Still waiting

Although I haven’t written a blog post in a long while, it seems like a lot has happened since the last one, and it also seems like nothing has happened. I am still waiting on word about a new job possibility, for example. At the same time, events in my three non-family life areas—teaching graduateContinue reading “Still waiting”

Fruit cake for Christmas

In the love-it-or-hate-it category for most people is fruit cake, a staple of Christmas food. As a child, I hated it. As an adult, I like it a lot, especially if it’s homemade and has plenty of alcohol baked in. In other words, I love the kind my mother always made. I’ve never made theContinue reading “Fruit cake for Christmas”

A sad anniversary and other things

Two years ago this week, we had our beloved Golden Retriever, Champ, put to sleep. This was after it was clear that he could no longer walk and was in considerable pain. Our three younger kids were together with me as he breathed his last breath, but it still felt shocking, chaotic, and sudden. HeContinue reading “A sad anniversary and other things”

A picnic, fishing, and fixing a bike

Most years, Father’s Day is low-key, and this year was the same. My wife and I agree that we do not do well in terms of family celebrations, so we’ll work to improve on that over time. But it was a good day overall. Our car has been sitting unused in the driveway since theContinue reading “A picnic, fishing, and fixing a bike”

A walk to remember

One of our children is going through intensely difficult anxiety and depression. Each day seems like a battle to keep suicidal thoughts at bay. A few days ago, we went on a walk together near our house, accompanied by one of our dogs. It was in the evening when the temperature was lower, and thereContinue reading “A walk to remember”

More snapshots in the brain, part 2

For an 18 month period when I was 3-4 years old, my family went through some difficult times. These were set within a larger, traumatic backdrop that I won’t take time to explain here. Some of my snapshots are mere glimpses of the mundane, while others are more dramatic and memorable. At this point, myContinue reading “More snapshots in the brain, part 2”