On Lying to Small Children

As the great Tom Selleck’s character Peter observed in 3 Men and a Baby, it doesn’t matter what you say to a baby, “it’s the tone you use.” And so this is how to talk to the baby. Agreeing with her observations in cheerful, supportive voices. “Dog,” she might proclaim, sticking a tiny, damp finger up … Continue reading On Lying to Small Children

On Being a Lyrics Guy

It’s a curse, being a lyrics guy. It can, I’m fairly confident, drive a person mad. I have a for-instance, you'll be relieved to learn. We’re currently watching the excellent Ken Burns series on Country Music, learning so much and being reminded of how great those songs were. Remember Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight”? A … Continue reading On Being a Lyrics Guy

On Pug Names

Why have one name when so many more seem to fit? And, if your puggles happen to be deaf, all the better. They can't get confused if they can't hear you. The Reverend John Henry UnderfootThe Rev; John Henry; JH; sweetie; pooper; little pooper; the favored child; John Henry Underbite. Ms. Jordan UnderfootJordan; Feisty Grandma; … Continue reading On Pug Names