Category Archives: Left Field

The Summer We Decided To Dig A Hole

Parenting styles were different 50 years ago.  Back then, a parent’s primary job was to keep the child alive and get the child to school.  Parents didn’t coordinate their children’s entertainment and social schedules.  Nobody shuttled us back and forth to activities.  We were responsible for entertaining ourselves while the adults did grown-up things like iron shirts and pay for homeowners’ insurance.  For the story I am about to tell to make any sense at all, you must keep in mind that we didn’t have internet, satellite dish, cable TV, or video games.  We had 5 channels on the TV (7 if you included the 2 PBS stations, and those were boring).  We didn’t even have a VCR yet.  My family included my parents and my brother, who is 3 years older than me.  We lived on a big hill in the country.  My aunt, uncle, and two male cousins lived on the other side of the same hill.  My cousins are 2 and 3 years older than me.  Because we were in the country, my only playmates were my brother and cousins.  My entire childhood was spent trying to keep up with those three boys.

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Stop Counting Carbs and Start Counting Friends

BLOG UPDATE:  When Married with Bees started, I wrote about beekeeping.  I don’t know if I changed or if the bees changed me, but the blog definitely changed.  Now I mostly write about my thoughts on life.  You know how therapists tell you that you should journal to work through your personal issues?  Well, I do that but then I hit the PUBLISH button when I finish writing.  When you read my posts, you are coming along on my personal therapy journey.  Weirdly, those posts get the most clicks and are the most fun to write.  Keep reading if you want to stay on this crazy train.  If you just want to read about bees, now is when you should look for the exit.

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