Remember the game: Mother, May I? One child was selected to be “The Mom”. The other kids lined up at a pretty good distance from her. Mom would pick a player at random and say: “Karen, you may take X steps.” She would respond: “Mother, may I?” and it was up to the Mom to grant the request or not. If the player forgot to ask permission, she must go back to the starting line. The first person to touch… Read more »

I’ve never been good at math. I remember my parents making a teacher give me extra math assignments so I could practice more. Hours and hours of sitting at the kitchen table with my father. I do a problem, and he’d ask me how I’d solved it. Most of time, it felt like dumb work. He’d look at me and say: “You have to understand the process.” And I’d do the problem again. I’d start out fairly confident, but then… Read more »


Last spring I heard a fascinating story on NPR. It was about the memory of caterpillars after metamorphosis. The scientist interviewed described how her researched uncovered the fact that caterpillars have the ability to remember things even after they have become transformed into moths. That was not the most interesting part of the story for me. She said that caterpillars don’t just “put on a change of clothes” to become butterflies, but rather they go through a “biological meltdown that… Read more »