Tater-Totter: A 4-year-old’s Traffic Safety Invention

Lydia and I were riding in the back seat of our car, along the highway at the beginning of our family's Memorial Day vacation.  Lydia was looking out the window at the passing cars and suddenly turned to me. LYDIA: Mama, do you know about a tater-totter?  That's a car but with two wheels in … Continue reading Tater-Totter: A 4-year-old’s Traffic Safety Invention

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Do metal detectors prevent school shootings?

Tonight I attended a meeting at my son's school (grades K-8) about the decision to hire a full-time security guard and get a metal detector. I meant to do some research before the meeting on the extent to which schools with metal detectors have experienced shooting rampages, compared to schools without. I ended up not … Continue reading Do metal detectors prevent school shootings?

Walkable City, Visible City, and 4 more book reviews

My brother got me two books about cities for my birthday--one fiction and one nonfiction, both great books with great covers! Here they are, along with reviews of the other books I've read recently. Walkable City by Jeff Speck I love living in a walkable urban neighborhood!  This book by a city planner told me a … Continue reading Walkable City, Visible City, and 4 more book reviews