Memorial Day

With Memorial Day coming up, it seems like the whole country is coming to a halt. Stores close, government offices turn out the lights, even construction projects are put on hold to allow everyone to go home and… have barbeques? Watch parades? Break out the summer clothes? Now, anyone who knows me knows that I’m […]...

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Getting your hands dirty

You know what’s cool, at least in my book? Gardening. Now, I’m well aware that my opinions on what is and isn’t cool may have become outdated a couple years back, but surely growing plants and seeing the natural cycle unfold in your own backyard (or window box, or assortment of pots) is pretty nifty, right? […]...

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Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day is due to be rainy, dreary, and chilly, but that doesn’t mean we should hold back from celebrating the wonderful women in our lives. In fact, shouldn’t we celebrate all the more to make up for the lack of sunlight? Bring on the flowers! Bring on the brunch! Bring on the sparkling, […]...

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Saturday morning view

Yes, I know– today is Cinco de Mayo. Everyone’s talking about it. Everyone’s drinking themselves silly, too. Let’s maybe not do that. Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of a grand battle—maybe breaking out tequila and tired stereotypes isn’t the best way to celebrate it. Besides, there are so many things to do on Saturday […]...

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The open road…?

When I was a kid, I loved summer road trips. Those days when we piled into my dad’s car and rode into the unknown, feasting on hotdogs and ice cream and listening to old music—it all blurs together now, a kaleidoscope of junk food, roadside sights, and back roads and sunlight though car windows. I can’t […]...

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The great outdoors

This weekend is due to be lovely, and just in time for us to celebrate the great outdoors. After all, tomorrow is Earth Day, and the local Cherry Blossom Festival is on Sunday, both better reasons than most to be out, about, and comparatively environmentally conscious. Earth Day may have had its earliest roots in […]...

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Easter traditions

Easter Sunday approaches, and it promises to be a beautiful day– sunny, warm, and not all that humid. After a rocky start, this springtime has finally gotten its act together. And that, all my fellow parents will agree, is good news– because Easter isn’t really Easter without a mad romp through parks or gardens hunting […]...

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That lovely time of year…

Well, my friends, we are partway through April, the sun is (generally) high, and it’s that time of year again. I’m talking, of course, about tax season. This year, taxes are due on the 18th of April, three days later than the usual deadline. That’s neither a mistake nor gift, for what it’s worth– taxes are […]...

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The first weekend in April

April Fool’s day is coming up tomorrow. There are a lot of things I could say on the matter– certainly, I have seen enough political jokes about who may or may not be April’s Fool, and you all know I could turn this into a history lesson. I know you don’t tune in for the […]...

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A life in pictures

Isabelle is on a mission this week, documenting plucked leaves and park squirrels, friends and strangers, buildings and taxis alike all with my cellphone camera. I have to say, she’s a natural. I’m saying that not just as a loving father– while I’m certainly biased in favor of her work, she is showing an early flair […]...

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