Who Turned Out the Lights?

I was sitting at my laptop when something began rumbling outside. At first I thought it was an airplane. But it continued too long for that. Then it stopped. And started again. It took me a minute to realize that I was hearing some particularly epic thunder, though it didn’t look like rain outside. WithinContinue reading “Who Turned Out the Lights?”

Friday Five: Over the Summer Hill

What sign marks the end of the summer for you? It used to be Labor Day, because my son always started back to school the next day. Now that he’s in college, he’ll start earlier, so I guess it’s the now the third week of August that marks the end of the season in myContinue reading “Friday Five: Over the Summer Hill”

The State of the Pandemic: Anti-Vaxxers

I haven’t posted a Covid-19 update in a while, and it’s about time I did. Despite many Americans’ decision to pretend that the pandemic is over and it’s safe to go back to pre-covid activities, the virus is still circulating here — and much more so, in many parts of the world. What’s even moreContinue reading “The State of the Pandemic: Anti-Vaxxers”

Screentime for Teens

I wrote this one yesterday and forgot to post it then. My son’s girlfriend is here, and they’re playing video games. They do that together a lot — that, and watch television. On one hand, they seem to spend way too much time staring at screens, which feels to me like a bad thing. OnContinue reading “Screentime for Teens”

Happy NaNo Camper

Woo hoo! I just hit my Camp NaNoWriMo goal for the month, and with a whole day to spare. Camp NaNoWriMo, which happens every year in April and July, is the more flexible version of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which happens in November. The November version is a challenge for writers to startContinue reading “Happy NaNo Camper”

The Next Dorm

Tomorrow is the final day of classes at my son’s university. After that comes exam week, and then freshman year is over and he comes home for the summer. It’s been a strange year, with a lot of back-and-forth when campus closed because of rising covid numbers and students were sent home, and when ThanksgivingContinue reading “The Next Dorm”