Hugs for Love, Hugs for Life

I’m sure that if you have kids, you hug them. We all know that hugging – and being hugged – makes us feel good. I’ve always believed that I’m a fairly tactile person, one who doesn’t stint on the physical affection. I’m a great hugger. But then I started asking myself some questions. How often do…

Is it OK to Shout at Your Kids?

Last Friday morning, I made my six-year-old son cry. Not just a quiet tear or two, but that gasping, rasping weeping that tells you they’re truly upset. How did I make him cry? I shouted at him. Why did I shout at him? Well, here’s the story. School days. When the kids have to go…

Less Recess = More ADHD

“ADHD is a fictitious disease.” So trumpeted many memes and much-shared social media posts not long back. You may have seen some of them. And, if you’re like me and many others who suspect that pharmaceutical companies prey off of the fears and insecurities of Americans seated on their sofas, bombarded with constant commercials for…

Birding Spain’s Ebro Delta

You don’t go to the Ebro Delta for the beaches, although miles of sandy spits stretch out from the mouth of this massive river. You don’t go there for the historic towns and quaint villages, because there are none. Frankly, the towns of the delta, with their concrete cubes and modern holiday developments, seem rather…