Archive for April, 2013

The best word ever

Introducing a new category (that probably should have started in March): toddler stuff. That’s right, folks, say sayonara to baby stuff and please give a warm welcome to the toddler years.

Bear has been saying “uh oh” for a bit now (though she doesn’t always seem to use it in appropriate situations. Like, when I set her down in her highchair. Is there really something troubling about that?), but this morning she said “ball” and guess what she was holding when she said it?! You guessed it: a ball! Oh my God. I started to cry. She really might talk someday!



Gracie told me she was more than ok with changing the header image on this blog to honor her friend, and the world’s most joyful dog, Bally. I really don’t think I’ve ever met – or will ever meet – another dog as happy as Bally. Honestly, I don’t think it was possible for anyone who met her not to burst into giggles. Her joie de vivre was so contagious and sincere that I don’t even think the world’s most hardened, self-proclaimed dog hater could have done anything in her presence but fall in love with her.

For me, today started with learning that sad news that Bally’s long battle with her terrible illness was coming to an end. The day’s news got worse with the devastating story out of Boston. How do we go on when things seem so heartbreaking and we feel so helpless? I think we do so by remembering that there are good things in this world, in this life. One of those things that reminds me that life is good and worth living is the love of a wonderful dog. Rest, Bally. And thank you for letting us know you.



I don’t really have anything to say about this other than that I have noticed that when I hold Bear and we twirl around super fast a few times and get dizzy, her super smile seems to say she loves it.

RIP, Mr. Ebert

Roger Ebert has left us, which makes me so damn sad. Sometimes I think of all of the amazing writers who have been part of this world and how lucky I feel to have had them among us.

I posted this story more than three years ago, but I think it’s a great story so I’m posting it again.

Rest in peace, Mr. Ebert. The world is a better place for having had you in it. Thank you for everything.

April 2013

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