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    Why am I doing this?

    “Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out.”

    Paul Kagam

    Have you ever planned to go to an event that is specifically geared toward your child, only to discover that your child has no interest in going?

    I bought our […]

    A bit of a ham

    “Although one may fail to find happiness in theatrical life, one never wishes to give it up after having once tasted its fruits.”

    Anna Pavlova

    I’ve never thought of Pip as an actress. She doesn’t seem to enjoy drama, which has been quite a relief to Big […]

    Under the weather

    “I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worthwhile.”

    George Bernard Shaw

    Pip has caught a summer bug. No, it’s not a grasshopper in a jar, it’s a sore throat and a runny nose. We were supposed to attend a big family […]

    The Cheese Factor

    “A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.”

    Charles Gordy

    I captured better photographs of Fig before she could speak.

    At some point, somebody, (it couldn’t possibly have been me,) taught Fig and Pip to say, “cheese,” when a photograph is being […]

    What’s in a name?

    “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;”


    from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    It’s official. I shall no longer refer to my second daughter as, ‘Crazybaby’…she will hereafter be known as ‘Fig.’ After […]

    Good advice

    “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”

    Michael Korda

    Don’t you love it when somebody tells you exactly what you need to hear at exactly the right time? And isn’t it great when you’re the person providing someone you love with exactly what they need to hear […]


    “A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.

    Bill Keane, ‘Family Circus’

    I think I might have to change Crazybaby’s nick-name. I’m afraid it’s a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. We call her ‘Crazybaby’ and she really is a crazy baby! Only, she’s not a baby […]

    We’re in trouble

    “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”

    Oscar Wilde

    Have I mentioned how gentle Pip is? Well, Pip is gentle. As a baby, a toddler, and a little girl; gentle, […]

    Dream come true

    “There are some people who live in a a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”

    Douglas H. Everett

    Ever since Crazybaby has been able to climb up onto Pip’s bed, there has been trouble. Pip’s bed had […]

    Flutes to the rescue

    “I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.”

    Maya Angelou

    I think we just have to accept the fact that we’ll be buying two of everything […]