leave 2014 Schedule

It’s that time of year again! I will be a guest on four different panels at this weekend’s Shore Leave convention in Hunt Valley, MD. Friday, August 1 7-8pm in the concierge suite Gender in Fandom I will be moderating, and my fellow panelists will be Lorraine Anderson, Rigel Ailur, and Susan Olesen Saturday, August…

The Process of Technical Writing

As with any form of writing, the intended audience must be considered. What is the background of this audience? Will they understand the terminology presented with findings? What will they already know about the topic? These are questions to consider in the initial planning of your research. By knowing how to tailor your findings for your audience, it is easier to decide what questions must be asked. Once this has been determined, the research process can commence.

Selfies for a Positive Self-Image

Selfies. Although most of us have taken them, they have become a subject of ridicule and scorn. Taking a selfie is often considered vain or selfish, and the internet is there to criticize each and every one. Everyone’s a critic.  But, in a time when we are constantly bombarded with images of celebrities and advertisements,…

Investigating Kratom

Chances are, if you are someone who lives with chronic pain, you have heard of kratom.  Kratom is a natural herb that is often used to treat pain.  It has also fallen under a great deal of scrutiny, because there are many people who wish to criminalize anything that some people might use for pleasure….

Transportation Etiquette?

I live in the wonderful City of New York.  This is a city full of wonderful parks, amazing museums, cultural institutions, and rich historical significance.  I love New York!  That said, in a city of 8 million people, I do not love all of the people who are here.  Not to say I hate them,…

Bleys Says Hi

If you know geeks who have pets, there’s a pretty decent chance that you know geeks whose pets are named after characters from a book, comic, television series, or film.  In all actuality, you may even know geeks whose children are named after genre characters (who, me?).  Given this information, it will probably not surprise…

Are You a Hairless Mammal?

It’s summertime again.  Time for beaches and iced tea, BBQ and watermelon, sunscreen and mosquito netting.  Whether you enjoy the heat, or prefer to bask in the chilly air-conditioned confines of the great indoors, it’s hot outside.  I’m certain that you’ve noticed, as have I, that the world of advertising loves summertime.  People, especially young,…

Flying through time

A funny thing happened since the last time I posted.  My computer completely bricked. Unsalvageable. Dead. All of my photos and music gone. Since I am a full-time student, I needed to have a new computer, and I am now the happy owner of a Mac Mini.  This is great because it fits on my…