Monthly Archives: November 2015

Bedtime Rituals

  Sweet, huh! Well, coming from Bel Ami, it should be… My analyst (Dave!) informs me that I have adapted some strange rituals in bed, if left to my own devices. I hadn’t realised it, but of course he is … Continue reading

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Thanks Duly Given…

It’s that Thursday again. The one where, in America, you sit down as a family to eat turkey (not the one Obama officially ‘pardoned’), fail to eat much of the pumpkin pie which follows, and give thanks. My Brit family … Continue reading

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No Use Locking the Stable Door…

…after the horse has bolted… Hmmm. After the loss of my laptop and the back-up which included the new book (!! – thankfully recoverable from the ‘cloud’ as I had sent it to a few people by G-mail), the moral … Continue reading

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Sorry for the Silence

I’ve started with something really cheerful – a pile of boys having fun. It has been nearly a week since I posted: the reason is that Dave and I had reason to make a short trip and, as we checked … Continue reading

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Saturday Rituals

Saturdays: no school. Potentially a little more time in bed. But not for the ‘gang of four’ fitness kids – nor, indeed, for us! I’m sharing a breakfast coffee with my friend Steve, father of my son’s best friend Chris. … Continue reading

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The ‘Game’

  Over the past few weeks, our friends Cody and Adge have built a new ‘dock’ alongside the Clinch river for the private use of their friends and themselves. These are two guys who share a hidden house in the … Continue reading

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Jake Bailey

“No-one gets out of life alive.” A humbling story today. That quote is a cliché, of course, but when spoken by an 18yo lad who was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma (one of the most rapidly advancing cancers) one week ago and … Continue reading

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A Trip to the Mall

  A ‘close encounter of the AAAAAARRRRRGH kind’ occurred on Saturday afternoon. Karen needed to go the shopping mall on the other side of town: Jaymee (her daughter, of course) decided to go with her, and then the boys (my son … Continue reading

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All Twisted Up

It may be well into Fall now (Autumn to Europeans) but temperatures are still peaking in the range 16 – 21C (60-70F) here in TN and, despite the occasional rain shower there’s still plenty of scope for shirtless fun and … Continue reading

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Shirt Story

Boys and Their Shirts: Today’s boys can be so different from how we were! I’ve been musing over the behaviour of boys in regard to their shirts, observed in our particular gym-related sports experience. There are those boys who rip … Continue reading

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