Monday, December 29, 2008

Latkes are evil and other deadly sins

Well of the seven deadly sins, I think I can safely say that I am in for lust, gluttony, sloth, and pride. Not so much on the avarice, wrath, and envy. On the other hand, I'm not Catholic so maybe I shouldn't be so worried about my cardinal sins and more worried about my yetzer hara. As far as that goes, even without the religious thing, the obesity is bad for my blood pressure, my pancreas, and my heart.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


At the bookstore tonight my wife showed me a dedication and asked if that just didn't make you feel like your family was inadequate. I replied no way that anyone should be able to say nice things about their family if the text was limited to a paragraph so I am inventing one of those blog things where you tag people. I tag woollywoman at nurseknits. The rules are simple.

1. Tell the truth although "spin" is fine.
2. Include as many members of your family as you can.

This book is dedicated to so many people who I both love and who have made me who I am. My Dad had such a fierce devotion to justice that I couldn't help but be infused with it growing up. Mom performed the thankless task of making sure we had food to eat and clean clothes to wear. (Thank you Mom.) My older brother, P., was first and by blazing the trail made things easier for me. His daughter, my neice, N. is beautiful and spunky. She is ready to grab the world or a tiger by the tail. My sister, A, worked hard to find happiness and love; it was no accident she succeeded. It would be hard for me to imagine a more accepting person than her husband and partner, L. My nephew S. is a joyous surprise always exceeding our expectations. To L., we have a supernatural connection that has proved a life saver in both the figurative and literal sense. J. and N., I can only hope to do right by you two since you will be choosing my nursing home, but I have no doubt that the intelligence and creativity that you guys show will be a force to be reckoned with.