Sit Down. We need to talk.

An open letter to the astonished, indignant, and unreasonably angry folks who cannot understand the allergy parent backlash against Peter Rabbit (may contain adult language--get over it): "Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room in the U.S." So begins this informational article about food allergies on the FARE website.... Continue Reading →

Fear of the Dark

A few weeks ago, my four (and a half, if you're into that kind of specificity) year-old son sort of decided he was afraid of the dark. I say decided because that was how it seemed from my vantage point. Having never exhibited any such fear before, he announced one day--well, less announced than sort... Continue Reading →

Dog Days: A List Article

Meet Zuma.Zuma joined our family just a few weeks ago and is the first new dog we've had since before our kids were born. The dog who was my wife's companion since she first moved into her own apartment at nineteen passed two years ago, just a month or two after our daughter was born.... Continue Reading →

Back to School?!

It's time I face facts, Dear Reader: summer is rapidly coming to an end. Thanks to an executive order by the Maryland governor pushing all public school start dates to after Labor Day, it's been an extra long summer break, but the end is finally nigh. Being a teacher has a lot of perks and... Continue Reading →

In Praise of Grandparents

It's a sunny weekday morning in early August at Storyland, a fairy tale, nursery rhyme, etc. theme park in Glen, New Hampshire. It's comfortably warm, and the park is full and bustling but not overcrowded. My wife and I take a seat on a stone wall surrounding a patch of greenery in the midst of... Continue Reading →

Man Oh Man

Hey, can we talk about something, dear reader? Can we talk about manliness? About being a man--a real man--and all that goes into it? Ok, good. You start. What does a man look like? Are you picturing Clint Eastwood? James Bond? Frank Sinatra? The Most Interesting Man in the World? The Marlboro Man? What does... Continue Reading →

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