The Plagued Parent

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

Pies in the Sky

Rolling out the dough across the floured countertop becomes her silent lament. Time was the kitchen would filled with bustling bodies. Twice yearly they baked pies — fall apple; summer blueberry. Fruit would be harvested and sorted, washed and peeled, tiny hands sticky with everything. Fewer local farms now, fruit comes in small plastic supermarket […]

Flash Flood Warning

A rising wall of black water hits hard, enveloping and sweeping fast away all the carried things they lugged from the parking area three quarters of a mile up canyon. The roaring rush scoured laughter and relaxation with silenced desperation and raging fear. A father holds fast to his baby and a bending tree. A […]

Effortless Effort?

I screwed up my knee. For the past three weeks running has been painful. Equally painful is the fact that the registration deadline for the half-marathon came and went on June 30th. True I can still register and run the race in October as planned — a birthday gift to myself which I announced months […]

Lion Fish Vacuum

Robert follows the Lion Fish deeper into the reef, spear ready.  An invasive species in the Keys, these are legal prey. Within reach something yanks from behind, tugging; the mask falls from his face. Oxygen evaporates gulping water gasping. He jolts awake. He’s never been diving in his life. He’s never been anywhere. HIs legs, […]

Farewell Ninja Mouse

I’m a killer. Not the pathologically homicidial kind found on “Criminal Minds”, nor am I the quasi-accidental kind from “How To Get Away with Murder”. No, I am a killer of mice. “Why is there a dead mouse outside,” my wife asked as she headed off for a run. “I’m leaving him there as a […]

Dark Matter

Either we are the most superlative creations that this universe has ever seen, or we are the least significant life forms that this cosmos has to offer. This “either-or” proposition does not sit well with us. It has never sat well with us, at least for the last several thousand years, that is. Humanity demands […]

Brownie Cookie Dough Cake

Turning 16 deserves a special cake! Actually, it garnered two cakes! Ice cream cake is a birthday must have in our house for the kids’ birthdays, but we were getting together with friends to celebrate and needed a more portable cake. So Alexandra got two cakes! Brownie Cookie Dough Cake Ingredients: For the Brownie: 1 […]

Crab Apple Crisis

She thought it ridiculous their son had been stuck for hours in that tree. “Help him now,” she told her husband. Through the slider he saw the boy caught in high crooked branches, “He”ll figure it out.” “Two hours,” she folded into a harsh angle pointing. “Go.” With a nod the ladder was gotten, but his […]

Reasons Upon Reasons

One of the first questions my wife asked me was, “Do you think she did this on purpose?” I answered, “No.” At that point, my daughter had not been formally diagnosed with depression so when the dust settled we asked my daughter directly and bluntly about the incident. She was insistent. No way, she said. True, that […]

Weary World

ecology and responsibility

Mother Earth has been at this a rather long time. According to science roughly 4.5 billion years. That’s a long workday. A myriad of natural systems working night and day, day and night with little rest. No weekends; no holidays. Just constant toil to keep the balance just so. And her reward? Condos. Well, not […]

Trasmogrified Time Machine

Our sense of time is dysfunctional. We’re always trying to change time. Or, rather our place in time If anyone of us had a time machine we’d go somewhere. We’d fast-forward ourselves to some imagined point in our future where life has been fulfilled far away from the present in which we find nausea, grief […]

Spaceman Spiff

We’ve all been there… The ultra-boring class, the meeting that just would not end, the family gathering that — well honestly you’d really rather be having a root-canal. What can you do? Escape, that’s what. Sure, as you get older the escape is material. That is you can manufacture actual reasons to leave the room. The […]

Risky Business

Risky business, living this life thing, no? At the top of a snow-covered hill, Calvin expresses a view widely held by many — unless you’re living on the edge, unless you’re pushing the envelope, unless you’re slamming against the sides of the box attempting to escape, then you’re not living. As Hobbes might attest — […]

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