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Devon and me

It may be raining, but I had breakfast with Sunshine. Factoid of the day: “Santa is the only guy born with a beard.” Question of the day: “Does Santa give the Tooth Fairy presents?” Dialogue of the day: “Can we … Continue reading

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Saga of a lost tugboat: Part II

“Ada, I have an idea of how we can find your lost tugboat.” It was 7:30 Saturday morning, pre-coffee, and this was the first sentence to come from the back seat. I’d just picked up our 4-year-old granddaughter Devon for … Continue reading

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Devon and me: After a tough day fighting bad guys, we’ll do lunch

Kids sure grow up fast. In the 12 days since I last saw her, for example, Devon has gotten a haircut and chosen a new career path. Gone is my superhero veterinarian, replaced by a pink power ranger. Our first … Continue reading

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Parlez-vous francais?

“Ada,” Devon told me when I got home. “You have to study French now. We’ll read Eloise in Paris.” Of course, my dear. “Zut alors!” Devon, our 4-year-old grand-daughter, is an unexpected guest today. She’s sick, which means Kathy and … Continue reading

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Kids can say the funniest things

Our daughter Meghan and her daughter Devon stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts this morning.  As they left, an ambulance pulled into the parking lot. “Look mommy, a hospital truck,” said Devon, who is 4. “That’s called an ambulance,” Meghan told her. … Continue reading

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Musings on contemporary American life

Love the cover of this week’s New Yorker.  It is titled “Black Friday” and shows a perplexed gray-haired gentleman looking at a saleswoman in what, we can see from the reverse-lettering on the window, is a “Bookstore.”  Only there aren’t … Continue reading

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During the holidays, the “Gift of Nothing” beats boxes and boxes of stuff

Each morning of late, my 4-year-old granddaughter Devon and I have started the day reading a book together.  She often picks a little book, “The Gift of Nothing” by Patrick McDonnell, that one of my graduate students gave me shortly … Continue reading

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When Devon’s around, rainouts just start the party

“Do you know what time it is, Nana?” Devon asked as thunder rumbled and rain fell. “It’s music time!” Kathy and I have learned that 5:20 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. is not an ideal time for beginning swim lessons in … Continue reading

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How many bureaucrats does it take to change a light bulb?

LEXINGTON, Mass. — I live in a pretty fancy town. It’s the birthplace of the American Revolution, a place known for its good public schools and high test scores.  It’s also known for its high taxes, so much higher than … Continue reading

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A peaceful corner of Paradise

ASILOMAR BEACH, Calif. — Few places on Earth can be more soothing. We first discovered this mile-long stretch of sandy beach and rocky coves behind the Asilomar State Conference Center more than 20 years ago.  It’s changed little since, even … Continue reading

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