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Cat and boy

Early morning. The boy is under the blanket, building worlds in Minecraft. The cat is hanging out with his buddy. I continue to be astounded by how affectionate, dependent, and attached two entirely different species – incapable of any meaningful communication – can be with each other. Somehow we can live in harmony and love…

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Frustration and anonymity

The beauty of this particular prank, perpetrated upon me by a student in my class, was twofold: 1. I moved the mouse. I moved the mouse again. I moved the mouse again and again and again. I checked the cord. I unplugged and re-plugged the cord. I banged the mouse. I wondered if the problem…

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The Late Show is back.

Every morning without fail, I watch Stephen Colbert’s monologue on The Late Show. For the past 15 months, Colbert’s monologue and show has been performed from his bathtub, a home in North Carolina, and finally a small room in the Ed Sullivan Theater. Rather than calling his show “The Late Show,” Colbert has spent the…

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Two worst words ever

Eighteen years ago, I was sitting in a car with Elysha. We had just enjoyed dinner and drinks with friends, and I had driven her back to Wolcott School, where we both taught and where we had left her car before going out for the evening. Elysha and I weren’t together yet. My crush on…

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Swear jar court

While consulting with a client yesterday, Clara heard me swear. From across the house, she shouted that I owed another 25 cents in her and Charlie’s self-imposed swear jar. A little while later, I received this notice, informing me that my debt has reached $30. If I don’t pay off my debt in the next…

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Rating the group songs

After working as a wedding DJ for nearly 25 years, I thought I’d offer some thoughts and opinions on those songs often played at weddings that have a dance associated with them. Here they are… the good, the bad, and the ugly: The Macarena: This is the worst of all the group dances. In general,…

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Zombie alert

As I dragged the large box to the recycle bin, I wondered how and why the cats had torn a fist-sized hole in the cover. What the hell is wrong with these cats? Then I saw this photo in Elysha’s Facebook feed and things made a lot more sense.

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Borders add nothing but waste and time and expense

Long ago, in some forgotten past, there was a person – probably a teacher – who looked at their bulletin board and said, “You know… if I put some borders around this bulletin board, it might look cute.” So that’s what they did. They added borders to a bulletin board – probably cut from construction…

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Group descriptors

An unkindness of ravens, also sometimes referred to as a conspiracy of ravens A crash of rhinos A murder of crows A pride of lions A gaggle of geese All great ways of describing a group of animals. I recently heard a new one: A gossip of women. Sexist, I know, but there’s research to suggest…

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Describe religion as a business that is sexually harassing

It would be weird if a corporation forbade women from assuming leadership roles within the organization. Right? Imagine if Microsoft or McDonald’s or Home Depot prevented women from running stores or being promoted to upper management or occupying the C-suite. You’d probably refuse to do business with these companies. You might even protest their very…

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