Matt Potter 2:30 p.m., July 28
Whimsical (and affordable) touches
Our backyard’s prima donna moment comes in late March and early April. The wild lilac’s violet blue flowers complement the rose bushes’ magenta blooms. Orange and lime tree blossoms compete with the tiny pink blooms ...
Computer science education classes and camps for the young'uns
“Sometimes the kids have to solve a puzzle, and sometimes they have to take a quiz.”
San Diego lovey-dovey stuff
Sitting in the sun, dreaming up Valentine’s Day for my man... Spoiled much, San Diego? I was thinking. Our problem here isn’t finding something to do, it’s choosing from so many options. Where I grew ...
Swiss Miss? Ghirardelli? Trader Joe’s?
Cocoas with chemicals and some that prompt squeals
A chai tea should provide a cinnamon kick
“The temperature heat followed by the spice heat...I like it.”
A dramatic shift in perspective
"New Year, new perspective,” I told Patrick. “You’ve never seen your city from above, except through some scratched-up plastic window in coach. What about a hot-air balloon? No windows, scratched or otherwise. Just a balloon, ...
Wrap your present like you care
“I wrapped one with the Sunday comics, one in an old map, one in a beautiful silk scarf...”
Boys will be boys and shoot things
Boys like to shoot guns. I like children to remain uninjured. Airsoft, which involves shooting one’s friends but also involves plastic BBs and full facemasks, sounded like it might be a way to meet halfway. ...
“I like necklaces — keeps the deceased close to the heart.”
This has been a rough year for funerals. We are attending more than I wish to acknowledge. This past week it was a dear friend’s mama. Besides the usual flowers and meal, which feel sort ...
“We had to call animal rescue to remove a raccoon and her babies.”
Pay these people to banish the raccoons from your chimney.
“It was the kind of soup that brings comfort right down to your toes.”
My friend Lorraine has a golden soul. She’s the type of person who surprises you with coffee deliveries at that exact hour of need, who sends supportive texts throughout the day, who drops off mountains ...