Annie In My Life

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on August 15, 2001 Chapter 24 Whuh … Me Nervous? Tomorrow—assuming you’re reading this today, by which I mean the day BW hits the streets (by which I don’t mean the paper literally “hits the streets” … that’s just newsnerd talk for “is first available to the public”)—my…

Annie In My Life

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on June 13, 2001 Chapter 25 Falling Behind “It’s unsettling, isn’t it? There are only so many things you can teach a child, and finally, they are who they are.” —from “Looking for Bobby Fischer,” a movie about hoping things turn out okay for a kid. I went…

Annie In My Life

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on April 18, 2001 Chapter 24 A Bird By Any Other Name School children of Idaho, put on your thinking caps and see if you can talk Mom out of a 34 cent stamp. I have a fun project for you. Here’s the deal. Remember my chickens? Rather,…

Annie In My Life

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on February 14, 2001 Chapter 23 N’ and Out of Sync Fair warning: daughter update ahead. If you’re sick to death of columnists reporting on what their off-spring are up to, grab your socks and run the other way, pal. I’ll try to avoid the cutesiness, the zaniness,…

Annie In My Life

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on December 28, 2000 Chapter 22 Fowl Tips: The End Last column of the year. What’s more, for those of you sufficiently math-advantaged to understand that a fella isn’t flat broke until he blows the last penny of the last dollar of his last C-note, it’s also the…

Annie In My Life

The following was printed (The Boise Weekly) on December 21, 2000 Chapter 21 Somebody Else’s Christmas The story I have to tell you this week, this Christmas week, is about two mothers and three kids, and I warn you up front, it’s sad. It’s nearly as sad as I can imagine, only I didn’t imagine…