Category Archive: parenting and family

Jun 06

Upon First Looking — Really Looking — at My Newly-Paralyzed Dog’s Anus

“This isn’t fun for me, either,” I said. “But let’s get through it.”

Jan 30

Today You Will Wear Jean Shorts

Don’t be afraid of the inevitable.

Oct 17

Dear John, I’m Not Dead

By the time John was my age, he was dead.

Mar 17

The Shamrock Shake Is A Fixed Point in Time

I’d been telling my children for a week that, by St. Patrick’s Day, they’d be getting Shamrock Shakes. And not just two of them, like when we go through the McDonald’s drive-thru once every three months and I stoically buy them two ice creams and eat none myself because I Don’t Support McDonald’s. We’d each …

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Dec 31

Frampton Comes Alive

Frampton Chelsea Barrett, 1996-2014

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Dec 16

Jingle Balrog

We’re not really a Bible-believing family, so when my daughter asked me what Christmas was like in the deep places of the world, I had to consult “The Lord of the Rings.”

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Nov 25

How I Lived To Be 45

Advances in medical technology and attention to Quality of Life considerations like exercise, diet, and stress reduction have increased the average lifespan, but it is still a miracle of science — or maybe an offense to nature — to live to the age of 45.

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Nov 23

A Box of Free Grapefruit

There are times I want to pick up the phone and call my late father.

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Jun 23

Winnie the Pooh Is A Horrible Role Model

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.” ? A.A. Milne, “Winnie the Pooh” Something happens when adults tell stories to children other than their own. We’re aware of a restless, judgmental audience who at the same time we don’t need to feed and dress. That is why …

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Jun 18

Don’t Throw Away Your Cows

Cows are watching from the ceiling.

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