dsc_0030-1_edited-1It may seem today, that people don’t listen to you because you are small and frail.  But I have a feeling that someday your words will resonate around the globe and give new hope to humankind. –Daddy




BOUNDARY: n. In political geography, an imaginary line between two nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of the other. –Ambrose Bierce         


the middlest


spending one-on-one time with Amelia while the rest of the family is away… last night we snuggled up on the couch and had a gilmore girls marathon with lots of oatmeal raisin cookie dough…

No worries


“Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry… I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.”  –Charlie Brown to Snoopy

ahhh…. the teen years


When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.  ~Mark Twain

tangled beauty


Every man has a different idea of what is beautiful, and it’s best to take the gesture, the shadow of the branch, and let the mind create the tree.  — William Faulkner    



a good apple

Girls are like apples…the best ones are at the top of the trees. The boys don’t want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they just get the rotten apples that are on the ground that aren’t as good, but easy. So the apples at the top think there is something wrong with them, when, in reality, they are amazing. They just have to wait for the right boy to come along, the one who’s brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree…

filled with hope


i’ve never felt so proud to be an american and an ohioan… we spent the evening with several friends and lots of kids… it was awesome to see how engaged the kids were with the election… from volunteering at Obama campaign headquarters, to attending rallies, and finally seeing history being made this evening… they were able to witness democracy in action and be inspired by a man who overcame impossible odds to become our next president… see, kids, you don’t have to be a rich, white man to become president of the united states… you have to work hard, have vision and intelligence, and stay true to your convictions… yes we can!

we must be doing something right

this past weekend was a bad time to be in bed sick… just as todd had to go to work… but the kids were amazing… gabe made homemade soup, amelia brought mug after mug of green tea and did all of the laundry… they are simply great kids… and i’m feeling rested and better…