My Experience with the Police

Having been on the planet for a while, I've had the occasional experience with the police. Some of those experiences have been positive, some less so. I thought it might be instructive to describe some of those experiences and what I learned from them. The Breakdown While one my way home driving down the interstate,…

Still More Books for Children

In my last post (and some of my earliest blog posts -- books for boys, books for girls, and books to read aloud) I recommended books I thought were excellent or in danger of being forgotten. One book (The Black Book of Secrets) got it's own review because I liked it so much and thought…

More Book Recommendations for Children

Some of my earliest blog posts (books for boys, books for girls, and books to read aloud) were my recommendations of what I consider some of the best books for children, especially if I felt those books were being forgotten as the latest Harry Potter or Rick Riordan book came out and pushed these excellent…

Jane Eyre visited (finally!)

Even though I was an English major in college, I had never read Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. Scandalized, my youngest daughter purchased a copy for me, and now that COVID-19 has struck and I'm stuck at home until the governor of our state decides otherwise, I have finally read it. I'll attempt to avoid…

The Boston Tea Party — 2020 style

For those who read my blog and live in other countries and who might not know what the "Boston Tea Party" is, let me explain. When America was merely 13 colonies established by Great Briton, England decided to put a tax on tea. Tea was considered a luxury item in the colonies. Many colonists were…

Interactions

We were "zooming" with our children when my oldest son became agitated upon learning that in some states, pig farmers are on the verge of slaughtering and then burying their pigs. Why? Because meat processing plants are being shutdown because of fears of COVID-19. They can't sell their pigs to the meat processing plants. You…

I suppose I should be thankful.

The picture leading this post was taken during an actual physical fight in the Parliament of Ukraine. The Ukrainian legislative body isn't the only one that has degenerated into fisticuffs, like children daring each other, "Wanna fight about it?" Just a cursory look at pictures available on the internet says it's happened in Russian, Syria,…

Don’t Lose Your Courage

When our family was young, we went on vacation. At that time, we had three children: two girls 7 and 2 and one boy of 5. We were eating outside our KOA (Kampgrounds of America) cabin when a number of yellow jackets who had nested near our cabin, attracted by the food, descended upon us.…