Archive for December, 2012


Cover your ears – I’m gonna toot my own horn!

December 28, 2012

In September, I was contacted by the folks at ADDitude Magazine.  The editor had found one of my older cartoons online and wanted to know if they could include it in their Winter 2012 edition.  I said yes and then promptly forgot about it with all of the hubbub of having a third child.

I was reminded of it this week, when I got a copy of the issue in question.  However, I’m not the only one receiving a copy.  This month, roughly 50,000 subscribing doctors’ offices, schools, and even private homes will have the magazine sitting out where people can flip though it.  Even if they are just scanning the pages, tens of thousands of eyes will be drawn to the bright yellow comic found on page eight.

To be completely honest, it’s a bit of a thrill.

Here is the cover:

Magazine Cover

…and here is the page where my drawing is printed:
Editor's Page

Pretty nifty, eh?


Actually, cucumbers aren’t all that cool.

December 19, 2012

not so cool cucumber

I never wore “cool” clothes as a kid.  I pretty much missed all the major fads over the years.  Parachute pants, acid washed jeans, “Hammer pants,” and annoyingly bright neon colors were never found in my closet.

At the time I felt like I stuck out like a complete nerd in lame clothes.

Now, looking at pictures from my childhood, it turns out I just look like a regular kid.  Even better – all the “cool” kids actually looked a bit like clowns.


Tempting as it is, don’t high five the cactus.

December 11, 2012

high five cactus

In our society, each stage of “growing up” has it’s own set of expected privileges.

In my teens it was the rights of driving and voting.  Then came the increased personal freedoms of my 20s.  My 30s have brought stability in terms of finances and family.  I have been grateful for each of these blessings as they came.  However, there is one additional perk that came as completely unexpected as it is welcome.

I’m finally old enough that nobody tries to give me high fives.

It’s wonderful.

As a somewhat awkward male, high fives always caught me by surprise.  They were never very natural.  Even worse, occasionally a fist bump would come my way and I would have no reaction other than an apology.

Not anymore, I’m too old.



None-of-your-business card.

December 4, 2012

none of your business card

Our children are usually well behaved.


However, as all kids do, they have a moment now and then where they aren’t exactly at their best.  With all the recent hubbub of a new baby in the house, our 2-year-old (Emma) has needed a little extra attention from her Mama and I.  Nobody else will do when she is in a cranky mood.

One night a few weeks ago, when her Grandma – my mother – was trying to sooth a tantrum, Emma refused to talk to her.  When her Grandma persisted in trying to determine what exactly was wrong, Emma said  (and I quote):

“Leave me alone!  Leave me alone you, you, you… nasty old wizard!”

Although I’m glad this is the worst thing in her verbal arsenal, it was still surprisingly insulting.  We gave my Mother our full support and explained to Emma how we needed to speak to each other with more respect.

Needless to say, we’ve also been calling my mother a “nasty old wizard” whenever the kids aren’t around.