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Entries by Red Room from 08/2011

Why Society Must Alter How We Talk to Kids -- A Gay Dad's Perspective

| Posted 08.04.2011 | Parents

It's no skin off my nose if someone sees the ring on my finger and asks me about the wife they envision me having. But it's a drag for a six year-old to feel like she has to answer questions about her family unit for strangers.

Waiting for My Teen to Become a Monster

| Posted 08.09.2011 | Parents

Experts have also told us that the number one, ultimate rule of the parent-child relationship is that a mother must never, under any circumstance, ever consider being best friends with her daughter. I guess I blew that one.

What We Say to Our Kids - and What They Hear

| Posted 08.09.2011 | Parents

We deliver short, easy messages that we think they understand, but they don't. Kids are literal beings, and if we don't give them context to what we're saying they don't have the capacity to fill it in on their own. And if we can't or won't create that context using the grisly truth, what are we to do?

Deborah Lindquist: Bring Your Summer Wardrobe into Fall -- the Green Way

| Posted 08.11.2011 | Style

Every time I design a collection, I consider the multi-seasonability of the garments I create. When you shop, so should you. I am known as an "eco designer" and for my use of recycled/vintage mixed with new pieces to create a complete look.

Lori Hope: Direct Mail and How to Help Someone with Cancer

| Posted 08.21.2011 | Healthy Living

Hearing "you have cancer" can force you to confront your mortality, and fling you into a lava pit of terror stirred by superstition. Trauma can cause emotional regression -- rousing our reptilian brain.

Madeline Sharples: Birthday Celebrations as We Age

| Posted 08.25.2011 | Healthy Living

With each birthday I'm reminded that second acts can come at any age. It's never too late to do something more with your life. My life continues to transform.

Does Discrimination Still Exist? Of Course It Does

| Posted 08.29.2011 | Business

If you don't believe that discrimination exists, here are some facts that prove my point.

Gayle Brandeis: What Did the MLK, Jr. National Memorial Leave Out?

| Posted 08.30.2011 | Chicago

I am thrilled about the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. As I look at the official website, though, I find myself disappointed that the Chicago Freedom Movement isn't mentioned in the timeline of his life.

Pam Tent: Home Is Where You Hang Your Hat: Why San Francisco Is It for Me

| Posted 08.31.2011 | San Francisco

Overwhelmed by high rents and the stressful pace, I sometimes wonder why I stay here. Then I unexpectedly uncover a San Francisco treasure.