When he was 6 he started a research treatment for his milk anaphylaxis. I would take him once a week early in the morning. Each time, he would hide in the ficus while waiting for his name to be called. My 8 month pregnant body was too large to crouch there with him, but, oh […]

See those long shadow legs? Those are mine and you are looking at what I did for a good 45 minutes. No surfing on the phone. No talking with parents waiting for their kids’ LaCrosse games to finish. No self-indulgent existential crisis. Earlier in the day Drowsy Tulip slept 18 hours and pushed a low-grade […]

Last year we were selling a house, renting a house, buying a house, remodeling a house and moving into a house. Years ago, I started a tradition of putting up pics of a person when he or she had a birthday. The pics would litter the house and document the past year. No streamers or […]

For decades, my friend AR sent me notes. No matter where I lived, I received mail without fail from her feisty and persistent soul. My return rate was dismal. I waited for a large pocket of time and appropriate postage to cosmically align themselves and they never did. My failure rate weighed me down until […]

I have never had Bieber Fever. In fact, I have found him on the tail end of yuck in the Gaussian curve of human behavior. Yes, even in light of his youth, talent, and cloistered up bringing. Case in point: Ron Howard never urinated in public. But golly, I now find that I have a […]

My G-LoveĀ packs chocolate when I ask her to make her lunch. It is this kind of judgement that makes us butt heads. She believes her worldview is the best. I would like her to join the rest of us for at least a predictable portion of the day. When the topic of Belief In Santa […]

witness the geography winner consuming his prey...

This kid won his school’s National Geographic Geography Bee!! I’m totally bragging. Come on! Get on the happy train with me!!! Eeeks! There, I said it. I have been trying for the last few days to figure out how to not brag so blatantly. But, whatever. Tune in next week if you want to avoid […]

Duke with his ice packs on his arms to calm down his allergy shots

When I climbed on my first school bus for kindergarten, the driver told me not to worry because there was a red-head aboard. Jeff Tichy then popped his face over the seat. He had loads more freckles than teeth, “Guess what?” he asked. Before I responded he said, “Chicken guts,” and inverted his tongue to […]