Reader Favorites – Pillo...

Sep 20, 2011 by

For some reason, the below column is a favorite among readers. So naturally, it’s included in my new book, The Little Black...

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It’s Not About The Gear,...

May 3, 2011 by

I am not exactly one with team sports; I prefer more solitary pursuits. Catamaran sailing, scuba diving, fly fishing, golf,...

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Waterer Of Water

Apr 27, 2011 by

The Little Black Dress recently decided to add stuff to the backyard. She did not call it “stuff,” but rather used one of...

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Dressing Up A Son Of Thunder

Apr 24, 2011 by

In honor of Easter, here’s an old column I wrote when the eldest Son of Thunder was only 3.  Do clothes really make the man?...

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When The Pastor Tries To Be Al...

Apr 20, 2011 by

One of the major advantages of our public educational system is the development of a robust vocabulary. For example, one of the Sons...

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When Perfectly Normal People G...

Apr 18, 2011 by

There is a well over-used cliché about the tension being so thick you can cut it with a knife. That’s unfortunate, I mean that...

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Roughing It … Part Two

Apr 13, 2011 by

“Stay together.” Two simple words. Pretty clear in meaning. But if you’ve got small kids and you’re at the...

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Roughing It … Part One

Apr 11, 2011 by

We were warned. You prepare as best you can, but preparing for what might be and what actually happens doesn’t always line up....

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From The Book – Jambalay...

Mar 31, 2011 by

Dutch ovens have been around since, well, the Cro-Magnon times. I realize that is rather odd, considering there were no...

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Getting The Letter From The Na...

Mar 27, 2011 by

The rumors started a few days ago. The kind met with “you’ve got to be kidding me,”  followed by a pause …...

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Learning Lessons From The Scen...

Mar 21, 2011 by

Death is rude. Never a “may I,” “pardon me,” or “so sorry.” About the only nice thing one can say...

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If You Breathe, You Lose

Mar 16, 2011 by

One of the things the Clan tries to do is to eat dinner together. Sometimes this involves stupendous feasts prepared by yours truly...

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You Lost Me At “Oaring&#...

Mar 14, 2011 by

Technically, the word I used was “orienteering.” But somehow that came out as “oaring” to the Little Black...

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Wise Words No. 53 (corruption)...

Mar 13, 2011 by

Without accountability, corruption is inevitable Sarah Arthur Walking With Frodo

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Wise Words No. 52 (Slow Down)

Mar 10, 2011 by

If I fly over a country in a plane, I miss all of the details. If I take the train, I see a little bit more. If I take a car, I’ll...

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Brussels Sprouts And Lent

Mar 9, 2011 by

Lent is upon us. It is the 40-day period when Christians who are so inclined give up something they value as a sacrifice in...

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Teachings Of The Rat

Mar 1, 2011 by

As noted previously, in a complete and utter “what was I thinking” moment, the Little Black Dress got the Sons of Thunder...

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Wise Words No. 51 (Karate Kid)

Feb 23, 2011 by

A couple of lines that stood out while watching a movie with the Sons of Thunder: “Being still and doing nothing are two very...

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Eating Their Own And Other Lif...

Feb 21, 2011 by

It is important to know one’s limits. I must be chaperoned when entering any store with words like “camping,”...

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The “No Thumbs” Ru...

Feb 16, 2011 by

The thumb is a fascinating device. It’s something we don’t think about. It’s just hanging out there with its...

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Repost: Feb. 14 Is Really Obli...

Feb 14, 2011 by

For some reason, people say I can have an ornery streak. I have no idea how, or why, anyone would think this. I am a cherub. I will...

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Why, Why Didn’t We Do Th...

Feb 11, 2011 by

One of the most frustrating issues in life is the “why” question. Why did that happen? Why didn’t this happen? Why...

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No One Ever Mentioned The Word...

Feb 9, 2011 by

It is time for the Eldest Son of Thunder’s first hike and camp out of the year. I am so proud of him. Heading off into the...

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Grilled Rack Of Lamb

Feb 7, 2011 by

This recipe is subtitled “How To Win The Heart Of Your Own Little Black Dress” Sometimes I score big. Big as in getting...

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Wise Words No. 50 (Hell)

Feb 4, 2011 by

Hell begins the day God grants you the vision to see all that you could have done, should have done, and would have done, but did not...

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