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 ...

An open letter to my daughter 7

Dear m, This week history was made in America. You were old enough to know what was happening, but perhaps not quite old enough to completely understand it. At the most basic level, America did what America has done for more than 230 years: we elected a new leader. Over the next several months, leading ...

Teaching Moments 2

Little m has been learning piano, and in a relatively short time she’s gotten quite good at it. She took a music class last year in which she learned about different elements of music, about notes, and about different types of music from all over the world. It was mostly listening and singing with some ...

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 ...

The Second Ocean Pines Super Sprint Tri: The Daddys 4

The Second Ocean Pines Super Sprint Tri: The Daddys
Saturday, September 17—Ocean Pines, MD. Despite the outdoor pool’s cool temperature I was swimming strong. Nearing the end of my swim I watched for someone to dip something in the pool to let me know I was on my last lap. When I turned at eight and saw nothing in the water I figured I ...

About a Boy 1

About a Boy
On the plane on the way to Frankfurt I walked my son down the aisle to the bathroom to change his diaper. It was nothing new. I had changed diapers before, and I had done it on an airplane before. But something felt different this time, something struck me as I watched him waddle between ...

The New Desk 3

The New Desk
About four or five years ago, shortly after we moved to Shiprock, I decided to build m a table. All I had was a drill and a circular saw. I bought a piece of sanded plywood and four poplar legs and in the driveway of our house I built a table. The plywood was eight ...