What happens when one child brings the stomach bug home from his third grade class on a weekend when all six of his family members are together not only because it is winter but also because two of the four children have birthdays that weekend? Vomitfest 2016. As of this moment, four of the six […]Read more "On the Cusp"
Fifteen years ago, at this very moment, I was holding a baby. He was nine hours old. We named him Asher Steven. “Asher” because Rob’s best man said it sounded like the name of a future great American novelist; “Steven” in honor of my deceased father. Asher’s birth was “uneventful,” if it is possible to […]Read more "Looking through a Singular Lens"
On this day in 1874, the US Patent Office granted a patent to Samuel W. Francis for this “invention.” Maybe it was less of an “invention” and more of a combination of two things which, prior to Mr Francis’s bright idea, had not been put into one handy utensil. One hundred forty-two years later, I […]Read more "What’s It Called?"
I start my morning with a number: the number I see on the bathroom scale. I have been doing this since middle school — maybe even late elementary school. The result, usually read under the illumination of a night light, determines in no small part what sort of day awaits me. If it the reading […]Read more "The Daily Numbers Game"
I’m not sure when and where I first heard it. When and where was I when the words came out — directed at me and meant to express a deeply-felt human emotion? Was I with a friend? A lover? Someone with whom I share blood? Whomever it was and whenever it happened, that foray into […]Read more "Speaking in Incomplete Sentences"
Years ago we had a family of four stay with us for a few days. They were traveling though the US from Israel. Thanks to Couchsurfing, we met. (For those of you who have never heard of Couchsurfing, it is a “hosting” website which brings people together to share their homes with one another when […]Read more "What it means to be Disciplined"
And then there is another type of PITA. I will warn those of you with any reluctance to read about personal disclosures regarding the functioning of an otherwise healthy human body or a wish not to hear about the end of the human gastrointestinal track opposite the mouth to stop reading now. Thanks for giving today’s […]Read more "PITA only sometimes goes with Hummus"