A Case Against Active Inactivity

    January 15, 2018
    A Case Against Active Inactivity

    When my wife was pregnant with our son, we were approached at a doctor’s appointment by an older woman, innocently, about how long we had until we were due. My wife and I sat in the waiting area, our son incubated (un)comfortably in her tummy-lap. We were down to those once-per-week appointments and were getting closer to the inevitability of fatherhood and motherhood…parenthood, they call it…the first time for the both of us.  We vacillated between excitement and anxiety, confidence and dread. We wore those passions like…

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  • And, So, She Writes...Part 2

    And, So, She Writes…Part 2

    Writing has always given me a solace from life stresses. As a child, prior to learning the lovely scrawl my mother had perfected that I came to know as cursive handwriting, I would scribble loops…

    December 31, 2017
  • And, So, She Writes...Part 1

    And, So, She Writes…Part 1

    It was all a dream  In March 2016, I ran an idea by my husband. He holds a reliable grounded rationality that I treasure. I wasn’t actively writing fiction or nonfiction at the time, but was experiencing some sad withdrawal symptoms…

    December 27, 2017
  • A Very Mea Christmas

    A Very Mea Christmas

    As a child, Christmastime was always a huge deal in our home. For starters, my mother has a fabulously festive personality; she is easily excitable and wears a naturally giving aura, which makes for…

    December 24, 2017
  • The Emperor's New Underwear
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    The Emperor’s New Underwear

    We potty-trained Jrue over Memorial Day Weekend 2016 using the 3-Day Potty Method, a systematic approach that mostly involves no bottom-wearing on day 1 and no diaper- or underwear-toting on days 2 and 3. The idea was to rid Jrue of the…

    December 20, 2017
  • That Parental Rubbernecking

    That Parental Rubbernecking

    We have all experienced a rubbernecking moment. There, on the roadway, is a police cruiser on the scene of a new accident, responding to the wreck as passing vehicles creep by slowly, drivers physically…

    December 17, 2017
  • Bros or Foes

    Bros or Foes?

    I have a 4-year-old preschooler boy and a 20-month-old toddler girl. They are 2 years and 10 months apart…close enough to be companionate, but spaced enough to be potential rivals. When Jai was born, Jrue was deeply swimming in his own “two-year-old-ness.” The days were spent roaming…

    December 14, 2017