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Category Archives: kids
Viva Geek Power! The Path of Con
My daughter, 14, proudly describes herself as a “geek.”
And last year, along with her brother, 12, they began lobbying hard for my husband and I to take them to ConnectiCon in Hartford, Connecticut.
What is ConnectiCon, you may wonder?
Why it’s the Constitution State’s answer to Comic-Con (the seminal comic book convention incepted in San Diego, CA in 1970). Continue reading
Posted in compassion, family, kids, optimisim Tagged anime, comiccon, commander deanna troi, connecticon, connecticut, cosplay, geek, geeks, hartford, kikis delivery service, marina sirtis, my little pony, power, star trek, star wars 6 Comments
The Ghost of Christmas Spirit Lost & Found
Our son Henry is a joyful boy. He’s been known to sail through the house saying, “I’m expressing my joy!” Like all kids, he has been excited for Christmas weeks. His joy factor is even more elevated. He’s turning ten years-old on January 6th. He is on the delicate cusp of leaving the tender parts of childhood permanently behind in the coming years. He hasn’t asked me if Santa is real or not, though I have suspected he might have some suspicions, considering he’s a 4th grader now. However, if he does, he hasn’t let on to any of us. Continue reading
Posted in consciousness, family, holidays, hope, humor, kids, spirituality Tagged baby jesus, believe, christmas, ghost, joy, list, lists, magic, paradigm, saint, santa claus, spirit, st nicholas 4 Comments
“What All Children Know”
I am working to organize my new office on our recently renovated third floor. It’s been slow going. In fact, it looks like a small U-Haul storage facility threw up in here.
I just found a black moleskin notebook in a box from our old house which a few years ago, I used to carry with me everywhere.
Not only and I’m an innate archivist, I am a Junior Varsity record keeper. I think this is an off-shoot of being a writer.
What’s in this notebook?
Well, notes; everything from daily “to dos”like “pick up dog pills” to a five-year plan I wrote in 2007 that I still have one year to complete. Continue reading
Summer Lovin’… Had Me a Blast? Happened Too Fast?
The older I get… the more pressure I seem to place on summer. I’ve attempted to examine this dynamic but I’ve only managed to cobble together a few pale theories.
Is this because______?
A). I live in New England. Our winters and springs are long and cold. It seems to take summer forever to arrive. When it does it’s time to get cracking on boating, beach-going, lobster rolls, and all manners of summer fun?
B.) Time feels like it’s passing faster than ever, therefore I need to really make summer “count” because “it’ll be over before we know it”?
C.) I want to futilely recapture some summer romance of days long gone by, while being in complete denial that this is no longer truly possible because I am a full-fledged grown-up? Continue reading
The Death of (Most) Problems
I’m trying to get my kids out the door to get to camp on time. We’re running behind.
I look at the clock. Rats! There is no avoiding that they’re going to be at least ten minutes late.
“Oh the horror!” I mean, who cares? It’s ridiculous, right?
Yet I do care to a certain extent, because I like to be organized and on the ball and all that.
Being late feels sloppy to me and I don’t like sloppy.
Plus, I feel it’s disrespectful to keep people waiting.
Clearly, I bring a lot of baggage to being late. Continue reading
The Hope of Ye Olde U2
When I first heard this song, I was fifteen years-old, very impressionable and kinda boy crazy — a classic combination! I loved to crank this song in my room on my Philco double-cassette stereo and try to sing along. Being an Alto, I thought I could vocally really get in there with Bono. In hindsight, I probably couldn’t. The song’s concept of true-romantic-soul-mate, Dublin-style-gray-sky love set to a pulsing drum beat, stirring base, and soaring guitar made me feel incredibly hopeful for the future. This is the song that made me love U2. I still think it’s one of their best.
All of these years later, the song is still potent. I can’t say as much for the production values of the video, but I think Bono’s look still holds up, New Wave mullet and all (that’s right, you heard me). Thankfully, I am no longer boy crazy, except for the one to whom I’m am happily married.
When I play this song for my kids in my car, my son thinks the refrain is “Two birds eating pie” instead of “Two hearts beat as one.” Now when I listen, I laugh and hear his version of the song over the original. Continue reading