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March 15, 2010


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Rebecca Robinson

Yes, I think I teach a lot of hyperactivists, and they are often funny, super smart and unable to sit in the small plastic chairs that clog up the classrooms. I'll support you in your new cause!

Kathleen Christensen

Always great to hear from a teacher who sees the positive characteristics of the wiggly kids! I commend you. And I love the image of chairs clogging up the classrooms.

Claire Walter

She's a Boulder kid, so becoming a hyperactivist in the other interpretation of the word would seem natural.


You are so good at seeing the positives and encouraging your daughter. "Hyperactivist" made me smile.

Melanie Mulhall


Hyperactivist! I love it! Okay, you need t-shirts, bumper stickers, and, of course, a 501C3. This sounds like a great nonprofit. "Save the hyperactivists!" "Become a hyperactivist for your sake, your family's sake . . . for the sake of the planet." "Hyperactivism saves lives."

Well, I could go on and on.

Thanks for the smile. I'm smiling over learning the Latin roots to words and loving it as much as the creation of hyperactivism. It warms a writer's cockles.

Melanie Mulhall

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