Category Archives: family

Halloween 2020: Thank you Grandma

Saturday, October 24th 2020 Dear Grandma: Thank you for the delicious spooky treats! We love you and are so lucky to have you for a Grandma. Now if you could please help vote tRump out of office we would both … Continue reading

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Homeschool Headmistress: No Please, Come On In

Tuesday, October 20th 2020 It is afternoon, after “school” in the homestead. Daddy is home from work taking his afternoon rest. Mom is spent from her various efforts today, sitting up on the other side of the bed, operating her … Continue reading

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Letter from a Pastor

Monday, October 19th 2020 “Dear White Evangelicals, I need to tell you something: People have had it with you. They’re done. They want nothing to do with you any longer, and here’s why: They see your hypocrisy, your inconsistency, your … Continue reading

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AT RISE: One Breathless Moment

Friday, October 16th 2020 AT RISE: The kids are at their distance learning desks in the living room. ALEXA: [Beeb beeb, boop boop.] This is a reminder; it’s 12:59pm. [Beeb beeb, boop boop] This is a reminder; it’s 12:59pm. MOM: … Continue reading

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AT RISE: Mountain Mystery

Sunday, October 11th 2020 AT RISE: The Oberhauser Four are sitting on a log in the sun on a mountain eating sandwiches for lunch break during their hike through a technicolor tapestry of New England fall foliage. A gentle breeze … Continue reading

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AT RISE: Did You Drag a Fart Over Here?

Wednesday, October 7th 2020 AT RISE: It is after dinner. Mom is puttering around the living room. Dad is lying on the couch looking at his phone. ClaraJane has her stuffed animal. CJ: [Grabs kindle and *hops on pop.*] [Pause.] … Continue reading

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Hospital Clowning: Zoom Guest Star

Wednesday, October 6th 2020 2010-10-07 Laughter League Zoom with ClaraJane [O:11]:https://youtu.be/EObT9acxtk0 Be still my heart. 💕

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AT RISE: Have You Seen My Slippers

Friday, October 2nd 2020 AT RISE: It is morning in the Distance Learning Environment. Boy is at his desk waiting to show Mom something on his computer. Mom is shuffling distractedly around the house, uncaffeinated as of yet. MOM: [Muttering … Continue reading

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Celebrating Today

Saturday, September 26th 2020 My schedule is so open today it doesn’t even appear on the weekly view of my Google Calendar. After some substantial adulting online and in person, Manmeat makes other plans and I take the kids. We … Continue reading

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Dear Santa from ClaraJane 2019

As I write it is late 2020 and just found this letter on the family Chromebook: ****************************************************************** 1.EARING KIT. 2.SNOW GLOBE. 3.SLIME KIT. 4.PIERCED EARS. 5.NO SCHOOL. 6.HACHAMALS. 7.AN ALIVE HAMSTER OR GERBIL !! 9.HAMSTER CAGE! 10.HAMSTER BALL! 11.HAMSTER WHEEL! … Continue reading

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