Category Archives: Friends and Family

Pie For Breakfast

Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, my mom makes an extra pumpkin pie for me to take home.  It’s one of my favorite things about the days after the holidays, just knowing that there’s a pie in the fridge.  And one of my favorite things about having that pie is I get to eat pie […]

Thank Goodness For Santa Claus

As a kid, Christmas is the best.  You get a week off of school.  You get to eat lots of cookies and candy canes.  And you get presents.  There’s nothing at all to worry about.  As a parent, Christmas is still the best, but it’s different.  There are worries for the parents.  When are we […]

Christmas Decorations

One thing I love about this time of year is all the Christmas decorations.  And one of the best things about having a kid is having a good excuse to go around looking at all the decorations.  Ever since Thanksgiving, we take the long and winding way everywhere we go, just looking for more decorated […]

The Nutcracker

Yesterday, I went to see my daughter perform in The Nutcracker.  The past few years I have brought her to watch The Nutcracker, but this year she got to be onstage.  She was a reindeer, a trumpet playing angel and a bon-bon.  Technically she wasn’t the star of the show, but why get hung up […]

The Need to Know

On April 10th, 2017, around fifty five million children, from pre-school through high school, went to school. At least one of them didn’t make it home that day. Jonathan Martinez, eight years old, was killed when Cedric Anderson shot him. He shot and killed his wife, Elaine Smith, and wounded another student before killing himself. This appears […]

A New Life

Today, my niece Khalia was born. She came into our world at a healthy nine pounds, five ounces. She is my brother’s first child, and my first niece or nephew. I’m surprised by how excited I am at the prospect of being an uncle. I love kids- babies and children and even teenagers. I like talking […]

Adventures In Parenting – Self Sufficiency

My daughter recently learned how to tie her own shoes.  This is an exciting development.  She’s very proud of herself.  And I’m very proud of her.  But, now we are late wherever we go.  It takes her a solid ten to fifteen minutes to tie them satisfactorily.  It’s adorable and maddening. That seems to be […]

A Paucity of Words – Loneliness

I’m lonely. I don’t know how much of it is depression, how much is the divorce and how much is actually being alone (although I rarely seem to be alone, so my guess is it’s the first two), but I suppose it doesn’t really matter. Whatever the cause, I am lonely. It feels different from other […]

Guilt Without Sin

I don’t really believe in sin.  At least not in the literal sense of the word.  I do believe that rooting for the Yankees is a sin, as is putting more than one topping on a serving of ice cream.  But the idea of a crime against God or nature or the universe or whatever […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving, and in the interest of faking it until I make it, I want to come out of my wallow to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  I think I can speak for Jamil when I say that we are truly grateful for everyone who has come by to read some of our work.  […]