Confusing Critic

Recently my mother said something unexpected, "You should do stand up comedy." My ego soared but then something occurred, "But you don't like my comedy." In fact once, I may have mentioned this before, I read her a monologue that I had written for an open mike thing and she got really grumpy and complained … Continue reading Confusing Critic

How To Get Along With Your Teenage Child.

I was just reading a parenting article.  I saw the title Surviving the Teenaged Years. and thought I need to read this.  It was the normal blah blah, mild punishments of short duration. Actually I thought the short duration of punishments was for training dogs, you know if you don't punish the dog immediately it … Continue reading How To Get Along With Your Teenage Child.

Why Can’t You Listen To Something Cheerful, Like Fall Out Boy!

So I was standing at my child's bedroom door watching a concert she was presenting.  The Machiavellian imp lured us (her parents) in by asking us to watch 1 song; one song is a hefty price to pay but worth it for an hour free of: "Are you coming to watch my song yet!" Charlie … Continue reading Why Can’t You Listen To Something Cheerful, Like Fall Out Boy!

My darkness

As the pain deepens The chasm widens Every approach from either side Does some more damage The gulf more wide I speak to my children I try to explain Then fall back into habit and only complain They don't understand me To me they're a mystery The harder  we struggle The harder we try We're … Continue reading My darkness

The Ancient Elephant

The Ancient Matriarch Elephant lumbers towards the waterhole.  Each ponderous step thunders, to her each movement is made gingerly as the pain in her joints remind her of her great age and weight.  Soon my journey will be over. But no!  I have only just got out of bed, I wash my face and peer … Continue reading The Ancient Elephant