Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I found a letter from an attorney in our mailbox today addressed to Mr. Rellim. I hypothesized that it must be from his estranged wife, finally requesting a divorce. I wondered how he had kept this from me all these years. I didn't realize that I had said it so loudly, until at dinner time when Quinn asked if he was going to get to meet any step-brother soon.

We had to explain to him that I was joking (a bad joke, mind you) and that his father does not have any other wife.

(Oh! The letter actually had to do with a family member's estate planning!)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Electric Lingo

You know that multi-outlet surge protector thingy? I call it an "octopus plug." Quinn asked me if I had any "sloth plugs." You know, an octopus plug with only three outlets? Like a three-toed sloth? I had to laugh. Neither of us is much of an electrician.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Replace, Repeal, Restore

We've replaced some lawmakers who do not represent their constituents. (check!)

Today, the House of Representatives voted to repeal Obamacare. (check!)

Next on the agenda - restore this great nation to her traditional roots.

Just Call Me "Chopper"

I stood on tip-toes to peek into Quinn's middle school musical rehearsal just before pick-up this evening. A young grade schooler (whom I did not know) walked up behind me and said, "Helicopter-parent much?"


Actions and Consequences

Kicking one's foot through the wall in protest of having one's cell phone privileges suspended does not help one's case for the early reinstatement of said privileges.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Flame Weeding

Who says gardening can't be fun? Check this out! I'm gonna get me one.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


The reality of dead and wounded in Tucson is nearly being overshadowed by a bickering, politically motivated media. I hope that America learns that its citizens have individual responsibility - that governance from within is greater than any laws that can be made. "Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them, or a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet" (Bill Federer, American Quotations, 2001). But can America come to her senses?

"In the end, the gunman has something in common with all us: he's a fallen human being. And that won't be cured by peace rallies or kinder dialogue. The only thing that can save this man is the only thing that can save any of us: God's grace. Today, we pray for that grace for our nation. By that, I don't mean a moment of silence. I mean earnest prayers to the Creator and Sustainer of humanity. We ask for God's physical healing for the hurting, emotional healing for the grieving, and spiritual healing for this, a deeply conflicted America."
--Family Research Council President Tony Perkins

Friday, January 07, 2011

Outlive Your Life

Want your life to be more meaningful than your possessions? Care to bring some positive change to the world? Max has some great ideas for us in this book.

Tip for the Terrible Snooper

If you are going to snoop through your daughter's text messages, don't quote one of them in front of her. Especially don't do this when your wife is almost asleep.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

New Year

It's a new year and we are dealing with addictions - texting, video gaming, computer gaming and shouting. Mine is the shouting. I think if people would stop being addicted to annoying activities, then I could stop shouting about it.