The Umbrella

Back around the time Lena and I were first married, she worked for a guy named Mike, who owned a magazine. Mike wasn’t a bad guy …well, okay. Mike was a bad…

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To Catch a Panda

Not long ago, I had my Apple credit card number stolen. (I think it happened when I was getting gas at an unfamiliar station, but who really knows.) At any…

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Living Forever

I have a somewhat arbitrary goal of writing a minimum of twenty books before I stop, and given the low bar for the job, that likely means when I die.…

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Gambini the Great

As long-time readers are aware, Lena, like the French in general, loves Little House on the Prairie. While it may at one point in history have been considered a “good”…

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Work Vacation in the Desert

Lena and I recently spent a week and a half in Arizona, for a designer’s conference on Adobe’s software products. She’s gone to a zillion cons for me, selling books,…

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No, You Are NOT the Asshole

Lena and I climbed out of the car in the restaurant parking lot. “Take a look at this.” I indicated the car parked across two spaces right next to us.…

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I wanted a vacation for myself, Lena, my younger brother BJ, and sister Kristy, so when a neighbor offered the use of his North Carolina mountain cabin for a week,…

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Foul-Mouthed Redemption

This will be difficult for some people to understand, but in my family, I was frequently the target of derision because I was considered soft and naïve. I was never…

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In Search of Christmas

Last month as Christmas was approaching, Lena and I wanted to drive around and go see some lights. (It’s way easier than putting up your own.) The first place we…

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