parenting

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We Humans are Inventive Little Buggers

When you were a kid did you build things? Like throw a sheet over a table and call it your tent? Or pile branches against a tree trunk and call it your fort? We humans build things, don’t we? We’re always scoping out the resources, finding a sheet of cardboard and saying to ourself, “Self, … Continue reading

Plummeting Off the Learning Curve

How’s is your week going? Good, I hope! I’m in the midst of learning new software, which came with a warning: Steep Learning Curve. NO! I don’t want to climb a steep learning curve! I want to have fun. But then, I have kind of divided my life into Fun and Learning Experiences-most of which … Continue reading

“What? WHAT?” Kids…

This happened today. 🙂 Just little humans being human. “Close the door, go back in the pool!” “Ok, but Mama, can you give us a snack?” “Yes, I’ll cut up the watermelon in a minute” “WHAT?” “I’ll cut up the wat-er-mel-on in a minute, close the door!” “WHAT?” “Watermelon!! I’ll bring it out in a minute!” … Continue reading

My Daughter, the Mechanic

My youngest daughter, Mica, shocked me awhile back when she announced, “Don’t yell, but…I’m enrolling in Automotive Technology.” Why would I yell? And who is that inside my head, yelling: “You’re doing WHAT?” It’s not an easy course; the textbook weighs about 80 pounds and she has worked hard and is getting good grades. A … Continue reading

You were adopted

Today was the day Trevor was told, “You were adopted.” It had to happen someday, and certainly it’s better at age six than age thirty, right? Why now? “He’s starting school in the fall and in this town everyone is so obsessed with color, they’ll ask him why he’s a different color than his parents,” … Continue reading

A Crab Who Dresses Up-How Cool is That?

“What do you want for Mother’s Day?” (Is it that time already? Think fast! They’re going to grant your request) “Pizza at the park so I can play with the grand kids.” “What else?” (Think fast!…no, what else could I possibly want) So pizza at the park it was and it was a blast, because … Continue reading

So I was doing my impression of a bacteria…

How is your week going? Good I hope! I’m writing a book on the history of religious ideas from the Stone Age until today and its going as slow as a stoned tortoise. Yesterday my grown daughter, Mica, woke me up: I have to go to the hospital. Wha? I have to go to the … Continue reading

Remember This. This is Life.

My father was the son of a Polish serf. I don’t know if we humans really have a collective unconscious memory of things our ancestors experienced, but I suspect we have something like that. We still find a campfire relaxing, even if it’s just in a living room fireplace, we still like waterfront homes, even … Continue reading

Releasing Grandma to the Wild

We all need Grandmas-people who believe in us no matter how wretchedly we behave. People who are absolutely, unequivocally, and even unreasonably-on our side. Yesterday was my birthday and the grand kids made it so fun! First, my artist daughter thanked me for making her weird (a good thing, she insisted.) Then my youngest daughter … Continue reading

I Wanna Go Where Everybody Knows My Name

You may remember the TV show “Cheers,” whose theme song contained the line, “I wanna go where everybody knows my name.” Of course we want to go to such a place. And imagine if, when we walk in, everybody jumps up in joy because we have arrived. Well, that doesn’t happen very often, except maybe … Continue reading