“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?’” “The mood will pass, sir.” ― P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters My dearest cousin asked me to write a post for “Odd,” and I asked her to give me a topic. She said, “fashion”. Now, most of you don’t know me, but […]


  Please welcome Cousin Craig back to Odd! He knows you’ve missed him like craigz! No worries, he plans to stick around for the summer! # Loved one’s are flocking to the university I work for to proudly watch their college investments walk across a stage, collect their diplomas, and mature into a college graduate. […]


A while back, I wrote about a well in Chicago. Families come from all over the city to pump well water into various containers and lug it home. While the Adult (aka my son) and I used to frequent the well a lot to people-watch, we hadn’t been in some time. This past Sunday, I […]


Why’d it have to be Rats?

April 8, 2017

Oh Rats! Rats terrify me. This fear was triggered by an experience I had shortly after moving to Chicago. I’m not going to relive that experience in the telling; suffice to say, I’m more than a little afraid of these four-lettered rodents. Do your fears stalk you too? Do you know what I mean? Snakes […]

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Kids These Days or How Did I Survive Childhood

February 25, 2017

Kids these days have it so easy. I’m sure you’ve heard this lament. It could be because I work on a college campus, but I hear it a lot. And between you and me, Odd reader, I don’t agree. Growing up now is so much harder than when I was young. Let’s discuss! I’ll build […]

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Once Upon A Grooming Tub

January 29, 2017

Do you want to hear our grooming tub story? This isn’t a “once upon a time” story. It starts with an internet search and a debit card, not deep in a primeval forest. No princesses or singing snowmen. In a nutshell: The Millennial (aka Cole, Day Camp Director) and I bought a grooming tub—from a […]

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Tis the Season to Slow Down

December 18, 2016

Grocery stories are one of my least favorite places. The harsh lights, overwhelming choices, and end displays are all meant to confuse you and to trap you into buying things you don’t need or to keep you from finding the things you do need. And they are always moving stuff around. When I recently discovered […]

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All I Want For Christmas

December 11, 2016

What do you want for Christmas? We already have Peace On Earth (for those that look) We already have goodwill towards all (mine and yours for starters). And Joy (it is for the taking) So…. Tell us what you really want….And don’t be all Hallmark-y, Ok? Or I don’t need anythingish.  So boring! Store bought, […]

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Thanksgiving Poem – Naughty and Nice

November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving, as with most holidays, brings forth memories and feelings based upon our experiences. Most of us feel a warmth, a nostalgia for a time that probably never was. As the song says, “What’s too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget.” Each year, there is so much to be thankful for, so much […]

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Halloween Pup Parade and Outakes

November 18, 2016

Halloween 2016 from Katybeth on Vimeo. Camp Halloween Photo Parade Well, at least I wrapped up Halloween before Thanksgiving—barely. Where did November go? One minute it was Halloween, and the next minute it’s the week before Thanksgiving. Between the Chicago Cubs and the election, life has been a blur. Halloween was wrapped up with a […]

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