Monthly Archives: May 2008

Music notes

I got an e-mail from a previously-unbeknownst-to-me person the other day who'd stumbled across the Pic-Dem via a comment I'd left at another blog: While scrolling down the page, I noticed the cover art of Mastodon’s Leviathan on display.  Can … Continue reading

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Once bitten, twice shy

This is my son Fisher. Have you met Fisher? When he was a baby, he frequently screamed himself into red-faced fits. Someone (Herm?) nicknamed him "Mr. Furious." (Note to self: add Mystery Men to Netflix queue. Time we saw that … Continue reading

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Why we homeschool, iteration 3725

Because my children will never be asked to stand up and describe what they don't like about a person, then participate in a vote on whether or not that person should be allowed to remain in the classroom. A teacher … Continue reading

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Hey, these guys went and usurped my life mission, darn them

The Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL), that is. They've even been to Portland, whacking errant uses of the possessive and correcting the too-frequent misspelling of "nonpareil" (a thoroughly nasty candy in its own right). And I didn't even know they … Continue reading

Posted in Grammar, Portland | 2 Comments


As of today, and for one year only, Jim is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything. Happy birthday, sweetie!

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Notes on homeschooling

Rhys has his first-ever spelling list this week. He, be, we, I, so, no, go, hi. ("We be hi, so he I no go." –Rastafarian explaining his and his brother's absence from a family function.) We were hiking the Wildwood … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to the Picayune-Democrat?

Well, nothing. Yet. But that's going to change. I'm redirecting my domain name (, and I don't think it currently points to anything, but if it did it would most certainly be crap) to this domain, and as part of … Continue reading

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Happy day, you mothers

I hope a very lovely time is being had by you and yours (or "youse and you’rn," as some of us have been known to say). My boys gave me a very lovely gold necklace with a wee red/brown stone … Continue reading

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Variation on a theme

Is it OK to have deviled eggs and artichokes for dinner? What about just deviled eggs and artichokes? You’re right. That’s unconscionable. I should at least wash them down with a glass or three of scrumptious Oregon Pinot Noir.

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Embarrassing, yet delicious

So this is what we ate for dinner. And by "ate" I mean "devoured," as in the boys sucked theirs up promptly and were sad that we had to save the rest for Papa. It’s what my old friend Renee … Continue reading

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