Archive for August 2011

Oh Mickey, what a pity. A City Mom in the Ring of Fire

Oh Mickey, what a pity. A City Mom in the Ring of Fire
Saturday night I tried Karaoke for the very first time. Perhaps you noticed your dishware cracking? It would have been around seven p.m. Central Daylight Savings time. Friends of ours were having a 25th anniversary party and to celebrate they had a huge bash replete with live band karaoke. The host went first, which I... Read more »

National Book Week: Why I'm happy Claudia didn't eat a booger on page 56

National Book Week: Why I'm happy Claudia didn't eat a booger on page 56
It’s National Book Week, at least according to Facebook, and in celebration, you’re supposed to reach for the closest book, go to page 56 and post the fifth sentence as your status, which really makes me happy the fifth sentence of my novel isn’t, “Claudia ate a booger,” or similar. And this is not because... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: We're going camping?

By Rick Kaempfer I was quite amused by A City Mom’s post about refusing to go camping with her family. I used to be the same way. I still hate it, but I do go along now once a year or so, as long as it is for one night only. This is how it... Read more »
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My Dog is a Poser

My Dog is a Poser
At nine years old, my dog Wrigley has been my faithful running companion for almost eight years now. Most days she has more energy than I do, running out in front of me as if to say, “C’mon!”, pacing on anyone who passes us, which is just about everyone. Speed has never been my forte... Read more »

A City Mom is the D.B. Cooper Pooper

A City Mom is the D.B. Cooper Pooper
Isn’t it exciting? The FBI seems to be on the verge of solving our country’s only unsolved hijacking! The D.B. Cooper story has been the subject of speculation and folklore ever since it happened in 1971. But wait a minute, folks. I hate to dump a big pile of acitymom skepticism onto the parade, but... Read more »

I LOVE not camping

I LOVE not camping
Every August around this time, my husband takes our children camping. All of them.  This leaves me home alone for about five days. I LOVE not camping. The tradition started about eight or so years ago as the Men’s Camping Trip. My husband and our sons, his brother and his son. Then my niece, at... Read more »
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A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Boys will be Boys

By Rick Kaempfer Between 7:30 a.m. when my wife Bridget leaves for work, and 6:00 p.m or so when she returns, our house is uni-gender: Just Dad and his three boys. I’ve always relished this arrangement and so have the boys. Any parent knows that boys and girls have some genetic tendencies (from birth) that... Read more »

I See You: A City Mom raises a stink

I See You: A City Mom raises a stink
Remember the line from Avatar, “I see you.”  The Navi would say that to each other and to the animals they killed and at first I thought, Hmmm. That’s kind of dumb.  But the more I got to thinking about it, the more I realized, it’s the problem with all of Western society. We pretend... Read more »