Random Monday

In CategoryRandom Monday

• Here is yet another terrific and thought-provoking article from Peter Gray at the Freedom in Education blog at Psychology Today. A snippet on the Creativity Crisis (emphasis mine):

Creativity is nurtured by freedom and stifled by the continuous monitoring, evaluation, adult-direction, and pressure to conform that restrict children’s lives today….we are subjecting children to an educational system that assumes one right answer to every question and one correct solution to every problem, a system that punishes children (and their teachers too) for daring to try different routes. 

Brilliant, as usual.

Last week, I received a comment from Meghan at Unintended Housewife that was so funny, I felt compelled to create some kind of Super Awesome Comment Award and give it to her –

“I can’t believe you declined a Proud Mary serenade. You could have posted a video of it on your blog. Selfish! Think about your readers.”

• I just heard on the news that rice now has alarming levels of arsenic. I could have done without knowing that.

Eat more whole grains! Whole grains might be poisoning you!

Caffeine is bad! Drink decaf! Decaf is processed using chemical solvents! Decaf is the devil!

Eggs have cholesterol! Eat eggs and go coffin shopping! NO WAIT – eggs have the good cholesterol! So nevermind on that egg thing!


• I had a request to make Random Monday a linky (thanks again, April!), and thought that might be fun, so I am going to give it a shot. Feel free to link up with your own randomness every week. And together we can TAKE OVER THE ENTIRE INTERNET! Bwahahahahahah!

If it works, that is. Remember to link to your actual Random Monday post, and not just your home page.

Life-Altering Announcement

In CategoryRandom Monday

Okay, not really.

I got a comment from April at My Three Rivers Home the other day, in which she said that I should make Random Monday a linky.

So I am.

Get your randomness ready, it starts on Monday. I made a button, so feel free to take it.

I don’t know how to do the little code window, so if you have a hard time grabbing the button, let me know and I will figure out how to make one.

Because I have demonstrable technical prowess, as we all know.


In CategoryNavel Gazing

Scene: The bathroom. Little is telling me riddles while I take a shower.

Little: Mom, what did the tile say to the dirty laundry? (pause) What are you doing? (uproarious laughter)

Little: Mom, what did the trash can say to the tile? (pause) What are you doing? (uproarious laughter)

Little: Mom, what did the telephone say to the refrigerator? (pause) Hey! I need to cool you off!
(laughter, followed by “mom, that was my funniest one, don’t you think? Wasn’t that funny?”)

…and so on and so forth for about ten minutes.

Finally, I remember one.

Me: Little, what is red and green and goes a thousand miles an hour?

Little: What?

Me: A frog in a blender!


Little: What is the red part?

Me: His guts because he’s being chopped up by the blender!


Little: Mom. That is NOT funny.


And now, Economics

In CategoryNavel Gazing