November 19, 1999
TUMBLEWEEDS. Anywhere but ... who? Serial-dating-mom, all-too-wise kid, indie feel, serious heart: this is the mother/daughter/tearjerker to give thanks for this season.
WE'VE COME A LONG WAY, VINNIE. Check out these sex-ed relics, and then practice your newly-discovered womanliness. "The teen years are the perfect time for learning to be a woman . . . for turning from dolls and and sandlot ball games to the feminine skills of cooking and sewing and prettying yourself (for this too is a feminine art). It's the time to practice the feminine role of the woman pursued by a man - by your first dating experience, by practicing your newly discovered womanliness on boys your own age." (Growing Up and Liking It, 1944.)
THE GREENTHUMB EFFECT. You, unlike Giddy in the Garden, might not wind up meeting someone, but if plant care muffles your urban-dwelling biological clock, visit -- and water -- Ken Goldberg's Telegarden.
"KRAV MAGA." No, it's not a Guardian salutation; it's the day the women kicked ass. These Israeli defense force tactics -- literally, "contact combat" -- are the latest self-defense craze. Can it save the earth from Billy Blanks?
Breakup Girl created by Lynn Harris & Chris Kalb