2020 Bibliopathy Report

I have a problem. It’s books. I acquire them armloads at a time. Many go unread for years. They are insulating the house, I think. To this and other rationalizations, my wife, Amy, rolls her eyes, but she’s got a bad case of bibliopathy herself. She just hides it with e-books and library checkouts. We […]

Editor’s Note–TFF Issue 28

Root cause analysis is important. Years ago, I owned a Chevy S-10 pickup truck. It had a rotted tailgate; it shifted like I was trying to push a toothpick through modeling clay; and it would occasionally send perfume bursts of gasoline fumes into the cab when the fuel injectors malfunctioned. But I thought it was […]

Editor’s Note–TFF Issue 27

Incongruities are the chief source of my humor. It could be that I am creating the incongruities in my head, twisting reality to suit the joke, or just being an irascible, irritating, embarrassing dad, but that’s me. I hope the 13 pieces The Family Farce published this quarter will encourage you to look for and […]

Graffiti Defense System

We live in Gresham, OR. While walking on the bike path next to our home and toward the creatively named Gresham Food Carts, I noticed an unusual industrial paint job. The back of a warehouse had been painted brown halfway up, terminating in a flat line transition to grayish, beige-ish concrete about nine feet up.  […]

WWSD?

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 […]