Courtesy of her grandfather on her mother’s side, No. 1 Daughter took the aptitude tests offered by the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation. We accompanied her to New York City this past weekend to discuss the results. I’ve not done any research in the area, but my opinion, having suffered other aptitude and personality tests, and […]


Looking at my résumé, I feel like I have to justify the decisions I’ve made. It’s not the curriculum vitae I thought I’d have. At each step along the way, each fork in the road I took made sense. Looking back, there’s some regret — and envy. Regret that I didn’t see opportunities, not of […]


News of the world is daily maddening, full of pointless cruelty. We must take our moments of joy where we find them. My sons are in the bell choir at Trinity United Methodist Church. Before the service, the congregation sings hymns as randomly suggested by the congregants. Number Two Son had been looking through the […]


Like the rest of the postcards received by PostSecret, this one reveals an anonymous sentiment, one perhaps more common than not, and surprising. Why should that be? It’s a simple image: A well-made bed, pillows neatly tucked; a typed caption describing the scene; a comment. All normal, except the handwritten note: “I’m the Dad.” Why […]

Great Scientists

A friend of mine posted a Carl Sagan quote that reminded me of something. Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact. A few years back we saw Fourth of July fireworks from […]

Grandmother’s Bread

By way of my sister’s recipe box, comes this memory. Scald all together and set aside to cool: 2 c. milk 2/3 c. shortening* 5 tbsp. sugar 2 tbsp salt Add 2 cups water to above mixture. 1 cake yeast** 1/4 c. water 13-14 c. flour (approx, depending on flour) Crumble yeast into water to […]

Grandmother’s Lemonade

The hot days of Summer call for a cool drink, shade, and a lazy breeze through the apple trees. If my taste memory serves, this is Grandmother’s Lemonade. 3/4 c. sugar 1 c. lemon juice 2 qt. minus 1 c. water Cover the bottom of a half-gallon glass Tropicana Orange Juice bottle with sugar. Squeeze […]