Harry Potter and the curse of middle age: should fictional children ever grow up?
The best children’s books celebrate the innocence and joy of childhood. They capture and preserve it. Do we really want to know that Just William became an accountant or that Charlie sold his chocolate factory to Nestlé and took up golf? Speaking personally, I felt a sense of betrayal when we glimpsed Harry as an adult at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I was reminded of a wonderful film, Joseph Losey’s The Go-Between, which is as much about childhood as it is about love. At the end, the youthful Leo, played by Dominic Guard, is transformed into the elderly, ghost-like Michael Redgrave. “Leo, you’re all dried up inside,” he’s told and he doesn’t disagree. That’s what growing up can do to you. It’s what children’s books fight against.
Thoughts about seeing favorite characters as grown-ups?
Do you enjoy seeing this peek into the future, or does it ruin the magic?
The 90’s are making a comeback in fashion, film and television.
Netflix has brought back Full House (1987-1995). Boy Meets World has a spin-off show, Girl Meets World.
There was a re-make of Total Recall and another film in the Jurassic Park franchise.
’90s Trends That Made a Comeback
Get The Look: 90s Style Icons
What 90’s influences do you see around you?
What were your favorites from the 90’s in fashion, music and entertainment?
What are your thoughts on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Both Donald Trump and Hilary appear to be against it.
TPP: What is it and why does it matter?
“It involves 12 countries: the US, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.
The pact aims to deepen economic ties between these nations, slashing tariffs and fostering trade to boost growth.
Member countries are also hoping to foster a closer relationship on economic policies and regulation.
The agreement could create a new single market something like that of the EU.”
Trans-Pacific Partnership Supporters Pin Hopes on Lame-Duck Vote
How totebaggy are your vacations? Do you pass on the Mousetrap?
To me, teaching moments and travel go hand in hand. So our family vacations are designed to incorporate elements of enrichment: exposure to foreign culture, a brush with history, interaction with nature, discovery of new foods, engaging in activities that make us step outside our comfort zones. Sure, Disney is fun. But school breaks are few and handled with extreme care.
5 Family Vacations That Don’t Involve Disney World
So we have closed on our house now and are still looking (locally) for where to live. We have 3 weeks to vacate our current house and will be staying with my in-laws (say a prayer for me!) until we get moved into a new house.
Any moving tips? We will be getting a storage unit for most of our stuff.
Any tips on keeping all five of us sane? (Myself, DH, 5 year old DS, MIL and FIL)
You guys know how I love my lists.
What were your favorites of 2015 (books, movies, music, etc)?
16 Of The Best YA Books Of 2015
50 Best Albums of 2015
Opinion: Middle-class families need more public preschools
I am very fortunate that our state offers public pre-school. Private pre-school is very expensive, which is a huge burden on the middle class. Did/do your children attend pre-school? Was it private or public? Should there be public pre-school offered in every state? Discuss.
Did your kids take any lessons when they were toddlers? Dance or gymnastics? Suzuki violin or piano lessons? Acting, etc?
Do you think the arts are beneficial for kids? Has your school district cut funding for the arts?
Share your own arts stories (your own or your kids).
Should the Red Cross change its stance on blood donations from gay men in light of the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage and other recent events? Safety is the main factor, but I would think they could ensure safety without such a strict rule (male who has had sexual contact with another male, even once, since 1977). It seems like it is based on an out-of date stereotype.
Currently this is the rule:
You should not give blood if you have AIDS or have ever had a positive HIV test, or if you have done something that puts you at risk for becoming infected with HIV.
You are at risk for getting infected if you:
- have ever used needles to take drugs, steroids, or anything not prescribed by your doctor
- are a male who has had sexual contact with another male, even once, since 1977
- have ever taken money, drugs or other payment for sex since 1977
- have had sexual contact in the past 12 months with anyone described above
- received clotting factor concentrates for a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia
Panel Recommends U.S. Keep Ban on Gay Blood Donors
Joint Statement Regarding National Gay Blood Drive
Blood Donor Eligibility: Medications & Health | American Red Cross