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Paddling downstream

It’s hard to believe that there are still schools that practice corporal punishment, but it’s true. Today’s NYTimes article, “In Many Public Schools, the Paddle Is No Relic“, reports that some schools in Texas and other parts of the...

I saw your nanny

I just added a link to the “I Saw Your Nanny” blog to my blogroll. I’ve never had a nanny, and don’t hang out at nanny hot spots now that my kids are teenagers. But this site is fascinating: people write in about specific (usually naughty)...

The best time machine I've ever seen

Yesterday the New York Times sent me an email saying that their archives from 1851 – 1980 are now online. I had a blast searching for old names and dates. Here are a few things I’ve found so far: Birth announcements of babies that were born the exact same...