Take the Detour

20190723_140428The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.  Fine if you’re in a hurry, but it sure makes for a boring trip.

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Sibling Rivalry

20181228_075301Mention the phrase “sibling rivalry” and images of kids fighting over toys or the best seat in the car emerge.  But did you ever think about what your pets go through whenever you bring a new one home?

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Umm… You Don’t Want to Look in There

untitledMy family has come to learn the hard way that I essentially view my home and garden as one big science lab.  They are likely to stumble across experiments either already in progress, or getting ready for one, in a variety of locations inside and outside the house.  What did you expect from a science teacher?

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When Company Arrives Unexpectedly

20190224_081449_MomentDespite the menacing appearance of this shady group of uninvited visitors, they are actually pretty harmless.  If anything, they were more comical than anything else.

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That Moon!

20180719_203824There are a handful of movies that my family has watched repeatedly to the point of being able to recite the entire script.  One of them is “Moonstruck” starring Olympia Dukakis and Cher.  A Greek and an Armenian playing Italians?  It’s okay, Armenians and Italians played Greeks in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” so it balances out.

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That’s Not Smoke (This Time)

20190110_070035Anyone who has lived in California’s Central Valley is familiar with this phenomenon: it rains, the sun comes out, you can’t see where you’re going the next morning.

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The “Grandmother Clock”

20190105_092552Raise your hand if you are a fan of the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow”!  You know, the one that makes you start thinking about dumpster-diving and yard-sale stalking for the chance to find treasure.  Okay, put your hand down now, you look silly with it up while looking at your screen.

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I Know Santa

20181227_110902Any time I think about getting pictures of the boys with a department store Santa, a scene from the movie “A Christmas Story” pops in my head.  It’s the one where Ralphie realizes how long the line is to see Santa Claus, and all you hear are screaming kids.  No thanks.

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