michaeladobbs
Michael Ann Dobbs
michaeladobbs
Nov 19
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“Things” (the very production of objects) have become so inexpensive, so ubiquitous and are primarily damaging to the environment and to other people that it’s really hard to accept things that I don’t really want/need. Read more

Nov 12
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It’s been ok? We’re in NYC, so my kid was in PreK at her school. We love the school and because it’s a “choice” school they depend on our enrollment to stay viable. Otherwise, since I was laid off, we’d just unschool for the year. Read more

Nov 10
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Microwaved sweet potatoes saved my sanity when my daughter was a baby. Skinny ones are perfectly cooked in 5 minutes. (Our microwave is weak so I usually do 3 and then flip it over). Now I have sweet potatoes for breakfast three or four mornings a week.

Oct 13
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My husband, who enjoyed the new films much more than I did, and I were talking about what was missing from the Disney sequels. I argued that the characters were great, but I just didn’t care about what they were doing. He said that he was just happy to get more Star Wars and that any Star Wars was better than no Star Read more

Oct 12
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There used to be an entire chunk of the population who were “people with kids.” Then reliable birth control was invented. And suddenly kids were seen as an “opt-in” situation. (See the Republican ethos of: You brought ‘em here, you better take care of them by yourself.) Working moms today still spend as many hours Read more

Sep 28
1

It typically is, because newspapers get the tax records and uncover everything they can.  But it’s never been a law, it’s a tradition.

Sep 28
1

Ah yes, I will let my four-year-old who can neither read or write know she is in charge of her own assignments. Thanks internet commenter!

Sep 12
13

Joanna Schroeder wrote a twitter thread last August about how YouTube boy culture radicalizes boys, but making these inappropriate jokes and then doubling down on the “why can’t you take a joke” and discipline of these boys creates this shame feedback loop (she’s not saying don’t discipline them, but think more about Read more

Sep 12
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I know! It’d cost them like $6,000 to get new illustrations for an omnibus edition. And they could sell the digital version in perpetuity (I have seen these sorts of contracts).  Even if they didn’t make a ton of money on the print edition the trickle from a digital version would add up over the years.

Sep 9
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Westmark is barely available as a book. Was looking to pick it up the other week. Paper only (what I prefer, but not during a pandemic) and only two of the three books in available editions at B&N.  Probably pick it up at the library at some point...

Jul 30
1

I wanted to, but can’t because my husband works at a cancer hospital. I could have done a stage 2 trial, but none were in NYC. (I can’t ethically expose cancer patients if I got the placebo. But I’d be happy to take the jab.) Read more

Jul 30
2

40,000 people showed up to enroll their children in unpaid polio trials. Modern Americans suck.

Jul 15
4

The problem is that the scale is existing within community transmission. NYC’s community transmission is low enough that I’d send my kid two days a week to a half enrolled classroom.  But I wouldn’t do that in Arizona. I wouldn’t take my kid to play outside in AZ right now, the rate is so high.

Jun 9
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And now that car seats are so safe, the #1 cause of accidental child death in the US is drowning and they still sell those arm floaties/water wings/arm bands.  A kid can drown wearing those.

Jun 9
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I did both of those things in the mid-80s! I don’t think we ever owned a car seat and my youngest sibling was born in ‘87.

Apr 13
3

It’s not power for the sake of power -- it’s power for the sake of growing and insulating his current wife’s spectacularly large fortune. If you’re not talking about how he’s a kept man who can only give his wife tax breaks, you’re not talking about McConnell.