He can be abrasive, even frightening, in his intensity.
He gets particularly riled up by certain topics--organized religion, taxation, and circumcision--but there are other ways to cross him and earn some public or private vituperation.
We're talking about our sons and daughters in this forum, not about our computers or our opinions about philosophy, and many of us feel that this tacit understanding sanctifies the virtual space.
The atmosphere of the Parenting conference--the attitudes people exhibit to each other in the tone of what they say in public--is part of what continues to attract me.
People who never have much to contribute in political debate, technical argument, or intellectual gamesmanship turn out to have a lot to say about raising children.
People you knew as fierce, even nasty, intellectual opponents in other contexts give you emotional support on a deeper level, parent to parent, within the boundaries of Parenting, a small but warmly human corner of cyberspace. Fathers (Continued) Books for Kids, Section Two Gay and Lesbian Teenagers Children and Spirituality Great Parks for Kids Quality Toys Parenting in an Often-Violent World Children's Radio Programming New WELL Baby Home Schooling Newly Separated/Divorced Fathers Another Well Baby--Carson Arrives in Seattle! There is nothing to measure against, to lean against.
I'd like to use this topic for discussing leukemia, the disease, both as it affects my family and what is known about it generally.
We learned early last week that our son Gabriel, 7 (our middle child), has acute lymphocytic leukemia, aka ALL. The Parenting regulars, who had spent hours in this conference trading quips and commiserating over the little ups and downs of life with children, chimed in with messages of support. Individuals who had never contributed to the Parenting conference before entered the conversation, including a couple of doctors who helped Phil and the rest of us understand the daily reports about blood counts and other diagnostics and two other people who had firsthand knowledge, as patients suffering from blood disorders themselves.Phil Catalfo reserved a picnic site and the use of a softball field in a public park. --and therefore we all already knew about my daughter Mamie and Philcat's son Gabe and Busy's son, the banjo player, but we had not seen many of them before.I remember that when I arrived at the park, Mamie and I recognized one particular group, out of the first half-dozen large parties of picnickers we saw in the distance."When you think of a title for a book, you are forced to think of something short and evocative, like, well, 'The Virtual Community,' even though a more accurate title might be: 'People who use computers to communicate, form friendships that sometimes form the basis of communities, but you have to be careful to not mistake the tool for the task and think that just writing words on a screen is the same thing as real community.'" - HLR Introduction Chapter One: The Heart of the WELL Chapter Two: Daily Life in Cyberspace: How the Computerized Counterculture Built a New Kind of Place Chapter Three: Visionaries and Convergences: The Accidental History of the Net Chapter Four: Grassroots Groupminds Chapter Five: Multi-user Dungeons and Alternate Identities Chapter Six: Real-time Tribes Chapter Seven: Japan and the Net Chapter Eight: Telematique and Messageries Rose: A Tale of Two Virtual Communities Chapter Nine: Electronic Frontiers and Online Activists Chapter Ten: Disinformocracy Bibliography In the summer of 1986, my then-two-year-old daughter picked up a tick. What amazed me wasn't just the speed with which we obtained precisely the information we needed to know, right when we needed to know it.There was this blood-bloated thing sucking on our baby's scalp, and we weren't quite sure how to go about getting it off. It was also the immense inner sense of security that comes with discovering that real people--most of them parents, some of them nurses, doctors, and midwives--are available, around the clock, if you need them.With that, I'll enter this, and return as soon as I can to say more about Gabe's case and what I've learned in the past week about this disease and what to do about it. In the meanwhile, I'm thinking about Gabriel and your entire family. With Gabe's remission, the community that had gathered around the leukemia topic redirected its attention to another part of the groupmind.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating