Posts Tagged ‘ kids ’

Winter brrr-becue for the brrr-ds

January 12, 2018
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It was January. And what a perfect time to be outside in the sun. My wife, our 11-year-old boy and I went on a morning hike. In Southern California, you can do that. Still, my…

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CBD: Cookie Baking Disorder

December 14, 2017
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This humor piece is from guest writer Anne Bardsley who answered our invitation for holiday-themed posts!  Thirty-two years ago, I developed a serious Cookie Baking Disorder. It has plagued me every holiday season. The CBD…

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Turkey Bits from the ‘burbs

November 17, 2017
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TURKEY TIME—You know it’s Turkey Time when the air gets cold, the wind blows and the leaves color the ground yellow and orange. In the fall, it’s great fun to jump and roll around in…

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October Bits from the ‘burbs

October 13, 2017
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HALLOWEEN’S ALMOST HERE—My 6-year-old son has seen “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at least 3,000 times. That was just this month. After a recent viewing, he said, “Daddy, it’s Halloween time — we better…

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Random Bits from the ‘burbs

September 15, 2017
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GOOD REASON—There’s a perfectly good explanation for the garage band down the street. I’m told someone will make up the explanation later. FREE COUCH—My 6-year-old son and I were on a walk to the park…

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Back to school means no more fun

August 25, 2017
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Summer has come to an end, which means the fun is over. They were there for good times in the mornings on days I went to work late, and they were there when I got…

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There are rules to obey on a trip to Disneyland

July 28, 2017
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There are rules to obey on a trip to Disneyland

We said we’d wait at least another decade before going back to Disneyland after the last exhausting visit, but there we were, only two years later, going back. Such a reversal in not without precedent.…

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Happy ending to dog’s tale

July 1, 2017
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Our pet beagle eats his food fast—really fast. I wondered if we should do something about it. So my wife told a friend, the friend told another friend who was a veterinarian, and the veterinarian…

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Being Italian means eating tomatoes and loving it

May 5, 2017
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I’ve known this for years about my son, who’s now 13, but the other day something hit me, and I didn’t like it. I had to bring it up. Me: You’re my kid. You’re Italian.…

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Mr. Picarella goes to Washington

April 21, 2017
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Mr. Picarella is not a mister. He’s a 13-year-old kid. He’s my kid! My wife and I try to protect him from the world, but I promise, we don’t shelter him. We let him ride…

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