“The Princess and the Pea,” revisited

My daughter once shoved a pea up her nose. She was two. Curious. And well, the rest seems self-evident. Despite our best efforts, she jammed the little sucker right on up there to the point we needed to go to […]


Rhyming scenes

Last month, my wife celebrated her birthday. I’ll leave the disclosure of what number birthday for another blog, or another time . . . or well, never. The point really has nothing to do with the actual number of the […]


Some day, this will matter

Sometimes my girls will sign (as in sign language) “I love you.” Other times my son will spontaneously say as much. It’s an amazing feeling when, unprovoked, they decide to share. Lest you think this will descend into some sort […]



Writing plot twists is never actually about the reveal, but about the set up. Sure, the Sixth Sense’s surprise ending is incredible, but it only works because of the 100 pages that came before it. In fact, if you go […]


Stage fright

My daughter’s class is performing later this week.  She’s terrified.  And by terrified, I mean she involuntarily shakes, refusing to perform and unable to discuss.  There isn’t going to be a punch line to this paragraph.  There really is nothing […]


I don’t want to die

“I don’t want to die.” Moments ago, I said those words aloud to my five year old daughters.  I know what you’re thinking, way to go, Barry.  Solid work trying to traumatize your girls. But I did say it.  Vigorously.  […]

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