Dad’s Other Life

While Dad was the most phenomenal father in the world, he was not the most phenomenal husband in the world. No, actually Dad was always on the prowl and looking for an exciting woman to “hook up” with. My mother once told me he began cheating on her when I was a baby, but I […]

Parenting Tip # 173 – Throwing water in the face of your toddler is fun and exciting

When I was quite young and very frustrated with Mother’s parenting skills or lack thereof, I would hold my breath. Now, as you might guess, sometimes she did not notice. Something about being in a drug or alcohol induced daze. But when she did notice that I was holding my breath, she went crazy (or, […]

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

Recently I read about a brother and sister who published a fairly unflattering obituary when their mother died. Here is an excerpt of it: Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Aug. 30,¬† 2013. She is survived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime¬† torturing in every […]

“Vernster”

When I was teaching at a notorious middle school known for problem students, one of the juvenile delinquents-to-be in my class was a student named Vernon. Now, as you may know, my dad’s name has been mentioned on occasion. Of course Dad’s name was also Vernon. So, having a student named after my dear dad […]

Another Shocker from Mother

One September afternoon, when my sister and I got home from school, our mother had a big announcement for us: I’m going to be teaching Parent Education classes. Our faces wore expressions of “You have got to be kidding,” but since that expression was on our faces several times a day Mother didn’t seem to […]

A Banquet Or A Prison Cell?

It seems that in life there are people who love being in a family and there are those who wish they were orphans. Families are a funny thing. We all bring our own stories and our own memories to the table. Some of us feel as if we are seated at a banquet table sharing […]