November 20, 2019

It snowed the day before Halloween, where I live.  The day after, CVS and Walgreens had their Santa displays already up.  Last week, I heard an ad for a furniture chain that proudly declared this “Black Saturday” promise: “We’ll have it delivered and installed by Thank...

November 8, 2019

Now that he has navigated Halloween successfully—his costume received lots of complements and he picked up enough candy to hold him until Easter--my son has turned his efforts towards the all-consuming late-fall work of childhood—creating one’s holiday gift list.  Inst...

October 31, 2019

The animated show Captain Underpants (created by cartoonist Dav Pilkey) aired a Halloween episode earlier this week.  For those of you who don’t spend much time with boys under 12, the protagonists of the show are two boys, George and Harold, who have a talent for find...

October 21, 2019

My husband was out walking a couple of evenings ago when he passed a cyclist on a tandem bike in our neighborhood.  The cyclist, full of Halloween cheer, had positioned a glow-in-the dark plastic skeleton to occupy the tandem’s rear seat.  The skeleton had articulated...

October 15, 2019

My son’s Little League team won their game last Sunday.  (If you do Little League, you will know about “Fall Ball”).  Despite a last-minute change of time to start the game, the team began with a few good hits and just kept building momentum.  They won by a big margin....

October 2, 2019

The father of one of my son’s schoolmates approached me on a field trip.  He mentioned that he was thinking, maybe, of attending one of my upcoming workshops on government benefits, work incentives and ABLE accounts.  He said, “My son is only 14, but well, you know, th...

September 17, 2019

By her own account, Meghan Trainor’s song “All About That Base”, makes a statement that a woman with a large, well, “base” can still be super-attractive.  Certainly, it’s true for Trainor herself.  As a woman with a less-than-Barbie-like-physique, I liked the original...

September 12, 2019

In an attempt to catch me up in the ongoing video game revolution that I have mostly missed, my husband has educated me about certain gamer-generated memes that have reached iconic status.  One such is the phrase “All your base ‘are belong’ to us”, from the overly lite...