129 results for 'family'
One was read a few of my poems in a public setting, something I have had little practice in. The other thing I got to do, which I have had loads of practice, is irritate my wife Ann. I can't remember if I told her we were going out for dinner or if it was a wine tasting but wasn't she surprised. Our youngest children wanted me to read the poems to them before we left for the night. I obliged. I should know better. I wonder where they get it from?
Dad: "I was six years old. Very... James you asked me to do this. Why are you playing Tomb Runner while I'm reading this?"
...you are trying to earn more and more money, he replies to spend for his girl friend, or to get married with a beautiful girl who comes forward to marry him only if he is earning well. Or if a man is already married, if you aks for whose sake you are earning more and more money, he says for my family. Family means wife first, chidren next. For soothing and satiating the materialistic desires of his wife he will earn more money, either by hook or by crook. And the children who come through her would also share that money for their needs. Otherwise, a solo man needs how much money to eat and ... (more)
Just those breeds with a track record of biting. So, not really all dogs with a record of biting. More like one breed of dog with a track record of biting.
In reality they just want to muzzle Pit Bulls. Maybe it's the way they look. Could be it's the way they act. Might it just be our own fears projected onto one group?
The MSPCA states that "One in every four dogs brought to the MSPCA is a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix." I've got to tell you, if I was abandoned I might bite you too. They also recommend that you Spay/Neuter your Pit Bull. If you tried that with me, I know I'd... (more)
Since my wife Ann is still among the living her only chance of sainthood is martyrdom, which she feels she is on track for. Lately she's been looking for signs from God to help her through the pain and suffering of raising Sdyor children...
Disembodied Voice Coming From 3rd Floor Window: "Ann."
Ann: "Did somebody say something?"
Ann: "God is that you?"
Ann: "God, what's my purpose on this earth?"
DVCF3FW: "To shut this window so we can move the ladders."
Ann: "Damn roofers!"
Later that day...... (more)
I thought as he got older his views would come in line with what I perceive to be the adult generation. Now I think I may be outnumbered and have to come around to their way of thinking...
Brady: "AFAIC ur generation uses 2 many xclamation points" Dad: "Just in general or someplace specific?" Brady: "evrywhere text email FB twitter do I need 3 xclamation points to tell me ur kids team 1 a game" Dad: "Exclamation points mean added emphasis when non-verbal communication is taking place. Your generation should embrace the exclamation point. All you have is non-verbal communication."... (more)
The Sdyor children attend a charter school. This means school uniforms, high academic standards, and strict school behavior including a color card change disciplinary system. Some students and parents start to burn under this lens but my wife Ann and I have decided this is the best place for our children's primary education. Our oldest son Brady (Age 19) went along with the program and got good grades, played sports and served in student government. Olympia (Age 13) is struggling to keep up with her school workload and continue the active social life that comes with being America's sweetheart.... (more)
You scrimped and saved and looked at sale inserts out of the paper. Stood in long lines the day after Thanksgiving. Punched some guy in the nose who was trying to grab the last must have item for toddlers on the shelf. Wrapped it up nice with bows and ribbons. You waited with pained anticipation for weeks until finally Christmas morning came. Your little one ripped through the paper like they were a badger chasing a rabbit down a hole until finally they spent the morning playing with the box the item came in. Some things never change...
James (Age 9): "Mom. I have no clothes to put on.... (more)
My dad had a lifelong wish. He wanted to see New York City. His salary as a body and fender man in California in the Great Depression barely kept his family in food and shoes. A trip to New York City was a dream that was unlikely to happen.
By the time he was 72, and I was his caregiver, his dream had faded.
Then a miracle. My husband received a job assignment to Oneida, New York--upstate, but close enough!
The day we arrive in Oneida, my dad and my children begin planning for a summer trip to New York City. The children borrow books from the library and my dad sends for... (more)
It’s Glendale, California, early 1930's. Black people know they have to be outside the city limits before dark.
Mama, a civil rights activist before the title had hardly been invented, tells me about the injustice of the so-called “sundown laws.”
Mama tells me about the hardships the sundown laws cause for hardworking people, like the Black maids who work in the big houses in the Rossmoyne district up near the country club. “If they’re not out of town before sundown, they’re harassed by the police, and sometimes they’re picked up and dropped at the city limits. Some of them even... (more)
Thou shalt not Lie. Really? I will lie till my tongue twists in my head to save you from harm. A man breaks into your house, your wife and kids hide, he asks you, “Where are they?”. OK religious man, you who impose on me your guilt ridden laws, speak up! Tell that man where your family is so he can kill them, or do worse. I laugh at your law now, you should lie!
Thou shalt not kill. Really? Do you know that your very freedom to worship rests on the blood of many honorable and/or religious men who laid their lives on the line and killed to give you the choice to... (more)