• No Kids Allowed, Part 1

    No Kids Allowed, Part 1

    I maintain an active imagination. If I happen upon a lovely photo online of an isolated island paradise, I can literally visualize myself there, soaking in warm shade and sea air, a fortuitous daydream of this real or…

    April 19, 2018
  • To Baby Girl At Age 2

    To Baby Girl At Age 2

    To our daughter, who just turned two years old: We are truly so proud of you already. We are ecstatic to see you getting taller every time you wake up and we love listening to…

    April 15, 2018
  • Marathon of the 2

    Marathon of the 2

    My baby girl will be two years old tomorrow. I can’t say that I didn’t see this coming; along with the natural progression of childhood, time has its way of speeding and slowing in…

    April 12, 2018
  • Like Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals
    Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

    Like Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals

    About five or so 3 a.m.’s ago, I woke up out of sleep because of this question: “Why are all cartoon animals shirtless or pant-less?” I am careful about using generalizations and considered the implications of…

    April 8, 2018
  • The Crying Games

    The Crying Games

    My 4-year-old son and my soon-to-be-2-year-old daughter have wrangled up a new kind of competition. It seems to entail, as its most fundamental groundwork, which one of them can cry first, longest, and loudest. I started to notice…

    April 4, 2018
  • Dear Vacuum Cleaner...A Love Story

    Dear Vacuum Cleaner…A Love Story

    Firstly, allow me to admit that we’ve been through many vacuum cleaners in our short time as a family. In our 13 years of companionship, the hubs and I have housed 4 or 5 vacuums,…

    April 1, 2018
  • What Parents Know For Sure

    What Parents Know For Sure

    There is no manual for parenthood, as much as we want it to be true. Parenting strategy usually arrives in ebb-and-flow, trial-and-error form, as much as we want it not to be true. Over time through the cultural doctrine…

    March 28, 2018
  • This March Weather

    This March Weather

    March is usually a promising month for me. It marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of what I dub “the pollen season” here in Georgia. I’d definitely choose the yellow annoyance…

    March 25, 2018
  • Here Come the No's
    Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

    Here Come the No’s

    When a tornado may develop, there are several atmospheric signs to look for. The sky may turn green. The wind may stop abruptly. Hail may pelt the ground. A cloud of debris approaches. Conditions become way…

    March 24, 2018