The Day I Went South

The following is based on actual events.  This. Totally. Fucking. Happened.  Let me begin by issuing a disclaimer: I have never purported here to be particularly smart. And while I often seem to by trying to prove quite the opposite in the stories I share on my blog, hopefully I come off – at theRead more…

Give Us Dirty Laundry

I feel sorry for the Cannings. You know who they are. They’re the New Jersey family that made international headlines last week when their teenage daughter, Rachel, took her parents to court in an effort to get them to pay her school tuition, even though she moved out of their house in October. Rachel accusesRead more…

The Secret to a Perfect SAT Score

“That is so not fair,” observed my 16-year-old daughter as she drove us around yesterday afternoon to do some chores while we listened to “All Things Considered” on the radio. She had just heard about the changes coming to the SATs and, as she prepares to take the college entrance exam for the second timeRead more…

That Time My Tooth Fell Out

I tend to have recurring dreams, with many of the same themes cycling through my brain, night after night. There’s the one where I’m packing a suitcase or boarding an airplane. I always seem to be taking off and never landing. There’s another one where I’m driving to a city — along loopy highways — orRead more…