Hurricane Irene and the Catskills

As we know now, Hurricane Irene was not just a coastal event. The damage she did to the mountain towns of upstate New York and New England--well, nobody saw that coming. As storms go, Irene was big and slow-moving. She took her sweet time blowing northward, wreaking havoc with wind and rain on communities well

A Mom Wonders: Shark or Dolphin?

The kid and I were playing in the surf yesterday when I spotted the silver flash of a dorsal fin cutting through the water about 25 yards away. At first I thought it was a gull diving for food, but then I saw it again. I froze while the kid splashed around obliviously on his

Matryoshka Monday: Beach Edition

It's a beach-themed Matryoshka Monday because that's where I am right now. I decided to take the kid down the shore this week. (For those of you not from south-central Pennsylvania or New Jersey, down the shore means to the beach.) Yes, we're hanging on the Jersey shore and no, it's not anything like THAT

Dispatches from Russia

I told the Russian before he left on his trip I was going to be hurting for blog content, him being halfway around the world and all. He agreed to let me share his messages from on the road because that's the kind of guy he is...

Russian Men: The Infographic

I'm sad because the Russian is in Chelyabinsk so I'm distracting myself making up Venn diagrams inspired by Russian Dolls. What else can I do? It's not like Marinka is allowing me to be her "plus one" at the premiere party or anything. I think I hate Marinka.

Why Shark Week is Making Me Think About Parenting

It’s Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. I assume you’re watching. On one of the shows a few nights ago they dissected a great white, slicing him nose-to-tail to reveal two tremendous lengths of muscle flanking a 15-foot spine. For some reason, I thought of our son -- all muscle and spine, getting stronger and