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I gave him a good life, but I also give him a hard time. It’s a balance.

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There’s been a meme floating around for a month or two that shows a row of five numbered chicken wings, each one a little more stripped of meat than the last. Number one has a single small bite taken out of it; number five looks like it’s been dug up…


Digital photography has made it easier than ever to remember the good times

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Technology is something else, as my grandmother would say.

So many pictures.

I’ll take more pictures of my teenage son this year than have ever been taken of me.

Outside of school photos with “PROOF” stamped on…


Why you’re oh-so-wrong about grilling being solely a summer thing.

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It’s the time of year when most people are putting their grills away. But I’m just getting started.

Why?

Allow me to take you back more than twenty years.

It’s the late 90s and it’s hot. Maybe not 100 degrees…


Sometimes the most mundane things can seem like a breakthrough

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Last week, we had our home painted, during which, I spent a significant amount of time apologizing to the painters.

We’ve lived in our new home for three years and we’re finally settled in. It has really needed paint since we first bought the place, but circumstances conspired to make…


This was beautifully written. But between your fears of climate change and your concerns about the cost of buying somewhere that you actually want to live, you seem to be making a really good case for your continuing to rent.

I understand why you're moving, but why are you trying to buy?

Let the landlord shoulder the risk of climate change. Of ever rising real estate taxes. Of repairs.

Stay flexible. You're not planning to sell so you're not buying for investment. And that $100,000 in purchase costs is 4 years of rent at $2,000 per month.

There are a lot of towns where you can rent a 2-bedroom house, with garage, for that.

Especially since you are fine living away from people.

What's the appeal of owning at this late date?


And now I’m going to distract you with them, too

Song I heard that I haven’t heard in a long time. No, not Blue Monday. You can’t swing a dad cat without hitting a version of Blue Monday. I’m talking about Matthew Wilder’s “Break My Stride”.

A book I’m reading. Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby. Oh, man. This book is…

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