Buy you books and buy you books and what do you do? You eat them!

13 01 2013

No, I don’t suffer from bibliophagy, let me be clear on that.  I just remember that rhyme as being one my father used to always say when I would ask for him to buy me books as a child.  I’ve always loved books!

I spent a good bit of time yesterday helping my daughter sort through her shelves of books for what books I would be willing to allow her to get rid of.  Even in reading that sentence, I feel slightly guilty of being overbearing.  But books are things of which I am so very fond and the idea of throwing any away is just so difficult to fathom. Read the rest of this entry »





These Boots Were Made For Walking, But The Soles Have Holes

21 10 2011

I was a fortunate child in many respects, but in one alone I’ve been feeling as though I’m falling short in my duties as a parent as of late – that of introducing my children to the world around them.  My parents, much more affluent than I have ever been, raised me, in part, in a foreign nation.  As a result, they found ease in traveling to the historical foundations of the world stage and I was able to experience so much at an early age. Read the rest of this entry »





What would we be without a hyphen

27 07 2010

I’ve long appreciated the writings of Frank McCourt, a brilliant author in my opinion, most notably for his honesty and frankness, no pun intended.  It was my aunt who first turned me on to his work, suggesting I watch Angela’s Ashes with my daughter who had romanticized notions of Ireland and the Irish.  And it was a dear friend that I know only through the internet who was kind enough to send me three of his books when she went cleaning out her library – thank you Mariann.   Read the rest of this entry »





Define Legal Interaction

15 07 2010

I’ve spent about two weeks now working on teaching my children the entirety of the Civil War, from one hundred years prior through the end and trying to help them fully grasp everything that was at stake in the war.  As we discussed states’ rights and federal will, I started looking more in depth at the issue brewing with Arizona, and I wonder if they will once again secede from the Nation. Read the rest of this entry »





A Fresh Mind is an Asset

14 07 2010

I’m irritated and frustrated and unemployed.  The three combined do not make for a great combination, so I find my keys beneath my fingertips once more to express myself in the best manner I am able – through my words. Read the rest of this entry »





Gays are the new blacks

31 05 2010

Historically, our nation’s enemies have thought that our perseverance owes its foundation to our national monuments and structures, without noting that these tangible existences are merely examples of our resolve and independence.  We’ve had our buildings assaulted and brought to ruin, yet the result is a bond, a unification formed through the loss.  I’m reminded of the story of Dolly Madison, rushing in to the blazing White House to salvage the painting of our first president, while British troops attempted to defeat our nation by destroying principle buildings within Washington DC.  I think of the destruction of the World Trade Towers; yes, we mourned the loss of lives, but the towers were merely structures, they didn’t house our patriotism. Read the rest of this entry »





Just gimme a donut with sprinkles on it – I don’t care what you call it!

18 05 2010

Late night jaunt to Dunkin Donuts – let me set this up for you here.

It was 2:30 in the morning.  My daughter was in the hospital.  And she wanted a glazed or frosted donut – something with sprinkles.  And no chocolate.

So I pull into the Dunkin Donuts across from the hospital.  I normally avoid DD due to prior incidents, but my baby girl wanted a donut.  And it was 2:30 in the morning.   Read the rest of this entry »