Thursday, June 17, 2010
In this week's Economist, the Technology Quarterly included an article about Dean Kamen. Kamen, who is based in Manchester, New Hampshire, is perhaps best known for inventing the Segway self-balancing scooter, but he also invented the insulin pump, the home dialysis machine, and has registered upwards of 440 patents in the last 40 years.
You can read the full, fascinating article through the link above, but I especially wanted to share a couple of quotes from Kamen:
"If you look at the way science and technology are presented today, it's worse than they just don't get their fair share of time. It's like somebody brilliantly set out to undermine any prospect for the average kid -- especially girls and minorities -- to feel excited about science. When children see a scientist on television, it's either a squeaky, geeky misfit kid or a middle=-aged white male with frizzy hair and a German accent."
"Technology is easy to develop. Developing a new attitude, moving the culture, is the difficult part... The reason it takes technology 15 or 20 years to come in is because 15 years is the time it takes a kid who saw it when he was young to become a functioning adult."
Monday, June 14, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine is at it again...there is going to be a small event - a "Smell Off" this Weds. at 12 noon to illustrate the problem of fragrances in personal care products. Local "celebrities" will try to smell which products are safe. It will be short, sweet and silly - In Lobsterman Park, in Portland (right in front of the Nickelodeon). We will release a national report on chemical fragrances in products: http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=644 ).
It will be great to have a few people there to watch and add to the fun - if you're downtown, going to the Farmer's Market, etc... stop on by! Let me know if you have any questions! Tell all your friends!
Outreach and Organizing Director
Environmental Health Strategy Center
565 Congress Street, Suite 205
Portland, Maine 04101
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I'm curious if other adults see any of themselves in it and even more curious what you think it might mean for our kids?
Healthy Fatherhood Alliance
Fantastic Fathers Photo Contest
Win Great Prizes!
A five-pack of tickets to see The Sea Dogs vs. The Akron Aeros game on Fathers Day, Sunday, June 20th
See your picture on the big screen at the game
Prizes from Coffee By Design
Take this opportunity to honor your dad (or grand dad, or father figure) and get him on the Sea Dogs' big screen! Submit a favorite photo in one of four categories: sentimental/memories, humorous/playful, active/activity, or multi-generational. One winner will be chosen from each category, and will be shown on the big screen along with runner-up photos during the Fathers Day game.
The Healthy Fatherhood Alliance is made up of:
Dads, Boys to Men, STRONG Fathers Network, The BirthPlace at Mercy, Maine Health, Just for Dads, Real Life Real Talk, Kids First Center, Breakwater School, PROP, DHHS, and many more individuals
The Healthy Fatherhood Alliance is a community coalition sponsored by Boys to Men
Submission Deadline: June 11, 2010
Submit photo along with your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
Winners will be announced on June 14, 2010
To enter, you must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident. Boys to Men employees and Board members and their immediate family members are not eligible. Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the holder of any copyrights for that photo. By submitting a photo for the contest, I hereby consent to the use of this photograph singularly or in conjunction with other photo-graphs for advertising, publicity, or other purposes associated with the Healthy Fatherhood Alliance. I understand that the term "photograph" as used herein encompasses both still photographs and motion picture footage.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
* EDIT : MOVEON is hosting a vigil on Tuesday in South Portland - Host: Mary K—fellow MoveOn member
Where: Mill Creek Park - Broadway/Ocean Street (in South Portland)
When: Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2010, at 6:00 PM
Someone shared this video with me -- students at an elementary school in Grafton, VT created a display that shows how many bags per minute are disposed in the U.S. Clearly, we do not want to be drilling 5,000 miles into the ocean just so we can conveniently schlep our fruit in the grocery store... but is this a kids problem or an adult one? What is right for them to think about and what are they going to face, because it is happening, right or wrong?
Friday, June 4, 2010
DescriptionThe Mystic Pirates sail into the scenic midcoast towns of Damariscotta and Newcastle. The pirates invade at high noon, complete with a pirate ship laying down a barrage of cannon fire. Pirate activities, beginning at 10 a.m., including games, re-enactments and music will continue until 4 p.m. Children will be involved in a drama to find the Lost Treasure of the Mystic Pirates. Special pirate-themed menus will be featured at local restaurants during the event and into the evening. The event benefits Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes.
|Venue Name:||In - Town Damariscotta|
|Address:||Main Street Damariscotta, ME 04543|
DateJune 12th, 2010
Times10:00 to 4:00
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
We're going to the 1pm show and would love to see others there!
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
1:00pm and 3:00pm
ORCH/BOXES/GRAND TIER $12
BALCONY $ 8
SUPER SAVER $ 8
Also, if you can’t find what you are looking for on the calendar consider trying one of these fun places:
All Play Family Entertainment Center
Bradbury Mountain State Park
Casco Bay Lines
Children's Museum and Theater of Maine
Desert of Maine
Happy Wheels Skate Center
It Takes Two Farm (Windham)
Maine Academy of Gymnastics
Maine Audubon Society/Gilsland Farm
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co.
Maine Wildlife Park
Peek-A-Boo Children's Center
Pick & Paint Pottery Shop
Portland Museum of Art
Portland Stage Company
Portland Symphony Orchestra (Kinderkonzerts)
Smudge Art Studio for Kids
Westerly Winds Golf & Sports Park
Wolfe's Neck Farm
York's Wild Kingdom
Portland Sea Dogs Baseball
Prince Memorial Library (Cumberland)
Falmouth Memorial Library
Gray Public Library
Merrill Memorial Library (Yarmouth)
Playgrounds: (Note School playgrounds are generally only recommended during non-school hours)
Cumberland - Wilson School - Tuttle Town
Cumberland - North Yarmouth Memorial School
Falmouth – Plummer-Motz School
Falmouth - behind Staples/Rainbow Toys
Freeport - Winslow Park
Freeport - Morse Street School
Yarmouth - North Road/Shipyard
Yarmouth - Rowe School on School Street
Yarmouth - Apple Woods on Applecrest Drive
Portland - Payson Park
Portland - Eastern Prom
Portland - Deering Oaks
Cousins Island, Yarmouth
Macworth Island, Falmouth
Wolfe's Neck Park, Freeport
East End Beach, Portland
Willard Beach, So. Portland
Cresent Beach, Cape Elizabeth
Higgins Beach, Scarborough
Pine Point Beach, Scarborough
Biddeford Pool, Biddeford
Ferry Beach State Park, Saco
Old Orchard Beach
Here’s to a fun filled month!
The Cumberland/North Yarmouth Family Network Leadership Team
Julie, Lalla, Jen, Marnie, Bethany & Allison
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Last week, the NYT reported on a brand new study that reveals a persistent (if closing) second shift for mother's. Mothers spend, on average, 27% of their time on housework, versus 18% for dads; and mothers were reported to have 11% of their time in "leisure" compared to 23% for dads. Interestingly, the couples who fought the least about housework were the ones with an explicit and rigid division of labor. . . this is similar to Hoschild's findings 20+ years ago that more traditional marriages actually split housework more evenly, because men were more inclined to be chivalrous. Interesting stuff.
Kathleen Gerson has a new book out that examines the gap between young people's ideas about how the division of labor should and will be and what the structural realities end up pushing them towards... maybe she'd be an interesting P4P speaker someday?
(from her website:)
Kathleen’s most recent book, The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America (Oxford University Press, 2010), addresses a new generation’s experiences growing up amid changing families and blurring gender boundaries. The Unfinished Revolution shows how irreversible but incomplete change has created a growing clash between new egalitarian ideals and resistant social institutions. Although young women and men hope to fashion flexible, egalitarian gender strategies, they are falling back on less desirable options that are fostering a new gender divide between “self-reliant” women and “neo-traditional” men. The solution to these 21st century conundrums is to finish the gender revolution by creating more flexible, egalitarian workplaces and more child-supportive communities.
On the other hand, the bloggers at Equally Shared Parenting encourage us to push harder and make it happen, now.