Rosemary Ellison

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The day I left my son in the car

<b>(IS_ImageSource via iStock)</b><p>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>Kim Brooks<p>June 3, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<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’ …

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

By Gene Weingarten<p>, Columnist<p>The defendant was an immense man, well over 300 pounds, but in the gravity of his sorrow and shame he seemed larger still. He hunched forward in the sturdy wooden armchair that barely contained him, sobbing softly into tissue after tissue, a leg bouncing nervously under …

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, …

Bye-Bye Birdies: Sending The Kids Away to College - Tenured Radical

They grow up so fast if you let them<p>All over the United States, slowly but surely, families are preparing for the ritual of Sending the Kid to …

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 …

Grownups: Don't be ashamed of your YA habit

It's all John Green's fault.<p>I'm not just talking about the strong likelihood that I'll be ugly-crying in public alongside fellow fans of "The Fault In Our Stars" in a theater near me this weekend -- I mean the fact that I'm reading much fiction at all these days. But apparently I'm supposed to be …

Nasdaq Composite ends at record for third straight session

Jun 6, 2018<br>11:59 PM<p>A week after sparking a firestorm by calling Ivanka Trump the “c-word,” comedian Samantha Bee offered a defiant apology on her show Wednesday night, saying she was sorry she caused a distraction from the real issue — the nation’s juvenile immigration policy.<p>Jun 6, 2018<br>11:08 …

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?

Yesterday, Slate caused a bit of a stir with an editorial reprimanding adults for reading books marketed to young adults. This song-and-dance — …

Books

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 …

Ethics

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 …