NYC & DC

Sam participated in the National History Day competition in his 8th grade social studies class last spring.  It’s a contest where students research topics of their choice and create projects based on an annual theme.  This year’s theme was “Conflict and Compromise,” and project options included documentaries, websites, papers, performances, or displays.  Sam and his friend put together a documentary entitled Geneva Conventions:  The Laws … Continue reading NYC & DC

Dedicated Debaters

I know there’s a little dogsled race going on right now, but our weekend was dominated by debate.  It started Friday night, when Sam’s teammates came over for a cram session before the tournament.  I secretly wondered how much time 13-year-old boys would *actually* spend studying on a weekend, but they were focused: writing speeches, strategizing, researching, and (yes) dreaming. I texted this picture to Clark, … Continue reading Dedicated Debaters

Mohs Nose Woes

Yesterday I had another dermatology appointment about my nose, where a patch of skin cancer was removed over two years ago.  My doctor has been trying to erase all evidence of my surgery – at no cost – ever since.  Yesterday he brought up two final options: another surgery, or microdermabrasion.  Neither come with a guarantee, and both come with risk of actually making things … Continue reading Mohs Nose Woes

Pure Magic

This year the kids received invitations to Hogwarts in their Easter baskets.  Visiting a theme park has never topped our list of dream vacations, but our little Harry Potter maniacs made us rethink our priorities.  At ages 13 and 11, the kids are the perfect mix of old enough, young enough, and tall enough. They’ve been feverishly re-reading the series all year.  They pass time … Continue reading Pure Magic