Anatomy of an Obsession

Over the years I’ve had plenty of obsessions that dominate my attention and time. Sometimes it was a person – sorry to all the girls I was a little weird about back in the day. Sometimes it was a band – there’s a long list of artists that I got way into and would listen […]

Reader’s Notebook, 5/21/19

Oh snap, somehow I’ve gone over a month without an RN entry. I’ll blow through my last four books to get caught up. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick DeWitt This is a tremendous and lovely tale of two West Coast gunmen – brothers Charlie and Eli Sisters – who prowl Oregon and California for a […]

Friday Vid

“Beautiful Stranger” – DMA’s covering Madonna. Just a video today. We had a huge, surprise storm blow through between 5:00 and 5:30 yesterday afternoon. Our power went out at exactly 5:32 and did not come back on until 4:45 this morning. Thus I’m scrambling a little this morning, and have to be at school for […]

End of the Sports Year

We wrapped up the spring kid sports season last night with the City track finals. C had a very good night. She first ran in the final of the 400. Looking at the preliminary times I figured her best chance for a high placement was in the 200. She was fighting a cold and coughing/sneezing […]


Yesterday was the fourth time one of our girls played in a kickball City Championship game. For the fourth time, we played our worst game of the year and walked away losers. L’s team got waxed pretty good, 20–4, and it really wasn’t that close. The team they played was solid at the plate and […]

Weekend Notes

It was a pretty quiet weekend for us. Friday was the annual St. P’s eighth grade Mother’s Mass. All the eighth graders and their moms got dressed up, had a special Mass first thing in the day followed by a brunch at school. Then they were excused for the day to go do stuff together. […]

Friday Vid

“Head Rolls Off” – Frightened Rabbit. It was a year ago tomorrow that, just after getting home from dropping my girls at school, the official news broke that Scott Hutchison’s body had been found floating in the Forth, as he had warned us about ten years earlier. It’s been a tough year for me as […]

Friday Playlist

Separating the playlist from the video this week, as I need to say a few things about the video. “They’ll Never” – Stef Chura. Oh hells yessssss! This is the perfect song to get the warm weather season kicked off right! (I say that when we have almost no chance of reaching 60 today). “Hello […]

Timeless Fashion (I Hope)

We’ve had a lovely run of weather lately that has kept me out of the house much of this week. Running some errands. Hitting some golf balls. Coaching and watching sports. Good stuff. Today the weather broke a bit. It is warm and muggy, but there are thick, ominous clouds racing across the sky as […]

Weekend Notes

We had a big sports and family weekend. So some quick notes are in order. Friday L had a big kickball game. This was against the only team to beat them this season, a game we lost by three runs after giving up 12 runs in the first inning. Things were a little different this […]