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 ...

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 ...

Just one more thing…

Just one more thing...
Here’s a secret about me that isn’t much of a secret: I love old time radio. (The title of my blog, Blue Serge Suit, is a reference to the old time radio detective Richard Diamond.) I listen to mysteries mostly, but enjoy the occasional western or adventure show. I was introduced into this world by ...

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 ...

Chasing a Rabbit: The 2016 Pemberton Half Marathon 2

Chasing a Rabbit: The 2016 Pemberton Half Marathon
I looked up to see the leader, the guy I’d been chasing for the last six miles. He was moving away from me. I didn’t know if I was faltering or he was moving faster. I knew, in any case, that I had a choice to make. I could push harder and try to keep ...

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 ...