Freebasing Spring

I’m on wheelbarrow load number 10 or 12 full of dirt and fieldstone, Vermont’s unofficial state crop. I’m trying to level out an area where we’re about to put a deck or, rather, where the nice young man who lives at the bottom of the hill is going to build a deck for us. It’s been hot and sunny all morning, but the clouds are rushing in faster than was predicted this morning. I’m...

Come Together

We weren’t late, but we weren’t early enough to Thing2’s band concert to have a good seat selection. The elementary school band is small, and I was surprised by the crowd. The concert program revealed that the middle and high school bands would also be performing. It’s a small school system, so I was still surprised by the increasingly packed house. We’ve been to a lot of recitals and...

Focus

Thing2 is wrapping up his second year playing for the minor-league in Little League baseball. He's played catcher this year and loved it. I think this is the year that most parents love watching. The kids still place a high values fairness -- something about which we all seem willing to compromise as we get older--andsportsmanship. Parents cheer for their own players, but it's also common and...