Twas the Night Before Christmas…at My House

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the basement,
Not a creature was stirring, nor making a statement.
The stockings were hung by the piano with joy,
In hopes that ol’ Santy Claus soon would bring toys.
The children were nestled all snug in their sleeping bags,
While visions of Buddy the Elf eating syrup spaghetti made them all gag.
And the girls in their red nightrobes and the parents in theirs of blue,
Had just settled their brains for a short Christmas snooze.
When out on the lawn there arose a cry from the pups,
I sprang from the bag to see what was up. Continue reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas…at My House”


Lobbie the Lobster Goes to the Library: An Original Lobster Tale

Once upon a time, in a land far far away…there was…well…there was this lobster named Lobbie.  And he walked into the lobby of a library.  Up to the librarian’s desk.  Which is where the librarian should have been.  But she wasn’t.  So…he didn’t know what to do.  After contemplating his dilemma, he picked up his briefcase that was filled with…gumballs…and started walking around, looking for the librarian.  Needing something to energize him, he opened his briefcase, took out three gumballs, and put them in his mouth.  And he started looking for the librarian.  He walked up the stairs!  And down the hall!  And in between the bookshelves!  But she wasn’t there!  Feeling out of breath, he decided to take the elevator to go back downstairs…and check his e-mail while he waited for the librarian.  But alas!  Continue reading “Lobbie the Lobster Goes to the Library: An Original Lobster Tale”

Let’s Make Neverland a Possibility, Part 1

“Here we go, off to Neverland!”  A snow day means there is a lot of snow outside.  So much snow, that it also means there is no school inside.  So my sisters and I spent the afternoon outside with the snow, instead of inside at school.  We got out our wooden sleds and headed off for a day of fun, adventure, and…flying?  We started out at the top of the world and then ended up at the bottom of the world.  Actually it was just the bottom of the hill.  But.  It seemed more dramatic at the time.  I felt like Wendy from Peter Pan after he gives her some golden pixie dust and she flies for the first time.  There we were: arms in the air, and then…Whoosh!  Down the hill we went!  Continue reading “Let’s Make Neverland a Possibility, Part 1”

The Plight of the Musically Inclined

I love to play the piano.  I play the piano at our house with frequency.  But sometimes.  People at my house just don’t want me to play.  I walk into the living room and sit down.  I play two notes but then get shot down, which really puts a damper on my spirits.  Sometimes, I…ever so slowly…so as not to cause a commotion…walk into the living room and don’t even make it to the piano bench before I hear someone from the kitchen say the phrase in an annoyed tone, “No!  Not right now, Mal!”  So.  I get frustrated that I must refrain from playing.  And it makes me want to just run in there and hit the keys in anger.  Playing the piano is an outlet for my soul.   Continue reading “The Plight of the Musically Inclined”

Which to Bury, Us or the Bear?

So I heard a story not too long ago, about someone who was being chased by a bear.  Now, if you were in harms way because of a bear, and you had a firearm in your possession, the thing to do…would be to shoot it.  Right?  Well, this person shot the bear…and it died.  And this person…was arrested!  For saving his own life!  Things didn’t turn out the way he thought they would at all!  The bear was supposedly an endangered species.  I’m sure the guy was probably thinking, “Hey!  I was an endangered person!  One of us had to go!”  He obviously didn’t want it to be himself.  “No, I don’t hate you, Mr. Bear, and I don’t wanna fight you…but you took this too far!” Continue reading “Which to Bury, Us or the Bear?”

Baker’s Chocolate…A Snack for the Average Consumer?

Once upon a time…there was this kid.  Who went on a youth trip with his youth group in a van driven by his youth pastor.  And.  The youth pastor stopped the van at a gas station, in order to buy gas for the van.  So.  The kid.  It was just one kid.  With his youth group.  The kid decided to go inside…and buy himself a snack.  So he walked down the whole 3 aisles in that gas station…because he wanted to find the best snack he could find.  So the kid, I don’t really know what was going on in his mind, but he…well…he picked up a boxed snack…and bought it.  Because he definitely did not believe in stealing.  Continue reading “Baker’s Chocolate…A Snack for the Average Consumer?”

Rain Glasses

One day, I was driving in my car, when I saw…a most unusual sight.  I saw a lady…riding her bike…in the rain…and she was wearing…goggles.  Now.  These were not swimming goggles.  They were big, clear goggles that covered half her face…the kind of goggles a scientist would wear.  It was as if she was in a chemistry lab.  Except for one thing.  She wasn’t.  So.  It brought me to a bi-polar conclusion.  She may have watched the weather forecast…or at least had witnessed the clouds fighting for control over the sky…and she didn’t want the potential rain to pelt her in the eyes.  So she found some mad-scientist-looking goggles and turned them into…rain glasses.  Continue reading “Rain Glasses”