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First Day Eve…jitters

Tomorrow everything starts. Real Life, Abu Dhabi style: the boys have their first day of school, I have my first day of classes. Husband had a bunch of “firsts” this morning: first time slot, first class of the new semester, first-year students, freshly arrived in this desert town by the sea. Today was orientation at the boys’ school and while both of them were nervous all the way there, by …

What Do You Take?

When it came right down to it, I couldn’t throw away the craft supplies. Sparkly pipe cleaners, glitter, feathers, beads, gold paint, clay—all the stuff you need to turn delivery boxes into trains, forts, and castles, or to create Cleopatra headdresses and war chieftain headbands. I love crafts. Nothing makes me happier than visiting my mom in the ‘burbs of Indiana and spending a good hour or two wandering through …

Jealousy is the brother of invention

The other night Liam built a lego ship that looked like this: What prompted him to create this all-black gunship, piloted by a man dressed in black, right down to his black slouchy hat? ? Rage, pure and simple. He’d come home from soccer camp to discover that his brother went to the Lego store and got a cool new set and built the set himself and we’d publicy praised that …

Nine

Today Liam turned nine. Nine!  And I thought that as a special treat, I would let you eavesdrop on a recent (and typical) walk to school.  Liam’s mind works in wild, whirling circles; he synthesizes minutiae and detail like a cross between JRR Tolkien and Dustin Hoffman in “Rain Man.” Like Dustin Hoffman’s character, Liam frequently doesn’t really conversate; he just wants you to appreciate the ideas being downloaded from …