On Being a (Mer-)Man 2

On Being a (Mer-)Man
Yesterday my daughter took a swim lesson called Swim Like a Mermaid. As a five-year-old who loves Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and loves to swim, this seemed a perfect fit. She had been excited for this day for a week. When it came time to actually join the class she was nervous. “Daddy, I’m a ...

Remove the carpet, remove the problem 2

Remove the carpet, remove the problem
It was a weekend of sweat producing, labor intensive house work. After spending all day Saturday moving and rebuilding a (better) playset for m, I spent Sunday producing even more sweat as I laid a new floor in my office. For the past years—since we moved into the house—we have had a problem with cat ...

Building a better play set; or, “But, dad: why?” 1

Building a better play set; or,
One of our neighbors, with two older boys, had the most incredible play set. It was the near-envy of the neighbors. At least I eyed it enviously: dual structures, with a bridge in the middle, two slides, three ways of climbing, with swings. It made the structure I had built for m out of an ...

The Best Part of a Vacation 1

The Best Part of a Vacation
In the weeks leading up to a vacation, life seems so daunting. There is much to do in preparation: get ahead on work; clean the house; laundry; take care of the yard so when I return home I won’t be confronted with knee high weeds and an out of control lawn. Everyday I find more ...

Finding a trail, going for a run 1

We’ve been on vacation for 11 days. We spent three-and-a-half days in Austin, and two-and-a-half days in Plano, six days total. The other five days have been spent on the road. Six states hit on the first day, three on the second, a total of about 1400 miles. After our Texas visits we got in ...

The Hottest, Coolest, Hottest, Wettest Time in Texas 1

The Hottest, Coolest, Hottest, Wettest Time in Texas
Little m loves to swim. She especially loves pools. She can spend hours in man made bodies of clear, chlorinated water. So when we came to Texas for our annual family vacation—coinciding with our anniversary and m’s coming home day—we could not pass through central Texas without a stop at Schlitterbahn. But as with all ...

From Salmonella to Muffaletta 1

On Wednesday we stood on the sidewalk in front of a gas station in near Piedmont, South Carolina, doing the Hokey Pokey and turning ourselves around. “That’s what it’s all about,” we sang and then jumped up in the air. Little m danced and jiggled her body, working out the wiggles. She was wearing her ...