Posts Tagged ‘health’
Not Everything is Rotten in the State of Denmark
Someone asked me the other day about my summer vacation and the various trips I had taken to Europe and Australia with my family. “What’s the one thing about your travels that struck you?” he asked.
Almost without thinking, I told him about standing on a street corner somewhere in France and watching the traffic. “Maybe one in 50 cars was a big, gas-guzzling hog,” I said. “I shook my and head and thought: Why is it that the rest of the world seems to get it, and we Americans don’t?” (more…)
Moms Who Drink (While Being Mothers)
Sometimes I think common sense just isn’t common enough! This is one of those times. Now I probably should recuse myself from the following discussion, because it is about drinking and I admit that I don’t drink at all, which is pretty extreme and may compromise my objectivity, but I really don’t think it does. It’s just a personal preference, and I don’t really have a problem with those who do drink. I really don’t; so long as they drink responsibly, meaning in moderation, with a designated driver and, most importantly, when they’re not being the caregiver to their children.
You can probably guess that this is on my mind because of the horrifying tragedy that took place on a New York state freeway just recently. The driver of the vehicle, a 36-year-old mother of two, allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit. We still don’t know what happened in that instance, and while what’s being reported may seem extreme compared to chatting and having a drink or two with other mothers in the backyard on a sunny afternoon — what happens when a parent puts the kids in the car to head home? (more…)