Because I’m afraid I will die tomorrow during a surgery that will remove titanium plates and pins from my facebones, I insisted on a delivery of a pile of mulch. 2 units. This means the broken bark pile was as tall as me and as large as my driveway where it rested. I started to […]

I am always surprised at the rules I have to make as a parent. Like this one: Do not house yourself in a garbage bin with the lid closed especially on the South side of the house during the high heat of summer. What you don’t see is the hose they had strung between the […]

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 […]

The day after my highschool graduation I had my second reconstructive jaw surgery due to a major bike accident. Most of my friends did as I would have done if the tables were turned. They dropped by once. Hoped I felt better. Left chocolate or a card. Then they went to summer jobs, and played […]

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 […]

After The Duke lost his Geography Bee, I asked how his day went when I tucked him into bed. It was a quiet night in our house and in the calm, I expected a heart-to-heart about his disappointment. “I had the best day!” he replied. I asked why and he said he didn’t know. I […]

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 […]

When I take a break from REBELTOeS, it is because something is brewing. This time, I’m happy to report that it isn’t some stomach churning existential crisis. It is because I received the most lovely 3/4 ton Chandler & Price letterpress printer for Christmas. Most of the bits to refurbish it are here and so […]

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 […]