How Parenting is Like Playing Pac-Man

Very few things in life can be predicted with 100% certainty, however in addition to death and taxes, I’d like to add the following to that category: The probability that I will eat cake if it’s within 5 feet of meThe likelihood that I will join the slowest checkout line at the supermarketThe chances of … Continue reading How Parenting is Like Playing Pac-Man

How I got Most of My Kids to Turn Off the Lights

One of my strongest memories as a teenager is that of my father obsessing over the electricity bill.  He would come home from work and do a thorough sweep of our house, room by room, to see if there were any lights left unnecessarily on.  Upon entering a brightly lit but otherwise empty room (usually … Continue reading How I got Most of My Kids to Turn Off the Lights

Happy Birthday to Me… and This Blog

Today is January 15 and the fact that it's my birthday is beside the point. The bigger celebration, as far as I’m concerned, is that it's the birthday of this blog, too. One year since I sat in the St Pancras International hotel lobby and refused myself permission to leave the premises until I finally … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Me… and This Blog

When Empty Nest Syndrome Kicks in Too Early

It’s been offensively long since my last post, I know, but I’ve been taking some time to deal with a shocking revelation. It turns out that I am related to Nahtmee.  And not distantly related, either. Our branches on the family tree actually touch each other. Here’s how I found out. This past summer was … Continue reading When Empty Nest Syndrome Kicks in Too Early