What’s up in Penderson?

Small town happenings, whether they're passed through the chain of gossip at the favorite coffee shop or bar, or reported in the local newspaper, have always fascinated me. I grew up in a small town. I spent a number of years raising my kids in a small town. The vibe, intensity and interpersonal goings-on of … Continue reading What’s up in Penderson?

The Local: March 1, 2018

Community Reminders: The Founders parade is this Sunday. After last year's unfortunate event, throwing candy from the floats is now prohibited. Donations are still being accepted at Eric's Gofundme page. Community clean-up day is scheduled for underneath the school bleachers this Saturday. Please remember volunteers need to be at least 18, bring their own latex … Continue reading The Local: March 1, 2018

The Local: February 28, 2018

Community Reminders: Emotional support animals of any type are no longer allowed at the library. The library will remain closed pending complete fumigation and sterilization of the HVAC system. The new Armored Civilian Defense Vehicle (playfully nicknamed 'The Tank' by our mayor) will be on display at the town hall from 12-4. Bring your children … Continue reading The Local: February 28, 2018

The Local: February 27, 2018

Your Government: At the city council meeting tonight, Janet Franklin spent 20 minutes arguing for new paint on the crosswalks near Emerson and Smith streets while Councilman Tom Reynolds, whose wife of 17 years left him last week, sobbed noticeably. The measure passed 3-1 with Councilman Reynolds' vote cast as abstain after Chairwoman Barns asked … Continue reading The Local: February 27, 2018

My Son: Professional Troll

It's a proud day in my household. Like many parents, I've spent years believing that somehow my parenting style would result in my son becoming a caring, thoughtful, and compassionate man. Yesterday I found out the truth. I was sitting quietly in my room, eyes closed, meditating. My son snuck up behind me, and in … Continue reading My Son: Professional Troll

Can’t we all be honest?

I'm sure many of us received this email from Netflix today. Interesting to note they delivered it at 4:17AM to me. Maybe a bit of an effort to lose it in my Sunday morning hangover? Didn't work. The losing it I mean. The hangover is in full effect. Honestly, I'd prefer Netflix to just be … Continue reading Can’t we all be honest?

I don’t understand how every stay-at-home parent isn’t a raging drunk

This morning, I woke up at 6AM. I emptied the dishwasher and made coffee for my wife. We sat together, talked, read from some daily inspiration books and wrote in our journals. God damn Deepak Chopra over here. At about 7AM we let out a large collective sigh and woke the kids. I am sure … Continue reading I don’t understand how every stay-at-home parent isn’t a raging drunk