Now We Are Eight

January 27, 2024

Dear Family and Friends,

Several weeks ago, I was trying to come up with Good Things To Say About Birthing Small Humans Through a Pelvis Cavity that is Obviously Not Designed To Make the Process Pleasant. I came up with two things: 1. After some period of time, giving birth _always_ ends; and 2. After I give birth, I have something to write about.

Kai's Cuteness, Age 2.5

April 19, 2023

I have not written a Family Life Update in many months, and in that time, Kai went from a barely-talking toddler to a very-much-talking small kid with a TON of personality. I wrote down so many little snippets over the past eight months because when a child of mine is Kai’s age (now 2.5), I get A. dumbfounded by the cuteness, and B. I don’t have to worry about embarrassing him by writing down what he says. It doesn’t hurt that Kai is by far my healthiest and happiest offspring at the age of two (see Vitamin A Detox Diet Theories for more on why that might be so).

Aggravating Games and a Revolutionary Sewing Project in an Age of Censorship

January 31, 2023

First, in honor of the few generous readers who don’t know me personally, a quick round of Two Truths and a Lie:

A. I didn’t vote for Trump.
B. I don’t ever plan to vote for Trump.
C. I think most people who voted for Trump are fascist, uneducated white supremacists, since there aren’t many other reasons for voting that way.

Road Trip For Ben

October 30, 2022

Our road trip by the numbers:
13 - Days we were gone.
43 - Dear people we visited.
6 - Blueberry bushes delivered in pairs to garden beds in Maine, Arlington, and Northampton.
1742 - Miles Traveled, Approximately.
162 - Pounds of apples (mostly Winecrisp and Mutsu) picked in Ithaca.
4 - Enormous pumpkins purchased locally in Ithaca.
7 - Bags of awesome hand-me-downs received.
A Very Lot More - Amount of Total Stuff we returned home with as compared with how much we had when we left.


Policy, Respect, and Disintegration

August 1, 2022

When I was a teenager, I didn’t realize that my epiphany was already a cliche: “Being a good friend means that you support someone when they’re having a hard time!”

Later, I thought it was sophisticated when a friend pointed out: “It’s obvious when someone’s crying that they need our support; but a good friend can laugh with you, too!” I updated my friendship ideology accordingly.

At the same time, being a Grown Up in our modern world was making clear something more mundane: a good friend can handle it when you disagree.

Who Will Stand Up For You?

June 28, 2022

Toward a Sane Conversation About Science, Morality, and Why We All Should Care

By Sarabeth Matilsky

When people tell me that Things Are Back to Normal and Covid Is Over, I find this interesting. It’s a mildly valid perspective: it’s not like the insanity illustrated by the covid response is anything really new under the sun, and so one might conclude that the past two years were simply an acceleration of all that was already underway. …And now, on to the next thing!

Your Vaccines Are Killing People. You Should Read This Entire Article Anyway

June 3, 2022

What follows is a conversation between Michael Kane, grassroots organizer with Children’s Health Defense, Dr. Pierre Kory, and Dr. Paul Marik, who are discussing a new treatment protocol for the vaccine injured, sponsored by the Frontline Covid Critical Care alliance.

[Opinions expressed in this conversation are those of the individuals, and are not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, nor do they represent the views of the Children’s Health Defense. Interviews have been lightly edited for clarity.]

Questioning Climate Change

May 8, 2022

This weekend, I fell down a rabbit hole while investigating some economic theory. After listening to and reading the words of various pedantic and patronizing Money People, along with some depressing and non-patronizing ones, I found this conversation on “environmentalism” to be way more interesting, intelligent, and relevant to current policy rhetoric. I was struck by the similarities between the covid and climate change narratives.

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