Milly Dotsey and the Boy Who Lived

I started reading Harry Potter books to Milly when she was in Kindergarten, going on five years ago now. I remember the first few nights of reading it, snuggled up in my bed in the townhome-style apartment we lived in for a year. It wasn’t very long at all, I think the second night I read to her, when she volunteered to start reading it. I remember being impressed with her ability to read words like “muggle” and “Dumbledore” without missing a beat. Since we only read on the weekends she stayed with me (and a bit more during summer vacation), it took a really long time to get through the books. Eventually, I can’t remember with which book, I got …

Mall Babies

Phoenix is the one in the foreground in this picture, but Fawkes is in the background. First of all, I would like to give a shout out to someone who seems to be a fan of the site. I got a text message from a friend who has been going through some tough times, and I was told that on more than one occasion, this person clicked a link to this site from Facebook, read it and kept clicking on other stories at the end of that one. They said, “your blogs, I think more so your writing itself, not necessarily the content, are very peaceful for lack of a better word…. Maybe it’s the distraction of getting lost in the …

“People like you are the very reason I am a Republican.”

I have this really bad tendency to do something on Facebook, and that is to get into political discussions. There are a few Facebook friends, mostly people I knew in high school, that this happens with with, but it can also happen with strangers in the comments section of articles. I also tend to get long-winded. I write veritible books now and then, which sometimes get responses, usually get a few likes from like-minded people, but often go ignored. To that end, I’ve decided I should preserve my efforts, which I’ll do here. Our first such entry is on this thread and in response to the following: People like you are the very reason I am a Republican. You can’t …

Saying Farewell to Elmo

My mom called me yesterday morning with news that she had put Elmo down. Elmo had had some worrying lumps, which turned out to be pretty malignant cancer. Mom had thought about trying to put it off until after the holidays so everyone could spend some more time with her, but the vet told her she would be gone in a matter of days. Elmo was such a sweet girl. She got passed around the family a bit, having been taken in by Andra before she lived with my parents a while. She lived with Erin for a while, along with her (Elmo’s) best friend, Erin’s dog, Dolce. Tristen decided she wanted to have a bigger dog around the house, …

Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving break officially started, in my book, when I picked Milly up after school on Tuesday the 20th. Normally I get her Tuesdays and Wednesdays, though she goes back to her mom’s house in the evenings. Since she was out of school on Wednesday though, and Amanda wasn’t off work anyway, there was no point in me taking her back that evening only to pick her up early the next morning. So Thanksgiving break started Tuesday afternoon, but it started in tears. It started in tears because Milly asked a question. She asked, “So what’s the plan?” The Thanksgiving plan involves getting together with my side of the family. This year, my side of the family was getting together at …