Category Archives: Family

Santa’s Little Secret

Merry Christmas Eve!

I’m really hoping not to walk in on this sometime tonight.

Christmas Traditions

A Christmas Story seems to be an American tradition – at least it is usually televised for 24 straight hours on Christmas day.

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting for the past few months, but the new job has me extremely busy. 

At any rate… consider this my Christmas card to you.

Merry (almost) Christmas.

Pick Your Nose

This makes a great party cup – if you are male or in middle school. 

Since I’m a male who has spent years working with middle schoolers, I think it’s great:


Pi Pie

I think it’s great when something lives up to its name.  Pi Pie is a great example. 

However, I was pretty happy that the Pupu platter I had in Hawaii didn’t.


Dog (or doggone) Training

Doggone… this is funny.  I picked on cats yesterday, so today is for the dogs:


How to Wash a Toilet

This was taped to our bathroom mirror this morning:

How to wash the toilet:

  • Put both lids of the toilet up. Then add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.
  • Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.
  • In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close the lid. You may need to stand on the lid.
  • The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.
  • Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a power-wash and rinse.
  • Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.
  • Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift the lid.
  • The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.
  • Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.


The Dog




I change jobs fairly often – I happen to be a change agent, so I get called on often to help change the culture of an organization.  Sometimes that means changing the personnel, sometimes not.  What it does mean is that for a period of time, when I first arrive, most people are on their best behavior. 

I’ve heard this called the “honeymoon period.”  I prefer to call it “the period of suspended judgement.”  People aren’t ignoring things, we just haven’t yet decided how we are going to react.  This is what I had in mind when I found this little slogan below:


A Short History of America

I think this is superbly subtle and simple (click on picture for a larger view):


Life as a Coffee

I found this at Amazing Posts and found it interesting.  I hope you do too:

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university Professor.

Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the Prof. went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, some plain-looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the Prof. said “If you noticed, all the nice-looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. That all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each other’s cups.”

“Now, if Life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn’t change. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it.”

So friend, don’t let the cups drive you…enjoy the coffee instead.



Push Pin Wall Art

Who has this kind of time?  At least that’s what Chirag and Amber thought when A Portrait with Food  posted here earlier.  Well, here is another great (?) work of art for your consideration – this time with push pins: