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Summer Photo Contest 2014!

Well, unintentionally it would seem that I’ve taken the summer off from blogging. I guess that’s not necessarily a bad thing, since it’s given me a bit of a breather and saved any potential readers from drab drivel and prefab platitudes driven by the feeling that I need to publish something – anything – in order…

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Today Is Crap, But At Least Tomorrow Will Be Worse

Costa Rica beat Greece in the World Cup to reach the quarterfinals. I was rather pleased about this. The very fact that Costa Rica was in the match was itself remarkable, coming out on top of a group that had considered the country their whipping-boy going into the event. And who doesn’t love a Cinderella story, right on back to David…

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Parenting as Performance Art

“Goddammit Ethan, just get out of the car, will you?” she shouts, her voice shrill and brittle with shards of exasperation and impatience. It’s 8:58 in the morning, and the woman needs Ethan to get out of the goddamned car and stop dawdling so that they can get into the school by 9:00. I’m standing next to…

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Schooled by a Schoolgirl

A teenage girl just taught me something important. We seem so focused on what we should and can and must teach our children that I guess sometimes we forget that they often have lessons of their own to impart. Two of my seemingly innumerable nieces and nephews recently came to stay with us, on a…