Rape, and the Date-Safe Project; an interview with Mike Domitrz

Rape, and the Date-Safe Project; an interview with Mike Domitrz

Courtesy Datesafeproject.org

Rape is a crime of violence. It is a crime of subjugation and dehumanization. In rape, sex is a tool used to humiliate and debase. The rapist is not a stranger. He is us.

  • 91% of rape victims are women
  • 73% of women know, or know of, their rapist
  • 38% of rapists are friends or acquaintances of their victim
  • 28% of women regarded their rapist as an ‘intimate’
  • 60% of rapes…

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Salt Water Painting

Salt water painting is a fun and inexpensive way to be creative and learn a little science at the same time. As you complete this project with your kids you can talk about crystals dissolving in water to make a solution. You can also talk about saturation and supersaturation and how a crystal can be recovered from a solution using evaporation.

Materials:

  • salt
  • hot water
  • spoon
  • bowl
  • paint brush
  • blac…

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Of Taste and Family: Taste of Chelmsford

Of Taste and Family: Taste of Chelmsford

Recently I wrote about a fundraising event in my town called the Taste of Chelmsford that raises money for one of our elementary school’s enrichment programs. It’s put on by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and is one of the highlights of the year for many, many people. The restaurants and vendors who participate in this “battle of taste” take it very seriously, as the people who…

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Shouting Cancer in a Crowded Room

Shouting Cancer in a Crowded Room

One Friday night, my 9-year-old son Noah and I were picking up Thai food when something on the counter caught his eye. It was a cardboard coin collector for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Noah turned to me in the crowded waiting area and said proudly in his best outdoor voice, “Hey Dad, I know someone who has  Lymphoma!” And he patted me on the shoulder.

“Yes,” I said. “Yes, you do.”

It took me…

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Hockey Dad Tries out for Baseball Dad

Hockey Dad Tries out for Baseball Dad

BaseballBenchThe pace of baseball is completely foreign to me, the amount of rules stresses me out and my childhood memories of the game are less than glamorous.

But it’s not about me, is it?

It’s about my 6-year-old son who practically floats with excitement just being on the same field as all of his friends. The faces are even mostly the same, they are my hockey kids, only with mitts on their hands and caps…

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Caution! Beware of “You’re a Good Dad.”

Caution! Beware of “You’re a Good Dad.”

Dad and BabyI chat regularly with my neighbor Peggy about things–the neighborhood, the weather, her grandkids, our kids, sharing hedge trimming expenses–Normal neighbor stuff.

On one particular day, she and I talked at length about what my life was like as a stay at home dad and how I handle certain situations with the kids.

The weather has been nice now that we are finally slogging our way out of this…

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A Tradition Unlike Any Other; Golf and the Family

A Tradition Unlike Any Other; Golf and the Family

Nicklaus, Palmer, and Player start the Masters off properly, NYTimes.com

Nicklaus, Palmer, and Player start the Masters off properly, NYTimes.com

On this second Sunday in April, 2014, I sat on the edge of the couch with Mort, my 82 year old Dad, and his 21 year old grandson Aaron; my only child. It was Masters Sunday; 63 holes played, only the back nine to go, where the Masters tourney is won and lost. Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth were locked in the endgame of their…

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RTD: Puberty and The Sex Talk

This week’s RTD at @DadsRoundTable: Puberty and The Sex Talk #DadsRT

I remember sitting in the doctor’s office for the ultrasound where we found out the sex of our first child. At that point I had 6 nephews and only 1 niece, and we assumed we would be adding another boy to the ranks.  When the doctor turned to us and said, “You have a healthy baby girl,” we were shocked. Once we asked several questions for them to confirm that finding, I turned to my wife and…

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The Apocryphal Collection

Bros: The Narwhal and the Snowman first appeared as a quick sketch on my personal Facebook account. 
Bros

Dazed and Confused was a line art project demonstration for my students.
Snowed In Dazed and Confused James Hudyma

LMFAO is Shoveling first appeared on the Snowed In Comics Instagram account.
LMFAO Snowed In Comics James Hudyma

Kermit Replaces Steven Page was inspired by listening to “Pollywog in a Bog”, which is featured on the Bare Naked Ladies’ children’s album, Snack…

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3 Pieces of Furniture I’ll Never Buy Again

3 Pieces of Furniture I’ll Never Buy Again

When times are good you might not think twice about buying home furniture. A new ottoman looks nice and serves a purpose, so it’s money well spent – right?

In tougher times you can’t justify as many expenditures, even if they serve purposes and look nice. When money is tight you just don’t buy the ottoman.

But what about replacing broken furniture? What about a piece that would actually provide a…

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