Hannah and I

I am Hannah’s father and Hannah is my daughter, and that’s the way we like it. When she was five years old I took her to see Santa Claus at a local store. [ Read More ]

Little Shy Felipe

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Driving a school bus in a growing community presents some unique opportunities, especially when one of your routes involves an ethnically diverse mix of four and five-year olds. When the school year begins, many of these kids don’t speak any English. [ Read More ]

Hayrides and Mudslides

As a child, my family and I would take trips out to a farm to a pick pumpkins and ride a spooky hayride. One year I learned a valuable lesson about keeping my hands in the vehicle at all times. [ Read More ]

It’s My Party

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In my sixth year, I had two birthdays. This was a nicety on my mother’s part, you understand. I had slept through the first one. The night before I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep. [ Read More ]

An 11-Year Old’s Mother’s Day Plan

This year for Mother’s Day, I asked my 11-year old son if he had any thoughts about doing something special for me on Sunday. He proudly announced yes, he and his good friend Jack had a plan! Oh, how sweet, I thought! [ Read More ]

My Favorite Sandy Koufax Story

Back in 1965 Sandy Koufax refused to pitch in the first game of the World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur, a Jewish high holy day. [ Read More ]

The Thankfulness of Children

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I’m thankful, don’t get me wrong, but to be honest I never think about what for specifically. “Good food”; “that we’re all here together”; “we have a roof over our heads.” Of course, all of those are true and I don’t want to take them for granted (I clearly take them for granted.) [ Read More ]

The Trick-or-Treating Dogs

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Just last Halloween, Mallows, Simi, and Remi had their first trick-or-treating session. They’re my cousin’s dogs. [ Read More ]

Holiday Sweets: So Many Traditions

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When and why did the candy cane originate? How many different religions and cultures enjoy gingerbread and marzipan during the holidays? How do these traditions make us more the same than different? These and other tantalizing questions will be addressed below. Read on, my sweets. [ Read More ]

Valentines Day At The Aquarium

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While recently visiting the Toronto aquarium, I couldn’t help but notice all the “fish couples”.  So, being a bit of a romantic (but by no means a marine biologist), I named some of the unique couples I saw around the fishtanks. [ Read More ]

Smiles For All