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The Really Awesome Improv Show

“Where are you?” L’s text said. As I glanced down at my phone screen, a girl in her early twenties clucked like a chicken as she officiated a wedding ceremony for Michael Jackson as part of a hilarious improv comedy scene. I typed the words “kids’ comedy show in Hollywood.” I tapped the “send” button […]

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Zombie Dad

I didn’t want to go trick-or-treating without a costume since Halloween has become an annual night of father-son bonding with D, and here it was four o’clock and I had no costume. D was a scientist. He had a white lab coat, goggles, and boots. I had nothing, so I thought if there was any last-minute […]

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The Great Pumpkin Hunt

I’ve driven by the South Coast Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes many times without even giving a second thought to what I might be missing. Now, I will not. I will think about the 87 acres of blooming trees, shrubs, flowers, meadows, winding trails, benches in shady garden niches, friendly volunteers and crisp autumn air. […]

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Dance Party

It had been a long day for all of us. A homework battle, a struggle for D to get started and to stay focused on his one page of math and grammar, plus a writing graphic organizer and three-sentence introduction paragraph. Plus, thirty minutes of reading. We were all tired. Ooops!! L doesn’t like me […]

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Culver City Steps

This was one of those ideas–hiking up 279 stairs at the Culver City steps–that sounded like a good idea at the time, but it didn’t feel so great when we were  on, say, step number 133 or 208. At step number 279, I was more than grateful we had made it to the top, and […]

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When the Birds Come

Yep, that’s me launching an angry Bird. It was Big Brother Terrence. He connected with a pig, and the rest of birds came. Bomb. Chuck. Red. Hal. The Blue Birds. The Mighty Eagle. The Mighty Eagle swooped down and crashed into the pigs’ towers. Hal boomeranged in and activated a button on the side of a monkey’s […]

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Homework Mariachi Style

I had just finished reading about Robert Rodriguez’s “mariachi style” of low-budget movie making by using only the props, actors, costumes locations and music available to him. In addition, I listened to an interview where he talked about “doing one thing well” to be creative. Both were prep for my English class reading his book […]

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Meet the flock

Terence , blue ,chuck ,Hal, bomb ,mighty eagle, red and bubbles are D ‘s wild flock  egg stealing pigs , general – frank ,dopey ,ross , general Fred , Steve , grandpa pig and king pig . we will eat the eggs before the pigs do ! Now its birdie time !  

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The Worst Two Sons

I took my mom to her ear doctor appointment, a couple days ago, and the septuagenarian doctor told us a story about his nephews at the end of her appointment. His sister had two sons. She got a divorce and remarried. As a twelve-year-old boy, the older brother liked jumping off the roof onto a mattress in […]

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Things About Myself

I am a sugar addict My favorite is chocolate hostess cupcakes with the cream filling. I wait until the last minute to tell the wife about stuff. I rarely go to see the doctor. I never floss. I lost my left cornerstone tooth while eating pizza. I need time by myself to refuel. My stomach […]

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