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A family Web site featuring the everyday lives of Ali, Jerm, Robey, Moe and Zanna
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I am sitting at a long table in an unfamiliar classroom. There are 40 of us, all incoming freshmen Staring at randomly assigned essay prompts. A 30-minute timer is ticking. My prompt, guileless and unknowing, says, You, like everyone, are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at AliBlog
Thursday I treated the kids to dinner at Friendly's and we discovered this delicious watermelon sherbet. It is so good, I couldn't leave without a carton. Today when I went to make our weekend smoothie, Zanna asked if I use... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at AliBlog
Robey sees me typing and he says, "Mom, remember that AliBlog you wrote about Zanna and all her dolls?" "N0," I say, thinking he's remembering an old post that somebody read to him a long time ago when people used... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at AliBlog
On the quiet, sandy beaches of Lake Michigan We build a fort from tree stumps and garbage bags. We fill it with laughter and fear. We sit in a triangle and light Discarded cigarette butts, dreaming ourselves into tomorrow. We... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2012 at AliBlog
Zanna is playing with her Barbie dolls in the living room. They are hanging by their arms in a circle around a Beyblade arena that her brothers have left on the footstool. The mommy is talking to her baby. She... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at AliBlog
I'm reading Patti Smith's Just Kids and am having a small obsession with different versions of this song: Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at AliBlog
When the vertigo hits it is not your body That spins. It is not your head that becomes weightless. When the vertigo hits it is the room that spins. And your head? It weighs 500 pounds. When the vertigo hits... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at AliBlog
Owning a musical instrument. Humming a tune to your child. Drawing a sketch of the human form. All these things could get you stoned to death in Afghanistan under Taliban law. If you are a poet, an artist or a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at AliBlog
This is the song that convinced us to book Michael Shoup for a home concert in our backstage pass concert series: And this is what Michael says about house concerts on his blog: My calendar for 2012 has been booking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at AliBlog
We're getting ready to host our very first house concert with Rick and Donna Nestler. What is a house concert? As the name suggests, it's a concert in your home. Instead of a loud arena show or a smoke-filled bar... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at AliBlog
Immediately after Duran Duran left the stage at the Playhouse Theater in Cleveland on Wednesday, an attendee behind me said, “Well, that wasn’t THE BEST Duran Duran show I’ve ever seen, but it was definitely in the top two.” Now,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2011 at AliBlog
Let's all thank the JogTunes Indie podcast for introducing me to May McDonough, my most recent music obsession. After hearing Red Tag Nation at the start of a recent podcast - and not surprisingly - at the start of a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at AliBlog
Orphaned believers, skeptical dreamers, step forward. You can stay right here. You don't have to go. This song was worth waiting 3 years for. It's my current favorite. I listen to it almost every time I'm in the car, unless... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at AliBlog
When he was six, Robey lost his first tooth at Max's house. When I say he lost it, I mean he lost it out of his mouth and then he somehow actually lost it. Marcy, Max's mom, put the tooth... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at AliBlog
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Jul 2, 2010
[A story written in chalk on the front deck by Jeromy and Robey] Once upon a time there was a friendly monster who was having a bad day. He was getting extremely upset with his parents because they grounded him... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2010 at AliBlog
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Mar 15, 2010
I. If I had a hat If I had a hat like Abe Lincoln, I would keep my DS and snacks in my hat. Then I would play it on the way to Michigan. ============ II. Rich I want 100... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2010 at AliBlog
[I'm republishing this post from Sept. 2005 in honor of the Super Bowl win.] Ode to New Orleans We first met On a cross-country journey Traveling from nowhere To Death Valley and back She seduced us with Rhythm and spices... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at AliBlog