Missing Chapters

Parenting books are great reads. They can help with learning what the heck that cough means to how to actually get a kid to comprehend an emotion they may be experiencing. There's always room for improvement though. As my kids get older and the problems and difficulties we encounter change, I'm looking for some pretty … Continue reading Missing Chapters


A Bedtime Mantra

On rare occasions, the oldest child of Ben and Kat Yado would dream so vividly, so powerfully that the world outside the child's slumber was immediately affected. That is how the family dog, a bundle of energy and fur called Rover joined the family some five months ago. Ben and Kat worried that perhaps a … Continue reading A Bedtime Mantra

Out of Here

“You know what I’m doing when I get out of here? I’m going to hug my partner. That’s what I’m doing. An experience like this changes a person.” Fay said to no one in particular. She stared forward, unblinking, pondering the choices that lead to this moment. “Your mom is weird,” nine-year-old Tina said to … Continue reading Out of Here

Lunch Hour Characters – Road

Road is traveling. How's it going? Let's find out... in haiku form. Two kids in backseat. Between them, snacks uneaten. Hangry passengers. Dusk approaching fast. Sun sets and blinds the driver Road kill everywhere. Popular question: Who in this car just farted?! Giggles for hours. I spy with my eye Something that starts with a … Continue reading Lunch Hour Characters – Road

Must Haves – Road Trip Games

The road trip. Once a cherished tradition is now mostly a carbon creating guilt trip full of poor LTE coverage and plenty of downloaded movies. However, when you have to be somewhere and you don't have to fly, hopping into a car and hitting the highway is pretty nice. I remember games of slugbug and … Continue reading Must Haves – Road Trip Games

Danny Against the Grass

Danny started at the grass. For generations this spot had been viewed with suspicion and fear. That would end today. "Danny, what's with the gas can and the lighter?" Danny ignored the question posed to her by Hank. The two had known each other long enough that she felt he already knew the answer. "Can … Continue reading Danny Against the Grass

A Bonding Moment

"Excellent. Excellent, yes," Jonah said, gleefully. He began rushing around the lab. "This is an excellent opportunity. We can prove your superiority. This challenge the community has put before you, before us, is going to change the world. Yes, yes. Quite a day." "Dad, it's not-" Junior tried to say. "The entirety of my life … Continue reading A Bonding Moment