Medicine Sandwich

I know that I said I wasn’t going to post about my son’s health issues anymore, and I’m not.  But I cannot give you an honest depiction of my ongoing situation without at least referencing how our continuing family struggles are affecting me. the way I parent, and the way I live my life.  For […]

The Death of Dye

When my son was small (or was he ever small?  I can’t recall…), he was not allowed to have red things.  After one too many red Kool Aids or red Tummy Yummies, or red Popsicles that caused vomiting or other general illness, we decided that he was allergic to red dye, and so when we […]

Tenor Single Dad

It is, as my mother-in-law likes to say any time we have parenting difficulties, payback.  For years I spent a large amount of my time on the road, at auditions, rehearsals, voice lessons, shows, and who the heck knows what else.  When my first child was born I was in graduate school, and the plan […]

How Martha Stewart Tried to Ruin My Oscars Party

For the eleventh year in a row, or, as my daughter put it, starting waaaaaaaayyyyy before she was born, we hosted an Oscars party at which to watch the Academy Awards telecast.  Food, prizes, and fun were had by everyone, especially my six-year-old who was promised that she could stay up to watch the performance […]

Forced Into a Life of Piracy

“You’re a good Dad,” my wife texted yesterday, in response to my complaints.  “Thanks,” I replied, “but I would like to go back to actually being a Dad, and not an evil pirate.” It all started a year, month, week or so ago, when I was trying to get Edward to eat his dinner.  Edward does […]

You Can’t Always Get What You Need

Do you know that Rolling Stones song that goes, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find you get what you need?”  So often these days, I’m feeling like it is the opposite.  Every store I go into seems to recite a different version of the same mantra.  […]

The Nerd Cupcake Challenge

I am leaving today to spend the weekend with a bunch of weirdos.  We are going to play board games and video games and do nerdy things like talk about geeky stuff.  I know.  It’s going to be awesome.  As part of this weekend we have each been assigned to bring part of the food, […]

Bleric Ack and the Turkey of Secrets

This year for Thanksgiving my family and I were hosted by my best friend, Bleric Ack.  And when I say hosted, I mean hosted.  It’s easy to forget, when one is constantly surrounded by family members shouting at you to take the crusty potatoes out of the microwave, how it feels to truly be hosted.  […]

The Contract That Almost Was

I was sitting in my living room on Friday evening, going about my business and getting ready for dinner when I got a call from my agent.  An opera company on the other side of the country needed a tenor, and they needed one fast.  Their original tenor had died suddenly with no warning, and […]

I Will NOT Fork his Noodle!

Did you ever have a conversation in a public place that, upon further reflection, might sound weird taken out of context to the people around you?  And have you ever had one of those conversations at top volume at dinner time in a busy restaurant?  I know I have.  Last night, actually.  I was trying […]