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How did we get here?

My wife is an accomplished professional. She loves her profession, and she’s damned good at it. But she is officially “unemployed”, and it kills her every time she has to put that down on a form. So how is it that she came to be unemployed? When we met, MrsPal and I were both working…

A spring day

Most mornings, I get up with my daughter, or more accurately, I wake her up. We have our little morning rituals—I turn on her lamp (or this time of the year, open her shade), pick her up and take her downstairs (something I might not be able to do for much longer). I turn on…

Chalk one up for spring

After a week of fine weather, the first weekend of spring was forecast to be cold, rainy, and snowy. I love it when they’re wrong. I would love to be able to sleep in, but if I can’t sleep in, I don’t mind the sound of tiny footsteps. After whipping up a batch of heart-shaped…

Inevitabilities

Every morning I get to wake up my daughter and get her ready for school, but often that’s the last time I see her until the next day. The other day, my wife took her out of school to go to the dentist (apparently the entire school became aware of this just after my daughter).…

Sunday morning goodies

I woke up way too early—my damned sinuses. After a good lavage I managed to fall back asleep until a little warm body curled up next to me and used one of its appendages to turn on the TV. That’s when I realized how hungry I was. I left the kiddo to her shows and…

Merry Chirstm–er–

It’s not always easy to figure out that you are not normative. If you grow up in an ethnic enclave, when you’re young you probably think everyone is black/Spanish-speaking/Korean. When I was a little kid one of my parents’ friends remarried. I remarked on how the new wife was Jewish. My mom corrected me. “But…

Winter mornings

My kid is growing, and I’m of course ambivalent about it. It’s not that she’s becoming some sort of giant—she’s still a tiny little thing, but now she picks up books and starts reading them. When she does, I usually start shouting excitedly, but she reminds me that I’m not allowed to be excited. She…

Another tricky day

I wanted to sleep in this morning, but somehow it’s tough to change gears that quickly. I don’t normally get up too early—6:30—but I really felt like sleeping in. I made it to 7:00. That early, I have the house to myself, so I brewed up a pot of some killer new coffee that Dr.…

Dear Bigot

Thank you for polluting my in box with a hateful, lie-filled chain letter. It took me all of ten seconds on the internet to find the truth behind your lie and thereby discover what a tool you are. I’m sure it would have seemed natural to you that because we share an ethnic identity I…

All I want for Christmas…

My daughter handed my wife a hand-written Channukah wish-list which I will reproduce for you in its entirety: Barbie remote corvette Barbie camper Ken doll For real elephant I’m not sure which one we will get her, but I have my biases.