There are so many sad anniversaries this month, including the Oklahoma City bombing yesterday and the Columbine High School shootings today. I received an e-mail message from Dave Cullen of Columbine fame who reminded me that today marked the 11th anniversary of the school shooting. Cullen’s publisher just released an expanded paperback version of his book that includes a 12-page afterword titled, “Forgiveness.” They are follow-up vignettes of three victims in very different places, and the central role that forgiveness played in their recovery. Cullen promised “startling new revelations about the killers’ parents,” as well as actual journal pages from shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
I was glad to see that Cullen has embarked on a tour of largely high schools and college campuses to discuss an important issue that may have led, at least Dylan Klebold, to partake in the shootings 11 years ago: teen depression. Klebold’s mother, Susan, wrote an article about it for Oprah magazine in October. I got chills reading her essay as well as Cullen’s book.
The Country Music Awards were Sunday night and here is a list of the winners, according to MSN. Congrats to Carrie Underwood who became the first woman to win entertainer of the year twice.
My Circle of Moms Facebook page recently had a discussion on “cool baby boy names.” I agree that boy names are harder to find than girl names. I am partial to Spanish names like Diego, Adrian, Romero, and Emilio. But these were some of the names actually recommended on the Facebook thread: Logan, Arthur, Harry, Aidan, David, Alex, Castin, Brenton, Austin, Axel, Brayton, Denali, Kaden, Cade, Maxon, Stran, Levi, Colby,Grayson or Gray, Everett, Hunter, and Ashton.
My husband and I could not agree on any names, so we decided before the kids were born that he would name a first-born boy, I would name a first-born girl and the other spouse would name the second child. My husband named our first-born son Aristotle Alberto after his favorite philosopher and grandfather respectively. What are your favorite boy names?
I thought we were hardcore in Berkeley when it comes to healthy food in children’s lunches. But this school in Tucson, Arizona, has us beat. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the Children’s Success Academy in Tucson bans all white flour, refined sugar and anything it defines as processed food, on school premises. The list of contraband includes: flavored yogurt, canned fruit, American cheese, processed meats, white bread, peanut butter made with sugar, and virtually all packaged crackers except Triscuits, because they are baked with whole grain.
Finally, Congratulations to Dave Cullen who is attending the LA Times Book Awards ceremony this Friday. His book Columbine is up against books by Tracy Kidder and Dave Eggers. I made sure to tell Dave that we are also fans of Tracy Kidder since we read Mountains Beyond Mountains here. As you can tell I am still star-struck. I know, I am a geek.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?