Small-Town Adventures – Lewiston, N.Y.

Valentine Brkich August 21, 2013

Every once in a while my wife and I feel the need to leave our quiet little town behind and escape for the weekend to…well…another quiet little town. This past weekend it was Lewiston, N.Y. So how does one discover a Lewiston, N.Y.? Well, one discovers it through one’s friend, who just happened upon it…

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10 Things That Can Make My 5-year-old Freak Out

Valentine Brkich May 15, 2013

The following is a list of things that can send Boogieface into an inconsolable crying hissy fit. There are countless others, of course, but these are the top 10: 10) Her sock doesn’t “feel right.” 9) Her tights “feel weird.” 8) She gets a splinter. 7) Her brother hugs her too hard. 6) Her brother licks her. 5) Reorganizing…

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The Force is Strong with This One

Valentine Brkich January 16, 2013

A few weeks ago, my wife asked The Animal what kind of birthday party he wanted to have, because, you know, you can’t just have a normal birthday party anymore. I think there’s a law or something. “A fire-fire party!” he said, emphatically. [Translation: a firefighter party] But then, just a few days later, he abruptly changed…

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Small-Town Adventures – Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Valentine Brkich June 1, 2012

Despite my high hopes, nothing really extraordinary happened during our little Memorial Day weekend road trip. No ghastly injuries. No demonic possessions. Darn. Regardless, I thought I’d share some of the highlights: Around noon on Saturday, we arrived in the tiny hamlet of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, which was quite lively due to its annual Blossom Time Festival. After perusing…

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The Animal Strikes Again!

Valentine Brkich April 2, 2012

The crash was tremendous. It sounded like the china cabinet had fallen over. Then I remembered that we don’t have a china cabinet. I was sitting behind my desk in the den talking to my daughter when it happened. First I heard a dragging sound. Then came the crash, followed by my son’s screeching. I jumped up and…

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The Craft From Hell

Valentine Brkich March 1, 2012

“You guys wanna do a craft?!” my wife says to the kids, just as we finish up another exhausting family dinner. My children, who, for the last hour or so, have been whining and complaining about their food as if it were cough-syrup-covered cockroaches, suddenly spring to life and yell out in joyous approval. “YAY! A CRAFT!!!” Since…

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The Battle of Dinnertime

Valentine Brkich November 11, 2011

“More thoy thauce, peas!” yells my son, the salty brown liquid running down his chin and dripping onto his plastic bib. Just moments before, he put the tiny dish of soy sauce up to his mouth and slurped it down as if it was leftover milk in a bowl of cereal. We had given it to him to use as…

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Daddy’s Little Demon

Valentine Brkich August 19, 2011

“Just hold the dress open and I’ll shove her down into it!” I said to my wife. We were late in leaving for a wedding, one in which my 3 ½-year-old was to be the flower girl. However, at the moment, she was a demonic creature from the Netherworld. And she was dead set against putting on that…

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