family life

Swimming with cats

"I wanted to lie in a French crib and start from scratch, learning the language from the ground floor up. I wanted to be a baby, but instead, I was an adult who talked like one, a spooky man-child demanding more than his fair share of attention. " David Sedaris, American humorist Having teen daughters means… Continue reading Swimming with cats

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The Ferris of them all

"Bueller. Bueller. Bueller..." from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," the movie An odd reflection of our harried times and the generation gap, here is a slightly fictionalized snippet of conversation from our dinner table the other night. Me to heavily-scheduled teen daughter: "You seem really worn out. Why don't you just take a day off school?… Continue reading The Ferris of them all

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3 holiday fails

"I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage." Erma Bombeck, American humorist There's a Norman Rockwell holiday -- where even grandpa's wrinkles are picturesque -- and there's the rest of us. We've probably all had some blissed-out moments here and there, but, more often than not, there's something, well, amiss. We don't… Continue reading 3 holiday fails