HUMANS RIGHTS — Marilyn Armstrong

I read an article a while back which announced with solemnity and more than a few pie charts, that dogs -- our dogs, your dogs, pet dogs -- don't like being hugged. Not merely do they not like being hugged and display measurable levels of stress when hugged, but they really hate being kissed and nuzzled. … Continue reading HUMANS RIGHTS — Marilyn Armstrong

THE HUMAN-CANINE COVENANT IS MORE THAN COOKIES – Marilyn Armstrong

I read an article a while back which announced with solemnity and more than a few pie charts, that dogs -- our dogs, your dogs, pet dogs -- don't like being hugged. Not merely do they not like being hugged and display measurable levels of stress when hugged, but they really totally hate being kissed and … Continue reading THE HUMAN-CANINE COVENANT IS MORE THAN COOKIES – Marilyn Armstrong

LET THE CHILDREN PLAY – BY ELLIN CURLEY

The title of an article I read in the Washington Post on September 16, 2018, by Katherine Marsh, sets out its primary argument pretty clearly. “ We’ve so over-scheduled our kids that doctors are now prescribing playtime.” The article is subtitled “We idiotically insist that all of their activities be purposeful and structured.” To give … Continue reading LET THE CHILDREN PLAY – BY ELLIN CURLEY

DEMOCRACY STARTS ON THE PLAYGROUND – BY ELLIN CURLEY

I never thought that parenting practices could have a direct effect on the health and functionality of our democracy, yet that was the thesis of an article in the Sunday New York Times on Sept. 1, 2018. The article, by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff, is called “How to Play Our Way To A Better Democracy” … Continue reading DEMOCRACY STARTS ON THE PLAYGROUND – BY ELLIN CURLEY