Friday, December 18, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Cooking is Hard Work
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Flyways and Highways
Friday, September 18, 2009
How About If I Don't Talk Like a Pirate Day
Saturday, September 12, 2009
You're Going to Miss This
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Giggle, Giggle, Chortle, Chortle, Snort, Snort
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Sorrow and Hard Decisions
Friday, August 14, 2009
Closet for Sale, House Included
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I'm Famous, Well, Sort Of
ETA: Another of my adventures with little D can be found at my post Seeds.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Twelve Steps for Parents of Teens and Young Adults
I finally reconstructed my 12 steps for parents of teens and young adults (see previous post), although I think the original was funnier. The occasion for my revisiting them was that my son, busy working in London, forgot my birthday. When he finally did call, almost a week later, it was to tell me that something I posted on his Facebook wall embarrassed him, and oh, yes, Happy Birthday.
• Step 1 - We admitted we were powerless over our children’s behavior, and how that really pisses us off.
• Step 2 - Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves - Dean of Students, boarding school, drill sargeant, a parole officer - could restore the brats to sanity
• Step 3 - Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to a Higher Power, like Judge Judy
• Step 4 - Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of our children’s strengths and shortcomings, attributing the former to our expert parenting and the latter to bad genes/bad influences from the other side of the family.
• Step 5 - Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being that we have no idea what to do with the creatures
• Step 6 - Were entirely ready to have our Higher Power remove all these defects of our child’s character, not to mention the magazines and drug paraphenalia hidden under the mattress
• Step 7 - Humbly asked our Higher Power to remove our child to another state
• Step 8 - Made a list of all the times we told our own parents how we were going to be so much better as parents than they were, and became willing to make amends to them immediately
• Step 9 - Made direct amends to our parents wherever possible, except when they were laughing so hard as to make it difficult
• Step 10 - Continued to take personal inventory of our child’s shortcomings, just to have something to do while waiting up until dawn for them to come home and ask “What curfew?”
• Step 11 - Sought through prayer, meditation and heavy doses of Valium to improve our conscious contact with our own sanity
• Step 12 - Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry the message to other would be parents, “Yeah those baby things are cute, but do you know what they turn into?"
Monday, June 15, 2009
Lost and Found
People keep telling me that once something is published to the internet, it is never really lost, but you can't prove it by me. In the last 18 months or so, I upgraded both my home and my work computers. In the process, I lost two articles I wrote, despite the fact that I had multiple copies at one time. One of them had been published, first on a friend's blog and then in the Denver Post. I have a hard copy, but it's in a frame, which makes it a little difficult to retype. No worries, I think, after all, nothing is ever lost on the internet. Except when it is. Despite multiple searches, not only the Google kind but searches of numerous CD's, floppy disks (remember those?) and Zip disks (remember those?), I can't find it. So I actually took the framed version down from the wall and retyped it, and will post it when I find a suitable picture to go with it.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
50 Down, 50 More to Go
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me'and
Which of the two did the will of his father?