Browsing All posts tagged under »Harry Potter«

A Letter from J.K. Rowling

July 16, 2013

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This week, author J.K. Rowling revealed she had written a detective novel, Cuckoo’s Calling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. For those of you unfamiliar with J.K. Rowling, some might say she is best known as the author of the book The Casual Vacancy. Although many more might say she’s even better known as the author […]

Welcome to Hogwarts!

July 18, 2012

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My eleven-year-old Optimist Prime is a huge Harry Potter fan, having finished the series for the fifth time just last week. If you’re familiar with the series, you know that eleven is the age Harry received a letter informing him he wasn’t an ordinary human (muggle) but was a wizard who had been accepted to […]

Ruminations Over Underdogs Over Overdogs

October 7, 2011

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Every year during the baseball playoffs, my son and I debate what we enjoy more: 1. Cheering for our favorite team to win; or 2. Cheering for the New York Yankees to lose. The Germans have a word, shadenfreude, which means taking delight in the misfortunes of others.  Many philosophers consider feelings of shadenfreude to […]

Did I Ever Tell You About the Time…?

August 18, 2011

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My wife has heard all my stories.  I’ve heard all her stories.  Every childhood memory, every funny anecdote, every life-changing experience had been exchanged within our first few years of marriage.  Conversation in years four to seven was full of stops and starts: “Did I ever tell you about the time–” and the other partner would […]

What Would Harry Potter Do?

August 4, 2011

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Kids like to be teased. When my kids say they don’t like to be teased I realize this is their way of teasing me back and begging for more teasing. I tease my kids a lot, but I hope my teasing manages to teach them valuable life lessons at the same time because this helps […]

Sorting Hat, Please, Please Don’t Put Me In Hufflepuff!

July 14, 2011

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If you’ve been a long-time reader, perhaps you remember my post, How to Tease Your Kids, extolling my love for teasing. If I ever lose my love for teasing, my love for my children will likely soon follow.  If I couldn’t tease them, I’d probably be a lot less interested in parenting, which is why […]