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Hanging brain lamp

I’ve received a few emails lately asking if I’d post about the lamp that can be seen in photos here and there, so here it is, the brain lamp that hangs over the staircase leading into the basement. We bought it the month we moved into this house at a local shop that I think [...]

Pretty pink flower

Have you ever seen a dog so magnificent and confident in his manhood?

Hope, part two

This is the Forsythia bush in our backyard, and I’m probably more excited about this one blooming than any other plant in the yard. Maybe because it’s totally wild and tangled, so flaming and outrageous when it does, and there is no better representation of what Spring means.

Breaks out in a rash if fed anything

This morning while dropping Leta off at preschool, I noticed a large pink note taped to the refrigerator door as I opened it to put away her lunch box. I hadn’t noticed it before and so assumed it had been put there recently as a reminder to a new teacher about certain food restrictions. It [...]

I imagine that Chuck speaks with the same accent

Dog years Charming short film about a dog and why he does the things he does. I was laughing out loud there, and then BOOM, I suddenly started crying. The end of the video captures perfectly the maddening, soulful relationship people have with their animals. (thanks S.E.)

Tiny porcelain serving bowls

You can probably guess where I picked these up, a certain local antique store that I’ve restricted myself from going to but once a month because I invariably go in and then come out with bags of things we probably don’t need, but we’ve never owned such beautiful things we don’t need.

Lingering aroma of dog breath

“Oh my God, the dog smells so bad.” “You see what they do all day. They are constantly chewing on each other.” “You think that’s why she smells like that?” “Dude, if I spent all day licking you you’d smell gross, too.” “Pardon me if I’m not willing to test that theory.” “You’re secretly hoping [...]

Hope

This is the tree right outside the window in our office. I can see it from where I’m sitting right now at my computer, and I’m actively ignoring the snow that is currently falling all around it.

Grand total of 78,215 words

Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Last night I emailed my finished manuscript to my editor in New York, and then I drove downtown, took off all my clothes and ran naked through Temple Square. There was no other appropriate response. Except maybe I should have taped some sparklers to [...]

Vintage Pyrex ovenware

We had dinner with my mother last night (pork roast, black-eyed peas and cornbread, and it was unbelievable), and right before we left she asked me if I’d be interested in these bowls that had been given to her at her wedding shower a few weeks before she married my father over 40 years ago. [...]