My Cup of Coffee

My Cup of Coffee

I’ll admit it, when I first started this blogging project of mine, there was part of me that envisioned becoming some sort of professional writer. It is, in fact, something that I fancied doing since middle school when I first started reading Stephen King novels. He, being a writer, has chosen to frequently have writers … Continue reading

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Is Four The Perfect Number?

Is Four The Perfect Number?

There was a time long, long ago that I determined that the perfect number of children to have was four. Given that I have ended up with precisely that number you may assume this was always my plan. You know what they say about assume: spell it out and you get: “you’d be absolutely wrong.” … Continue reading

Flying With The Four Kids

Flying With The Four Kids

Admit it: you’ve been that person sitting on the plane when some harried parent or parents step (or stumble) onto the plane with a baby in hand. You’ve looked at them and immediately started scanning the rows, trying to do the quick math to figure out where they were sitting. Would they be in front … Continue reading

There But For the Grace of God Go I

There But For the Grace of God Go I

When I was in high school I began volunteering on our local ambulance corps. Most New Jersey towns rely on volunteers to staff both their fire and ambulance services and Madison was no different. My mother and one of my brothers were already serving on the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps and I often “rode” with … Continue reading

The Four Mother

The Four Mother

In writing a blog entitled “The Four Father” it has become easy to focus very much on my four kids and myself. For anyone who knows me (and frankly, anyone who doesn’t) that focus obviously leaves out one very, very important person. Amy is “The Four Mother” which, while not as catchy, is far more … Continue reading

The Great American Baseball Trip: Part II

The Great American Baseball Trip: Part II

Halfway through our trip we awoke to a sunny, blue-skyed Minnesota morning. Over a decidedly mediocre motel breakfast, Ted and I set about trying to rate all the stadia we had already been to in our lifetimes. For a long time, I had Pittsburgh’s now-departed Three Rivers Stadium as my worst ever. Between bites of … Continue reading

Why I Don’t Hate Brookstone Anymore

Why I Don’t Hate Brookstone Anymore

If there were a subtitle option to the headline above it would read something like “the new power of social networking.” When I wrote about my failed dealings with Brookstone it was, for me, more about just getting something off my chest than anything. I was also really surprised that this one (albeit prolonged) failure at … Continue reading

My Door…My Window

My Door…My Window

“When God closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” I have never thought much about this quote, which, I have just learned, is actually attributed to The Sound of Music. I have been thinking about it these past few days and, in doing so, have come to the conclusion that I don’t like it … Continue reading

Busy Being Unemployed

Busy Being Unemployed

I know it’s been an exceedingly long time, by my standards anyway, since I threw something down here.  Turns out, for being unemployed, I am remarkably busy.  At the end of Sunday’s radio shift, I had worked somewhere in the area of 17 of the last 21 days.  A typical person, employed full-time, works 15 … Continue reading