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London – Month #2

So as you can see we've done a lot so far! Here are links to some of those places: Cutty Sark National Maritime Museum National Army Museum Horniman Museum The Monument - (to the Great Fire of London 1666) Battersea Park HMS Belfast Tower of London Harrod's Harry Potter Studios Inez has been jetting off [...]

By | 2017-01-11T19:18:48+00:00 April 1st, 2014|Categories: London, travel|0 Comments

Horrible Parenting and Minecraft Addiction

I STRONGLY believe that Minecraft is a horrible thing. The number of shiftless teens and young adults who are addicted to the tune of 12+ hours a day is troubling enough. But I submit even worse are the younger kids who are inhaling this poisonous mind drug. Of course these kids are completely enabled by [...]

By | 2017-01-11T19:18:48+00:00 March 24th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|23 Comments

Amsterdam Trip!

The first clip is just some of the raw footage I shot. The second video, below, is more instructive as it features my artful narration: Friday Our plane leaves London's Heathrow airport at 6:15 pm. The flight is only 50 minutes but we lose an hour on the time change. Cab to Marriott on Stadhouderskade [...]

By | 2017-01-11T19:18:48+00:00 March 17th, 2014|Categories: London, travel|1 Comment

A Peek Inside The Ivory Tower

Alright the "ivory" was some of the paint color. And this "tower", not withstanding the 16 ft ceilings, is only on the second floor of the apartment building. Although here in London the Brits refer to the second floor as the "first floor"! Some of the books in that video can be found on my [...]

By | 2017-01-11T19:18:49+00:00 March 3rd, 2014|Categories: London|0 Comments

Living in London – Weeks 2, 3, and 4

Sorry. We've been so busy that I haven't had time to update...  Week 2 We finally had our belongings delivered from the States! Our PCs, the piano keyboard, our kitchen stuff, the rest of our clothing, our books and workbooks,... It was only then that I discovered how much my daughter and my wife OVERPACKED! [...]

By | 2017-01-11T19:18:49+00:00 February 23rd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

Piano Update – Almost 2 Years

As someone who's never played the piano, I'm continually and increasingly amazed at watching his fingers move all over the keyboard. The piano is a core part of our "curriculum" and it has traveled to London with us. And we've hired a piano instructor already too. An hour of practice per day, maybe a little [...]

By | 2017-01-11T19:18:49+00:00 February 15th, 2014|Categories: music|0 Comments

Living In London – Week 1

Last Friday we arrived early in the morning, local time. It was quite a struggle to "ring" the real estate agent....and get her to meet us at our new apartment. My wife's Blackberry wasn't functioning (or was it, but we just didn't know how to dial UK numbers?) and it seems we were given the [...]

By | 2017-01-11T19:18:49+00:00 February 1st, 2014|Categories: London, travel|1 Comment

Tiger Mom Amy Chua – 360 Degree Review

I just read, and enjoyed(!) - Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. If you haven't heard of it, it's one Chinese-American mother's account of how she raised her two daughters. And the book was, well, controversial to put it mildly. At this time there are 835 Amazon reviews....yielding 3.5 out of 5 stars. I would [...]

By | 2017-01-11T19:18:49+00:00 January 21st, 2014|Categories: books|0 Comments

Genuine Education Versus Grades

As a math tutor, I'm routinely summoned by frantic parents, "My son/daughter has a big test this week....can you please come to help them study?" Sure. That's my job - or at least one of them. But all too often I'm disgusted by the test material. Schools and "certified" teachers torture these poor kids with [...]

By | 2017-01-11T19:18:49+00:00 December 30th, 2013|Categories: math, Uncategorized|0 Comments