Annie In My Life

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on May 25, 2000 Chapter 18 Fowl Tips: Part 1 Parents, you must … simply must … be aware of what your children are up to. Never let your guard down. Even when they are stowed safely at your side, no more than a pat on the head…

Annie In My Life

The following was originally published (The Boise Weekly) December 30, 1999. Chapter 17 10 Going On Forever I want to spend the last column of the year with my daughter. Sure, I was invited to other topics, and it was tempting—the thought of getting wild with one last big political opinion of the century, maybe…

Annie In My Life

The following was originally published (The Boise Weekly) July 8, 1999   Chapter 14 Invasion of the Fun Snatchers I saw something slightly sad in my daughter’s eyes the other night. The family was watching a rented movie—sorry, but I can’t tell you the name—and it had Bruce Willis in it. Or maybe it was…

Annie In My life

The following was originally published (The Boise Weekly) September 17, 1998 Chapter 14 Can’t See the Forest For the RVs Imagine living in a world where you know everything the neighbors are up to. ‘Round ‘bout suppertime, you can hear the kids whine about how long it’s taking the burgers to brown and the macaroni…

Annie In My Life

The following was originally published (The Boise Weekly) February 25, 1999   Chapter 13 Advise’n’Consent The other day, my kid and I got into a thing over how to say her name. I didn’t see it coming, but then, I don’t see about nine/tenths of anything she does coming. She’s nine now, an age at…

Annie In My Life

The following was originally published (The Boise Weekly) March 5, 1998. Chapter Ten How To Discuss Presidential Sex Scandals With Your Children … Or … What exactly was the Cat In The Hat doing with the Pokey Little Puppy?   Presidential sex scandals are hard on kids. Even the alleged ones. And this Lewinsky thing,…