It was a big day in our house.

It was a big day in our house.
I had been laid up with fever for the past five days, shivering and sweating through long nights, weak and irrational during shortened days. My son was sick, too, something any parent knows is perhaps the worst combination to happen. Being sick at the same time as your child is a real challenge. He was ...

The (Inaugural) Algonquin 50K: Just Keep Swimming 4

The (Inaugural) Algonquin 50K: Just Keep Swimming
I had gotten more than halfway through the race when my legs began to realize that I was not going to stop. I had been tricking them for several miles, telling them I was going to give them a break at an aid station. And they believed me. But when I passed the turn-around aid ...

Fear the Walking Dead

We live in uncertain times. We wonder about the future, about how we got where we are and what will happen next. How will we survive? How will we protect our families from the onslaught? We debate building walls to keep out people who some of us believe are out to destroy us. Others think ...

A Little Christmas Magic Goes a Long Way

A Little Christmas Magic Goes a Long Way
The summer before I turned 14 Back to the Future was released. I saw it in theaters a dozen times, maybe more, and one of the many things that I took away from the movie (in addition to developing a complicated theory about how time travel could work) was that I wanted a skateboard. I ...

The Bike Too Big: My First Christmas Memory

The Bike Too Big: My First Christmas Memory
I was about five and living in San Rafael, California, with my mother and brother in an expansive mobile home community across the street from what would become Skywalker Ranch. My parents were divorced–separated before I was even born they had always been that way for me. Despite their divorce they maintained a more-than-cordial relationship. ...

Parenting fail: the bite that bit

Parenting fail: the bite that bit
Not a day has gone by in the last several weeks that I haven’t felt like a failure as a parent. I don’t mean failures in the little things, like I forgot to pack lunch for my daughter until the moment we had to leave for school and I scrambled quickly to shove anything into ...

Exhaustion 1

I’m growing older. It’s something that happens to all of us, and not something I’ve ever worried about or dwelled on. Growing older is the unstoppable process of time, and to worry about my hair falling out or my eyes going bad or my body just not recovering from a day like I had last ...

Caught in a Lie 6

School offers free breakfast to all kids, served in the classroom, after the time the kids are officially supposed to be in school but before class technically starts. It’s a great service provided by the county—a free breakfast—and one that we’d gladly take advantage of if it weren’t for m’s size—she has always been a ...

Children, the sequel 2

Children, the sequel
This is a sequel to a post on, well, sequels. Second chances, do-overs, part twos and threes. In thinking about sequels the first second in my life that came to mind was my second child. When M and I first started talking about having a second child, we discussed how hard it was to have ...

Sequels, I: The Door 1

Sequels, I: The Door
Life is full of firsts. First time walking, first words, first book, first kiss, first love. But life is also about seconds, about sequels. The first time it’s all new and exciting. The second time you get to use your experience from the first, learn from it, and try to do it better. A few ...