Talking to High School Kids About Alcohol

A few years ago a mom was telling me that her talk with her 18 year old daughter included, “Don’t drink too much.” And she’d go on to explain that her daughter was about to go to college anyhow and it wasn’t like she could control her in college. I gasped hearing this as my kids were still quite young and in a rare moment of self awareness, said nothing. I’m pleased I said nothing because as my kids have grown the alcohol conversation has evolved. When they were tiny …

#Selfies

The word of the year is Selfie. We have a problem. Two weeks ago I’d have told you that Selfies at Funerals was the best Tumblr to hit the web like… ever. Now that Obama has taken a memorial service selfie it’s a little less funny. Why do people take selfies? Who is taking them? Can we talk about camera angles and how we can fake a jawline by holding the camera a little higher (these heads of state are clearly amateur)? The folks from Hashtracking want to talk about …

Lots of Lives Changed Yesterday: Good News

Offered without editorial I'm going to tell you a story. — Billy Baker (@billy_baker) December 16, 2013 Two years ago, I was standing in Dorchester, in a rough neighborhood, and I saw the #19 bus drive by. — Billy Baker (@billy_baker) December 16, 2013 I knew immediately that it was no ordinary bus. This was a special bus. It was a bus that is a symbol of hope for many from Boston. — Billy Baker (@billy_baker) December 16, 2013 I know that bus all too well. I took one just …

Today

I booked my daughter’s first behind the wheel driving lesson and not two hours later I got a save the date email from her school. It’s time to meet the college counselors. I am convinced that this daughter of mine learned to walk away from me and will never walk back toward us. I’m also a little sick and therefore overtired and glum. Then I went over the mountains of things that I’m overdue in sharing on my blog and saw this series of images You see I’d been invited …

Affluenza: Rich Kids Suffer, Kill People & Don’t Get Punished

I don’t know how to do this justice. Please watch this brief report from CNN where Ethan Couch successfully is defended from 4 counts of vehicular manslaughter by explaining to a judge that he’s a poor little rich kid with bad parents. Included in the Ethan Couch’s defense is what can only be described as evidence of sexual assault. His parents caught him in the pickup truck at 15 with a naked and passed out 14 year old girl. The defense uses this as an example of permissive parenting. Where …