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Time for Bed

 

“But I don’t want to!” she cried petulantly, “It’s still day. See? The sun is still up!”

The litany of children with proper bedtimes in summer time. I can understand, as I was one of those children once upon a time, as were many of the Ricochetti I am sure. To go to bed to the sounds of… well… no one says it quite like Robert Louis Stevenson, now do they?

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Next Sunday, August 21, is the second almost-annual, Ricochet Summer Picnic. Tumwater Falls Park in Olympia, Washington. Bring the kids, bring a picnic, bring a blanket to sit on, and bring a camera to capture all the fun and good food and conversation. The park has a small parking area, so it’s best to arrive […]

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The black raspberries are ripening and the brambles are as thick as the poison ivy: More

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Today marks the first day of summer, and (at least at my house in League City, TX) the first day of fig season. I went out at lunch, and harvested the first round of ripe figs (pictured above). For the next four weeks, I should be harvesting figs as they ripen. These are Celeste figs. […]

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One summer, many years ago, an Irishman I was dating took me on a visit to his hometown. Our first night there, I sat and listened as he and his brothers got caught up and told stories around a table at their favorite local. It was well after closing time when the amiable bartender finally […]

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Elementary Schools Hiring ‘Recess Consultants’ to Supervise Playgrounds

 

shutterstock_181990121For modern parents, every summer is a scramble. Beginning in March (or late April, for slackers like me), moms and dads worry how to keep their kids occupied while school is out. For our family, it’s a Gantt chart of swimming lessons, art classes, summer school, vacation Bible school, and a week with the grandparents. Once we’ve logged all of that into our iPhone calendars, we try to find a single week still open so we can shoehorn in a family vacation. (Keep in mind, we live in the Arizona desert and often work from home, so we need at least a few hours of air-conditioned fun so our kids don’t lose their minds and we don’t get fired from our jobs.)

My mom had a far superior method of ensuring my siblings and I got proper exercise, mental stimulation, and social integration over those long, hot summer months. She yelled, “go outside, you’re driving me nuts!” We’d dutifully scatter on our bikes, my brother to the local library, my sister to one of her giggling friends’ homes, and me into the deserts ringing Phoenix where I would jump ditches with my Mongoose BMX bike, build forts, and get into epic dirt-clod fights with my fellow prepubescent ne’er-do-wells.

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Alright, barbecue is one of those subjects that can really rile people up. I used to have a boss from South Carolina who was of the opinion that only a mustard-based sauce would do. I’ve known some who said the meat had to fall off the bone, and others who liked it sticking to the […]

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Many summers ago when I was Roy Rogers astride my legless, one-stick Trigger and I could enthrall adults by strumming a tennis racquet and singing about Clementine, my darling and thought I could one day have a career as a singing TV cowboy only to be lured away one or two summers later when I […]

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There are two brief windows — between cold and hot, and again between hot and cold — when life in New England is a taste of heaven. One of my greatest pleasures this time of year is sitting on the porch on a Shabbat afternoon with a book and a drink. Especially a drink made […]

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Recently, some of my friends dreamed aloud about a cross-country pipeline moving water and snow away from flooded or snow-plagued areas to regions suffering from drought. Rather than shovel excess snow into useless piles until it finally melts and swamps the city, why not transport it somewhere dry? What might be the most efficient way […]

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Rand Paul, Fashion Plate

 

rand-paul-628x434[1]Senator Rand Paul is often cited as a candidate who can cross traditional Republican lines and reach new constituencies: youth, civil-liberties types, African Americans. But I think Senator Paul’s influence has now entered the most unlikely place ever for a Republican politician: the fashion world.

Back during the senator’s 2010 campaign, a picture of Paul circulated the interwebs. It showed the candidate waiting to go on TV. He had come to the studio directly from his son’s soccer game, but it was one of those talking-head appearances, in which he would appear only from the waist up. The picture shows Paul’s improvised look: Suit jacket, dress shirt, tie — and matching plaid shorts.

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Choosing Books for a Young Conservative

 

ReaderSilhouetteThis is my son’s last free summer. Next year, he’ll be 16, when driving and working will distend the umbilicus connecting him to home. So, acting on a long-held, half-baked impulse, I’m going to spend this summer discussing books with him.

Since he never reads on his own the books I hand him, I’m reading the assignments right along with him. Here’s my (insanely) ambitious list:

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Once again, I help my fellow Ricochetti navigate the perils of summer movie watching! Now allow me to start out by saying that I was very iffy going into this film. Of all the superhero films out in the past two decades, the X-Men have had the most remaining in the same continuity and for […]

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Hey ya’ll, family S lives in the CT suburbs of NYC. Our house is in a hole in the woods, with a pool, hot tub, and big deck. Who is up for a bar-be-que this summer? I used to host a summer party every year, but my best friend died a while back, and I […]

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