What’s the word?

With seemingly endless time on their hands during the summer, kids have time to take on any number of new and exciting endeavors. They can take up a new sport. Or a hobby. Paint, play at the pool, or just relax with a book. But sometimes all that extra time gives them just a little…

Happy Father’s Day

Here it is dads, the day we’ve been waiting for. Father’s Day. On your day to be honored, I hope you’ll remember that’s it’s not this particular date on the calendar that makes today a special one. Instead, it’s the family in our lives that make Father’s Day what it is. While you’re being honored…

The tragic tale of Billy the Biscuit

(For this blog post, you’ll need to read it with a southern, somewhat jovial accent. Imagine if you were listening to Mark Twain spin a yarn, or that dude who used to narrate “Dukes of Hazzard. Oh, and you’ll need to pretend he’s strumming a banjo a little while he’s talking. You know, for effect…

Son ponders what The Future will look like

It started with a question. But then that’s how most things start around our house. “Dad, what do you think the world will be like when I’m an adult?” I was in the midst of “cooking” breakfast (is it really cooking when you just add milk? I’ll have to get my research team on that…

The promise of a gift

A couple of weeks ago, my son asked me for the first time this year, “Dad, what do you want for Father’s Day?”  Simple enough. And like many of you (for Father’s or Mother’s Day), I hadn’t given it any thought, and I really didn’t have any idea. In fact, there was nothing that I really…

Tonight on “It’s Just Nature” . . .

(You should read the following with an Australian accent. Oh, and pretend you’re wearing one of those really cool safari hats. I promise not to tell anyone) G’day everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of It’s Just Nature. As we do every week, we’ll be journeying to some of THE most remote locations on…

Yaaaaay! It’s my Blog-entennial!

Or my Blog-centennial. Or maybe my Blog-in’-tennial. No matter what you call it, this is my 200th entry on my blog. That’s right. Two. Zero. Zero. It’s hard for me to believe, too. Over that time, you’ve had a chance to watch grow up a little bit. (And you’re probably wondering when I’ll do the…

My buggy pushing reaches an apex

When you shop at Wal-Mart, there are certain things you come to expect: you’re going to be hungrier than you were at any point during the previous week, you’re going to see at least 2.79 people you know, and some amount of unplanned-for chocolate will be bought (and yes, possibly consumed) before you leave the…

The Mystery Date

“My friend wants to know when you’re going to call her.” Normally that would be a very simple request. A friend had wanted to set me up with one of her friends from out of town. In other words, a blind date. Yeah, I can hear you laughing, but this level of desperation is pretty…

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