Thursday, May 15, 2008

Mad Face Invasion

One of the fun games we play is for young Mace to show us his faces: happy, sad, surprised, and mad. So when photo day rolled around, guess which one he wanted to flash? No coaxing from the staff could dissuade him.

A brief moment of 2.5 year old folly or a sign of future rebellion?


Monday, May 12, 2008


The last time a quake this size hit China, about a quarter million people died. However, much of that was because China then - like Burma today - shunned foreign aid. Not this time: China seems willing to accept whatever help it can get.

NPR - whose All Things Considered staff was already in Chengdu when the quake hit - has a list of possible charities for those interested in contributing.

The story about the Dujiangyan middle school which collapsed is heartwrenching. I cannot remotely imagine the anguish running through these victims' parents.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day, RiceMommies

It's Mother's Day, and whether you dismiss it as a "Hallmark Holiday" or you do the full-on brunch/flowers/jewelry thang, one thing's for sure:

We love ya, mamas, and we wouldn't be here without ya. [Heh.] Thank you for everything - for putting up with our crap, for being the partners and mothers we and our babies need, for being you.

And remember - it's always Mother's Day on