I had the privilege of attending a friend and fellow author‘s citizenship ceremony this last month, which was an amazing thing to see. Those of us who are born into it don’t think enough about the privileges we take for granted. The individual liberties, freedoms, and responsibilities we bear. It is our solemn duty to… Read More Pavlova: A Sweet Cloud Confection
If you have a park near you, be sure to check it out. I’m not really talking about the little parks that are a playground and not much else – no, these are the big, spacious places with trees and water and hiking paths… Next step, pick up a good guide to wildflowers and one… Read More Geeky Kids: Adventures in the Park
(Cedar here – I wrote a funny metaphor story today over at the Mad Genius Club in which said jealous dog plays a part. You may enjoy it.) Written by Sanford Begley My stepchildren are in for a visit this summer, well number Daughter units 2 and 3 and Son unit 1. Their mother is… Read More Curmudgeon’s Corner: Dogs Can Be Jealous
As promised, the first in the short summer series of fun activities to do with your geeky kids. Unfortunately, because of the heat, we haven’t been doing much, really, except that there has been a lot of reading. And we’ve been making ice cream. The Little Man started the first recipe, by wanting me to… Read More The Geeky Kids Cool Off
I’ve been contemplating being content where we are, today. I’d been scrolling through Instagram admiring my cousin Charles’ wonderful photos of the Pacific Northwest, and missing it badly. It’s so beautiful, and after yesterday’s battle with the sun here in Ohio the idea of living with 300+ days a year cloud cover is actually appealing.… Read More Rest In Place
The Geeky Kids ride again! I’ve returned from the long trip with stories, adventures, and three of my children. I’m exhausted. It’s so exciting to have them here, and I will reprise last year’s special summer blogs where we do geeky stuff and I write about it for other families with geeky kids to get… Read More They’re Back!
It’s the day we celebrate motherhood. I am a mother myself, and I find that today I am remembering those first months of motherhood, before the birth, when I was trying my best to prepare as much as possible for what was coming. I couldn’t possibly prepare myself, but I tried, reading books, talking to… Read More Mother’s Day
“I don’t wanna go to work.” “And I don’t want to go to school.” “I don’t want to go to school either. Let’s play hooky.” And then he put on his coat and kissed me, before walking out the front door to his car, and off to work. I sighed, turned around, and picked up… Read More The Hooky Trap
Written by Sanford Begley In the seventies most papers carried a series of Love Is… cartoons, mostly things like cooking together or sharing a drink, that sort of thing. All of these were visible things that people in love could do. Sadly, they never really said what love is, just things people in love could… Read More Curmudgeon’s Corner: Love is… One Man’s Opinion
Written by Sanford Begley Are you man enough? I went to the barber today. New shop, my old barber retired. So the barber was making conversation. He asked me what kind of mileage I got. What he really wanted to know was why I was driving a girlie car. You see, I got a good… Read More Curmudgeon’s Corner: Are You Man Enough?
Written by Sanford Begley I sit here still sated from a marvelous meal. We got a wild hair after doing laundry and went to our favorite Korean restaurant. It is a nice place, and the prices are reasonable. The food is marvelous, so marvelous in fact that I have blogged a review of this place… Read More Curmudgeon’s Corner: Take the Time
I don’t anticipate that you will read this, or understand. Actually, in some ways I hope you never understand. It’s difficult, to tell you what you need to know, since you are so distant now. Perhaps I should have said more, sooner, but your childhood was precious to me, and I did not desire to… Read More To my Daughter, on the Occasion of her 17th Birthday,