Dress up for Ed McMahon

“If you really want something in this life you have to work for it. Now quiet, they’re about to announce the lottery numbers.” –Dan Castellaneta, The Simpsons Today’s the day! The big day! The day when it all happens! Today, this very one! I’m dressed and ready. I’ve...

Ride the train

“In complex trains of thought, signs are indispensable.” – George H. Lewes From this day forward, I will never travel anywhere that I can’t go by train. There is a languidness to trains that soothes me and makes me slow down, gives me pause, rolls time around in...

Eat slowly and thank the chef

This one is for Philip. “I prefer Hostess fruit pies to pop-up toaster tarts because they don’t require as much cooking.” – Carrie Snow My friend Lucy- who- creates- amazing- works- of- art- in- food- and- everyday- life- and- who- might- be- compared- to-...

Blow bubbles

“There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.” – Aeschylus We are deep into bubbles at my house. Blowing them, taking baths in them, catching them, looking at the...

Just help them get started

“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.” – Eric Hoffer There is a moment in every mother’s life that is a source of deep, dark dread. A moment so terrible to consider that we dare not contemplate its...