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 ...

Book Review: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 1

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg When I was a kid one of my favorite movies was called The Hideaways. It played regularly on cable and when it was on I would watch it with keen interest not on the story of a girl and her brother who decide ...

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 ...

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 ...