Waxin’ Philosophical

I have a confession to make: I am a hoarder. Of school supplies, that is. It started in the early days of my teaching career, when I scoured back-to-school ads for ridiculous deals, like composition notebooks for 10 cents. I'd click my heels with teacher glee as...

We all know the typical kids birthday party drill: balloons, cake, unbridled enthusiasm (aka "the crazy") and, of course, presents. Lots of them. I'm not sure why present-opening is such an entrenched American tradition. You'd think the forefathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence: "And on each birthday,...

I recently read the book Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson. As the title would lead one to believe, this is an environmentalist book, recommended by my eco-savvy friend Melissa (who, even though she is super eco-conscious, cautioned that Zero Waste is "a bit extreme"...