Gone are the letters

While home on break over the holidays, our oldest son did something that stood out as rather unusual in these digital times: He sat down at the kitchen table and wrote a letter. With a pen. On paper. And then he addressed it (with some tips from his aged parents), put a stamp on it […]

The beauty of a full house

  On Christmas morning just past, they were all here: all five of our children. In one place, at the same time, under one roof. In addition, we had a new grandbaby marking her first Christmas and assorted girlfriends and fiancés on hand as well. Having family home for the holidays is nothing out of […]

100 or so days of Christmas

Since he had an impressive display up around Halloween, I asked my neighbor on Dec. 1 when he was going to get into the holiday décor arms race that’d broken out in our neighborhood. “Not until next weekend,” he said, noting that he didn’t like the extra expenditure of electricity to make it all go. […]

Creamed cornucopia: A Thanksgiving thing

Kids, so conventional wisdom goes, love tradition. Nay, they thrive on it, and children deprived of predictable repetition of favorite things — generally at certain times of the year — grow up bitter, confused and prone to madhouse behavior. Stripped, say, of the annualized appearance of a whole cooked turkey on the last Thursday of […]

Unwelcome leaves of autumn

Front Range Family By Alex Miller   For weeks, I regarded the vast quantity of leaves that had appeared in our back and front yard with a mixture of annoyance, curiosity and a sort of detached bemusement. “Do I,” I wondered, “Really have to deal with this crap?” Yes, the answer turned out to be, […]

With kids, how scary can you go?

Front Range Family By Alex Miller   A few years ago, our youngest son, unbeknownst to us, watched from the top of the landing a terrifying scene in “Pan’s Labyrinth.” He was probably 8 at the time, and we would have never purposefully allowed him to see what, for my money, is one of the […]

Of curtains and U-Hauls

Front Range Family By Alex Miller Watching my wife sort through a big box of curtains the other morning, I couldn’t help but comment that, were it up to me, the new place would remain curtain-less for some time — forever, probably. And, I told her as she weighed the various lengths, colors and degree […]

Eat, Inc.

One reality show worth taking a look at these days is “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” the new season of which started airing Tuesday on ABC. Oliver, a British cookbook author and nutritionist who believes strongly that simply cooking our own meals with fresh ingredients would get us a long way toward being a healthier society, […]

On Stage

Some folks get their thrills doing things like skydiving or cliff jumping. For others, it’s hard-won turns from skinning up and skiing down our local backcountry terrain. But whether it’s square dancing, poker, halfpipe or quarter horses, most of us need some kind of stimuli beyond our daily here-and-now. Other than skiing – which I […]