Easter 2013

Despite months of grim weather, this past weekend was lovely and it made us all optimistic that spring is coming, as it always does miraculously but never soon enough. The kids had Good Friday off so we had a nice relaxing weekend. GM was traveling to Argentina on Saturday so we had Easter lunch on […]

Quisp and Quake

When I was a kid my mom never bought good cereal.  We never had Captain Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Count Chocula , Fruit Loops or Lucky Charms.  Instead my mom made huge batches of healthy granola chock full of nuts and dried fruit. I did managed to tried all the above at someone elses house, or […]

Not enough learning

I loathe the fact that our public school system puts so much emphasis on the standardized test.  I realize that almost every state mandates a series of achievement test administered periodically in a student’s primary and secondary academic career.  State and local school systems can glean all sorts of information from them.  I understand there […]

Christmas Light Blues

For the last ten years or so, petite white fairy lights have been been adorning our Christmas tree. I do think they are pretty but I am ready to embrace color on my tree. Who am I kidding, I have been persuaded by Georgie to go for a little color this year and I have […]

Theatre Extravaganza

One of the ways GM and I escape our children for an occasional 24 hours is to go into the city to catch a play.  Not a musical.  GM is not a musical kind of guy.  At all.  Thats fine with me.  I have been to a few of those and inevitably  their required sentimentality makes me […]

Halloween was a do-over

Wilton, Connecticut celebrated Halloween November 5th.  Last Monday, on  the real Halloween, we were under a foot of snow, trees and electric wires were down in the roads and most residences were still without power.   Spooky maybe, but not safe for trick or treaters.   So the town declared  November 5th Halloween 2011.    It […]

Might be worse than water boarding

Not that I can personally attest to the fact.  I can only presume this is the case after I spent the morning with Owen and his 6th grade class at a local contempory art museum.  It was a well thought out and effective program in art appreciation.  What wasnt appreciated was the 15 minute each […]

Mandatory blog post by child – Henry

I am forcing my children to write something.  Thought it might be good to brush off their visual cortex before returning to school next week.  Here is the final installment in a four part series. I had a great time.   The best place for me was French Polynesia, which included Bora Bora, and Rangoria.  They […]

Mandatory blog post by child – Owen

I am forcing my children to write something.  Thought it might be good to brush off their visual cortex before returning to school next week.  Here is the third in a four part series. MOST BORING PART OF THE VACATION WAS LONDON IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH, MUCH BETTER IF MY DAD HAD TAKEN ME […]

Mandatory blog post by child – Callum

I am forcing my children to write something.  Thought it might be good to brush off their visual cortex before returning to school next week.  Here is the second in a four part series. Vacation was like an adventure. First we were at the Easter Islands and we were like woah! Then we were at […]

Mandatory blog post by child – Georgie

I am forcing my children to write something.  Thought it might be good to brush off their visual cortex before returning to school next week.  Here is the first in a four part series. Georgie’s part This vacation was great!!!! I was just so excited for Easter Island but I was so bummed about all […]

Day 53 – day 61, Ireland

GM and I took a trip to Ireland 20 years ago.  We drove around, mostly in the West. We didn’t have a itinerary figured out, just flights in and out.    It was a great trip we even managed to get engaged on the Cliffs of Moher.   We were in Ireland several economic lives ago so […]

Day 48 – day 52, London or hitting the proverbial wall

I am not sure  if it was because we had been on the road so long, moving from winter to summer, or because of the huge crowds, but we really didn’t do London.  We had a cool house in Chelsea right on the Kings Road that made getting around on bus and tube a snap.  […]

Day 42 – day 47 , Capetown, South Africa

Of all the places we went on this trip,  Capetown was the biggest revelation.  We had always heard that it was a cool town but we had no idea how beautiful it was.  Its spectacular.  It is most definitely in my top three most beautiful cities I have been to (Rio, Capetown, San Francisco).  Along […]

Day 39– day 41 Odd Balls Enclave, Okavango Delta Botswana

We sadly had our last meal, a yummy protein laden breakfast with Brent and crew before we left camp one last time.  Brent drove us to an airstrip where we met our transfer (another light aircraft) that was going to take us to our next stop, a rustic camp on the delta, Oddballs. Oddballs is […]

Day 35 – day 37 Livingstone, Zambia,

We had a perfectly civilized morning departure from Joburg to Zambia.  Our travel would have been seamless if it hadn’t been for the one hour and 30 minutes we spent in an immigration line at the airport in Zambia.  While we weren’t required to apply in advance as US citizens we still needed visas for […]

Random Photo

Thats Cal…being random, making himself a plank, as he is prone to do sometimes. Below find another photo that is more disturbing than random.  Yes that is Henry looking pissed (an a bit like Beavis), and yes that is Georgie, broken down like a rag doll in the middle of the street.  Dont worry, there were […]