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October 23, 2020

I’m in so much trouble.

My usual plan when I do something dumb is to first explain that it’s not my fault. If that doesn’t work, I generally try to make up a big lie. Both solid strategies, but not foolproof.

At least, this fool can’t always make them work.

I think I’m go...

October 16, 2020

There’re times when blessings rain down like, you know, rain.

Our youngest daughter was married last Saturday.

Here on the farm.

Outside.

On October 10.

Have I ever mentioned we live in the place with the worst weather in the world?

When I learned of the proposed wedding dat...

October 9, 2020

I got nothin’.

It’s Monday morning. In less than 24 hours, 600 words arranged in complete sentences need to be sent off to various editors. When I got up this morning, I did the math and figured I’ve been in this situation roughly 1362 times. I’m sure I’ll be able to co...

October 2, 2020

“Papa,” Number Five said, “we need to make a fire thing.”

He put his hand on my shoulder and looked intently into my eyes.

“What do you mean, a fire thing?” I asked. I wasn’t about to commit to anything without a few more details.

“You know,” he said, “a round thing, made...

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