Rainbow Connection

 This picture taken in August 2008. Lauren was pregnant with Jackson, Wyatt was just a toddler, Max was waist high. ...more

The Non-Celebrity Autograph

Editor's Note: With fame comes the autograph hounds, but what about the rest of us? Isn't the scritch from a uncommon commoner worth something? At least one loyal store shopper believes it to be so. --Heather...more

Last Day of 8

Today is the last day Maxfield will be an 8 year old boy. He is moving forward, not a little boy anymore and not yet a tween or teenager.  He is hitting that age where he is old enough to know better but still young enough to get away with it or to just not care. ...more

Merry Christmas

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Addiction Figures

Up until the Christmas of 1978 I played with the normal toys an 8 year old boy would at that time. I played with Matchbox cars, sticks, rocks, cap guns and I had the standard GI Joe and Action Man dolls.  But that Christmas morning of 1978 opening a Star Wars Luke Skywalker 3 1/4 inch four points of articulation with the a telescoping light saber was an event that, although I did not know it at the time, was going ...more

Trophy

"Jackson put gum up his nose." Lauren said as she entered the house. ...more

Last Time I Cried

Over the past 10 years I can remember crying in public on only a few occasions. One of those occasions was when I built a paver patio at our first house. At that time I promised myself I would never take on another project like that.  I don't know if it is: A.  the passage of time or, B.  the attractiveness of my wife or, C.  my stupidity, ...more

Life is good

It has been a while since I posted here on the blog. Some day I hope to get back to writing on a more regular basis. We had a very busy, very fun summer. Life is good. ...more

Milton Wright

While on vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina we took the boys to the Wright Brothers Museum and National Park. We met my brother Jim and his family at the field where Orville and Wilbur Wright, also brothers, made history by flying the world's first flying machine. I was overcome with inspiration and awe, standing there knowing that two brothers over a hundred years before did something so significant in that very spot. ...more

Nice Try

"Nice try." Rob said as pushed his empty plate forward and leaned back in his chair away from the table. A look of satisfaction eased onto his face. "Thanks." Bob replied through a fork full of pasta. Rob burped loud and long. "I'll do the dishes." I said, standing up from the table. "Bill, leave the pots and pans for me." Rob said. ...more