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My Brief but Glorious Career as a Monster

I had a huge affection for monsters as a kid. From Dr. Frankenstein’s befuddled electro-charged jarhead to that ultimate rejected pound puppy, the Wolfman. So once I got old enough to say no to Mom’s “you would look adorable in … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Pencil

It is the most sophisticated communication device ever created, with its own built-in replacement cartridge and delete feature. No, I’m not talking about the computer, I’m talking about the pencil. The modern pencil was invented in 1795 by Nicholas-Jacques Conte, … Continue reading

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Kids Explain the World

When my daughter Amanda was 4 1/2, she drew the above illustration of American pioneer life. Her sister Beth, age 3, asked her why the pioneer girl was crying and why there were spiders in the covered wagon. Mandy patiently … Continue reading

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5 Years Ago Today

After struggling to stay alive, the original Hostess Brands, originators of the modern mass-produced, pre-packaged treat, gave up the ghost in 2012 (even the preservatives they put in their snacks couldn’t keep them alive). And America mourned the loss of Wonder … Continue reading

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Beware of Children Telling Jokes

A Throwback Thursday Offering When I was a kid, one of the top after-school TV shows was Bozo’s Circus. Bozo would cavort with forced glee in front of a live audience composed solely of screaming humans of the non-adult persuasion. … Continue reading

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5 Year Old Exposes Truth About Barney!

My daughter Mandy was born smart. If she’d known English the day she was born, I’m sure she’d have explained to the obstetrician that he was doing it all wrong. By the time she was two that oversight had been … Continue reading

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Weird Children

The school year is over, and children are at play again. Sign Interpretation: Billy (in slow motion): “Throoww me the ballll, Bobbyyy.” Bobby: “I caaaann’t, Biillly, I have nooo shoulderrrrs.” Billy: “Welll, thenn, I think our gaaame has reached a … Continue reading

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