Editor’s Note–TFF Isssue 25

This is the last time I’m going to write about COVID-19. Let me amend that. This is the last time I’m going to write about COVID-19 until something else happens that I find irresistibly funny and that I wish to share with you, dear reader, in written form.  Some people see a world-ending disaster. I […]

Social Distancing Enforcement

Unless you are a mole person, living in a bunker, without television, radio, or internet access because you feared a pandemic and its propaganda machine (kudos to you, by the way, for being forward-thinking), you’ve heard of COVID-19. Each year’s fad, crisis, and trend brings its additions to the lexicon. This year’s muy importante term […]


Most restaurants in the Portland metro have shut their doors because of COVID-19. Those that remain have cut back on service. Some have laid off staff entirely and have expressed no plans to reopen.  To prevent this cannibalization of the daily lunch fare, I suggest we take a page from the federal and state playbooks […]


Ella and I were talking about when I saved Anna, my oldest daughter, two-years-old at the time in 2009, from entanglement with the pull-string on the mini-blinds and when I did a one-arm-out-the-corner-of-my-eye save of a friend’s son when the son, maybe five-years-old at the time, had jumped off the back of the couch and […]

Channeling Pesci

My youngest daughter, Ella, wrote a series of stories called The Witch’s Spell. In it, the characters often go back and forth saying, “Okay?” “Okay,” over and over to the point of madness. This reminded me of Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon 2. My daughter is channeling Joe, I thought. The old classics were coming […]