Driving with Whales and Zeppelins

Driving with Whales and Zeppelins Boring.  That was how eight-year-old Louis Butler describes visiting Grandpa Charlie’s cottage on the isle of Jersey. The man did not have Nintendo or Cable TV. His telly was an old piece of furniture with plants and books atop it. Visits always consisted of sitting around drinking tea in the…

Middletown Middle / Chapter Four – The Giant Well

August 1863 The hot Kansas wind twisted around Isiah Milton’s face. His mother named him after the sound the wind made when it came through the front door of his childhood home. ISIAH.  It called again twenty years later, and he stumbled through the Kansas plains searching for it. He needed food, sleep, and shade, but had…

Middletown Middle / Chapter Two – Unktomi

Here’s the second chapter of my grade school anthology book –   Middletown Middle.  The school with more mysteries than students.  Read Chapter One – The Nickname Curse Chapter Two – Unktomi November 25, 1987 It was Big Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. That meant a half-day of school before a long weekend. Twins Jenny and…

10 Things to Stream in April on Netflix / Amazon

Stay home.  Flatten the curve and watch these underrated/ under-appreciated gems for subscribers to Netflix and Amazon.  There’s an argument to be made that Amazon Prime and Netflix are all you really need to get through a pandemic. ZERO ZERO ZERO  – This my favorite find of the spring.  Amazon’s answer to Narcos is better…

Things to do in Shelburne Vermont – Part 1

When we decided to move to Vermont four years ago, we just knew Burlington. We traveled for years to the city by the lake to partake in the food, beer and the quirkiness that I think our lives needed more of.  Once we had kids we saw it as a mecca for families but when…

7 Things you can do to Beat Decision Fatigue

Researchers estimate we make nearly 35,000 decisions in the course of the day.  Of course, nearly all of them are subconscious and seemingly care little weight and few consequences.

The Marvel of an Ordinary Life

“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people…