Archive for: 2013

Holidays Yard
Wife Trumps Husband at Christmas
December 23, 2013
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The human brain starts working the moment one’s born.  For guys, it stops the moment they speak to their mate.  Guys process information in the left hemisphere of the brain, or left brain.  We’re task oriented problem solvers.  I took a survey and discovered that my left brain dominates my right brain 65% to 35%, […]
Holidays Pets
No Gravy for Pets this Christmas
December 7, 2013
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I stepped in it before I said it. It was the dawn of December 26.  Sunlight peeked over the horizon, chasing away a cluster of stars that faintly twinkled in the western sky.  I yawned and switched on the coffee pot.  The aroma of Arabica beans wafted through the house.  I had the morning to […]
Quotes From Famous People
Words of Wisdom – Fred Astaire
November 22, 2013
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“The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.” Fred Astaire, American Performer and Dancer (1899-1987)
Holidays Parents and Kids
Veteran Pen Pal Comes Knocking at Door
November 9, 2013
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Originally published in the Chico Enterprise-Record (2012) and updated for Growing Up Chico Magazine (2013) Eighty words bridged seven thousand miles. “Write to a soldier and cheer them up,” said Mrs. Larsen, while coordinating a holiday writing campaign for her fourth grade class.  My daughter, Maggie, carefully focused on the task.  Her vocabulary was simple, […]
Holidays Parents and Kids
Dad’s Halloween Costume Scares Neighborhood, But the Kids are OK
November 2, 2013
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“Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.”  Dr. Seuss The mornings after Halloween are the only days my kids get a hall pass to eat caramel apples for breakfast.  The apples are healthy, which offsets the caramel, and the peanuts have protein, so the menu is justifiable.  It amuses me to […]
Food Holidays
Wife Tricks Husband Into Eating Eggplant
October 31, 2013
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If eggplant had a Facebook page, I wouldn’t LIKE it.  I would not be a friend. I love fruits and vegetables but regardless of its specie, eggplant may as well be liver.  I spring away from eggplant farther than a cat sidesteps puddles.  My mom once duped me to eat it though she had good […]
Parents and Kids
Daughter’s Dating is Dad’s Dilemma
October 15, 2013
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Parenthood was simpler when Kate was four.  Life before high school and boys is a foggy memory.  I yearn for the toddler years when she bummed rides on my shoulders.  I’d gladly relive having a sore neck.  Kate’s now sixteen and college is on the horizon.  I try not to waste time watching it fly […]
Quotes From Famous People
Words of Wisdom – Mark Twain
October 1, 2013
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Regarding today’s Federal government shutdown:  “We have the best government that money can buy.” Mark Twain, American author and humorist (1835 – 1910)
Parents and Kids
Parents Trek Through Uncharted Facebook Space
September 27, 2013
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I was advised to meet older women. I asked why.  My wife, Hun, has an open mind but I suspect she wouldn’t appreciate me connecting with older women, younger women, or any women, for that matter.
Home Yard
Thursday the 12th is luckier than Friday the 13th
September 13, 2013
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Yesterday, September 12, was a typical Thursday except it was before today, Friday the 13th.  I left work early to take my sick daughter  home from school. Hey…is that smoke behind the fence?  Naw, can’t be.