Holding Forth


Fear and Loathing on the Holidays

Published on November 23rd, 2015 | by Richard Black

I used to like the Holidays, the magical time of year that incorporated Thanksgiving through Christmas. As a child it was the perfect length of time, just long enough to draw out the exquisite agony of ... Read More

Child Rearin'


The Games Children Play

Published on November 17th, 2015 | by Richard Black

Kids play stupid games.  Yes play is important. It can be educational. It teaches children how to learn to interact with their environment and occasionally their peers. Games allow children to exercise their minds and their ... Read More

Holding Forth


One Million Misguided Moms

Published on November 11th, 2015 | by Richard Black

There’s a group called One Million Moms. It sounds so wholesome doesn’t it? What, after all, could be more nurturing and understanding than a bunch of mothers? The answer, it turns out, is the group One ... Read More




Published on November 4th, 2015 | by Richard Black

My daughter has been in kindergarten for a just few months and I’ve already spent an inordinate amount of time helping her with her homework. I should probably clarify that by “inordinate” I mean about 14 ... Read More



Schrodinger’s Lice

Published on October 20th, 2015 | by Richard Black

A few weeks ago I learned a lot about myself. I wasn’t happy about it experience. I grew up in the Midwest in the 1980’s where men and boys didn’t go in for self discovery. Instead ... Read More

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