gift package from cornwall

A friend sent me some hometown goodies, which adds a nice new regional element to Tucker’s playing card deck collection… and introduced Béla to a new Korean Marvel hero, Taegukgi. Béla’s so into that graphing calculator that the Easter Tucker got him. Béla’s interest in electronics, programming and circuit-building seems to tend toward the vintage……

easter 2021

An English friend on Facebook commented that this was quite a haul and I felt very American. But a lot of it is for the pets. Graphing calculators that do more than some gaming systems do were a huge hit with Béla in particular. A book on making cosplay costumes. New half-hoops for Claudia and…

claudia tries her hand at “riddley walker”

She kept insisting she wanted to be the reader. I told her it was not easy. I really do try to do an oral run-thru of it before I read to them. This is why. And this is what the text looks like in the book: And here’s Béla and Marble having some recovery time.

big love

Target Starbucks. New bath mat, Clothes and a frame for a poster of Béla’s. Ridiculous surge pricing. When they are thirty will they begin to see how incredibly treasured they are to each other? They see it some now… but when does it start to blow them away?

secret world

A friend called on the phone tonight and I actually took the call because in his whole eleventh month of life I had drilled him hard and asked “HOW OLD ARE YOU?” and got him to hold up one finger. He was my practice baby — for years. He never lets me forget how much…

a weekend

“I love waking up at home on the weekends. It feels like being in a movie,” Claudia told me yesterday. She loves to look at the line of townhouses out her bedroom window, and hear folks outside. Claude had her first rehearsal with Settlement Music School’s Senior Choir on Friday evening. She’ll soldier through The…

round-bottom bowls made the ancient world go ‘round

Get on the good foot. Art is not expendable. Um, yeah. Had people actually forgotten that? Certainly when people climb all over one another to get their kids into a “prestigious” school, it’s always got a “great arts program”. Well, how about Claudia’s free teen program through Fleisher Art Memorial, where she’s currently taking a…

don’t call it a comeback

We’ve been here a year. In quarantine. Only the most limited, tenuous connections are returning here and there. The kids are very conservative about playing with their very lives — who’d have guessed? We know it’s not a straight path to full open doors. But Tuck and I each have our first vaccine in us,…

a year ago

We were getting in one last study at The Tasty… before beginning a year-plus of lockdown. They sure have become more of who they are going to be. It’s been the most amazing year of their lives and development as people, and I feel closer to them than I ever have. The world never fails…

cover girl

Thanks so much to Donna and PRIMA magazine. The article about Claudia is on 25. Check it out here.

war. what is it good for?

While far from obsessive, Béla can identify more weaponry, automatic and ancient, than I care to myself. He has on occasions owned archery sets but they’ve been short-lived. He grew up with few to no toy guns and anything he used as a “gun” (like a shoe), and followed up by pantomiming shooting a live…