About Malinda

Malinda Jo Muzi has been a college professor for more than 50 years. Her specialties include child development, lifespan development, and parenting. Her textbooks: Psychology: A Biographical Approach, The Child Through Time and Transition, and The Experience of Parenting has been used in college classrooms across the country. Her advise has been featured in Family Circle and Parent's magazine. Her recent book Your Kids, Their Lives: A Parent's Guide to Raising happy, Competent, Caring Children is available on Amazon in book or e-book format. Her novel, Invisible Loyalties, is available on Amazon. 

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Malinda's Table: A Thinking Woman's Blog


The Coronovirus Fifteen

Everyone I know has gained weight - up to fifteen pounds - during the coronavirus lock-down.  Here's the main culprit in my house: Rachel Ray's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.  So easy to make, so quick to eat. https://www.rachaelray.com/recipes/chocolate-chip-banana-bread/

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IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THESE GUYS ARE ACADEMICS, OR IS IT?

A relationship made in the stars.  This couple, Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin, both in their 70's, decided to go for a hike in the dense California woods without their cell phones or cold-weather clothing.  They were lost for two weeks. A cadaver dog found them before they turned into cadavers themselves.  https://www.huffpost.com/entry/california-couple-lost-woods-valentines-day_n_5e52a005c5b629695f5bfa4b

 

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THE ONLY THING A PARENT CAN DO

I love this bit of parenting advice from the actor Tom Hanks.

Somewhere along the line, I figured out the only thing really, I think, eventually a parent can do is say, “I love you, there’s nothing you can do wrong, you cannot hurt my feelings.  I hope you will forgive me on occasion, and what do you need me to do?  You offer up that to them.  “I will do anything I can possibly do in order to keep you safe.” That’s it.  Offer that up and then just love them.

I once asked Jarrett if I was a good mother. He said, "I'm not in jail, am I?"  A low bar to be sure, but good enough. 

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Invisble Loyalties

Who would execute a little old Jewish lady in the parking lot of Saks? When Miriam Lavin is found shot to death after a Friday night of shopping, the case falls to three police officers in Lower Merion, a wealthy suburb of Philadelphia. The lead investigator is William Sutor, a middle-aged, never-married police lieutenant of German descent, living with his father, a rabid anti-Semite. Sutor is assisted by Rhonda Robinson, an ambitious African-American detective intent on moving up in the predominately male, white force, and Colin McKendrick, a reluctant cop who hides his discontent under a macho exterior. When Sutor falls in love with the primary murder suspect, Jewish literature professor Melanie Marconi, their affair interferes with the pursuit of justice. As evidence mounts against Melanie, the conflict between personal and professional conduct threatens to unravel the case and destroy Sutor’s career. Invisible Loyalties is a tale of family betrayal as well as one of friendship and love between people of different ethnic backgrounds and family experiences.

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