Category Archives: Family

Posts dealing with matters of family–mine, or in general.

Most excellent of kitties

Before we even had kids, there was Max. He joined us only a few months after Terhi and I were married, and lived seventeen of his eighteen years with us. Two weeks ago it was time to let him go. … Continue reading

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Peace and comfort

“Courage is grace under pressure” – Ernest Hemingway My oldest sister lost her three-year fight with cancer, but not before demonstrating courage and grace to rival any Hemingway protagonist, and not before wrapping her life up in as neat a … Continue reading

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Do overs?

I know I don’t generally spend a lot of time looking back, and even less worrying about what I’d do differently if I could. Too many good things in my life came about because of some less than good things, … Continue reading

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End of the Year

My kids’ school year ends this week, though the only reason it didn’t end last week is because then they’d have to have nothing happening last week, which would encourage parents to wonder why they didn’t end it the week … Continue reading

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A most confusing paradox

Parenting. Never have I derived so much satisfaction from something I’m so terrible at. I really enjoy watching my kids grow and mature and begin showing signs of becoming competent adults. And I cringe whenever they display some negative behavior … Continue reading

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Art patronage

I like to promote artists I like. It’s even more fun when I know them. And when it’s my own daughter, well… I need to replace a few buttons on my shirt.   Tweet

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Tooting my kids’ horns

I have awesome kids. Each is very unique, but they’re definitely awesome. This past week has brought a few reminders of that. My oldest, my daughter, started high school this year. She also decided she wanted to learn an instrument … Continue reading

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Families online – Pros and cons

The weekend provided me with a couple of online incidents that are at odds with one another. I’m not sure why I’m even mentioning this, since I don’t come to any real conclusions from either. Perhaps it’s just this: We … Continue reading

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The gift of love

One of the most amazing experiences in a person’s life is to open your life up to someone else, to make room in your world for another person. Or, as most often happens, abandoning your world to build a new … Continue reading

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The crucible

Many a parent, frustrated with a rebellious child, has uttered the words, “may you someday have a child just like you!” I wouldn’t say that having children is a curse, but it’s definitely a challenge, a test that helps define … Continue reading

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