Monthly Archives: November 2020
100 Things to Be Grateful For Here in November 2020
I woke up this Thanksgiving morning and made a list of the first 100 things that came to my mind when I thought of what I’m grateful for this particular Thanksgiving 2020. Your list will not be the same. And that’s okay. HAPPY THANKSGIVING and I’m looking forward to seeing you on the other side of the pandemic. Wife Kids Pixie the cat House Savings Berkeley Friendships Doctors, nurses, and front-line workers during the pandemic Doctorate Ongoing Work Ongoing […]
Hey. How’s the pandemic going for you? My short answer to that is “fine.” Here’s my longer answer. It’s a little less about Dar and a little more about consequences of parenting. Dar’s special school, like all other California schools, ceased in-person operations in March, ending Dar’s daily walks to Aquatic Park and/or local stores. Dar is a kinetic kind of kid who really appreciates going places, but during the pandemic, his mom and I have not been able to […]
Through a Scanner, Darkly
Dark thoughts right now. Not worth committing to a blog. Dar has been screaming, screaming, screaming. In the abstract, you might think I could compartmentalize that. In the non-abstract, his behavior considerably worsens the behavior of the rest of the family, prevents us from working or fulfilling any other creative potential. Dark, bitter thoughts about how different our life would be with any 99% of other 11-year-olds. Dar is flopping hard. This means he throws himself on his back out […]
Welcome back to the blog!
Hi everyone and welcome back! First, I never retired. After more than five years of (almost) weekly posts, I announced that I would be taking a little break in order to focus on the election. Sure enough, over the last few months, I’ve been spending my free time phone-banking, text-banking, and writing postcards. Of course, when you’re Dar’s dad, “free time” is a weird concept. On the one hand, I have more time than a lot of dads…on the other […]