Hit Parade

Hey, Hello There.
Nice of You to Stop By

Dear readers: Thank you. For some crazy reason, Colltales’ readership hits are kissing the sky today. Since I haven’t done anything to spike the stats, I assume it’s some kind of fluke, some search engine going awry and drawing people to come and visit. So, welcome you all.
Still, if you have any idea, feel free to speak up. I see that our dear people in Turkey are leading the way, so perhaps something in Istanbul or Ankara is driving attention to our humble site. Well, now that you’re all here, make yourselves comfortable and take a good look around.
Let me tell you a little bit about ourselves. We’ve been on for four years, give or take, and our posts, as you can see, cover a wide variety of subjects. So, after scrolling down for a little bit, perhaps you may want to look up favorite themes through our own search engine (middle bottom left).
Our guess is that among, say, five choices of issues you’re interested in, we have at least one post about or related to one of them. That’s because there are over 1,300 hundred articles on this site, including news stories, curiosities, current affairs, and even non fiction.
Try Children, or Space, for instance. Maybe Brazil, or Poverty, Cats, even Religion. There are headlined stories and opinion pieces, as the Curtain Raiser series. Hope you enjoy it. We put a lot of effort on this space, which you probably noticed, is independent and ad free.
Of course, we could never compete with a giant such as the Huffington Post. Or Justin Bieber. Compared to them, over 600 hits in a single day is no big deal. But as we say, if this blog were about people taking the NYC subway F line at 10am, everyday, it’d be a smash hit.
Then again, how would we be writing about the Amazon Rainforest? or the mysteries of space and time? Even the NYC subway F line. To each, its own, then. We hope you make stopping by here a daily habit; there’ll be always something new to be discovered in these pages.
Thanks again for the nice feeling you’ve given us. Specially you, Turkey. It’s almost like having a warm meal in your belly after going hungry for so long. Almost like an early Thanksgiving, without the family fights. Feel free to tell your loved ones about this friend you now have in New York. Hey, we may even hit the 1000 mark today. And leave your comments, so we know you’re there. All the best to everyone. WC

Growing Up

Things That Get Kids in
Trouble or Joy Early On

There are many ways to manage a blog, not unlike how anyone would treat their own houses. Some put out dazzling displays to catch the eye of net surfers: every week, a new garden-dwarf video has the potential to go viral. Many turn it into a living room, full of family pictures and tchotchkes above the fireplace. Yet others are more like backyards, where you find pics of a rusty BBQ grill or of a missing-wheel bicycle; old vases with cigarette butts, or shipwreck stories about broken men.
Here at Colltales, we’ve built a shack to shelter our readers. Anyone’s welcome to browse the shelves, go through the toolbox, inspect the old trunk full of mementos from another era. Such a place, folks, is where we’d hoped to find the connection to today’s theme: a quick look at three interesting kids, whose recent antics landed them on the news, and a bunch of boys, whose high-pitched singing voices seem to be dwindling faster than that of their predecessors.
Writing a blog feels often like a trek into a foreign country: you know some words of the language, and you’re prepared to camp anywhere, if necessary. But whatever you come across is what will ultimately define your trip, and the new memories you may gather about the new place and the people will depend on how capable you’ll be able to think on your feet.
If we’ve played this correctly, that’s exactly where you, dear reader, are at now: there’s a lot around you that you can’t quite decipher yet, and Continue reading

Half-Past Child

The Teen Brain
of Adolescence

Chances are, if you have a teenager or two living at your home, you may have been puzzled by how their minds work. Or how you should kill them. Either way, you’re definitely not alone in this quagmire: they wouldn’t be able to tell you either.
Parents, siblings, psychologists, and pretty much everyone and the grandfather of that oh so adjusted adolescent who suddenly murdered his whole family, have agonized over what makes those years between childhood and early adulthood so mind boggling.
At least, since the concept of adolescence itself was created around the time the Industrial Revolution. It definitely changed forever the way humans were supposed to be raised, grow and leave their homes to join the world workforce and form families of their own.
Such radical changes haven’t stopped reshaping the nuclear family ever since. After WWII, specially, new generations effectively took the helm of society mores with the birth of a youth culture that suddenly was no longer expected to follow on their parents’ footsteps.
The pill and the sexual revolution of the 1960s helped to consolidate Continue reading