Summer 2018: The CliffsNotes

Here I sit in September, finally exhaling after a whirlwind summer that blew us straight into a new school year before anyone had a chance to fasten their seat belts.  I’m scrolling through a zillion cell phone snapshots and feel the need to pay homage to all the Alaska adventures we had after returning from New York, DC, and Nebraska.  Here are those summer 2018 … Continue reading Summer 2018: The CliffsNotes

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