How My New Diet Helped Me Come to Terms With My Own Mortality

I don’t really want to die. Or at least I didn’t. Then I started this new diet. It’s not that much of a diet, actually. It’s the “don’t just eat whatever you want whenever you want it” diet. But see, I liked eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it. Good times. And now I eat […]

Stomach Small, Belly Large

When I was younger, and not that much younger, I could eat pretty much anything I wanted. Now, I don’t mean that in a “could eat many calories and not get fat,” or “could eat spicy things without heartburn” kind of way. No, I just mean that it all just…fit. Sure, I would sometimes get indigestion, […]

What Lockdowns are for, According to My Daughter

“I just remembered something that happened at school today, ’cause I told Mace ‘I’m gonna have a good story to tell my Dad!’” We were sitting at Friendly’s having ice cream while Edward was off at Taekwan-do finally getting his green belt, and Ruby had finally remembered something that had happened at school, other than “nothing” […]

The Mystery of the Boy with the Popsicle

Once we had found the great white whale of summer, it was hard to unfind it. Apparently a parking lot full of excited children was not an easy temptation to resist, so that darn ice cream truck has been frequenting our neighborhood ever since I inadvertently lured it right into the heart of Kiddie Shangri-La. […]

The Great White Whale of Summer

It was a warm day, warmer than it had yet been that season, and we walked in the front door tired and sweaty. “Can we have ice cream?” the children asked me, and I conceded that yes, if ever there was a time for unscheduled ice cream, this would be that time. I trudged up […]

A Free Cone Day Miracle

Yesterday, as I’m sure you all knew, was free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s.  As a Vermonter, and the person who ate a pint of Phish Food every single night for dinner for at least one year of college, this is a sacred event.  We do not miss Free Cone Day.  And yet, my […]

What They Say and What We Hear

Isn’t it funny how our own personal situations skew everything we hear through a filter of our own flawed perspective?  It’s so difficult to step outside of ourselves and really hear what people are saying to us because of the assumptions, prejudices, and lack of critical thinking that we nourish in our own little dens […]

Minty Ice Cream Sandwich Pie Cake

Let me start out by saying that I don’t actually know what Pinterest is.  I mean, I went to the site once to see what it was all about, and I just didn’t get it.  It seemed confusing and unnecessary to me.  However, my wife found this recipe there, so it can’t be all bad.  […]

Double Free Cone Day

In case you missed it, yesterday was Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s.  And if you did miss it, well, I feel very sorry for you.  There is nothing more delicious than Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, except for free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and since the price of a small cone is […]

How to Spend a Day at the Fair With Your Kids For Only $12

Do you know why I don’t like going to the fair?  It’s not because it isn’t fun; it’s just not hundreds of dollars worth of fun.  But somehow I managed to take the kids to the fair for 3-4 hours, ride rides, eat treats, and get out the gate for only $12, and I am […]