Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Us in the Back Yard

We just casually stand around like this in the back yard pretty much all the time. Yeah, let's go with that story. ;)
V at 30 weeks pregnant, Jude at 17 months

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Jude Visits the Happiest Place on Earth

I know that most people think Disneyland is the "Happiest Place on Earth." They may be right. Maybe Jude will even think so, if we get around to taking him there, but for my money, I've yet to be convinced that anything is better than a quiet beach on Lake Michigan.

Jude (15 1/2 months old)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Us at a Waterfall

V - 16 weeks pregnant (believe it or not)
Jude - 14 months old

Saturday, March 14, 2015

At Lake Michigan

One of my favorite places on earth,


but not one of my favorite seasons. I'll take what I can get. :)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Zen of Beard Trimming

I haven't blogged in forever, but when I was given the chance to receive an advance copy of The Zen of Beard Trimming: Stories of Punk Rock, Poverty, and the Search for Peace by C.J. Campbell so that I could review it, I  had to take the opportunity and dig out my login information. :)

In this brutally honest "five-year memoir," Campbell tells a story of struggle. Some of it I could not relate to, such as struggling with the realities of living with cerebral palsy, growing up without having a father around, and fighting anorexia. Much of it, however, is truly universal: fear of failure, the desire to be loved, and, simply, life as a struggle. However, if you're looking for a heart-warming tale, I'm not sure this is it. Much of Campbell's story is not overcoming. It's surviving. Coping. Failing. Accepting. Moving on. Understanding.

Where it falls short of heart-warming, it certainly leaves the reader with a renewed sense of gratitude and sensitivity to others. This story is about the struggle for things that we all desperately, desperately want--the things that most of us take for granted once we have them. And through three-quarters of the book I kept hoping Campbell would get them. But, as far as I can tell, he doesn't. If you totally lack in empathy, you might enjoy Campbell's story as a comedy of errors. The right movie director could pull it off. I am neither lacking in empathy, nor the right movie director.

I feel like Campbell has told me half the story--the middle half. He left out some of the beginning, which might just be good editing on his part. However, I really wanted the end, the part where Campbell doesn't have to struggle. Perhaps the end of struggle never happens for Campbell, and the fact that the reader has to accept that is what makes this book compelling and possibly devastating.

Buy it here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Heads Will Roll!

This, from the Associated Press:



Head of sunken ferry's owner in S. Korea detained


In this April 17, 2014 photo, Kim Han-sik, president of Chonghaejin, is escorted by helpers to hold a press conference at Incheon Port International Passenger Terminal in Incheon, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors on Thursday, May 8, 2014 detained Kim, the head of the company that owns the ferry that sank last month, over an allegation of cargo overloading.(AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTAssociated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Thursday detained the head of the company that owns the ferry that sank last month over an allegation of cargo overloading.

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At first I was thinking this was going to be something more like the whole Perseus-and-Medusa-thing.


Am I the only one that has these kinds of problems? Being a headline editor must be hard.