Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Day link

Happy Turkey Day. Check out this thoughtful post on the topic:


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Why I’m liking “Reed Between the Lines”

(I'm saying "like" rather than "love" because, while I'm excited about the premise, this is not the best writing I've ever seen. And sometimes the chemistry is weird. But I think that it could be really good if given some time.)

  • The allusions to “The Cosby Show”—their parenting riffs off of the ways in which the Huxtables demonstrated lessons with elaborate skits and loving logic. Keenan has had a number of Theo-like moments when he’s scheming, and doesn’t want to stress himself with school, and thinks all the girls want him.
  • The ways they ramp up the old school—Carla and Alex Reed are as affectionate as Cliff and Claire Huxtable, but they are kinkier. There’s lot of role playing and more than just affection. They clearly have sex. ! And their family offers our best wishes for a blended family. The older twins call their stepfather “Dad” and their biological father “Pops”. And Alex is a loving and professional father, but he’s also a homeschooling dad.
  • The reinvention of actors and actresses who we’ve known and loved—obviously Tracee Ellis Ross from “Girlfriends” and Malcolm Jamal Warner from “The Cosby Show”. But there’s also Anna Maria Horsford from “Amen” and Melissa DeSousa from “The Best Man”.
  • And, of course, there’s that sexy, cool, English professor thing!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Boys Don't Cry (and they don't take showers with grown men)

Once, DH and I were at a family event and his 7-year-old nephew was trying to lean on him. He made the boy get up. Later, when I questioned what I thought was unnecessary meanness, he told me the boy was too old to be laying up against a man like that. I relayed this incident to a male friend and he, too, agreed, sharing that his young nephew (the age escapes me, but he was younger than 7) had rested his hand on my friend's leg once and he promptly picked it up and moved it. Apparently, the end age for male touching comes pretty early in a boy's life.

So, a grown man--an unrelated grown man, especially-- taking a naked shower with a 10-year-old boy is just not supposed to be done. Even if and especially if it is "just horseplay." Come on, Jerry Sandusky, you have got to do better than that. As one of Herman Cain's accusers advised of him, just tell the truth so everyone can move forward.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Waltons of Oz

My daughter just walked in and saw me watching "The Wizard of Oz" and asked me why I was watching "The Waltons" with costumes.