The Old Block

I vividly remember getting in trouble the summer before third grade.  My mom overheard me praying on my younger brother’s pre-kindergarten anxieties: “Geoff, kindergarten is so hard…” He looks up at me, blinking his big, blue, Bambi eyes. “… they make you add one hundred plus one hundred.” He was…

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Family Speak

It all started with Grandma. What started with Grandma? We call it “Family Speak.”  She read an article about it many years ago.  Finally, a verifiable piece of journalism documenting the bizarre dialect of my childhood household that was fundamentally English, but in many ways more an amalgamation of Pennsylvania…

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I said a Boom Chick-A Boom

Jake is headed into his seventh week of camp at the Y, and let me just say, it’s clear this is exactly what a six-year-old is meant to be doing.  Not sitting still and perfecting his ability to compose opinion pieces. Jacob has leapt into Splash Camp every other week,…

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Challah

Over spring break, we got a rude and unwanted surprise when the director of our preschool announced they were closing their doors.  As the oldest preschool in San Jose, established in 1907, it was heartbreaking to see the anger, disappointment and loss this event represented to the teachers, students, parents…

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Googol

Back around Christmas time, the boys spent a lot of time plotting the construction, design, and merits of “bone rocket ships.”  Back then James says to me, “You need to write a blog about bone rocket ships!  It’s so funny, I don’t want to forget it.” Unfortunately, I had nothin’……

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