Category Archives: Parenting

Hats Off

“Colonel Mustard killed Mr. Body in the billiard room with the candlestick”–began no mystery novel ever. The entire genre is called “whodunit” because the joy of reading is trying to figure out–or in my case waiting to be told–who did what to whom and why. The whole point of a mystery novel is the “aha!”…Read the full article

Fundamental

Ellen and Sam fell in love. No surprise there. They had worked together for years, were friends before they started dating. They had everything in common: careers in education, commitment to community service, even a shared fondness for miniature labradoodles. Sam was 45, Ellen 29. But the difference in their ages wasn’t a problem. Sam…Read the full article

Quick Fix

It is well known–and possibly true–that Stephen Hawking’s publisher warned him about using mathematical formulae in his book. “For every equation, you will lose half your readers” so the story goes. If a gentle “e = mc2” can cause people to stop reading, I can only imagine how many of my thoughtful subscribers will fade…Read the full article

Parenting in Vein

My dad was weeping in his hospital bed. Being the thoughtful, dutiful son that I am I told him to stop thrashing around. “It’s 3:00 am,” I pointed out. “Some of us have to work in the morning, you know.” It depends who you ask, but in my family we have always believed that my dad…Read the full article

Get Your Kid into the Right College. Get the Right College into Your Kid

Noises usually associated with the trenches of the First World War were coming from somewhere deep within my car. Clearly, something was amiss with the combobulator. Or possibly the framistan. My liberal arts degree safely in a drawer, I called a buddy of mine, the assistant service manager of a car dealership. Steve and I…Read the full article

What a Dog

I’m not saying this happened. But you can’t say that it didn’t. You weren’t there. (I usually detest arguments of the form “How could you know unless we’re the same person?” but let’s make an exception for a vignette about a man and his dog.) The only backstory you need is that I have no…Read the full article

Hard Work

One of my buddies from the gym wants to lose 20 pounds. He does significant cardio six days each week. Andy is becoming a beast on the stair master. He lifts weights too. Chest and triceps one day, back and biceps the next. And abdominal exercises? Don’t ask. A hundred sit-ups AND a hundred leg…Read the full article

All Together Now

What is the take away from “Yellow Submarine”? “Avoid Blue Meanies” certainly and possibly “Be Nice,” but the maligned Jeremy Hillary Boob, PhD also instructs, “Ad hoc, ad loc and quid pro quo. So little time, so much to know.” Truer words never uttered by an animated quadruped. That there are limitations on how much…Read the full article