Sunday, September 23, 2007

deadly dowries

For a horrific view on the abuses of women in India regarding dowries, check out this post. It's truly an eye opener.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

privacy much?

This Sunday's Parade Magazine has an article about privacy. One fallacy I often hear about the lack of privacy people feel these days is, "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about."

Nothing could be further from the truth.

If nothing else, non-hiders should worry about how they are going to ensure that all the data building up on them remains factual.


Wednesday, September 05, 2007

oh, boy ...

So. You had a little baby boy, huh? Good for you!

Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails. Ninja Turtles, footballs, prom tuxedos.

A greater risk that your future grandchildren will be plucked from the clutch of your loving arms and taken away from you - possibly for much of their young lives - than if you had had a baby girl.

Face it, not all marriages survive. I hope your son is among the exceptions, but some mothers' sons will face divorce - it's an unavoidable possibility. And as most children of divorce go with the mother, there's a probability that that mother may not feel comfortable bringing the grandkids over to see her ex-in-laws for visits like she once did. Certainly not as much as HER parents will see them.

Have a boy - possibly lose the grandkids. Have a girl - probably keep the grandkids.

Moms, teach your boys to treat girls nice. You have a vested interest in keeping his family together.



Once the grandkids reach 18, who do you think they're going to visit? Their biological dad's folks? Or the ones they might consider their "real" grandparents - their moms' and step-dads' parents.

"Yeah, they sent me cards and photos and stuff, but C'mon! I haven't seen them since I was like, what, FOUR?"

Grandparents, hug your sons' kids tightly next time you see them. There's a coin-flip of a demon out there who wants to take them away.

Maybe far away.

And while you're at it, hug your daughter's kids closely, too. Specially if you're squeezing for four.