Category Archives: fairy tales

Ninja gnomes

Over winter vacation, Gorilla Girl and Monkey man became obsessed with Gnomeo and Juliet — an animated, Elton-John infused version of Romeo and Juliet.  The family friendly film predictably alters the ending (double suicide not really being popular with the … Continue reading

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Tooth fairy

Gorilla Girl lost her first tooth.  This physical signal of her development took me a bit by surprise. Though I was a little worried that Gorilla Girl lost her tooth too soon, our dentist assured me that even though she … Continue reading

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Summer movies, adoption style

We took Monkey Man and Gorilla Girl to see Kung Fu Panda 2 over the Memorial Day weekend.  Monkey Man has been obsessed with Kung Fu Panda, and our whole family knows the story. The first time I watched the … Continue reading

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How to feed a vampire

A fellow blogger and old friend posted a question about the recent fascination with Vampires in pop culture, and especially the glamorization of women as possessions of these Vampire characters.  She’s referring mostly to an HBO show called True Blood … Continue reading

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Midsummer’s arrival

For teachers (and students), and anyone else who works in a job where summer is synonymous with a more relaxed schedule, and fewer obligations, summer often arrives just as we are frayed around our edges. In those few weeks before … Continue reading

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Playing dress up

Monkey Man has found a new love — playing dress up. Gorilla Girl has a box of “princess” dress up clothes that we bought for Christmas, and she has been recently wearing the various princess outfits over her own clothing. … Continue reading

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The mad cap adventures of Princess Belle

Gorilla Girl’s cousin and aunt sent her a new favorite book for Valentine’s Day — it is called Enchanted Stables and it incorporates three princesses, Belle, Cinderella and Snow White, each in her own mad cap “adventure” involving a horse.  … Continue reading

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Not so pretty in pink

Peggy Orenstein’s Schoolgirls, when it was released in 1994, like other feminist works of the 1990s, questioned, probed, revealed, and prompted changes and shifts in education, the work place and social interactions.  Her book, like Myra and David Sadker’s Failing … Continue reading

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Juiced!

Gorilla Girl has a habit of hiding under furniture when she has committed an act that she knows is unacceptable or dangerous. Several weeks ago, she ran at top speed from my room, dashed under the couch and remained hidden … Continue reading

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Fashionista barbie, door bells and prince charlie

A few days ago, Monkey Man and Gorilla Girl were playing while I made dinner.  Gorilla Girl said to Monkey Man, “You will be Prince Charlie and I’ll visit you.” For a moment, I thought I should correct Gorilla Girl, … Continue reading

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