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Giving Thanks to Football
November 27, 2013
Thanksgiving is a holiday rich in tradition. For many families it is a day when relatives gather at linen covered tables laden w...
Slow and Steady
November 8, 2013
This fall my younger son took up cross country distance running as a sport in middle school. I found this particularly odd becau...
The Height of Fashion
October 24, 2013
They say when you fall off your horse you should pick yourself up and get right back on. I am not sure the same advice should be...
The Keeper Of The House
October 11, 2013
Non-essential functions have ceased . . . confidence is rapidly eroding . . . the house is in turmoil . . . Forget the gover...
That Old Swing Set
September 19, 2013
Ten years ago I wrote an article on backyward swing sets. It is clear that even then I was hard pressed for things to write abou...
Driving Home The Point
September 6, 2013
The joy of going back to school lasts exactly one day. After that the schedules kick in. And now that my kids are older, it se...
A Band of Brothers
August 22, 2013
Nobody move or the old man dies. My son is holding a finger to my head. Sandwiched between his forefinger and my temple is a...
July 30, 2013
Our campus tour guide puts his best foot forward behind him. Apparently, walking backward is a prerequisite for student-led tour...
Lack Of Intelligence
June 27, 2013
Dear NSA, There is a cell of three teenagers living in my house. I am not positive, but I think this automatically qualifies...
On The Level
June 7, 2013
. . . just as soon as I finish this level . . . This is how my thirteen-year old son responds whenever I call him to dinner. ...
The Seventeen-Year Itch
May 21, 2013
The nasty bugs were everywhere; an undulating mass of tiny brown nymphs inching up trees and telephone poles and doorways and traffic ...
Hearing Is Believing
May 2, 2013
I hear lots of interesting things from the back seat of the car. For example, it was in the car that I learned that the th...
1040 Good Buddy
April 15, 2013
I owe HOW much? This is the way I usually greet my tax accountant who I see once a year. Sometimes I even say hello before I...
We Are What We Eat
March 28, 2013
Let me just say right off the bat that I love food. The more the better. Especially greasy, salty, spicy foods that are no...
This is Your Brain on Teenagers
March 7, 2013
I have three. For several years I had one. Then, just like that, on a birthday, I had three. I am talking ...
Time For Love
February 14, 2013
Today is Valentine’s Day. Expectations are high. There are cards to sign, poems to write, flowers to buy, candy ...
January 31, 2013
Greetings sports fans! Super Sunday is fast approaching and if you are like me, you probably want to catch up with the latest Su...
In With the In Crowd
January 15, 2013
I am a trendsetter. This is territory with which I am totally unfamiliar. I have never in my life been ahead of the cu...
The Grace of God
December 24, 2012
Not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends. - Woody Allen I have been thinking a lot lately. As my wi...
Bad Air Days
December 7, 2012
I have been traveling through airports a lot recently. Airline travel is a form of transportation in which passengers are packed...
November 8, 2012
The lights flickered fitfully before dying completely. Like the extinguished gasps of dead men who know too much. Ou...
October 12, 2012
Clyde is a dog. He could easily be a cat or a rabbit or a fish or a bird or a snake or a pig or hamster or any other animal someon...
Easting My Dust: Episode II
September 20, 2012
“You hit a . . . WHAT?” I like to insert a little TV sitcom drama into conversations with my son. Like Jer...
Eating My Dust
September 17, 2012
My car drove off and left me standing alone in the driveway. On one hand, I was delighted that I didn’t have to drive.  ...
August 30, 2012
Picture this: A quiet, romantic beach lining a sheltered cove. A fiery red sun suspended low in a vibrant blue sky mot...