• For Thinking People
  • Ideas
  • Stories
  • Making MOney
  • Change
  • Culture

Reflection on Influence and Character

Written by Andrea Hill on . Posted in Education 3.0

I have long been critical of religious fundamentalists who homeschool to buffer their children from the influences of popular culture. It seemed like an indictment of the rest of us, and I had a rather emotional - even visceral - reaction to it.

Education 3.0

Written by Andrea Hill on . Posted in Education 3.0

or . . . Our (Continued) Adventures with Home Schooling

I have always embraced the value of supporting and investing in public schooling.

Shades of Gray

Written by Andrea Hill on . Posted in People Issues

We Avoid the Shadows and Prefer ClarityWe Americans aren't particularly fond of subtleties. We like our politics black and white and our issues right or wrong. I once thought this was indicative of lack of intellectual energy, but lately I've been thinking we just like to fight. The problem is, most significant social issues are messy, and there are no perfect - or even near-perfect - solutions.

Taxicab Balladeer

Written by Andrea Hill on . Posted in People Issues

I get in my cab tonight after dinner, and the cab driver says "I'm the best cab driver you have ever had." I tell him, "That's going to be tough to achieve. Everywhere I go I meet wonderful cab drivers - it's one of my favorite things about traveling."

So he says, "Well, I bet you never had a cab driver serenade you before." He's right. This has not happened. "What will you sing for me?" I ask. "One of my favorite songs," he says. "A love song in my native language."

"Are you a tenor or a baritone?" I ask. "Both," he says. "When I was a young boy in Mexico City, I could do every voice in the choir." "OK," I say, "Sing me your song. It's been a terrific day and this sounds like a wonderful way to end it."

And he begins to sing. A soft, melodic, then soaring Spanish love ballad. I put my head back, closed my eyes, listened, then wept. When he opened my door I kissed him on his cheek and gave him his due. "Yes," I said, "You are the best cab driver I have ever had."

Everywhere you go, people can surprise you. They are rarely just what they seem.

Cynical? Just a Little

Written by Andrea Hill on . Posted in Knights of Liberty

The GOP is now pushing for a birth-control measure as part of their negotiation over the debt ceiling. Let's analyse this . . . this is a political entity that is willing to jeopardize an issue of domestic and international economic concern just so they can try to force their personal agendas on women? Since when was legislating the bedroom and women's medical decisions a form of SMALLER government?? And most importantly, why do they have so little respect for women that they don't believe we are capable of making moral, medical, and religious decisions based on our own belief systems?? There are thousands and thousands of Americans who follow religions that ban the use of immunizations, but I don't see them trying to make insurance companies stop covering them . . .

Not Other

Written by Andrea Hill on . Posted in People Issues

Our children - and now our grandchild - have paid a certain price for having gay (grand)parents. Back in the '90s,

My Granddaughter's Heroes

Written by Andrea Hill on . Posted in Education 3.0

The subject? Literature. The lesson topic? Heroes. When asked who she would name as heroes, Aubrey immediately named Martin Luther King and Harvey Milk. Would I have known this about her if we weren't doing school together? I don't know, but I'm SO glad I do!

What's the Real Problem with Health Care?

Written by Andrea Hill on . Posted in Money & Power

Simply, it costs to much. In America. During these days of emotional, largely uninformed, often ignorant, and completely politicized discussion, I can only hope it will be useful to pass along information that has been fact-checked. I realize that many people don't care about facts these days, but I remain hopeful . . .

Thanks to Upworthy for this video:

John Green is kind of amazing. He knows his facts way better than you or me. And they are mindn-blowing, and/or horrifying . . . 

What Were We Thinking?

Written by Andrea Hill on . Posted in People Issues

The Wisconsin Family Action Council won't even tolerate gays 'imitating marriage'. I had no idea that what we were doing for the past almost 20 years - raising children, taking care of each other, caring for in-laws, being active members of our extended families, and investing in our schools and communities, was an imitation. I always thought it was real!!