April 13, 2011
Every time I put out one of my mock drafts, readers tell me they think things would play out differently (chances are we'll both end up being wrong). Well, now you get a chance to play GM in my first-ever reader NFL mock draft. Here's how it works. I'll post a daily poll where you can vote to decide what the team that's on the clock should do with its pick. To keep it simple, I'll give you five options for each pick. If you think I missed somebody, let me know in the comments section.
July 3, 2013
I kept reading the Howard County Times' review of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's production of "Taming of the Shrew" waiting for the punch line. Just like the production, which I saw with my family on June 23, I waited patiently through all the overacting and slapstick for the moment when they would tell us how silly Shakespeare's morality play about the inferiority of women was. It never happened. Given Chesapeake's modern and funny interpretations of Shakespeare, I looked forward to bringing my daughters to this play.
March 29, 1992
Your letters are the lifeblood of this column. It's time for the readers of this column to have the last word ."Your column about those 'accommodating' people who keep the rest of us hopping, trying to guess what they really want from us, cracked me up because I saw my submissive, indecisive, oh-so-accommodating, oh-so-powerful mother in every sentence," wrote a Dallas wife and mother."
September 8, 1991
It's time for equal time -- time for the readers of this column to have the last word.From Louisville, Ky., a letter came this month that began:"Your recent article about leaving children home alone disturbed me a great deal."Isn't it bad enough that so many children are home alone all summer? Isn't it bad enough that so many children are home alone at night because their parents have business meetings, dinners, bridge games, bowling or whatever?"Now you come along and encourage parents to trust their instincts in determining their child's ability to remain home alone for hours every day. Don't we have enough problems with children today without encouraging more parents to leave their children alone?
April 25, 1993
It's time for equal time -- time for readers of this column to have the last word -- and this month you wrote to me about the ways our childhoods can affect our adult relationships, the trials of being "imperfect" working parents, sacrificing one's personal life for a career, and perfectionism.After a column about the ways our childhoods can affect our interactions with people in our workplaces, a 46-year-old marketing specialist wrote: "I read your article just after pitching what can only be described as a 6-year-old's temper tantrum."
December 27, 1998
There is no substitute for a child's first experiences with that concrete object called a book - smelling the aroma of the pages, rubbing fingers along the binding, feeling the smoothness of glossy paper. Nor is there a substitute for the positive feelings transmitted to a child by a reader who cares and who invests books with personal value.When you read to your child, you give these very real and concrete gifts that encourage reading:* Warm feelings aroused by the closeness between you, the reader, and your child, the listener.