Seeing with the Eyes of Children, Courtesy of Star Wars VII

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Somewhere down in the depths of my soul, there’s a still, small voice telling me that I should not find this Star Wars VII: The Force Finally Wakes Up (Though We’re Still Not Quite Sure Why It Went To Sleep In The First Place) teaser trailer-related tweet as amusing as I do. Don’t worry. I told that [Read More...]

“Jumpin’ Jacks. Hit ‘em!!!”

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For the past few weeks, the boys – the ones that are awake, that is — and I have been doing The Grey Lady’s Scientific 7-Minute Workout when we get up in the morning. So far, the only ones who have made it to every session are Dominic (#1) and David (#4). This morning, Dominic barely made it out [Read More...]

Commendable in the Eyes of God, Country, and Family

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Today is a day for remembering. Remembering and honoring those who have served our country; friends and family members, and those we know only tangentially (or not at all). But for me, today is and will always be a day to remember my Uncle David. He and his brother (Michel) are Vietnam veterans, and were featured [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Rescuers Down Under”

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Today, I’m going to do something brave. Or, perhaps, something foolish. I’m going to tell everyone what my favorite animated Disney film is. Even though past instances of this bravery (or is it foolishness?) have produced any and/or all of the following responses: stunned disbelief; righteous anger; awkward silence; unmitigated guffaws; derision; pity; thinly-veiled outrage; or the worst response of all, nothing. [Read More...]

Gender Specificity and the Wonders of Brotherhood

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In the first 14+ years of the Susanka Horde’s adventurous existence, we have had little-to-no use for feminine pronouns. That’s not a misogynistic tendency (I hope); it’s just a practical fact. My wife is “Mama” to the boys and “Sarah” to me. Never “She.” Likewise, the various other feminine influences in/on the boys’ lives have nearly always been discussed [Read More...]

A Scarry Podcast Experience; Richard, That Is

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A few weeks ago, I was listening to a podcast — the particular podcast in question shall remain nameless in an effort to protect the innocent but *cough, cough* PCHH — and one of the show’s contributors brought up Richard Scarry. And then had to explain who he was to her audience, because they (apparently) had [Read More...]

What Life in Small-Town America Looks Like to Me

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My wife and I are still in the “giddy with excitement” stage. …a stage which is pretty much indistinguishable from the “really not getting anywhere near enough sleep from now until forever or at least 2030″ stage, come to think of it. So I guess I’m not entirely sure what stage we’re in at the moment. It [Read More...]

Putting a Dramatic End to the Susanka Streak

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From my wife, shortly after 8:30PM last night: For unto us a child is born; unto us a … …wait. What? Yep, that’s right. Something fundamentally new and different has happened. Happily (if tiredly), I introduce the newest member of the Susanka family, Phoebe Lenor. Notice that I say her presence is different, not that it’s surprising. [Read More...]

Stay Tuned

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10 Things That Tell You There’s An Architect In The House

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A long-time friend (and classically-trained architect) spent a few days with us this past week, adding his trio of boys to the Already-Intimidating Susanka Pack. With the exception of the now-infamous Stomach Bug Incident, a good time was had by all, and I was sorry to see him go. In other (and doubtless unrelated) news, this impressive [Read More...]


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