Writer and illustrator Rachel Barlow brings her typical, too-busy life to her first book, A is for All-Nighter. From model mom crackpot and Funny Farm candidate comes an uplifting and poignant tribute to the miracle of parenthood a tongue-in-cheek look at the sillier ABCs of parenthood. Click here for a video preview. […]
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Nobility is often born, but it does not always happen the way you might think. Certainly one can be born into a noble house. (One can have nobility conferred upon oneself, but that’s not really being born is it?) As I discovered this last week, however, there is another way nobility is created, and as in tales of old, mine involve cunning, dedication and even a dragon.
Once upon a time a few years ago, […]
The sweat from a few hours of cleaning was beginning to cool as they collapsed on the green recliner sofa.
“All I want to do,” said Dad, “is keep my feet up for the rest of the night. What’s on?” Mom handed him the remote and put her own foot rest up.
“Nothing sounds good. How about a few episode of ‘That Trite Sitcom’ for background noise, ” she suggested.
Dad reclined all the way back, […]
Early last spring a little boy led his family out of their cocoon/cave/house on a walk up a forest-flanked road.
He was seven then. He’s seven now, but the creature that twirled and danced up a road glittering with magic spring sunlight hitting millions of melted droplets on leaves and twigs is no longer with us. That person found magic swords everywhere we looked. He found quests to complete and saved his mom and dad from their winter doldrums. […]
Thing1 is going to hit high school next fall, and, even in out-of-the-way Arlington, Vermont, stories of adolescent bacchanals fill most parents with dread.
Thing1 and I have talked about booze and consequences, but every once in a while I get an unexpected bit of help helping him resist temptation.
On the TV, little yellow minions were shepherding a dozen kinds of fruit down a conveyor belt into a jam-making vat. When the fruit hit the vat, […]