Post-Halloween Thoughts

Every year, as October 31 approaches and my church friends begin their usual round of posting links to blogs and websites explaining why Halloween is the devil's holiday and their family chooses not to celebrate it, I always think I should post something on the blog about why we do take part in this annual ritual. …

Proud Parent Moments

Time for some parental bragging, because it's been a big week around here in terms of teen accomplishments. On Thursday night, Chris performed at a concert at his school with jazz band, guitar ensemble and choir. He sang lead on three songs, back-up on a couple of others, and then his own band, City Kings, …

Big Kid Christmas

This year we have one teenager and one almost-teenager in the house. It's interesting to see how Christmas changes as the kids reach different stages in life. I think that Emma, who is twelve this year, was a little regretful over the loss of the excited feeling she used to have as a smaller child …

On Banning Books

It's Banned Books Week! Or ... is it? Yes, it is. But it seems just as we don't all agree on what make a good book, we also don't agree on what we mean when we say "banned" books. Last night I threw a couple of tweets about BBW out into the twittersphere. I tweeted …

My Life in Comix

We're one week into the new school year (albeit with a missed day already for a hurricane) and it's the usual mix of crazy-busy and fun. Last week I saw the following cartoon making the rounds among some of my teacher friends' Facebook pages: It's pretty funny, but I'm lucky enough to be able to …