October 2008

Our new street.

We’re so fed up with waiting for them to install FiOS in our apartment, we decided to buy a townhouse in Orange because they have Time Warner Cable instead. Okay, so maybe that’s not really the impetus for the move, but it’s certainly a plus.

We’re in escrow now, and if all goes well, we should be moving into our new home in late November or early December. Wish us luck!

I’m listening to Spring Awakening and it made me think about books that are banned from schools. I think one of the greatest reasons to allow access to controversial books, particularly coming-of-age books, books about prejudice, and books about depression, is that young people need to know that they’re not alone in their thoughts–other people have been through the same things, and they can learn from those experiences, fiction or nonfiction.

In Spring Awakening, the characters are restricted from sex education, and as a result, they don’t know the immediate consequences of what they’re doing. It’s an important message to consider: Over-protecting people can keep them from being able to protect themselves.

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