Archive for November 2016

Introducing my Daughter to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, has always had a special status in our house. I loved the Gene Wilder film adaptation when I was a kid, and vaguely recall reading the book. In recent years I’ve read the book aloud three times: about twelve years ago to my oldest daughter, three or... Read more »

The Electoral College is Voter Fraud, American Style

As of the writing of this post, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by just under 566,000 votes, with 99% of the precincts reporting. Since she received more votes, President-Elect Clinton will take office on January 20. What’s that you say? She won’t take office? She’s not President-Elect? She didn’t win the election? But she got... Read more »

Why Trump Supporters Should Embrace the Post-Election Protests

Only two days have passed since Donald Trump was elected to be the next president of the United States. And almost immediately, protests over his election began all over the country. Opposition to Trump was so vehement throughout the campaign that these organic, immediate protests are not surprising. Also unsurprising is the reaction to these... Read more »

Despite the Wishes of Trump and His Supporters, America Won't Go Back

In all of the election coverage that I’ve read the past couple of days, one piece of information keeps coming to mind. It’s the most basic explanation of the election result. It sounds rather benign at first, but if we really think about it, and figure out why it’s pertinent to this election, we realize... Read more »

Thoughts About the Election While It's Still Unfolding

Here’s a first. I’m writing a blog post about something as it happens. And this time it’s the 2016 presidential election. It’s 10:02 pm and here’s where things stand: Trump won Florida and Ohio. He’s ahead in Michigan and Wisconsin. And New Hampshire. And North Carolina. Clinton won Virginia. Narrowly. If things stand as they... Read more »

Why I Changed My Mind And Plan to Vote for Donald Trump

The presidential campaign, which officially kicked off on March 23, 2015, when Ted Cruz was the first to announce his candidacy, finally concludes today. Millions of people will vote tomorrow, and we’ll choose the people who will choose our next president. (If that sentence confuses you, read the Constitution.) Over the past few months I’ve... Read more »

Some Notes on Stealing Halloween Candy From My Kids

We’re a week into November now, which means I’m about five pounds heavier than I was only six or seven days ago. I’ve got Halloween candy to “thank” for that. Although I blame my kids, too. They went to so many damn houses, and scored such a variety of candy that I haven’t grown tired... Read more »

Teaching Kids How to Blow Bubbles Provides a Parenting Rarity: Immediate Results

This blog post was supposed to be about elevator buttons. I’d thought about it all day, and I have some things I want to say. But then I sat on the couch to write, and my six-year-old daughter sat next to me. While I wrote the first paragraph, she watched Phineas and Ferb on her... Read more »

The Cubs World Series Victory Parade and Rally Didn't Have Five-Million in Attendance

I spent the day at the Cubs World Series victory rally with my kids today. I let them ditch school, and I took a vacation day from work, and we joined a bunch of other people in Grant Park to celebrate. After we parked near Clark and Polk, we walked over to Grant Park where... Read more »

The Cubs Won the World Series, so Anything is Possible

I know there’s a difference between improbable and impossible. But for so many years a Cubs World Series championship has seemed not just improbable, but actually impossible. I remember so many long, hot summers spent watching Cubs teams that were so bad for so long that it seemed impossible—not improbable—that they’d ever turn things around.... Read more »