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No Place Like Home

My home is running away from me. Yes, I wrote that correctly. It’s a simple demonstration of what Jack London might have titled The Call of the Grandchild. When two sisters with three kids between them both choose to live … Continue reading

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Picking Up The Peaces

It’s time to enter the deep end. You know what I mean. The Christmas season. The most full-immersion experience this country offers,  unless you count the marketing for the new Star Wars movie. The wrapping paper and decorations hit the … Continue reading

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The K Word

When I used to watch “Happy Days” as a kid (and boy, does that date me), it was always hilarious to watch the Fonz try to apologize. He’d take a running start at the key word, like a verbal Olympic … Continue reading

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Going Out a Champ

I came home one day to find my ground floor had become a cat’s cradle. You get used to spontaneous home decoration when much of your family is below the age of 3. Even so, this was impressive. Our young … Continue reading

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Nice to Meet You

Simon’s coming. Not right away. There’s still a couple of weeks to go, a little more time to wait. But it’s not easy. Not when I’ve been looking forward for this long. Simon’s coming. If you’re a regular here, you … Continue reading

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Gee, What a Treat

It doesn’t take long for a kid to spot the dangerous houses on Halloween. Like the ones who give out raisins. Or pennies. Or candy that exists only to fill out a bargain bin. (Bit O’Honey, I’m looking at you.) … Continue reading

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A Time for the Innocents

“I love you.” They’ve always been the last words I say to Heather as I leave. Sometimes whispered into a darkened bedroom. Sometime called over the shoulder in a hurried dash. But always there. It’s partly an inheritance from my … Continue reading

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A Letter to Gil (or, A Visit Before St. Nicholas)

To my nephew the giggler, known also as Gil, I know you’re a wiggler, who can hardly sit still, And hey, who can blame you? The season’s in town, With the trees and bright lights, and (please?) snow on the … Continue reading

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Famous First Words

“Er-DEE!” Our nearly two-year-old niece pointed a stubby finger at the nearby finch, then trotted over to the next bird cage. A fresh smile grew on her face as she again pointed excitedly, this time at a pair of parakeets. … Continue reading

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The Heart of a Bear

It was Mama Bear who gave me my first inkling of how this thing called pregnancy worked. Papa Bear gave me some of my earliest woodland survival lessons – usually by spectacularly screwing up his own efforts. And Brother and … Continue reading

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