godzilla and the troublemaker

Stephen King Junior is holed up in my office making sentences. He’s been home from school camp for around four hours, and already he’s written pages and pages to fill in the gaps in the Godzilla movie (the parts where I almost slept, probably). Pages. I like a bit of healthy competition. I don’t like having…

parenting by the book?

When I doubt, buy a book. Recipe books, gardening books, how-to books. I’ve got a book called, How to Write a Sentence; and How to Read One. I haven’t read it yet. I have three sons so naturally I have Steve Biddulph’s, Raising Boys. Of course, I haven’t seen it since we moved, so for years…

not so delayed gratification

Let’s talk about gratification, or closer, ‘gratifying’. When I hear the word gratification, I don’t why, but as usual, I’ll blame the Internet, I think of sex, and to a smaller extent, food. Sex and food and the expressions delayed gratification and instant gratification. But, gratifying? I don’t think until this week, I’d experienced it.…