Category Archives: CHILD REARING

OH BOY

Apparently the college where my kids are headed next month will attempt to enforce a 1-hour limit on parent help during move-in day. I say ‘attempt’ because I have a hard time imagining anyone limiting my Armenian-American spouse to just … Continue reading

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GOOD-BYE, SWEET BOOM

I woke up around 4:30am today to the sight of an owl swooping into the branches above me and taking away a rat, which protested loudly as it departed from the branches and from this life. It was a shocking … Continue reading

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BOOMER THE INCONTINENT

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But I’m learning that an old dog can teach an old man new tricks. My 14-year-old goldendoodle Boomer has deployed three strategies simultaneously to retrain me — senile barking, separation … Continue reading

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WE’VE BEEN GIVEN HEARTS TO KNOW THE INCREDIBLE

I thought of Ray Bradbury today while reading about the NASA helicopter on Mars. I thought of him not because of his first book, The Martian Chronicles, which he published in 1950. Instead I recalled the day 30 years ago … Continue reading

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A VERY GOOD DOG

People ask me all the time, ‘Is your dog friendly?’ My dog is a lot of things — old, lazy, mostly blind and deaf, senile. Friendly? Sure, if you lie down next to him and pet him for 45 minutes. … Continue reading

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PUT RESPECT ON HER NAME

Much has been written about The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, and with good reason. It’s an excellent show. For me, one notable feature was the stories it chose not to tell. I’m so accustomed to certain plot lines. Each time … Continue reading

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THANK YOU, MISS KOPP

Yesterday I wrote about a bad teacher. Today I write about a good one — Janice Kopp. Miss Kopp was my 6th-grade teacher. She was strict, scary, a grammar fanatic, and … utterly heroic. She remains one of the two … Continue reading

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MY HERO

My recent post about my my mother-in-law got me thinking about other heroes in my life. For as long as I can remember, No. 1 on the list has been my oldest sibling, Kenneth David Troyer. It’s not just that he shot … Continue reading

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GODDAMN FIXER

I really don’t have much good to say about Chris Fix. Apart from him cooking meals for my son. And rooting for my son at the ice hockey rink. And letting my son stay at the Fix home in Hermosa … Continue reading

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ON TURNING 50

My 15-year-old son asked this morning whether my young self would have been surprised that today’s world is not more technologically advanced? Still no flying cars, for instance. My young self would have been astounded by iPhones. A device which … Continue reading

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