Category Archives: Parenting

Two New Book Projects

I’ve just decided to write two more non-fiction books, one each  offering insights into  relationships and parenting lessons My Beloved and I have learned during our nearly four decades together. Neither are likely to be funny or heartwarming (because all those stories … Continue reading

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Stop Peeing in the Kitty Litter!

Three of my latest writing projects are non-fiction books for grownups featuring humorous and heartwarming stories about parenting, marriage, and grandparenting (spell-check indicates that “grandparenting” isn’t a word, but I like it and figure if it gets used enough the … Continue reading

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“What Happened to Your Belly?”

During my visit to Maryland one of my three-year old twin grandsons noticed how much his mommy’s stomach had shrunk after the birth of the their new younger brother and asked: “What happened to your belly?” His mommy replied, “That’s where … Continue reading

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Stargazing Stargazing has always been one of my favorite pastimes! I especially enjoyed it as a child when we visited relatives in Oregon. They lived way out in the country. There were so many more stars to see without city … Continue reading

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“Let’s Run Though the Rain!”

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Walmart. She must have been 6-years-old, this beautiful red-haired, freckle-faced image of innocence. It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so … Continue reading

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From the Other Side of the Door

If you’ve seen the movie “Frozen”–and if you have young children or grandchildren you’ve probably seen it many times–you’ll probably recall the scene where the younger sister is begging her older sister who is locked behind a door to come … Continue reading

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Phyllis Diller Remembered

A friend sent this to me With love, Russ Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age. As your beauty fades, so will his eyesight. -Phyllis Diller   Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance? -Phyllis Diller Cleaning … Continue reading

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High Five!

One of the highlights of our week is having a Skype call with our our middle son Brian, his wife Kristi, and our two-year-old grandtwins Zach and Alex. One of our traditions during the calls is for the twins and … Continue reading

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Humor In Honor of Mothers

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out, in contrast on her brunette head. She looked … Continue reading

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“Slices of Life” has Been Released! I’m pleased to announce that Slices of Life has been released and is available on! Slices of Life is an anthology of the selected non-fiction stories. From heart-warming memories of childhood, to humorous perspectives on aging and inspiring … Continue reading

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