Category Archives: Family

I Never Dreamt of a White Christmas

I grew up in Southern California.  Wait.  Let me rephrase that.  I was raised in Southern California.  Not sure I ever grew up… Okay.  So.  SoCal boy.  Near-perfect climate.  Almost always lovely weather.  In fact, Christmastime in SoCal is almost … Continue reading

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Is Evility a Word?

Basically, I’m an evil person.  I have no doubt. Somewhere in my chromosomic configuration, I have the evil gene.  Or genes.  And how can one live in denial of his genetic structure? I realize that some of my friends and … Continue reading

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My Deadliest Meal

Let me, at the outset, say that I meant no malice towards my family.  My intention was to cook them dinner, not cause nearly convulsive physical duress.  I guess I should first give you the recipe for my Italian Beef … Continue reading

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Tossing Grenades

I was born nine years after the end of WWII; immediately following the Korean War.  Being of the post-war “Boomer” generation, many of the toys I had during my formative years were war toys.  True, we also had cowboy pistols … Continue reading

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Giblets, a Dime and Quarter

I return to my childhood and, within my mind’s ear, I can clearly hear my mother’s oft-repeated lament, “May you, one day, have children of your own.”  Her wisdom within that sentence—also heard by her from her mother—is prophetic and … Continue reading

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Hopefully I was right.

A few weeks ago, my youngest child turned 18-years-old.  He finally made that age-of-majority threshold!  Lately he’s had a few auditions so I’ve been getting to spend some time with him.  He lives in South Orange County and the drive … Continue reading

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Sticking My Tongue Into It

This morning I made a cherry cheesecake (I’ll give you the recipe at the end of this post). When I ejected the beaters from the hand mixer, I held them in my hand and immediately paused, admiring the sweet, cheesy … Continue reading

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You Get Five Spices

I don’t know how we even ended up on the subject, but the question was, “If you had to limit yourself to a small amount of spices with which to cook, forever, which would you choose?” I think the amount … Continue reading

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I’m Not Alone

When it comes to Christmas, I am usually a basket case.  I get so anxious and over-worried that I will forget something during my Christmas planning that I have sleepless nights beginning somewhere between the 15th and 20th of December.  … Continue reading

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More Than I Need to Know

At one time, my youngest, Cameron, and I had annual passes to Disneyland.  We visited often on the weekends I spent with him. Going to Disneyland with Cameron is like visiting with my own personal Disney Talking Encyclopedia.  Everything you … Continue reading

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The Bloomp Bloomp

I’ve wanted to tell you about this for a long time.  I know I’ve told you about many of the stupid things I did as a child, but for some reason it has been particularly difficult for me to share … Continue reading

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Rainy Day Gravy

The rain today patters on the roof, but I’m in Southern California so the temperatures accompanying the storm aren’t too low.  Still, the sound of the rain and the dim light rouses the nesting instinct.  On days like this, you … Continue reading

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The Christmas Tree

Another Christmas has come and gone.  The Christmas tree is back in its box and the ornaments are packed away.  At this writing, that makes 59 Christmases for me. The earliest Christmas I can remember was my fourth.  It was … Continue reading

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Free Pony Rides

I recently attended my granddaughter’s first cheer-leading performance.  Is that what you call it?  A performance?  Anyway, she’s cheer-leading for Pop Warner Football games with another friend of hers.  Their first game was 90 minutes away—at 8 o’clock on a … Continue reading

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Space Age Rocket Surgery

I grew up the first of six siblings.  Not a large family by some standards, but larger than most. My mother wanted to have kids.  Later in our lives she told us that what she wanted to be when she … Continue reading

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Record Breaking Intelligence

Every now and then when I am feeling like I am smart or wise or have just solved a really difficult problem or challenge, I remember some of the things I thought or did as a child.  Looking back on … Continue reading

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The (Sweet) Meaning of Life

I must have been about three years old.  Those were the days when, to raise a family, only one parent had to work.  My father worked in the aerospace industry and my mother stayed home with me and my two … Continue reading

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Opening Day

April 4, 2012 was Opening Day of baseball season and in the evening I found myself at a T-ball game at the local Little League Field.  The significance of going to a game to watch some five-year-old’s play the first … Continue reading

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A Most Memorable Fathers Day

On a Saturday evening back in 2008, my oldest son, Mario, was asking what I wanted to do for Father’s Day, the next day. “You’re working,” I said. “Yeah, Dad, I tried to comp off for you but, apparently, I … Continue reading

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Offering Encouragement

One of the coolest things about staying with my daughter and granddaughter is the opportunity to get to help, a bit, with Kaia’s academics.  Since she is only in kindergarten, I didn’t expect that to be a possibility.  But kindergarten … Continue reading

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