The Plagued Parent

posts about surviving our children, the Baby Boomers who raised us, and everyone else with an opinion...

Theme Revealed!

April 1 begins the Blogging from A to Z challenge. For anyone not familiar with this, bloggers accept the challenge of writing daily posts that correspond with a letter from the alphabet. Typically, most bloggers select a central theme around which to build their alphabetically oriented posts. I did this last year and focused posts […]

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

If you had seen him for yourself, you’d likely dispute his fantasticalness. He was worn, thin with a faded and thinning coat, ashen nose, dark and darting eyes, and… no tail.  Yes, his tail was missing.   Because of this I decided he was indeed a fantastic fox. Last week our dog Beckham, a Welsh Corgi […]

The Specter of Sacrifice

I forgot Ash Wednesday. No big surprise; I forgot last year too. I probably could have swung into the church I only haphazardly attend. I dropped my daughter off at school for 7 am so I could have stopped in… but I didn’t. So begins a stretch of 40 days and nights where my family […]

Browned and Tan Cookies

If you are looking for a cookie chock full of flavor and chips this is the one for you! Browned butter deepens the flavor and butterscotch chips and toffee bits add a little ‘tan’ to the mix. Browned and Tan Cookies Ingredients: 2 sticks of unsalted butter 1 1/2c. all purpose flour 1c. bread flour […]

Of Mice or (Hu)Men?

The other night I walked in the door just after 6 PM. Before my bag even hit the floor, my daughter blurted out from the dining room, “I need help with my English homework.” I sighed, took off my shoes and headed to where my daughter had all manner of study materials fanned across the […]

Time See What’s Become of Me

Mother Nature has a bit of a cruel streak when it comes to New England weather. Last week she dumped 14 inches of snow on us and today she come back with another 3-5. My wife checks weather on her phone and says with regret, “Well, I guess this isn’t actually going to keep me […]

No Bake Dark Chocolate Oreo Tart

The Patriots playing in their 7th Super Bowl with Tom Brady at the helm deserved a special dessert. This tart is no bake and uses a microwave to melt the chocolate, what is easier than that?!   No Bake Dark Chocolate Oreo Tart Ingredients: For the tart: 60 Oreo cookies 1 stick unsalted butter, melted […]

Open Hands of Sharing

A Samaritan confronts a man beaten and bloodied by the side of the road, an opposing candidate’s sign splintered on the ground — one enemy reaches for the other when he could, when every fiber of his being demands he should, turn his back and walk the hell away. “Why should I help,” he asks himself, “Why should I bother […]

Good Night and Good Luck

Curiouser and Curiouser. Here’s how slippery these bastards are. Five hours after the inauguration, Donald J Trump for President, Inc, filed FEC Form 99 declaring Trump’s candidacy in the 2020 Presidential Election. Why is this significant? Simply put: it limits dissent, chiefly dissent from non-profit organizations. An election lawyer in DC Tweeting with the handle The Resisterhood  broke […]

Raging Into This Brave New World

Women's March 2017

My wife and I were having lunch at a restaurant in Mohican Sun Casino as they swore Trump in. The images seemed surreal, his speech unreal. For me the scene fit because casinos are the epitome of surreality with their absence of light, their carnival-like sounds and colors surrounding the bent denizens hunched over flicking buttons […]

Taking Turns

“You’re too little,” was what he kept telling his sister Trudy each time he leveled the air rifle at the makeshift targets lined up near the stone wall out back. “But Dad says to share,” she reminded and that much was true but Trudy was, well, Trudy and anything he could do to aggravate her he took full advantage […]

Peeing on the Buddha

We have this stone buddha in our yard. We bought him when we got our first house in Providence. That house was built in the early-1900s by some rich old Italian who owned a sausage shop. In the back yard, surrounded by roses bushes was an empty pedestal. The old Italian likely had a whitewashed statue […]

A Winter of Listening

Right now the thermometer says the outside temperature is 50 degrees and rising. It is warm, too warm for January, and almost unnatural for Winter. Last week a storm threatened us here in New England with temps in the teens and 4-8 inches of snow. The computer models were off a little, by Sunday we ended up with […]

A Good Room

This room is a good room. We call it the family room, not because it is the room that holds the family most often but because that’s what the builder’s plans called it. This room is not the living room. The living room is at the front of the house, across from the dining room […]

Hunting Elusive and Exclusive Holiday Specials

Part of our Christmas holiday traditions always includes watching several movies and holiday specials: Christmas Vacation, Four Christmases, Fred Claus, Elf, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph and of course Home Alone. For a variety of reasons we only own Christmas Vacation and Charlie Brown, and we usually DVR Elf or some of the others. Problem […]

No Shop November… Um, what?

Around the beginning of November my wife offered us a proposal: Let’s try to eat all the food in our house. Not all at once, mind you, but over the month. See, we are notorious for buying on sale, stocking, forgetting and then tossing food in the garbage. Especially leftovers, and the same pattern ensues each and […]

An Epic Fail??

November 30 was the final day of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) and I have failed. For anyone who doesn’t know, NaNoWriMo has been around since 1999 and the challenge involves completing a 50,000 word manuscript in 30 days, an average of around 1700 words a day. I’m about 25k short of the […]

Chocolate Chip Kahlua Cream Cake-Two Ways, Easy and Even Easier

This recipe is so easy, and so yummy! It starts with a boxed cake mix, and only needs one bowl what’s easier than that? I originally got this recipe from a neighbor and it has become a standard go to in our house. For Thanksgiving I was making two, so I decided to try to […]

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