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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A toast to those who came before

A very happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you all, dearest readers. Do all of you have your kelly green doodads and thingamagigs? I’m sure you do– we’ve all had them out for the past week. Today is the culmination of this celebration of Irish culture and heritage, so let’s take a step back from the […]...

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Saint Patrick, one week early

Well, here we are: With freezing temperatures and snow on the way, we are preparing to “spring ahead” into daylight savings time– and for this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday. That means Irish beer, Irish culture, and Irish music, and green scarves, mittens, earmuffs, hats, and anything else that we can possibly dig […]...

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The week of Mardi Gras

Today you can feel the winter in the air, though we had almost managed to convince ourselves that it was finally over. This is just a cold snap, though– just a passing front, like any bitter thing that hits. We have had Valentine’s Day, and we have had Mardi Gras, and while the weeks or […]...

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A sense of community

Who amongst us still takes the time to sit down with a newspaper–an actual, paper newspaper–over a morning coffee? It has always been a ritual for me, but I’m told it makes me quite old-fashioned. While I’m sure it’s more convenient to have three weeks worth of multiple newspapers on your tablet or phone, I […]...

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