Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mine goes to 11: Romantic Things I Can't Forget

Forget the clich├ęs of roses and lingerie, what is truly romantic? These things stick with me because they are unusual, show that time and research was employed or go beyond the typical. Big gesture or small, romance is showing that you are thinking of the other person rather than yourself. Here is my list:

  • “I’d throw myself on a grenade for you” (most romantic thing a man has ever said to me.)
  • Reading poetry aloud to you while you bathe. Bonus points: in a foreign language.
  • Ordering a sandwich without mayo, to share, even though he would have had it on his.
  • Knowing how you take your coffee and ordering for you.
  • Sending you a TV streaming device when you are on bed rest.
  • Taking you to a concert and buying you a soda pop, because you are 13, on your first date.
  • Working out together. Bonus points: not making fun of you in your workout gear.
  • Introducing you with pride to his friends.
  • Texting you when your song comes on. 30 years later!
  • Recommending a good book based on shared interests.
  • Drawing your picture on his skateboard with Sharpie. 

What's on your list, or what can you do for your Valentine this year that they will put on theirs? 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Guest Blogger Ivy on World Religions

This week I have a guest blogger, and I'm very proud to introduce my daughter Ivy, with a perspective she wrote for her 6th grade class at Everett Middle School in San Francisco, CA. 

Guest Blogger Ivy, age 11, San Francisco

Why are people killing others because of what they believe in? People all over the world are being targeted because of their religions. Innocent people are being discriminated against because they believe in a different god than someone else. 

Thousands of people were killed in 2015 because of their religion. When I learned this I was shocked! I thought that in the 21st Century, we would have learned to accept each-other for who we are and not what we believe in.

We must stop this hate and violence. A way to do this would be to bring world religion education into schools around the world. This would promote the idea that even if someone has different beliefs from you, they aren’t bad. If children could learn these things we could grow up to be peaceful citizens and make the world a better place. 

By Ivy Dubiner
Feb 2016
Age 11
Grade 6
Everett Middle School, San Francisco, CA