First Days of School, Last Days of School

emember when the Little Man was born? It seems like it  was yesterday. Turns out it happened over 6 years ago. This morning, the increasingly Not-So-Little Man set off for 1st grade. First grade is a special milestone, because it is the earliest grade for which I have a pretty clear memory of things. I […]

The Thrill of the Cracker Jacks

n Saturday, I took the Little Man to an exhibition game between the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals. We took the Metro over to Nationals Park, and found our way to our seats, where my friend, and fellow writer Michael J. Sullivan was waiting for us. I think that Michael told me this […]

The Little Man and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

was in the shower when the Little Man let out a shriek that would raise the dead. He had been sitting on our bed, watching Power Rangers Megaforce when a bug that had been crawling along the wall landed on his knee. Little man, meet Halyomorpha halys; brown marmorated stink bug, meet the Little Man. After he […]

The Wiggly Tooth

he Little Man had some exciting news for us this morning when we woke up. He came into our room, unusually bright-eyed, and said, “You know what? I have  a wiggly tooth!” So he does. And that marks a new milestone: the Little Man’s first loose tooth. It’s his lower left-center tooth, what a dentist […]

Advice to My Kids as They Begin Their Education

ext month, the Little Man will start Kindergarten. He has been in pre-school since he was 15 months old, spending his days from 7 am – 4 pm at the school (as does the Little Miss) and so he is used to the long days, but this will be at a new school, and it […]

Blood-Sucking Ticks and Clocks

e seem to have a tradition for the Fourth of July that goes beyond spending the holiday in the small town of Castine, Maine. Last year (2013), the Little Man, slipped coming out of the bathroom, and cracked his head on the floor. He didn’t require any stitches, but there was a good deal of […]

An Excerpt From “Conversations at Our Dinner Table,” Ep. 1

oward the end of our pasta dinner this evening, the Little Man looked at the kitchen table before and pointed to something. “What’s this, Daddy?” he said. I looked at it. “Looks like a stain in the wood.” “No, because feel it.” I felt it. “Maybe it’s a stain from food. Probably maple syrup from […]

The Little Man Turns Five

he Little Man went to bed excited last night, because today is his birthday and he couldn’t wait to be five years old. And so he is. It’s pretty crazy how quickly the time goes by. When he went to bed last night, I was thinking about the evening, five years earlier, when Kelly and […]

Building a Block Airport with the Little Man

did something amazing last night. Together with the Little Man, I built a block airport. When I was the Little Man’s age, I loved playing with blocks. And since many who read this may be digital natives, unfamiliar with the term “blocks” in this context, I’m not referring to ASCII drawings or anything that involves a […]

Being A Big Brother

e slept in later than usual for a Saturday. The Little Man, almost 5 years old now, came into our room sometime before sunrise and got into bed with us. Sometime later, after sunrise, we heard the Little Miss, 2-1/2, calling for us. We both wanted to sleep in1 and in an act of small miracle, […]

Playing Trains with the Little Man

ast night, the Little Man and I played trains. Usually, he plays with his trains down in the family room where all of his various tracks and tables and paraphernalia are located, but yesterday, he was feeling Puckish, perhaps thanks to his pink-eye, and brought a basket of wooden tracks up to my office. Together, […]

Inherited Traits: Or, What I Have Passed on to the Little Man and Little Miss

hen you have kids, you kind of expect there are certain things they will inherit: eye color, hair thickness (or thinness), etc. These are all physical characteristics, and our kids have a good mixture from both of us. But I’ve noticed more and more non-physical things that they have inherited from me. The Little Man […]