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Duck Damage

Say Hello to Rocky

When my freelance writing business really started humming this fall, I decided that I was ready to get my purse dog. I’m home, happily working on the computer all day, but I wanted company. Olive and Henry are not particularly focused on my needs, so I paid them back in full. (Actually, Olive adores my […]

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Vampire Seth

The Dark Road to… Darkness.

Beware children! See how easy it is to slip from an ordinary good boyhood into shudder-inducing nightmarish-ness. Nightmarish-osity. Something dark that involves hissing and a small amount of drool, anyway. I was surfing through some of my recent pictures and came across these two from earlier this year — taken on demand from the Maker, […]

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Yard Sale

Yard Sale Haul

Our neighborhood hosted their annual multi-family yard sale last week, and the Maker (pictured here, with a selection of his loot) was up by 7 am on a Saturday, armed with $5.00 and ready to fight for first pick of the best goods. I think he got pretty good value for his money, but I’ll […]

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Water Boat

Water-Powered Boat

As you can see, the Maker has been at it again. This time he put together a water-powered boat made from paper plates, a cup, a straw, some blue painter’s tape, and a wad of gum (which he borrowed from one of his brothers). When I saw the working demonstration, this craft had already been […]

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What the Maker Brought to Work

I had to bring the Maker, age 7, to work with me today. He packed a bag and this is what he brought: DVD player, headphones, and two movies, Tron and Shrek 2 Yo-yo Gameboy and two games, Rayman and Pirates of the Caribbean The Declaration of Independence When I commented (same as you just […]

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Our Nativity Set

Our Nativity Set

My favorite is the little goat-boy (bottom left corner, nice necklace). Over the years the goat-boy has been in charge of different animals, but currently he seems to be responsible for the llama, a camel, the donkey, the little black goat plus a little blue one, a stripey rabbit, a red cat, and two ducks […]

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toys for you!

toys for you!

If you haven’t played with zefrank’s tech toys, you should. The 3d snowflake maker is a mesmerizing way to avoid Christmas shopping or any other onerous task. And instead of updating your files or cleaning your office, click over to C. Lowe’s paper plane animation and go frame by frame (use the arrow keys) in […]

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It's All in the Job Title

It’s All in the Job Title

The Maker spent a good five minutes showing me the various permutations and capabilities of this plastic tinkertoy weapon he constructed. It does everything from shooting daggers to making salsa. He strapped it to his back and instructed me to take a photo. Finally it occurred to me to ask him what he was. With […]

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