Rosemary Ellison

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The day I left my son in the car

I made a split-second decision to run into the store. I had no idea it would consume the next years of my life<p>The day it happened was no different from most; I was worried, and I was running late. I was worried because in a few hours’ time I was going to be enduring a two-and-a-half hour flight …

Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime?

"We lack a term for what this is," Warschauer says. And also, he says, we need an understanding of why it happens to the people it happens to.<p>David Diamond is picking at his breakfast at a Washington hotel, trying to explain.<p>"Memory is a machine," he says, "and it is not flawless. Our conscious …

You See Two Kids Alone in a Car on a Hot Day. What Do You Do?

A few weeks ago, I came out of the grocery store on a hot sunny afternoon and stopped short. Two young kids, sisters it seemed, were sitting in the …

How likely is it that today’s kids will ever move out?

The notion now seems as antique as a one-room schoolhouse, but there was a time when American parents fervently hoped their children would grow up, …

The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility

Higher education should be promoted to all students as an opportunity to experience an intellectual awakening, not just increase their earning power.<p>A 12th-grader wrote a college admissions essay about wanting to pursue a career in oceanography. Let’s call her Isabella. A few months ago, we edited …

Stop Saying “Do What You Love, Love What You Do.” It Devalues Actual Work.

“Do what you love. Love what you do.”<p>The command is framed and perched in a living room that can only be described as “well-curated.” A picture of …

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Yes, Adults Should Be Embarrassed to Read Young Adult Books

As <i>The Fault in Our Stars</i> barrels into theaters this weekend virtually guaranteed to become a blockbuster, it can be hard to remember that once upon a …

Caped Crusader, Or Cruel Sadist? Miller Makes One Fan Wonder

When I was a kid, my local comic book store was a seedy, subterranean hole. I never saw other kids there — only adults and teenagers, who came alone and seemed furtive and abashed. We guiltily pored over the spandex-covered torsos and gore-splattered pages in separate corners.<p>Now, as an adult, I …

Really? Are We Still Genre Shaming People For The Books They Like?

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Who Gets To Be A Superhero? Race And Identity In Comics

The <i>X-Men</i> comic franchise has proven remarkably sturdy in the half-century since its launch. They've spawned dozens of animated series and four major Hollywood films with a fifth due out this summer. A big part of that is due to its central premise — a minority of superpowered humans called mutants …

What does it mean for a video game to be moral?

Video games have always been a source of ludic entertainment, but can they present players with real moral choices? Miguel Sicart, associate …

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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

What the Internet is doing to our brains<p>"Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave?” So the supercomputer HAL pleads with the implacable astronaut Dave Bowman in a famous and weirdly poignant scene toward the end of Stanley Kubrick’s <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>. Bowman, having nearly …

Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With

Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering …

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