The Plagued Parent

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

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 — […]

Questions?

Every question has an answer. Or, so we are led to believe. But are we asking the right ones? My officemate and I were having a conversation the other day about a controversy on campus. Emails have been flying back and forth, forth and back. A fair number of learned and esteemed colleagues were trying […]

Philosophy

Philosophy is often characterized as being the study of knowledge, existence and reality as an academic discipline. The term is also regarded as being a theory or attitude by which guides the way a person or an organization acts. The origin of character. Bill Watterson, the creator of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, has said that […]

Oh, boy!

Sometimes you get backed into a corner. Sometimes you are the reason for being in the corner. Other times it’s an unforeseen consequence of being shortsighted. In other words, you were being stupid. When you find yourself up the creek without a proverbial paddle, or said creek is full of excrement (you figure that one out), […]

Lunch Time

Ah, school lunch in elementary school. The cafeteria, aka the “all-purpose” room, with the fold out tables, no windows and sometimes a stage at one end. Teachers aides, or occasionally the teachers who weren’t quick enough to invoke “planning time” roamed the polished linoleum trying to police who was rolling tater tots across the room, […]

Imagination

Without imagination, Calvin would not be Calvin. And he certainly would not be able to lay waste and siege to the metropolis of his choice.   Without imagination Hobbes would not be Hobbes. He’d merely be fabric and fluff rather than the ferocious body guard Calvin needs him to be.  Without imagination, snowmen would be […]

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