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Just Before the Family Meal

Family meal times are getting a lot of press right now, and high time. Recent articles in The Christian Science Monitor by Mary Beth McCauley and the New York Times by Susan Dominus as well as the Huffington Post’s on-going

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Posted in Alternative Stories, Family, Parents, Rituals

Mary Catherine Bateson on the “Age of Active Wisdom”

You can hear Mary Catherine Bateson and I  speak about her latest book: Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom       HERE. It may seem counter-intuitive to speak about the later stages of life on a

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Posted in Aging, Commentary, Grandparents, Interview, Parents, Stereotypes

Screen-Free During Passover and Holy Week

Next week, April 18-24, is both Screen-Free Week, and a week that is sacred for both Jews and Christians. This convergence presents a unique opportunity for members of those faith communities, as well as others who perceive spring as an appropriate

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Posted in Commentary

Looking back – and forward

Now that my  first – month -of – the – year  cold has passed and my head is clear, I look back at 2010 and realize how much I learned about engaging progressive communities in relation to the pros and

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Posted in Background

Rachel Prabhakar: Perpective from a Jewish-Hindu household

Here’s another story of a family where there are intentional alternatives to the popular culture.  The world is not “media-saturated” for these children.  In fact, Rachel Prabhakar , who lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two daughters, ages 

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Posted in Alternative Stories, Interview

Ozlem Parlak, Muslim parent

This interview is among those I’ve recorded that are categorized as “alternative stories,” meaning stories of families who have found ways to side-step popular culture, at least in their homes.  We need these stories to offset the narrative of the

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Posted in Alternative Stories, Interview

Susan Linn, Ed.D. Director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

Dr. Susan Linn speaks to the unprecedented challenge to parents in a society where even the most precious saying and symbols are used for commercial ends.

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Posted in Interview