You are responsible for the monster in the bedroom 1

It was just past 9pm on Friday night and M and I had paused the movie Brüno so we could lie on the floor and stare down the hallway. The movie was funny; both of us needed a good laugh after the week of sleepless nights we’ve had. But the sounds coming from the end ...

It just goes to show, bribes don’t work 1

For three days we slept, all of us. Slept through the night the way adults are supposed to sleep. The way teens sleep with late rising and a state of unconsciousness so deep it would make the even the most seasoned neurologist shudder. And then, as quickly as it began, it ended. Right around that ...

The Ethics of Bribery 2

When I was in college I worked as a delivery courier for a company called DHL–a sometime rival of FedEx and UPS, much bigger in every part of the world other than the U.S. The head of the station where I worked, a man I’ll call H__, was grooming me to become a supervisor and, ...

P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Arizona: Recap

I signed up for this one months ago, shortly after moving to Shiprock, at the behest of my brother who suggested this was a race we could run together. By ‘together’ he meant that he’d run the half-marathon and I’d run the full, but at the time we expected that at minimum we’d be able ...

Sleep update

Sleep update
We bought a toddler bed rail. Little m seemed more than a little freaked out by the fact that her bed no longer had a fourth side, even though she also seemed proud that she was in a “big girl bed.” It was more than just her attitude, though. The sight of her faceplanted on ...

Adventures in Dentistry

On Wednesday I took little m to her first dentist appointment. My only expectation was that she would not be happy having her teeth cleaned and inspected by strangers. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The wind blew hard through the Four Corners and she wanted me to carry her up the stairs into the ...

The Grand Canyon Hike that Wasn’t 1

There is a sign at the top of the Bright Angel trail head at the Grand Canyon. It says, “Can you run the Boston marathon?” And then it goes into a story about a woman, Margarget Bradley, who ran Boston in 2004 and then, in July of the same year, came to the Grand Canyon. ...

Getting older 2

Yesterda, m took her first step toward becoming a grown up. Sunday night, about thirty minutes after we put her to bed, she began to cry in her crib. We were watching a Lethal Weapon marathon and catching up on the drinking we missed NYE and let her cry for a couple of minutes. Then ...