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Smooth Stones · 4W ago

Clementine Turns Eight

Dear Clementine:I started this blog because I was losing my grandma to Alzheimer's; the fi...
Smooth Stones · 1M ago

Last Week

We kicked off last week by hosting a Super Bowl party. It was a fairly last-minute decisio...
Smooth Stones · 1M ago

Make-up and Perfume

A couple weeks ago at choir practice, our pianist Mrs. Carol gave me an orange symphony ticket for Cade. "The school may give him a ticket," I said."Then you use it," Mrs. Carol said, and in...
Smooth Stones · 2M ago

To Cade, the Week of Your 17th Birthday

Hello, Son. I can hardly believe that, in one year, you'll be considered grown, although I'll admit: your face looked different to me, again, today. It wasn't just the way your chin's been r...
Smooth Stones · 3M ago

To Chip at Four

Mama's Baby,You turned four right around the corner from halloween. Our celebration was quiet, but I took photos, thinking I'd write a post after our trip to Great Wolf Lodge (your big birth...
Smooth Stones · 3M ago

My Father Is an Astronomer

I took the little kids to the library, this evening, for an event called A Starry Night. T...
Smooth Stones · 5M ago

Untold Story #21: St. Petersburg Murals

Usually, I admire the murals of St. Peterburg, Florida from afar, as my friend Erin posts ...
Smooth Stones · 5M ago

Untold Story #20: Yoder's and Siesta Key

When my brother and I were kids, Aunt Ellie bought him a copy of Harold and the Purple Cra...
Smooth Stones · 5M ago

Untold Story #19: Unconditional Surrender

While we were in Sarasota, I hopped out of the minivan to photograph J. Seward Johnson's Unconditional Surrender sculpture. I had read that some Sarasota locals disapprove of it, thinking it kitschy, but of course, I love kitschy, also J. Seward John...
Smooth Stones · 5M ago

Untold Story #18: Ringling Estate

On our second day in Florida, we visited the Ringling Estate in Sarasota, and my greatest regret is that I didn't photograph the outsides of the buildings, as the photos I took don't prove the stateliness of the place. Cade and Sam visited the Museum...