Apr
8

It’s a Maaaaaadhouse!

I admit it, I’m a Luddite. In my defense, I do have a motto of tolerance: Don’t judge what’s not made for you. I try, I really do, to live by that motto and just let things go. When I do escalate to rant mode, my son brings me back simply by being the good hearted, media saturated kid that he is. But something happened today that I deserves a full throated rant.

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Apr
1

Santa Ho Ho Huh?

When Chip was a toddler, I told him the facts about Santa Claus. He has always known Santa’s tenuous historical background and mixed cultural heritage, with all the natural Jimmy Stewart sweetness and artificial Coca-Cola aspartame that implies.But this holiday, he read Gregory Mone’s wonderful book, The Truth About Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve. Mone cleverly demonstrates how everything Santa does in folklore — such as visiting every house in one night — is theoretically possible in reality.

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Mar
18

The Once-And-Never-Again-Me

Here I am, walking up to the edge of another year. Looking back across the days, wondering how so many went by so fast. I’m almost 50! Half a century! Not many animals live as long as we do, yet it goes by so suddenly, these blinking days, these years that break down to just moments, really.

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