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Thursday, March 05, 2015

#throwbackthursday


July 4, 2013.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

#throwbackthursday


8-day old Sam in his Skinner box, having returned to the hospital for more fun in the fake sun.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday Toddlerblogging


Sick kids' long naps make for late nights and parents' resorting to electronic opiates.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

#throwbackthursday


The Badlands, July '08.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

You Push All My Buttons Down


Some folks said we wouldn't last six months.  Now here we are: 7 years and 2 kids later.  Happy Itchiversary, Ericka!

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That's Real Control

Power:

The difference between poetry and rhetoric
is being ready to kill
yourself
instead of your children.

Audre Lorde.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday FMLblogging


Hoodies because it was chilly last night.


One hat.


Two hats.


Big S and Big C photobomb because FML.

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PS--Photo credit to Ericka for 1st three.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

#throwbackthursday


January '14, -4F, walking through the woods to pick up Samuel.

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Sunday, February 08, 2015

DudStormBlogging


Again, disappointing snowfall, but plowguy still had to come by, much to the delight of Sadie, Mexico, Samuel, and Gigi's old baby doll.

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WinterStormMarcusBlogging


Went snowshoeing after all.


Hit the woods with only Mex for a little peace and quiet.


Checking messages.

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Friday, February 06, 2015

Village Of The Damned


Our demonic children watch scary stories on Netflix together.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Antivax Lepers Need To Lose This Time

Following up on the meat of VPR's vax exemption story:

Jennifer Stella heads the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice. She says there's clear evidence that some vaccines can cause health problems.

"Senator Mullin is saying that those parents who witness a defective product are reading bad science,” Stella says. “Just because you don't agree with somebody's choice doesn't mean you just revoke it."

And Stella says the issue is basically one of parental rights.

"I understand that he [Mullin] may want to make vaccines an exception to the rule that parents are really charged with making those medical decisions for their children,” she says. “But my question I guess to him would be, where does it stop?"

You're right, you don't just revoke a choice over disagreement.  But you do revoke it if it's a danger to your community.  This isn't a parental rights issue, but a public health issue.

We're reaping the whirlwind right now because ignorant, selfish people made "choices".  Lucky it hasn't reached Vermont yet, but thanks to the miracle of jet planes and Amtrak, it's only a matter of time given how far the outbreak has already spread.  Where does that stop, Stella?

I won't go so far as to suggest not vaccinating is tantamount to child abuse or neglect, as some have.  But I will submit that your choice doesn't give you the right to come into public places like schools when you can potentially carry dangerous, highly contagious illnesses like measles.

Fact is, the science is on our side.  History is on our side.  And constitutional law is on our side.

If necessary, I'll be taking my vaccinated kids with me to Montpelier to impress upon our lawmakers the seriousness of this issue, and to counter your bullshit.  And you, Typhoid Mary?  You can stay home until you get your shots.

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Monday, February 02, 2015

Cabin Fever


No school today due to snow and extreme cold, so Sam has been running around taking pictures.


Daddy's not amused with a flash first thing in the morning.


Fetch Mommy some coffee, STAT!


So a photoshoot with Sadie.


Gotta work a little on exposure/flash settings, but not bad.


Show me love!


Sam claims to have discovered a new universe thanks to f/x settings.

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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Snowshoeblogging


Hurry up!


Dino footprints!


I can't put my arms down!


Not Mexico's fault this time.


Blazing her own trail.


Ice on Daddy's beard = time to go home.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Confusion And Delay


Come with us to the beautiful Island of Sodor in the worst Thomas video you'll ever see.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

#throwbackthursday


Ericka got a nice kid shot in Mount Peculiar whilst I was at a State Dem Cmte meeting last winter.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Me...Jane

This is sweet:

As a lover of illustrated biographies of cultural icons — such as those of Pablo NerudaJulia ChildAlbert Einstein, and Maria Merian — I was thrilled to stumble upon a wonderful take on the early life of one of my greatest heroes, Jane Goodall, and how she came to live the dream that bewitched her at a young age. In Me…Jane (public library), celebrated cartoonist, author, and animal rights advocate Patrick McDonnell tells the story of how the seed planted by a childhood dream blossomed, under the generous beams of deep dedication, into the reality of a purposeful life.

A copy of this will be arriving here in a coupla days for Sadie.

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Als Das Kind Kind War

Reflecting on the New Year and passage of time...

Sometimes while watching a movie, Sam will note that a grown up character was a child earlier--for example, George in It's A Wonderful Life, which he spontaneously asked to watch the other day--and how they're both different and the same.  He also observed to me at the store when we were grabbing some vittles for NYE that he is, in fact, he and not me.

Which reminded of a very early post on the kids' now moribund blog, and the poem linked therein:

When the child was a child, 
It was the time for these questions: 
Why am I me, and why not you? 
Why am I here, and why not there? 
When did time begin, and where does space end? 
Is life under the sun not just a dream? 
Is what I see and hear and smell 
not just an illusion of a world before the world? 
Given the facts of evil and people. 
does evil really exist? 
How can it be that I, who I am, 
didn’t exist before I came to be, 
and that, someday, I, who I am, 
will no longer be who I am?

We talk a lot about all those questions, which often becomes exhausting.  But I'm glad he poses them.  And now I wonder when I can get away with showing him Wings of Desire.

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#throwbackthursday


April 2014.  Mila and Furio are a little bigger and more active these days.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Is That In Our World?

Since I alluded to the "kids don't believe in Santa because Physics" article, read RMJ's take.  My comment over there:

I enjoy the various movie explanations about Santa's powers, and watching them with Sam. Oh, he can manipulate space-time, etc. We speculate about which possibilities are more likely, always acknowledging that nobody really knows, which is why there are so many different versions of the story...

There will be a time, naturally, when our kids dump this particular myth (hopefully not the spirit).  But it's fun now, and I think we explore a lot about what's possible and what's fantastic in our world.  In fact, Sam will often ask when we read a book or see a movie or discuss any number of things, "is/are X in our world?"  We like to figure stuff out.  And sometimes there are presents.

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PS--Guess I coulda called this post "Yes, Samuel, Santa's In Our World."

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