To Siri, With Love

October 19, 2014

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri. Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple’s “intelligent personal assistant” on the iPhone, is currently his B.F.F. Obsessed with weather formations, Gus had spent the hour parsing the difference between isolated and scattered thunderstorms — an hour in which, thank God, I didn’t have to discuss them.

NYTimes

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When One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer perform at Nationals Park next month, you’ll have to squint your ears to hear the boy bands’ hits amid a more ancient and fascinating sound: the emptying of adolescent lungs.

Washington Post

Guns Kill Children

June 18, 2014

The overwhelming evidence that pediatricians are right and the NRA is wrong.

Slate

Last February, photographer Mark Makela traveled to Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, to photograph a reading group where the participants were grade-school students and a group of cats. The idea for the group, known as Book Buddies, was hatched at theAnimal Rescue League of Berks County when the program coordinator Kristi Rodriguez’s 10-year-old son was struggling with reading. Rodriguez decided to bring him into the shelter, where he could be in what she called a “nonevaluative” environment in order to feel more comfortable practicing his reading skills. It worked.

Slate

The attention paid to the wage gap between men and women tends to obscure the fact that at the other end of the economic life cycle – early education – females are the dominant ones. And they continue to dominate all throughout school, reports the New York Times, which finds some of that fact due to a “behavior gap” among boys and girls.

Politix

The Debt

April 30, 2014

When terrible, abusive parents come crawling back, what do their grown children owe them?

Slate

Could ADHD be a myth? One expert believes so

SMH.com