Category Archives: DUMB SHIT I’VE DONE

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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ALEEN MARRIED A FLINCHER, or How I Learned to Break Rocks and Love Kenya

Our family recently returned from southeast Kenya, where we helped work on a new dormitory for a rural, all-girls high school. Because I have no skills in construction, I was worried I would be useless. But our hosts found a job for me — … Continue reading

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FUN FACTS ABOUT KENYA

There is much to report. My dog, who had chased squirrels for six years without success, finally tracked one down in the front yard of a neighbor. I became aware of this because I heard the bloodcurdling screams of my neighbor.  She … Continue reading

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TAKING YOUR KID TO SUMMER CAMP

Here are some helpful reminders, for next summer. #1  DON’T MISS THE FLIGHT What kind of jackass would miss the flight taking his daughter to her first sleepaway camp? In my defense, when we got to the gate, it wasn’t a … Continue reading

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