|The Family Politic: Teaching Children Civic Responsibility||
It is the first slightly cool day of Fall, wind chimes tinkling in the distance as the sun drifts through the trees to make dappled designs on the street.
|Get Out and Vote!||
OK, I shouldn't have to say this but I'm gonna anyway:
If you're a woman reading this-and you probably are, since 97% of the folks who read this magazine are women-you may think it's pretty silly of me telling you to go vote, given that women tend to show up at the polls...
|Creating a Family: Adoption in Austin||
November is National Adoption Month
July 2000 may not recall anything special for most Austinites, but for the Horn family, its significance is nothing short of historical.
"Our birthmother selected us in July of 2000," says Joyce Horn, of South Austin.
That was nearly two...
|Color is the Story||
I'm progressive when teaching art: there is no "right way" to do things and messes are encouraged. Color, however, is complex and has rules. Of course, these rules can and should be broken by the artist, but a strong foundation on the subject is what gives the artist freedom to express herself...
|It's Allergy Season....So Stock up on Incontinence Pads||
If you live in Austin you must have allergies. But for some people, allergy season is not about runny noses and watery eyes, it's about stocking up on incontinence pads.
"Why is that?" you may ask. Well, for some women, a good hard sneeze brings more than a tissue to their nose: it also...
|My Life as a Parent: A Day at the Park||
I'm no longer sure of the exact moment I realized I was in over my head. One thing is for certain: by the end of the day there was no questioning just how deep I was. Sometimes the universe signals us with red flags, but that day I was in need of some military flares.
It all started...
|Nancy Tays: Fostering a Love of Reading||
She's holds one of the most crowded story times around Austin-we're talking 30-40 toddlers at a time!-yet few people know her real name.
|What's the deal with Thimerosal?||
I keep hearing about Thimerosal and how it may be dangerous to children. I asked my pediatrician about it, but he basically said there's nothing to worry about. However, I also read that the CDC and FDA asked drug manufacturers to voluntarily remove it from vaccines as soon as possible. How...