Election 2020: #CountEveryVote Rally in Boston with the Kids

Wednesday, November 4th 2020

Gavin and ClaraJane at #CountEveryVote rally on Boston Common.


Boy: We shouldn’t have to worry about the outcome of this election!

Me: Why?

Boy: Because I’m a KID!

Me: I think you mean, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether this election is fair.

Boy: Yeah.


Also Boy: Thank you for getting us out here today Mom.



Me: You bet, Boy.

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Election 2020: Well, Hell

Wednesday, November 4th 2020 ~ 11am

As I write, the #2020 U.S. presidential election returns look like this:


I don’t really seem to have words of my own today so much as chewed off cuticles. Fortunately I am the company of some who are more articulate than me:



Not a fan of this f#cking country right now!

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Election Night 2020

Tuesday, November 3rd 2020

It almost feels like an out of body experience. It’s hard to believe this night is finally here, or actually happening. We wade through the blathering of the returns from the polls, and pass through a door in history with existential trepidation. There are two sides in this country -scarcely ever more divided- each of whom currently still believe they can -or will- win. For me it’s not so much about “winning” as it is about the cognitive dissonance I feel at trying to even contemplate some kind of alternative.

Welp, here are some memes.





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Girl Makes Way for Piano

Monday, November 2nd 2020

Preparing the new Music Corner!

With encouragement from my trusty crew…


It’s beginning to look a lot like magic…


Victory be yours forever!
(Bun and cat approve.)

Special thanks to my sister Amanda for helping make this painting possible! 💕


Spreading the love…


Even the animals are full of anticipation…


And finally, time for the reveal.

[To be continued…]


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Girl Meets Piano

Sunday, November 1st 2020

AT RISE: It is late morning Sunday, the ‘rents are out -sans enfants– for a much anticipated matin a Cheteau CostCo.

A truly like REAL piano, compact and $499.99.

Him: Remember if you feel overwhelmed, it’s okay to pull over into a side aisle and just go ‘phleughhhh.’

Her: That’s good advice for any time; thanks!


Her: Sees piano. Hears piano. Sees price of piano. Knows everything she wants AND doesn’t want in a piano (which heretofore hasn’t existed).

Also Her: Touches piano. Breathes. Tinkles some keys. Breathes again. Dabbles at remembering how to do anything on a piano. Distant parts of psyche crackle. Eyes leak.

Her: [To him.] I’m overjoyed.

Him: Oh?

Her: Because I know what I’m getting for my 50th birthday.

Him: Oh?

Her: That piano.

Him: Oh!

Monday, November 2nd 2020

[One day and one grand dip into savings later]:

Is this a dweam?

To be continued…


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Say Cheese, Cat

Sunday, November 1st 2020

A photo session of a photo session. It’s very high brow art and meta. Don’t worry if you don’t understand it.

2020-11-01 Say Cheese Cat [0:47]:






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CircusKitchen Halloween 2020

Saturday, October 31st 2020

Immaculate Church on Halloween

For a holiday during this pandemic, we could have done worse.


2020-10-31 CircusKitchen Halloween 2020 [2:14]:


(L) CJ recruits a Trick or Treat partner; (Top R) North American Wife & Husband
(Bottom R) Candy Chute Monster


Earlier in the day we even had CJ’s “Greedy Monster” friends over for a little outdoor gathering for which Lucia had chosen a pinata in the shape of a question mark; presumably intended for a gender-reveal party but everyone agreed anything goes in 2020.

Question mark pinata, Halloween festivities and Gavin as the ever convincing Slenderman.


What a year.


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AT RISE: Special Delivery


AT RISE: It is snowing outside. BOY is at his desk on the computer with headphones. DAUGHTER is at the table on her computer. WIFE is folding laundry on the couch. The door opens to DaddyLove arriving back home from work, covered in flakes of snow and carrying a box of pizza.

DAUGHTER: Ooooooh!! Pizza! [Jumps up.] Pizzaaaaaaah!!!

DLOVE: [Puts pizza down.]

DAUGHTER: [Reaching up to Daddy.] UP-py! UP-py! UP-py!

DLOVE: Hang on. I’m not ready for that. I have to go to the bathroom! And kiss my wife. [Bends down to kiss wife.]

WIFE: [Kisses husband.]. But not in that order, right?

DLOVE: Not in that order.

DAUGHTER: But!! I might not see you for half an hour, if you’re going to the bathroom! [Hugs Daddy.]

DLOVE: [Hugs back.] Well you might be right. I did have cheese. So… better let me go.

DAUGHTER: [Let’s him go.]

DLOVE: [Goes into bathroom. Closes door.]



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CJ Sez: A Skunk Sat On A Stump

Friday, October 30th 2020

2020-10-30 A Skunk Sat On A Stump with CJ [0:46:]:




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Back to School Night – Pandemic Style

Thursday, October 28th 2020

I don’t expect this post to be so interesting to others, as hopefully a useful reference for our family. With that, here we go:


Ways To See Work Assigments (include but are not limited to):

– “Classwork”

– “To Do”

– “Assignments As Given”

– Google Calendar

– Email

(I don’t know what these are but reportedly my child does.)





Under “CLASSLINK” there is Typing Club

Cursive is … idk… maybe coming out in the spring

I should sit down with my child once/week to review assignments etc.

Need to ask the mom of my daughter’s favorite playmate if they would like to *Buddy Up to Study*

Every day they enter a word in the WORD NOTEBOOK.

What’s this mysterious thing called a “PLANNER?!”

Check out daily “TASKS TO DO TODAY”

“Assignments as Given”

GRAMMAR FIX => Language Notebook



Gavyn, Clio, Edwin, Elise, Gabi, Daniel, Juliette, Ben


Arab, Samantha, ClaraJane, Matthew, Tanwar, Joshua








All I can say is we are overwhelmingly blessed to live in this school district AND to have ended up at this exceptional school with such extraordinary leadership and amazeball teachers.


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