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And Max the king of all the wild things was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.

May 08 2012 Published by under Education, Family, Misc, Uncategorized

And sailed back over a year
And in and out of weeks
And through a day
And into the night of his very own room
Where he found his supper waiting for him

And it was still hot.

Goodnight, Mr. Sendak. The world is better for having known you.

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Questionable Classic: Children and Animals

Apr 05 2009 Published by under Family

Since I'm currently out of town, original content is going to be in short supply for a few days. Fortunately, there are a few things I've written over the years that I think people might still enjoy (or at least tolerate). Since they didn't get read much when I first posted them, I thought I'd give them another chance. This post originally went up at the old blog on 15 September 2005. I was inspired to repost it after reading some of what Orac's written about his new, stubborn, and intelligent puppy.

I've been able to resist, for the most part, blogging about the cute things that my kids do, but there was an episode night before last that was just too good to keep to myself.

My dog, Ross, has been porking up a bit lately, and I'd been having a difficult time figuring out why. I hadn't been feeding him more, he hadn't been getting too many snacks, he hadn't been getting into the trash, so I just wasn't sure what was going on. Then, last night, I got a hint of one of the possible causes.

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An Election Day Observation

Feb 05 2008 Published by under Accidental, Family, Humor, Politics, Presidential

It's Super Tuesday, but the primaries aren't the only political action in town. My kids came up with an election of their own. They created, and are both running for, the position of "President of the House." Both of them have been putting up posters, and each of them has independently discovered a common political strategy. My daughter managed, in just a couple of hours, to master the fine art of the meaningless slogan ("Vote for me and do what is right"). My son has mastered the tactic of slapping his posters directly on top of his opponent's. They're ten and eight respectively. I think this says a lot about the state of American politics.

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Of White Whales: or, The More Things Change

Oct 29 2007 Published by under Family, Personal

Here's a quote for you. It's one of the ones that should make you wonder whether you should laugh or cry:

And, doubtless, my going on this whaling voyage, formed part of the grand programme of Providence that was drawn up a long time ago. It came in as a sort of brief interlude and solo between more extensive performances. I take it that this part of the bill must have run something like this:

"Grand Contested Election for the Presidency of the United States.

"WHALING VOYAGE BY ONE ISHMAEL.

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BLOODY BATTLE IN AFFGHANISTAN."

That, if you haven't guessed from the name in the middle line, comes from Herman Melville's 1851 masterpiece, Moby-Dick.

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Elementary School Pets

Sep 04 2007 Published by under Biology, Family, Personal, Science

When it comes to teaching first and second graders about things, nothing beats the classroom pet. The little kids learn so many important things. They learn about animals. They learn about responsibility, and about the importance of taking care of things. And they learn about death.

A lot.

It's now the second week of school, and my son's second grade class is on its second hamster. We're scheduled to take the hamster home the last weekend of October. Anyone want to start a pool on what number hamster gets to take refuge in our house?

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