The 2016 Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop

Valentine Brkich April 1, 2016

So here I am again, back in Dayton for the bi-annual (or is it bi-ennial?) Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. I love this conference! Every two years I get to get away from it all for a few days, be surrounded by fellow writers, and, most important, have an entire king-sized bed to myself. This year instead of…

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Pittsburgh Guest Blogger Event 2016

Valentine Brkich April 1, 2016

April Fools! Today’s post comes not from me but from Laura Jackson of the Friendly Fitness Foodie blog, and is part of a special day of shenanigans from other Pittsburgh Bloggers. You can see my post over on Josh’s World, where I talk about throwing in the white towel of parenthood. Enjoy! (And please share!) ____ Bend, Brew…

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What a Coinkydink

Valentine Brkich March 7, 2016

So I’m watching reruns of The Andy Griffith Show the other day with Cass and the kids, and it’s the one where Otis the drunk sues the county for negligence after a fall at the jail. Otis’s slimy lawyer lies to him, telling him that if he sues the county they’ll fix up the jail to…

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Watery Woes

Valentine Brkich March 3, 2016

So the other day my in-laws got back from vacation, and they brought the kids back these really cool drinking glasses that flash and light up. The next morning during breakfast I thought it would be fun to fill the glasses up with water and then turn out the lights. Sorta like an early morning disco party, just without…

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After-School Fun

Valentine Brkich February 25, 2016

Whenever I see a young family struggling to get through those oh-so-trying early years with their children, I always do my best to encourage them and tell them to just hang in there. After all, before they know it those days of endless diaper changes and sleepless nights will be a thing of the past as their kids…

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The Beast of Whitehall — A Review

Valentine Brkich February 19, 2016

I’m not really sure how I got into this Bigfoot thing. It probably started back when I was a kid and first heard about the Big Hairy Guy from Leonard Nimoy on “In Search of…” Over time, my interest only grew as I discovered things like Time-Life Books’ Mysterious Creatures and first read the word “cryptozoology”. For a…

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The End of the Raggies

Valentine Brkich January 8, 2016

“Oh great, what now?” I thought, hearing a thud from upstairs.  I had just put the kiddos to bed and sat down in the den with a good book and a better beer. Now one of them was up, and it was only a matter of time until he or she came downstairs. Wonderful. Just then the door opened and…

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Keeper of the Doodles

Valentine Brkich December 16, 2015

“This is for you, Daddy,” says The Animal, handing me a piece of paper featuring his latest work of art—a blue-headed monster/demon, with a yellow body and orange arms, and which is surrounded by 19 stamped monkeys and two (what I assume are) stars. If anyone else had handed this to me, I’d have crumpled it…

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The Last Times

Valentine Brkich December 3, 2015

Parents are always marking their children’s “firsts”. The first time they roll over. The first word they speak. The first time they walk. The first time they have an explosive, diaper-overflowing bowel movement, when you’re at the mall, you don’t have any diapers, and you just used your last wipey. (True story.) These are all memorable…

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Afloat in Nothingness

Valentine Brkich November 18, 2015

I first heard about Levity in Squirrel Hill ( on Twitter, where people were tweeting about the joys of sensory deprivation floats and how effective they can be at clearing one’s busy mind. Since I figured my mind could definitely use a little housekeeping, I contacted Levity and made an appointment. I was a little nervous in the…

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