Babies Come with Hats

Last night I watched, belatedly, last season’s finale of ‘The West Wing’. The episode first aired two days before Ian’s birth; I was working with our church’s youth group, and Kelly was home resting. For those who don’t follow the show, this is the episode where Toby’s twins are born. He’s very somber, cynical, and […]

Stink Bug…

…is Ian’s latest nickname. Partly because he now prefers to play while we’re sleeping, but mostly because when we accuse him of this in the morning, he giggles and grins, and forces me to smile. Stinker. His first official nickname was Professor Fussenberg. We’d only use this when he was unjustly (we felt) cranky. Full […]


We’ve only put Ian down a half hour before when he suddenly wakes up, screaming. This isn’t his usual “Hey, I’m awake and would like my breast now” cry. We can hear those coming. This is his Cry of Injustice – a quietly shrill, sustained wail that, loosely translated, means, “What did I do to […]


Being the father of a four-month-old baby requires me to constantly invent new forms of entertainment. Success depends largely upon…well, I haven’t quite figured that part out yet. A colorful toy with flashing lights, whizzing dials, and thumping house music can make him cry, but gentle shaking of the bed sends him into fits of […]

What is RSS?

RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication‘, and is a means by which you can automatically receive a website’s updated content without having to visit the site itself. RSS is most often associated with weblogs, but is also used by services such as Google News and CNN. A website using RSS maintains a feed, which is […]