Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Latest Phase

Dear Kids, You love Minecraft. You play Minecraft on your tablets. You watch Minecraft videos on YouTube. You play with Minecraft toys. You even read Minecraft books, both fiction and nonfiction. In short, you’re Minecraft addicts. Your father and I … Continue reading

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Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad

Aside from the word “the” (a perennial classic), the word I seem to be using most often lately is “sad.”

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Sad Truth

She who shirks her work and plays Must work harder other days.

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People Change

Barrel Fever by David Sedaris Grade: B- David Sedaris and I probably don’t have that much in common. He’s a guy from the South, and I’m a gal from the North. He’s a good 16 years my senior, having been … Continue reading

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Triste

I have had this song stuck in my head for days. It is an art song by Claude Debussy, called “Beau Soir,” the lyrics of which come from a poem by Paul Bourget. Lorsque au soleil couchant les rivières sont … Continue reading

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For the Love of Language

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri Grade: B+ Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London, but moved with her parents to America when she was just two years old. Her parents spoke Bengali at home, and she learned that language to … Continue reading

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Busy, Busy Tooth Fairy

Dear Kids, You kept the Tooth Fairy busy this year. You lost a lot of teeth, and you lost them often. Livia once lost two teeth in the same week. There was even one night in April when you each … Continue reading

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Now We’re Cooking

How to cook delicious soup in three easy steps: Find a slow cooker recipe for delicious soup. Buy all of the ingredients. Hand recipe and ingredients to husband and say, “Here. Make this delicious soup.” I first tried this method … Continue reading

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It’s Not Working

My kids come home from school before I’m done with work. They don’t understand that I need to keep working. They ask me for things, and I keep telling them they’re going to have to wait. Even after I’ve finished … Continue reading

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Bedbugs Aren’t so Bad after All

One day last week the school’s secretary called me up at about 10:30 a.m. to ask why my son was absent. “No,” I said, instantly terrified. “He went to school!” The secretary immediately put me on hold and started looking … Continue reading

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