Monthly Archives: July 2011

July 2011 Roadtrip Leg 3: Family Collections, Charlottesville, and House Names

We drove from New Jersey to Charlottesville because we like toll roads.  And this trip didn’t disappoint.  Long stretches of picturesque highway are broken up by more picturesque toll booths all up and down the east coast, which is convenient if you … Continue reading

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The One About the Time Dad Turned into a Stranger

As a seven-year-old, I only remembered my dad one way:  Tall and handsome.  He had the best left-handed curveball I had ever seen and could throw strikes to me all day long.  He had deep blue eyes and half a finger … Continue reading

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July 2011 Roadtrip, Leg 2: Generations

Kris, Zach, and I got to spend three days at grandma and grandpa’s independent living facility.  In staying there, I expected certain things like slow moving cafeteria lines and a gout specialist. What I didn’t expect was the middle school … Continue reading

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July 2011 Roadtrip, Leg 1: The Many Faces of Zach

Kris asked me for a list of stuff that I didn’t want to forget on our three-week jaunt to the east coast.  I came back with swim trunks, sunblock, Zach, Kris, and Kristi’s special mix of gorp, which is really just … Continue reading

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Ten Weeks, Percentiles, and a Laughing Boy

Zach had a doctor’s appointment less than a week after he was born.  They weighed and measured him and came back with his percentile score:  4.  4th percentile, hmm.  I never was much into science, but when Kris first told … Continue reading

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The One About Christmas Tree, Blue Sock, Green Sock, Red Sock, and Pur-Fur

By the end of 1982, Jacob and I started to compete for everything.  He went from being the big-eyed three and a half year-old who I shared the back bedroom with, to the kid who asked for a real baseball glove for … Continue reading

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On One Year Anniversaries

God set Earth’s orbit at 365 because 365 is the perfect taking stock value.  And so now I take stock.  Of married life and the past year. The sparklers were luke-warm when I forgot the one verse I had to … Continue reading

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