The perfect hiding place

Dear Reader, I have a problem. Depending on whom you ask — like my brothers — some folks will say I have a multitude of them. But those problems aren’t the one I’m writing about. If you’re reading this and you have children, then you might have this problem too: Where do you hide all […]

Holiday mistakes: What not to do

They say past performance is indicative of future performance. I certainly hope not because my performance during the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t need repeating. But before the big guy comes bounding down the chimney with his big bag of gifts, we need to look at the holiday mistakes we’ve made so we don’t make them again. […]

It’s all Big Bird’s fault

Children shows today like Blaze and the Monster Machines, PAW Patrol, Wallykazam!, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Dora the Explorer and many more teach kids math, science, Spanish, English, and problem solving skills. A precursor to these shows premiered back in 1969 with a giant yellow bird with big orange feet who has danced and sung his […]

The Magnificent

As far as he knew, he was the only one of his kind. In his entire life, he had seen no other like him in the forest. He was bigger, faster, and more powerful than all the rest. These were the first thoughts entering his mind each morning. Standing on the edge of the giant […]

Zoo insight

Some spend all of their lives running away from their past. Others are so focused on the future that the past is something they just can’t see anymore. For me, it seems the further I get away from my past, the closer I actually get back to it. For example, last weekend The Wife, our […]

It’s too early!

There’s a natural order to the universe. Stars are above us, ground is below, the sun comes up every morning, sets every night, and Christmas is in December. Or at least it was. Months ago, if you took a trip to our downtown, you’d see storefronts already decorated with red ribbons, white snowflakes, presents, and […]

The Cotton Christmas

For those seven magical years growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, each holiday was wrapped up in family traditions – some good and some not so good. At the top of the list of those “not so good” traditions was the great toy giveaway. Ours was the only house on Flamingo where Santa Claus visited […]

Little bitty leafhoppers

Most folks believe fall comes but once each year, but they are wrong. A long, long time ago on an old familiar street not so far away called Flamingo, fall came not once but twice each year. The arrival of fall brought something else to Flamingo — little bitty leafhoppers. I should know. A lifetime […]

Unwanted vacation guest

To book a four-day vacation at a nice beachfront condo in sunny Florida, you only need a few things: money and time off work. Booking a four-day vacation for the entire family at a nice beachfront condo in sunny Florida three months ahead of time for the very weekend a Category I hurricane makes landfall […]

Dad’s sage advice

While growing up on Flamingo Street, I tended to listen to folks. I listened to Older Brother Richard and Big Brother James because if I didn’t, they’d punch me in the arm ‘till I did. Didn’t take long for me to decide that listening to whatever they had to say wasn’t going to be nearly […]