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The Wonderment of Summer Break
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

The Wonderment of Summer Break

There was a movie released about two years before I was born called “The Toy.” It starred actor Jackie Gleason as millionaire U.S. Bates and the late Richard Pryor as janitor/underemployed reporter Jack Brown; the premise was that a rich father gifted his bratty 9-year-old, Eric,…

July 4, 2017
Sitcom Kids
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

Sitcom Kids

I live by the creed that life can be either a comedy or a tragedy. Of course, realistically, it’s more a tragicomedy action adventure docudrama, but varies from one end to the next in any given scene. I’ll just stick to laughing for now…

June 27, 2017
Gidget's Gadgets Glow
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Gidget’s Gadgets Glow

The light atop the cell phone illuminates, indicating recording has begun. Jai blinks at the sudden brightness, perplexity routing her gaze for seconds, then a big, 9-toothed grin spreads and lifts her cheeks. She makes sounds stressing consonants and hops up and down on her…

June 2, 2017
And After the Kid is Potty-Trained...?
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

And After the Kid is Potty-Trained…?

It has been 342 days today since our family canonized “Jrue’s Potty Party,” the celebratory Memorial Day Weekend Saturday that marked the official beginning of “potty-trained big boys” in our home. We flounced about, declaring the day special with dramatic flourish. The night before, I…

May 5, 2017
The Grandma in the Hat
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

The Grandma in the Hat

My mom and dad were in town last week for baby girl’s first birthday, which we celebrated with an elegant birthday brunch at home. Being older, Jrue has solid ideas regarding the personalities and nuances of Grandma and PopPop, and Jai’s memory is just…

April 21, 2017
A Bit 'O Percussive Maintenance
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

A Bit ‘O Percussive Maintenance

I have followed many sitcoms and many movies of all genres over the years. I can memorize essential dialogues and related subplots and apparent resolutions during second viewings, which has also inspired my skill at recognizing production techniques and identifying tropes and the like. My…

April 18, 2017
Childhood Couches and Plastic Covers
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Childhood Couches and Plastic Covers

My formative years lasted throughout the ’90s…a time period of trolls and Lisa Frank, dial up and scrunchies, slap bracelets and Gameboys, Dunkaroos and “Where’s Waldo?” I recall these reminders fondly, just as much as I have mentally souvenir’d my great-grandmother’s plastic-covered couch. It…

April 4, 2017
This Cell Phone of Mine
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

This Cell Phone of Mine

I cannot sugarcoat this: Cell phone attendance in my home is fervid. The hubs’ phone is usually busy keeping him connected to the company at all times. In my possession, my phone is in action retrieving visual memories and story ideas and quick links…

March 3, 2017
Chicka Chicka Boom Jai
Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

Chicka Chicka Boom Jai

We exist in an unambiguous “act now, think later” society. Unspecified verdicts are made at the expense of a person’s better judgment or advisement to move ahead through an effort or speech, even if it most certainly may cause some discomfort. The usual rite of apology of a…

February 21, 2017