Category Archives: My Family

Friday Festivities

Emerged from the home mid-afternoon yesterday to brave shopping and get a bite to eat. Upon arrival back home, the young miss was napping on the floor during Inspector Lewis and Gambit was left to wonder why we weren’t playing … Continue reading

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Settler of Cat-an

The young miss coaching Gambit on game strategy. He doesn’t think much of the resources of this game. Who needs ore, wool, grain, lumber or bricks? Where are the mice, birds, buttermilk, catnip, and tuna? Ah! Those dice.

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Musicians In A Tree

A musician’s Christmas tree often has a number of musical ornaments. At least mine does. When my wife and I merged households in ’95, we put together a bunch of things, including musical ornaments. The mouse with lute was mine. … Continue reading

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On Parenting Daughters

I saw the dotCommonweal post the other day on parenting daughters and the thought that this somehow tilts liberal parents to Douthatism or something. Lots of commentators, especially conservative ones, overlook that morality and ideology are not bedfellows … or bedpersons. … Continue reading

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O-Tide Leads Off With A-Day

Adoption Day is a happy family occasion. It’s a joyful tint that comes as we move from Advent I to Advent II. Twelve years. I was reminded over dinner tonight that in less than two years, the young miss will … Continue reading

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Prayers Answered

Many of you have offered prayers, not only in the comboxes, but also by email. Thanks much for that. I spent over two hours in a specialist’s (ENT) office this afternoon with my wife. Without going into details my spouse … Continue reading

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Otoconia

I learned what otoconia are today. My wife was diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and had her first treatment today. No reclining, laying down, bending over, or moving the head too much for eight hours. (Do these rocks re-attach?) She … Continue reading

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Friday Road Trip

Another college visit tomorrow. To a large public university to the south of us. 10AM start for the program, which means getting a pre-5AM start for a five-hour drive. The young miss seemed to have focused her college search to … Continue reading

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Make for Drake

Our fifth visit to an institution of higher learning today. Hence the delayed posting of the usual morning stuff. We were up pretty early to arrive on the Drake University campus before 8am. We met a wider swath of student … Continue reading

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Another College Day Trip

Another college visit completed. Pella, Iowa is just a quick eighty-minute drive from our home. So we took advantage of a lazy Saturday to shoot down there to look at Central College. They do good work with study abroad options. … Continue reading

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Home and Reflecting

We were told the MRI would run about an hour, maybe ninety minutes. Every medical check-up we’ve ever had with the young miss has been good news. And there’s not much that can go wrong in magnetic resonance imaging. After … Continue reading

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Light Posting For a Few Days

You readers may get a few posts tomorrow. Maybe not. Maybe nothing till Wednesday night. I was doing most of my internet work from bed today–due to a combination of a head cold and fall allergies. I have a few … Continue reading

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Archbishop’s Homily

Archbishop Jackels preached this evening, and I loved his structure, content, and his use of a very good speaking voice. He was somewhat soft-spoken, but another parishioner commented on his gravitas. He sang the presidential prayers. My wife liked that, … Continue reading

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Praying With Mantises

The young miss reported her high school in lockdown around lunch time today. Fortunately, this was a precaution as no intruder made it into the school, and people were all safe inside. The bad thing, of course, is that weapons-bearing … Continue reading

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What’s For Dinner

Been cooking the past few days. Don’t ask why; I just get in a mood. With the Iowa heat wave of ’13 in full swing, no idea why the family has been getting hot meals the past few nights. Tonight, … Continue reading

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