At a recent visit to Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls, Sage demonstrated his many techniques for effective bear riding. As Sage demonstrated so effectively, sculpted bears are wonderful things. I just hope he doesn’t start getting ideas about the real ones…

I walked into the house after hanging laundry this morning, my eyes full of sunshine and my ears full of birdsong, when I saw Death sweeping the dining room floor. Further inspection revealed that Death was actually my nine-year-old son clad in his Halloween costume. Both startled and relieved, I couldn’t help laughing. Indignant, Sage […]

Yesterday was the first ideal kite-flying day of the season: sunny, warm, and breezy. Sage availed himself of the opportunity.

The last couple of weeks have been busy ones, especially for Sage: His friend Emery stayed overnight last weekend, and yesterday he had not one but TWO friends over in the morning, a red-letter event as far as he’s concerned. He didn’t waste his time with his friends; some of the highlights include making two […]

Generally, giant mutant things tend to be rather unwelcome. Giant mutant eggs, however, are an exception to this rule. How many yolks? Two, even three? Seldom is cracking an egg more exciting. We thought a recent egg might be a three-yolker since it was so big, we couldn’t even close the egg carton we put […]

Sage recently went through a brief but passionate love affair with Scrabble, an affair that was sparked when my sister-in-law Tami introduced me to the addictively Scrabble-like “Words With Friends” app. We were inspired to dig out our old Scrabble board and play the old-fashioned way. It seemed like the game was taking root; Paul […]

For most of his existence, Sage has posed a challenge to the Augusta Bakery: Every year, he wants something new on his cake. He’s been through cars, speedboats, and other such manly themes, and each request has been gratified with a beautifully decorated cake depicting the object of his desire in frosting. But as Sage […]