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I’ve written “Disarming Boys,” an essay sitting on publishers’ desks waiting for a yes. It’s a story about growing up with guns, then giving them up.

If things work out the way I hope, the essay will be linked to a video about a young blacksmith who is beating her grandfather’s shotgun into a stem of roses.

While doing research on boys, girls, gender, and violence I ran across two videos. View them back to back, and a provocative discussion emerges:

In “Interview with a Toddler,” La Guardia Cross, a father interviewing his daughter, is smart, funny, compassionate, and self-critical.

After watching “Homeschoolf Kids Who Shoot To Kill,” ask yourself, “In Derrick Grace II ‘s circumstances, what would I do?”

If you aren’t pummeled to the ground, now read


Big questions without religion

Teaching Children To Ask The Big Questions Without Religion