Miles to Go and No Reindeer to Guide Me

There are many acts of parenting performed out of societal pressure (circumcision, vaccinations, dental examinations, public school) that, given your offspring’s reaction, seem like abuse.  Not the least of these is placing your child on the lap of the department store Santa. That was the result.  A toddler betrayed by his caregivers, screaming in absolute … Continue reading Miles to Go and No Reindeer to Guide Me

A Thing of Beauty: Thrills and Agonies of a Middle-Aged Dad

Growing up, I used to watch ABC’s Wide World of Sports with my father as he drank beer on the couch.  We especially enjoyed the show’s introduction with the horrible ski jump crash and the famous line, “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”  To my father and me, these words conveyed a … Continue reading A Thing of Beauty: Thrills and Agonies of a Middle-Aged Dad

Dog Trouble

If you deliver mail for a living you really get to hate dogs.  They bark at you all day.  After a while it's like someone is driving a nail into your frontal lobes.  Bark, bark, bark!  They go crazy.  Little ones, big ones, it doesn't matter.  Mail slots are the worst.  The duct work acts … Continue reading Dog Trouble

Good Protein–Edible Thoughts on the Bugs that Bug Us

The elementary school sent out an alert about Japanese beetles destroying the newly planted fruit orchard.  As if Pearl Harbor hadn’t been enough!  Finding myself strangely transfixed by the whiteness of the ceiling overhead, my wife read me the dire news as I sipped my Folgers coffee.   My son’s second-grade class had planted Zestars—an early-ripening … Continue reading Good Protein–Edible Thoughts on the Bugs that Bug Us