Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Volume 1 Edition 21.....

"The piercing shriek of my bedside alarm forced me into a state of alertness at six AM but I paused for a moment to collect my thoughts before leaving the comfort and warmth of my bed. I had only just fallen asleep after a long night of putting together the next edition of the PGR and I was tired to my very core. As I lay there, the rhythmic patter of rain against my window served to calm my spirits despite the fact that its presence would add several minutes to my already long commute. A cacophony of borborygmi erupted from my empty digestive tract but I allowed my eyes to close. Just for a minute I told myself. Just for a minute."

This edition can be found at Unintelligent Design and was published on January 28, 2007.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Volume 1 Edition 20.....

"After doping up on fruitcake over the past few weeks the blogosphere finally seems back in sync for this first PGR of 2007. What was lacking in the quantity of submissions was made up in quality. I want to thank everyone who participated."

This edition can be found at Parenting Solved and was published on January 14, 2007.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Volume 1 Edition 19.....

"Whether we've taken an elegaic turn because it's approaching the end of year, or there is a general zeitgeist, the paediatric blogosphere offers many thoughtful posts. We have sex, drugs, issues of life, death, morality; ethical dilemmas that reflect religious and cultural values as well as the challenges posed by advances in medicine. Because this is PGR, we also have snot, magical thinking and the general weirdness of contact with children.

Machiavelli famously claimed that statecraft involves fortifying the banks against the rivers of misfortune. We're not all the way there, but most of us are fortunate enough to live in societies where we have fortified the banks of paediatric health against the erosive forces of disease, morbidity and mortality. We live in good housing, we have clean water, standards for air quality, good nutrition, safety standards, improvements in medical science and public health measures such as vaccination. Most of us can be confident that children will survive through to adulthood."

This edition can be found at Breath Spa for Kids and was published on December 30, 2006.