Category Archives: Family

The best thing since…

On Saturday I baked my third batch of bread. Each batch makes two loaves. Because they have no preservatives if they don’t get eaten quickly they mold, so we gave a loaf to the Red-Headed Menace and his Really Smart … Continue reading

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What with Amazon and email wishlists, more and more we get things we ask for . Not that I am complaining; for the most part I got things from my lists, and the couple I didn’t I really like. (As … Continue reading

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Credibility.

I believe Christine Ford. I understand completely why she would have waited so long to come forward. I was eighteen when I was sexually assaulted. [Warning: rape/suicide triggers.] Although I told a few others, I did not tell anyone in my … Continue reading

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I may be posting here more. I am currently on hiatus from Facebook, so the little pieces I drop over there I will be dropping over here instead. The aftermath of mass shootings is stressful for everybody. For me, the … Continue reading

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Life is what happens when you’re not expecting it.

Starbug has bit the dust. Starbug was a 1996 Mazda Protege that my family bought for $600 in 2010. It was the kids’ car — and when they weren’t using it, I did. It easily paid for itself in gas … Continue reading

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But of course.

Most years, several members of our family ask for impossible things on their Christmas list. One year, Railfan asked for a girlfriend and some C4. (We told him no, we weren’t going to get him the C4 since we were … Continue reading

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Loss.

A friend of mine on Facebook said “Christmas should be a time to look at the world with wonder and excitement.” He’s right, of course, but this year that seems difficult. I partly feel alarmed at the state of the … Continue reading

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The perils of living with students during exam week.

Sitting at the dining room table and perusing Facebook, I saw a shirt which read “You are the result of 4 billion years of evolutionary success. Act like it.” I did the most appropriate thing in the circumstances, I snickered. … Continue reading

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WWMD.

But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might … Continue reading

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I stand corrected.

As the Red-Headed Menace and I drove along this afternoon, I began musing on language. “I was looking at the xkcd cartoon about The Martian.  The rollover text said ‘I have never seen a piece of fiction so perfectly capture the … Continue reading

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Dear Universe: you can stop now. Really.

“God gives you nothing you can’t handle.”  Far too many people, including my late mother. In the last twelve months, my family has endured (in order of importance): The death of my mother and the Rocket Scientist’s father. (The latter … Continue reading

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Poor Parenting.

This morning the family and I went to Starbucks.  I was not looking my best: the events of the past few days had caught up with me. My hair was not neat, and at the best of times I am … Continue reading

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R.I.P.

My father-in-law, Jack Glass, died on New Year’s Day. We had known he did not all that much time left — he was suffering from pneumonia after being hospitalized for a stroke.  He had spent a lot of time in … Continue reading

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Anniversaries I would just as soon forget.

Twenty-five years ago today, I sat in my loft unit in graduate student housing at Stanford, waiting for the third game of the Bay Bridge Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland As to start, when the entire … Continue reading

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There are a few advantages to growing older.

I am sad I am aging.  I miss having preteens around the house.  But… I no longer have to deal with the mommy wars. I no longer have to feel either vaguely guilty or aggressively defiant that I do not … Continue reading

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Things as they are.

Life proceeds apace. Much has been happening in the world at large.  I feel like I should be commenting on the last couple of weeks of the SCOTUS term, but writing about such emotionally charged cases as the Hobby Lobby decision … Continue reading

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This is really tough.

It will be two weeks tomorrow since we buried Mom. I have gone back to work.  I know it might seem to be too soon, but at work I have to pretend to be happy and pleasant. It’s a break … Continue reading

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My Mom died tonight, on Mother’s Day. She had had a cold, and had promised me when I talked to her this afternoon that she would go see a doctor tomorrow, because she was having a little trouble breathing.  Later … Continue reading

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A tale of two cars.

Frank came home from the mechanic’s shop last week.  The changing of the guard has well and truly finished. Frank is short for “Frankencar,” so named by the Rocket Scientist.* The body, interior, electric system and engine are the same … Continue reading

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I’m still alive.

I have not been writing frequently, my desires to the contrary notwithstanding. There has not been a lot going on in my life, although there has been too much going on in the world at large. As I wrote earlier, … Continue reading

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