Archive for the ‘Family’ Category



August 17, 2007

I don’t remember exactly when we started reading Harry Potter books aloud together, but I’m sure it’s been at least seven years. I do recall that the first couple of books had already been published by the time we discovered them. How did we come across them? I saw a story on the news about how some religious nuts wanted them banned from their kids’ school. Naturally my first response was “we should give that a try!” So I bought Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as a Christmas gift that year. Over the next few months we’d worked our way through the first and second books. After that, we anticipated the publishing of each new book. And we always read them aloud together: me, my two kids and my ex-wife.

Back when we started, the kids were probably no older than 7 and 9. Now they’re 14 and 17, and not only is the Harry Potter series finally finished, it’s time to recognize that our time of reading together as a family is drawing to a close, too. Heck, a year from now my oldest will likely be moving out to attend college.

And so it’s the end of an era.

Thank you, J. K. Rowling. Thanks for giving us a focal point for so many, many hours of fun and togetherness.


Facebook Reunion

August 5, 2007


Hey, I’m on facebook, too… but I don’t suppose it’ll help me.


OH EM GEE! It’s Harry Potter Day!

July 20, 2007

That’s right. At midnight tonight I will be getting my sweaty paws on not one but two copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I understand the bookstore (and the entire downtown Waukesha area) will be having a giant conniption fit of a celebration, too, so I guess I’ll get down there early to partake.

And then the kids and I will return home to read the first chapter aloud together. 🙂


Fathers, Kids and Video Games

June 17, 2007

Interesting (if obvious) article at CNN.


Happy Father’s Day

June 17, 2007

me and dad, summer 2006


Camping Photos

June 14, 2007

Perfect weather. Terrific trip. Here’s a slideshow of a dozen photos so you can see for yourself.


Nekkid Barbies

May 22, 2007

Parent’s of small children: you know how kids leave toys in the bathtub,right? Well, here’s my question. Have you ever posed naked barbies in suggestive positions to send a message to your spouse about potential activities later on? C’mon. ‘Fess up. Who’s posed naked barbies in the shower for their SO to see?