Say Hello To Seventh Grade

My daughter has now strolled through the doors of Worthington Middle School as an official seventh-grader, and as to be expected it’s just the latest in a never-ending series of “where has the time gone?” moments.   Wasn’t I just changing Grace’s diaper the other day? Pushing her in a stroller to the nearby park?…
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It’s His Birthday. Beware.

Multiple cockroaches in the bathroom? The dog, um, did his job on the bed? There’s a fresh scratch on my car?   No, it’s just my brother and son at work.   The recent flurry of silliness in our home is the result of a box of pranks sent to Zach by Ian, a gift…
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Road Trip Notes

Strangely, I feel a certain amount of pressure as I begin writing this “Tales” entry. I hope the end result will match what I may (or may not) be some lofty expectations.   Regular readers of these ramblings — not to mention a fair number of others — are well aware that I recently embarked…
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Calm — The Payoff Of Hard Work

Ahhhh … that feeling one gets when a houseful of people leaves after six days or so and suddenly those noisy two children you’ve had living with you for 12½ and nearly 10 years, respectively, don’t seem quite as high-volume as before.   Quiet. That’s what I encountered when I got home from The Globe…
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Now Pitching …

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins made their latest roster move this week in yet another attempt to bolster their beleaguered bullpen.   The Twins, battered and bloodied by the Houston Astros over the course of three consecutive games at Target Field, announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Ryan McGaughey to a contract for the remainder…
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