The Way to Tai Chi Chuan, Part 2

One of the most important factors in learning anything is the instructor. It is essential to find a good teacher if you want to learn Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi is such an elusive art that it is difficult for a beginner to know that he or she is getting the “real thing”. There are some qualifiers that the beginning student can watch out for. (more…)

Winning Essays, Part 3

“Then I’ll use them on Carrie,” he said. I informed him that his sister would not relinquish her freedom to him either. I told him to think about the fact that no one would want to play his game; he said he still wanted them. (more…)

Winning Essays, Part 2

The funny thing is that I not only had one with some of my personalities, I had another one that got the personalities that were left over. It’s a great mixture of me, so I guess I got what my father had always hoped for me! Hey Dad! I wouldn’t trade it for the world! (more…)

Winning Essays, Part 1

My name is Brelena Williams, and I just recently moved to Pittsburgh, Penn., as well as my husband and our two daughters. I have been a teacher for 16 years now, and I could really relate to your article. This past July I got a teaching position at a residential treatment facility for at-risk youth. I have nine students, all boys. Raising two girls, I have never really been around boys for an extended period of time, and yes, it takes some creativity to teach boys because they have a different perspective about play, school, friends, life. (more…)

Healthy Pregnancy

You’ve thought about it. You’ve talked about it. Now you’re ready to join the ranks of parenthood. Before you get pregnant, take steps to give your baby a healthy start. (more…)

Fatherhood The First Few Weeks, Part 2

It turns out that breast-feeding, while unquestionably natural, is not quite as simple as I had thought. Part of our problem was that Helen’s milk took a while to come in completely. Immediately following birth, the mother produces just a trickle of sugary milk called colostrum, which satisfies the baby for two or three days. After that, the baby needs a larger quantity of more nutritious milk, which Helen’s body was initially unable to supply. (more…)

Fatherhood The First Few Weeks, Part 1

Henry turned 5 weeks old yesterday. Everyone told us the first six weeks would be tough, and they have been, but not necessarily in the ways I expected. I thought I’d have the usual new parent war stories to tell by now — tales of colicky infants keening the night away, immune to the comforts of milk, clean diapers or gentle rocking. Based on what I’d seen and heard from other new dads, I prepared myself for a zombie-like existence at work. I pictured myself slumped before the computer screen with dull, red eyes staring blankly at imaginary reruns of the 2 a.m. infomercials I’d watched the night before in a vain attempt to soothe the baby. (more…)

Move it!

Want to do something really special with your kids this weekend? Forget about taking them to the local fast food joint or renting them another video game. Take them to the park and toss around a Frisbee instead. (more…)

A Surprising Final Four, Part 3

A Hopeful Final Four
What are the chances that Matt, Butch, or Christy approaches Rob and tells him the obvious: That if he votes with the “cool people,” there’s no way he could possibly go higher than fourth place? Rob has shown smarts all along. Is it possible for him to put aside his lusting over the unattainable Heidi and realize that he will never truly be “in” their group?

(Note: The pictures of Heidi are to document her drastic changes throughout her less than 30 days in the jungle.)
If they can convince Rob of this, then we would see a final four that would truly be a joy to have. If not, then we’d be left with the eye candy, who I must admit has played a good game. I can’t deny them that. My only problem with the “cool people” is that they still have their have-yet-to-grow-up-and-realize-that-there’s-more-to-people-than-physical-beauty mindset. They’ve played a good game and they’ve been pretty good strategists (with some exceptions), but their immaturity leaves a bit to be desired.

Thus far, we haven’t seen Butch and Matt having many conversations with Christy, but we know they had to have bonded out there. I have a feeling that the editors have purposely not shown us this because there is a long-shot that we’ll see them convincing Rob to vote against group hottie-body.

Psycho or Editing?
And we’ve seen Matt portrayed as a potentially murderous psycho, but I wonder how much of this is due to editing. Matt’s father is a bone-and-joint surgeon — Dr. Harry Von Ertfelda. Matt went to a prestigious culinary school in Paris. We already know he speaks Mandarin because he grew up in Hong Kong. And according to an article in his local paper, Matt has successfully traversed the Darien Gap, a famous jungle stretch that links Colombia to Panama.

He dived for sunken treasure off Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands and has trekked deep in the jungle into unmapped areas of New Guinea to track cannibals.

It’s difficult to have done all these things and not have social grace and be a complete, freak-everyone-out loner. Yes, he’s looking increasingly psycho, but we must put things into perspective: compare Matt’s changes to Heidi’s!

A Surprising Final Four, Part 2

Rob isn’t really “in” their group even though they are doing very well at making him think he is.
So, who’s left? Here’s a little review:
Rob aka Thinks-He’s-Cool-Drools-over-the-Hotties-Forgotten-Magic-8-Ball-Too-Many-Alliances-Too-Many-Secrets boy.
Alex (see the picture at right of the skinny guy whose pants are falling off) aka Way-Too-Skinny-Triathlon-Coach-Successfully-Flirts-With-The-Hotties-Weird-Beard-Action-On-His-Neck guy. (more…)