The orphan, resting comfortably in Shelley’s lap.

When Shelley returned home after two weeks away, she was confronted by a loud and needy cat. Lucy let her know, in strident tones, how much she had missed her and how devastatingly hungry she had been. She went on and on about it, while Shelley […]

Super Bowl Sunday

The Trooper and our staff, los tres amigos

It took us half the day to get there. We waited in line for the ferry, trying to ignore the malodorous canine carcass a few feet from our Trooper. The Belize River was high that day, making the process of getting our vehicle aboard the […]

Paradise Unhinged

Against proper judgment but tacitly supported by their spouses, two of the sons and the oldest, a daughter, drove into the heart of Amish country. On the surface they were checking on the condition of their parents’ vacant house, euphemistically referred to as “The Farm.” In reality, it was voyeuristic reconnaissance, and this year the […]

Bridging the Gap

As he does every year, Bob rents a car and drives us to DC, our first stop on an annual trek to see my parents and four of my five brothers. We spend the night at our friend Ned’s and pick up my brother Joe at Dulles in the morning. He’d nearly missed his flight. […]

The Day I Lost My Innocence

John and Camille, still innocent in 1960

As many of you know, my mother and I are working on a memoir. I’ve recently begun adding some of my own stories. Here’s what I remember from the year John F. Kennedy died:

I was nine the day JFK died. My brother Michael would make […]

Counting our Lucky Stars

Where were you on July 23rd, 2012? On that day, the sun burped (or farted) a massive belch of magnetized plazma right through our planet’s commute path. Wherever you were, you might still be there had the storm occurred a week earlier.

Here’s the technical low down from NASA’s Science News:

Near Miss: The Solar […]


Seventy-five-year-old Mona Shaw is destined to become immortalized as an American folk hero:

After a week of getting jerked around by a cable service provider, Mona had enough, according to the Washington Post story Taking a Whack Against Comcast: The insulting idea that, as Shaw puts it, “they thought just because we’re old enough to […]


Now that I’ve reached the ripe old age of 52, I think I’m qualified to say a few words about the “Old Days.” When I was a kid, I had a lot of responsibility and a lot of freedom. In general, I was expected to keep an eye on my brothers, help with the household […]